Posts Tagged ‘ Photo ’

The Making of: Tree of Life.

Tree of Life

Slide show showing how the image was created in Photoshop.
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The Making of: Beetle composite photo

Beetle Photo

This photo composite of a Cockchafer Beetle is made from one shot of the top and one of the bottom of the beetle blended together in Photoshop. The background is also a separate photo which I felt suited the image.  The beetle photos are depth of field stitched (About 10 photos) using Combine ZM software which is free.

Slide show showing how the image was created in Photoshop.
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The Making of: A Surreal Fork Photo.

Surreal Fork Photo
This is another photo from the series called “Being Different”. This image is again made from several photos combined in Photoshop.  To see how the image was edited see the slide-show below:

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The Making of: A Fake Studio Photo.

Reception counter
Here’s a photo of a reception counter I took recently. The photo was taken at the woodwork factory where it was made,  then later made to look like it was shot in a studio using Photoshop.  We rigged a 12ft x 12ft homemade soft box over the top of the counter to act as the main light, then we placed lights either side of the counter to highlight some of the details. Even though there were eight 500w halogen security lights in total, the shutter speed was still around 1.5sec @ F10 meaning the camera had to be mounted on a tripod.  Below is a slide-show showing the editing done in Photoshop.

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The Making Of: “At Home” a photo composite image.

At Home digital composite photo

I made this image a few years ago, it is created using over 50 individual photos all taken specifically for this composite, all the photos were shot using available light, no flashes. Below is a slide show which shows the various stages the image underwent in photoshop.

Slide show showing how the image was created in Photoshop.
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The Making of: A shoe composite image.

Shoe composite imageThis photo composite it part of a series called “Being Different”. This image is made from several photos combined in Photoshop. I altered the size and distorted the shoe on the left as can be seen in the sideshow below:

How To: Create an Anaglyph 3D image from 2D photo.

3D anaglyph of a bird featherHere’s an interesting technique for creating 3D anaglyph images using just one photo in Photoshop. I came across this technique a few months ago, posted in another language but got enough info to work out the basics.

feather depth mapTo start you need to create a depth map, which you paint in Photoshop on separate layers above the original photo. You paint in shades of grey, the lighter the area you paint the closer it will appear, white will be the closest and black will be the most distant. For this image the depth map didn’t need to be accurate, but if you have more defined objects, like people you’ll need to do a tidier job. You then flatten the painted file and save it.

Next re-open the original photo, duplicate it to a new layer, go to “filter-Distort-Displace” type in “10” for horizontal scale, “0” for vertical leave the other settings as default. Click ok, you will be prompted to “chose a displacement map” so select the depth map you created earlier. This will shift the image up-to 10 pixels to the left depending on the tones in the depth map. Name the layer “Red”, then duplicate the original photo again and repeat the steps above, but this time type in “-10” for horizontal scale which will shift the pixels right, then name the layer “Blue”.

Next double click on the red layer to open the layer style dialogue box, in blending options un-tick the “R” in the “advanced blending” Channels section (See image). Repeat this for the Blue layer, but instead un-tick the “B”.  You now have a 3D anaglyph photo…..so I hope you have your 3D glasses ready!

The above settings for the displace filter are just a guide, you may need to play around with these to get the best result. The technique does work surprising well and with a little playing around you can make some truly stunning 3D photos.

I’ll be trying this out on future images, especially if they’re composite and layered as creating the depth maps will be really easy using the existing layer masks. I will post any future 3D images on the blog.

(If your interested the photo is a Macro of a feather, I took last year here’s the original photo)