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Don't Get Drawn In | by Josh Sommers
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Don't Get Drawn In

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Another one inspired by M.C. Escher. Composed from four layers, done entirely in photoshop.


For this image, I placed a large piece of white double-thick backing board (used for picture framing) on the floor of my living room, and another piece leaning against the coffee table behind me.


I set my tripod up in front of me and set my camera to the 10 second timed setting. There was a light hanging above me and another placed at camera right.


Sitting in various poses like the one seen here, I shot about 20 different shots of myself.


Once I chose the shot to work with, I started out by masking the background out of the image. I then duplicated the layer and masked out the top half of me from that layer. I then masked out the top of me from the other layer, so now I have one layer with my torso, arms and head, and another layer with my legs.


I used the ink outlines filter in photoshop to simulate the drawn on appearance of my feet and legs. Then I did some perspective correction to make it appear as though the legs were 2d.


Next I created an empty layer between the top half and bottom half and set the blend mode to multiply and the opacity to 50%. I then painted in the shadows on this layer using black as the brush color.


I then created a blank layer for the background and filled it with a gradient fill from off white to light grey.


Last I set the blend mode of the legs to "Darken Only" and did some clean up erasing certain parts and darkening some of the lines by hand with the brush tool. Some final levels adjustments were done to increase the darkness of the lines, et voila, c'est fini.

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Taken on December 5, 2006