I had a lot of fun playing around with Photoshop this week; my theme centred around surreal composite images, with the majority of their creation done in post-production.
Pacific sunset – this is actually only two images; one of the sky (which I duplicated four times to create a vertically symmetrical image and its reflection) and another of the boat (which I duplicated and flipped to create a reflection). A few more adjustments (warming up the white balance, decreasing the blacks, etc.) and I achieved the final result.
Wintry snow globe – for this image I decided to test out Photoshop’s relatively new filter, ‘Render > Tree’. This allows one to basically create a tree out of nothing, with various adjustments (the type of tree, the amount of leaves, and so on). The globe is from a photo, the snow was created from little paintbrushes, and the background is a very blurred piece of sky from an old photo.
A secret ocean – My original concept when creating this image was of peering through a keyhole to find a secret world. To create the background, with scratches and a deep blue colour, I took a photo of a keyhole, applied the Linear Light blend mode, and positioned a blue sky beneath it. The water texture was downloaded off the internet.
Eyes, anyone? – This is my belated halloween image. I took a photo of a box full of eggs, and superimposed eyeball photos on each egg by using the warp tool, layer masks, and the Hard Light blend mode.
Halloween candy – I decided to go quite gruesome with this one. I took a photo of a cue ball in my mouth, and superimposed an eyeball on top of it. It was still looking a bit too clean, so I increased the clarity of the teeth and gums.
Multitasking – I got the idea of this from an image on 500px, which I saw and immediately loved. I took five photos, and merged four of them onto the fingers of the fifth.
Umbrella float – this is a simple silhouette of an umbrella on top of a sky image containing many Gaussian filters. I placed a bright, circular filter in the middle of the image, beneath the umbrella. Then I created a shadow beneath the umbrella to make the image more authentic.
Enjoy the rest of your week! I’d love to hear any thoughts and suggestions on my images.