The magic of an image can be lost in the explanation of its creation . But the magic when we realize how easy it is to work with an editing program can give encouragement to venture in the world of creating images. I’m very lazy in respect to editing and was always one of the fields where I did not spent much time. So the ideia is if I can make it so can you. Accordingly I start today to share the technical part of the images I use to pass my ideas in order to demystify a little the image editing world. There are several ways to reach the same result, and this are just some suggestions.
My process of creating an image starts long before going into the field to photograph . The photograph itself is what takes less time and it is necessary to have everything well planned so that the process is not random and the results are satisfactory . The image serves the purpose of illustrating an idea so we must first know what is the message we want to give. I usually start thinking of a project theme which will result in a set of images . After that I divide the main theme into parts and each part has a message and an image. I use Evernote and a drawing program (Bamboo Paper) in which I write and draw the outlines of what may be the end result (everything always subject to adjustments during the process) . A notepad serves perfectly for this purpose . After that I find the space, arrange the clothes , accessories and models (if I need them of course). You should think about making images that fit within your budget and that are within reach of your technique (although I believe you can use those images to improve that technique). You should also always shoot in RAW.
The editing program I chose from the beginning was Photoshop. I did it because it is intuitive and full of tutorials that help me everytime I want a result and do not know how to get there .
I’ll start with a picture of my latest project. This was one of the images that gave me most pleasure in creating and the result was exactly as I had initially imagined .
This is the final image ( 100cmx100cm 300dpi ):
Now let’s go step by step.
We started by creating the background image from three different images. They are images with very different tones so in general , but this one in particular , it is necessary to make a smooth transition between layers so that the image does not look artificial.
Then cut the pontoon of the image 1 and put it on top of the layer of image 2 and crop your image 2 to create a perfect horizon line. Then put the image 3 beneath the layer of the image 2. We have the following result (in this step we darkened the layers and give the desired tonalities):
Then just duplicate the layer 3 (sky) to create the idea of ??reflection in the water . In this case we reduce the opacity of the new layer to 50% and use the Edit> Free Transform to extended it on the water. We take this effect and let the it on the pontoon to create a smoother transition of layers .
Then cut out the model (in this case was me due to the low budget), resized and put in the picture. As you can see you can do the image almost anywhere. we must take care that the background colors are not identical to the model so that it can cut easily (I did not choose the best place).
By placing the model in the image we darkened so that the light in the model coincides with the light from the final image.
Then cut out the various umbrellas .
In this case, I used the magnetic lasso tool but you may do it in any other way. I then do the same with several pictures at different angles and resized to give the idea of ??perspective in the image. In this case I also put an umbrella in the model’s hand. I darkened or brightened each of the umbrellas to give a more realistic effect . The image looks like this:
Then I duplicated the layer of the pontoon and deleted everything except the rocks at the foot of the model since as we can see in the picture above the transition between layers was not smooth.
And finally added a completely dark layer on top of the image. Reduce the opacity to 60% and created a layer mask to this new layer working background and foreground in order to get this dark effect .
Final tip :
Over time I realized that the images of my monitor (MacBook Pro) do not match with the others. Normally I test my image on two different monitors and change the image vibration of colors and sometimes the shadows and highlights until I get satisfactory results .
I hope this mixed of tutorial with making off has been encouraging.
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