For my final project I’ve selected a technique of double exposure in Photoshop because I wanted to challenge myself and wanted to see how much work goes into those wonderful pictured one can find online. This technique was not covered in our Ps tutorial but I felt confident that I can follow some tutorials that are available online. I also wanted to create something related to human faces as I liked drawing them in my previous art class. I call my project Four Seasons.
Going through this project I found several challenges. One was to find portraits with white or very light colored background as this is recommended as the best for combining two pictures and overlaying a face over the other background. There is a lot of portraits of women with loose hair which is quite difficult to outline and use for overlay. The second challenge was to find a tutorial that is easy to follow and gives all commands in clear way. Since most of the tutorials are created by experts who don’t think about every single step in the process, I was ot able to use them because I was not sure how to do what they did.
As one can see, there are three types of pictures in my project. The Fall was created first and it actually turned our different from my original vision. The tutorial I was following was not completely clear and I ended up posing picture of the rain over the portrait of a woman. As I could not follow the tutorial, I left it that way, and it turned out fine. The Spring was created second, following a different tutorial, which became confusing, and after I put flowers in the shape of a woman, I left it there and added different color butterflies to fill the empty space. Summer and Winter were created last, and I followed a tutorial that was clear to get the picture looking like I wanted them.
The entire project took me much longer than anticipated because I had to learn some new tricks – one of them was how to add and subtract shape when using Quick Selection tool. Overall, I think that my project is successful. I like the picture representing summer the most because it’s colorful like summer and it has the most interesting shape in it (a surf wave with the sun in it). With more practice, I will be able to create better pictures in the future.