For this post the idea was to create surrealism. Surrealism is something that you just can’t take a picture of and call it done. You have to use a lot of layer masks to bring other images in, other wise it just doesn’t work well. Im going to be the first to admit, I’m not very good at this type of photography. I have a lot of difficulty picturing what I want to happen in a picture. I can take the pictures, they are usually just the wrong type of picture or the idea. Here are some ideas of surrealism, ( I didn’t use any of the ideas except for one. but they are all still great examples or surrealism.)
This website is really cool because it even gives you tutorials to do these actual pictures. Some of them are pretty difficult, but for those of you who use photoshop, they are a lot of fun. When I have free time I make these at home, and they do really look amazing when done. They even give links and downloads of the actual picture they used.
This is one such link, its lengthy, but its really cool.
This is the first picture I did. The theme I was going of twas futuristic spacey and galaxy. But I couldn’t decide which one to do, so I incorporated both. When I was editing I thought it was pretty cool, but now that I look at it, the combining doesn’t look very good. But in my stupidity, I only saved it as a jpeg, so I couldn’t go back and fix it. I got the cracks along the horses side and head from a photoshop brush, and I like the way they look. They might be border lining on being too bright, but I think that they add to the whole idea of surrealism The horse itself I got from a spokane Chinese restaurant. Its called P.F. Changs. Every time I go there, I remember thinking that the horse would look cool in a picture, but I always forget my camera. This time I was lucky and had it on me when we went after school. I like the idea of the picture, but next time I am going to decide on one or the other background theme next time. Here are the layers I used to create this. Notice how almost every layer except for the background has a layer mask-
Layer masks are one of the most important tool I think that is in photoshop. Its one of the essences in photoshop. Bringing a picture into a picture then getting that picture isolated in yours, is just cool. That is what surrealism is, making something from one picture, and changing it into something else.
Recognize this picture? This is a studio light portrait I took of my friend Jacob. I was looking through my pictures, and saw this one pose that just stood out to me. Looking through the tutorials on the top, I decided to try that method out. But instead of warp, my teacher suggested that I use the tool puppet warp. Im not certain I liked it more than using the warp tool. It gave it a lot of sharp angles that didn’t look like the water and the fire were flowing around him correctly. But the whole idea is still there! I think that I’m going to try it again, but this time use the stock images that he provides in the tutorial.
This tree is from a tutorial I got from that cool website. THIS is a link to the actual tutorial , its such a cool website really. You get a lot of awesome and cool tutorial videos form the actual site.