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Compositing and Painting in Photoshop CC

Final Literacy Poster

Final Reading Poster Using a Composite of 5 images.

In lieu of a video I decided to put up another behind the scenes tours of one of my composite pieces. I’m going to give you a sense of how this poster came together. This isn’t a tutorial per say, but rather a tour of the file for those that enjoy working in Photoshop.

The image is essentially a composite of five shots:

  1. My son in bed with a book
  2. A plastic dinosaur my son has
  3. A plastic dragon he has
  4. An old shot of the moon I had in my collection
  5. A picture of jelly fish I shot this summer at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto

Now naturally I did a bit more than just compositing/Photoshopping the shots together, but I will hit some of the highlights of the piece.

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Camera Obscura and the Optical Way

Camera Obscura

Throughout my photographic career I have oft heard of the fabled camera obsura, the great-grandfather of the modern camera. In fact I have made one or two of the devices on my own to demonstrate how it functions for some of my students. The camera obscura is, for those not aware, an optical device developed thousands of years ago. At the time, it was discovered that if one takes a darkened room and punches a small hole on one side, the outside world will be projected on the opposite wall upside down. Almost anyone who has studied photographic history will likely have heard that artists of the renaissance used the camera obscura to paint a scene as realistically as possible. Continue reading »

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