Serenity on sand (2)
Copyright ©2006, Rob Smith HoF Win ♥ ¤ $
||Version 2 of a previously posted image. It addresses some issues raised by critics in the first version. Hope you like it.|
That's the basic technique. In order to get the rocks neatly excised, I duplicated small sections of the main photo (containing the cut rocks) and pasted them - as separate layers - over the cuts. Then I masked off the bits I wanted hidden, and cloned out the bits of rock tops that were present in the segments above them. A bit of fiddling around but I hope yoou get what I was doing.
- Prepare original image and open in Photoshop. Make a copy of the Background as a new layer. We'll call this the main photo
- Increase the canvas size all around to give yourself plenty of room to play. Allow a fair amount of vertical space to accommodate the exploded segments of the main photo.
- Select the colour you want for the BG and fill the BG with it. This colour can easily be changed later if fine tuning required.
- Starting from the top of the main photo, use the pen tool to draw a path around the segment that you want to cut out and close the path (that is, finish where you started), forming a pleasingly curved loop around the image. It only needs to be accurate where the path crosses the main photo. Make sure the sides and top of the path are well clear of the main photo. Use the path node handles to achieve a pleasing curve.
- Convert the path to a selection. You now see the marching ants border around the selection.
- Create a new layer (via cut) using the selection [Ctrl-Shift-J]. This chops the first segment away from the main photo and makes it a separate layer that can be manipulated independently. Call it segment X to aid recognition among all the layers you'll end up with in the layer palette!
- Using the move tool, and holding down the shift key, move the new segment up and away from the remaining bit of the main photo.
- Repeat Steps 4-7 above to create the remaining segments of the main photo. Each time, you will be reducing the area remaining in the main photo until it becomes the final segment.
- Now you're ready to start manipulating....
- If desired, distort some of the segments using the Transform/Distort tool (or any similar tool you desire). I distorted segments 3 and 7 to give them a slight curl in the lower right corner.
- Use the Layer/Layer style toolbox to add desired layer styles to each segment. I simply used Drop shadow, varying the drop shadow controls for each segment to create a believable transition of shadows to make it look like the different segments were different distances from the BG.
- On the 3rd segment, I didn't want an even drop shadow across the whole width. I wanted it to look like the segment was stuck down to the BG at the left, and was starting to lift at the right bottom corner. To achieve this effect, I converted the drop-shadow for that segment to a layer. Then I masked off, with a soft brush in a layer mask, the bits I wanted to hide, leaving just a small shadow under the right bottom corner.
I chose an odd number of segments because I like odd numbers in compositions.
Once I had the basic segments chopped out and suitably drop-shadowed, I moved them around on the canvas (BG) to achieve a pleasing transition of inter-segmental gaps. I also played with the canvas colour to get it how I wanted it (matching the pink of the sky). Then I blended the top left edge of segment 3 into the BG.
I hope this is not "clear as mud".
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||2006-Mar-16 07:38 EST
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