Three Samuria on Horseback by Bobby Chiu
Chiu lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Chiu has worked for
Warner Bros, Disney, & on Star Wars toy lines. He currently works as
an illustrator, an online instructor, and publishes art books.
How do we Represent Ourselves?
For this six weeks, we’ll be primarily using Photoshop. In the new version of Photoshop CS6, Video has been added to its capabilities (albeit it was already available in previous versions if you had the extended version). They also made a lot of upgrades to what you can do with video in PS. Photoshop, most of the time, however is not used for video, and what you can do with it has a very broad range of applications.
Continuing Work with Portraiture
Check out the Adobe Artist Spotlight on Tolleson. In this video, the Tolleson design company created, and contracted other artists, to help create personified images of the Adobe Products for the CS6 release. This isn’t too different from what I want you to do. See a different video about it on Tolleson’s Website. There’s a lot on the page, including another video at the bottom of the page.
Today we’ll play with distorting images. We’ll play with image distortions and adjustments to create something somewhat akin to artist Andy Warhol‘s widely known Marilyn Monroe screen prints. For your own, I want each picture to represent a feeling or emotion. You can see my example below.
antiquated – concerned
pressured – angry
Not exactly Warhol, but amusing.
Andy Warhol also created a lot of self-portraits (although most of them were NOT multiple screen prints in different colors, unlike his Monroe works), some with very high prices. Do this, but with a distorted photo of yourself (use the distortion filters in Photobooth).
First things first:
The guide here is done with a free stock photo, but you’ll just be using a distorted image of yourself.
Giving credit to where credit is due:
Roberts, Torli. "Stock.xchng - Red Panda (stock Photo by Torli)." Stock.xchng - the Leading Free Stock Photography Site. HAAP Media Ltd, a Subsidiary of Getty Images, 25 July 2006. Web. 08 Nov. 2011.
Fifth: Now we have a nice size for our image, but we need multiple copies of them, and we need a bigger canvas so we have more space for them. It’s easier if we make the copies first, then increase our canvas size next. In your Layers Window (open your layers window if it isn’t already open), right click on your image and tell it to Duplicate Layer. Tell it to Duplicate Layer three (3) times.
Sixth: Now it’s time to increase our canvas area. Click on Image in the overhead menu again. This time, click Canvas Size in the drop down menu. The difference between Canvas Size and Image Size is that Image Size changes the size of EVERYTHING in your picture, where as canvas size just changes the size of your work area. Lets make our Canvas twice times the size of the image we are using. If you made the image 250 x 250 pixels earlier, then the size of your canvas will be 500 x 500 pixels.
Seventh: Our canvas is a nice size, and we’ve got 9 pictures to arrange around the space (original + 3 copies). Now it’s time to move them to the different sections of the canvas. You’ll need to use the Move Tool and the Layers Window. Wheres the Move Tool? Don’t panic, that’s just the official name for the black pointer arrow in the Tools Window. In your Layers Window, you’ll need to select a layer and move the image on it to where you want it. You’ll need to do this for each layer separately, one at a time.
Eighth: We now have the image setup the way we want it, and can now start playing with different filters, adjustment layers, and blending options.
Now, something that may bother you, if you make an adjustment layer, it affects everything in your composition. There’s an easy way to work around this. Before clicking on the type of Adjustment you want to use, click command and click on the thumbnail of the layer you want to make the adjustment on.
When you click the adjustment now, it will automatically mask it to only affect the area of your layer. Nice!
Regarding the Filter Gallery: When not used subtly and artistically, they often feel tacky or cliche now days. Don’t worry about that for now though. Just play with them and see what they can do.
You don’t have to use the same ones I did, I also modified a few with multiple effects. There’s a ton of possible combinations, so explore and see what they can do.
Important Note! Some of the filters are effected by what colors you currently have selected in your Color Window. Some filters will also change the Hue & Saturation, feel free to re-adjust hue & saturation if you’d like to. Upload your finished image to your blog.