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Monday, January 21, 2013

lifting a group portrait

When I first saw this album cover from The Script  I wanted to replicate it with my sister and her boys

script

So over Christmas I asked them all to pose and was surprised  pleased that all three agreed.  I took each portrait in front of a white wall and positioned them in the appropriate positions, using a printout of the album cover as a guide.

Then using the pixel magic of Photoshop Elements I extracted each head, adjusted the light, positioned them together and tidied it up.  Much easier than I had feared, I think because of the white background and correct pose in the original photos (and I’ve used all these tools within PSE before).

 

mft-14-jan-1

As it turned out that was the easy bit.  Then I showed it to the family and had suggestions of making it lighter / darker / black and white / with a colour behind.  So I created another 8 versions

 mft-sampler

and each person has a different favourite so it looks like I’ll be ordering a series of different prints. But that’s the magic of digital images.

Which is your favourite – I’m sure we can find a backer for each of them !!

6 comments:

Sian said...

Helena, this is so clever. What a cool look. Not sure if I could choose one favourite, though number two is jumping out at me because I like the background colour.

Karen said...

Such a great idea! It took me awhile to pick a favorite, but I think it's #4. I like the vignette on the edges.

Miriam said...

...and I like the texture in number 8. Well done, such great pieces of art.

Alison said...

You ARE clever Helena!
Alison xx

Elizabeth said...

My favorite is #8. Don't know why but that caught my eye first.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh this is SO cool! I love it, Helena. I think I like the first one you posted best, but the others with different colors in the back are great too. You are so clever.