Monday, December 05, 2005

Experimental

I've wanted to try this collage technique for several months. It took a lot more time than I thought it would have! But after 2 hours of experimenting and futzing, I'm happy with the results. I may have become addicted to another technique!!
Submitted to Photo Friday. Theme: Experimental

7 comments:

Jodi said...

Very cool technique and photo!

Jodi said...

Very cool technique and photo!

Cate said...

Love it! Again. . .how?

madretz said...

Thanks Jodi and Cate!
Well, I'm not that great at giving detailed written instructions but I'll try. These are basic instructions; you should have a little working knowledge of photoshop.
-open the photo in Photoshop
-open a new blank document that's huge. I used 30" x 40" @ 300 dpi.
-in the original photo, select a random 4x6 portion of the photo and copy it.
-in the blank document, paste it. zoom into it so you can see it closer.
-keep doing that till everything is arranged and lined up to your satisfaction.
-for each section (which should all be in their own layer), create a tiny white border by clicking: edit, stroke, 3px width, color white, location outside, blending mode normal, opacity 100% then click ok. (experiment w/ the color and px size to your satisfaction)
-create a drop shadow for each section by clicking: Layer, layer style, drop shadow for each section.
-change your background to black in its own layer
-crop to your satisfaction.
Note: I increased the stroke in the center 'photo' to draw the viewer's attention there just for balance in this instance. Use this if you want to draw attention to a particular section whether or not its in the center.

It's really quite easy if you know Photoshop basics and it wouldn't take me nearly as long now that I know the steps. There may be another way others use but I just did it by trial and error.

Tom said...

Very interesting technique, very good result. I've just read your explanation and I think I'll try soon. Thanks.

madretz said...

Tom, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'd love to see your results.

Andrea said...

These are so fun! I did one one time of the bay bridges from Oakland all the way over to golden gate park. Bravo!