ADVANCED IMAGE EDITING

IMAGE ONE - ORIGINAL AND FINAL IMAGE
IMAGE ONE - EDITS MADE WITHIN LIGHTROOM BRUSH TOOL
IMAGE ONE - FINAL PHOTOSHOP IMAGE BEFORE LIGHTROOM EDITS
IMAGE ONE - LAYERS WITHIN PHOTOSHOP

Before deciding the names and the ideas of my edits, I had to think of what I was going to do; I decided for all images and the theme of my edits, that all images were going to be self portraits based on mental health in some sort of way which makes someone from the outside think. All of my images, I went for being self portraits - as already stated, and to do this, I set my camera up in the studio, before then putting it on a timer (of 10 seconds) and taking the shot(s) - due to this, it actually became a challenge in itself to try and get the image I wanted.

For my Image One of my Advanced Image Editing Brief, I decided to name this image "Looking In From The Outside." For this image, I actually took a photo of my whole face, and then cropped the image into my eye where I then started the edit. Once the image was cropped, within photoshop, I then tidied my face up, getting rid of the spots, and straggly hairs from my eyebrow, meaning that there was nothing unwanted which was eye-catching, and to do this, I used the "Clone Stamp." While I was changing the Iris (to an image taken of a Christmas Laser Light), I had to create many "Channel Cut-Outs", which is shown in the screenshot above, while using "Content-Aware Scaling" to resize anything which needed to be resized, so it would fit into the image without distorting.

IMAGE TWO - ORIGINAL AND FINAL IMAGE
IMAGE TWO - LAYERS WITHIN PHOTOSHOP

For my Image Two of my Advanced Image Editing Brief, I decided to name this image "Trapped With The Flames." For this image, I actually took a photo of myself standing within the studio, with my back to the camera, with my light to my right hand side, while my background image being taken at Dalquharran Castle in Dailly, Ayrshire. Like my first image, I had to create many "Channel Cut-Outs", which is also shown in the screenshot above, but before doing this, I used "Advanced Blending" for effects within the background image, as well as a "Texture" (using "Smart Object") to give the background image a rough effect, which I feel adds to the image as a whole. While using the "Channel Cut-Outs" of my self portrait, I also used "Content-Aware Scaling", so like with the image before, it would fit into the (background) image without distorting. While also downloading some flame and smoke "Brushes" where I then created the fire and smoke to complete my image.

IMAGE THREE - ORIGINAL AND FINAL IMAGE
IMAGE THREE - LAYERS WITHIN PHOTOSHOP

For my Image Three of my Advanced Image Editing Brief, I decided to name this image "The Demons Are Always Watching." For this image, I actually took a photo of myself standing within the studio, facing side on to the camera, looking towards the light, which was to my left hand side, while my background image being taken at Dundonald Woods in Dundonald, Ayrshire. Like my previous images, I had to create many "Channel Cut-Outs", which is like before, are shown in the screenshot above, and while using the "Channel Cut-Outs" of my self portrait(s), I also used "Content-Aware Scaling", so like with the image before, it would fit into the (background) image without distorting. While editing this image, I used "Advanced Blending" for effects within the layers of the image, specifically being used on the layer(s) of my self portrait, which I created to be the shadow / demon, to include an "Outer Glow" and to also to include a "Colour Overlay". And as well as using "Advanced Blending", I also created a "Smart Object" onto one of my self portraits, where I then used a "High Pass" filter, and "Colour Enhanced" that single layer, by changing the "Exposure" and "Brightness / Contrast".

IMAGE FOUR - ORIGINAL AND FINAL IMAGE
IMAGE FOUR - LAYERS WITHIN PHOTOSHOP

For my Image Four of my Advanced Image Editing Brief, I decided to name this image "Faded." For this image, I actually took a photo of myself standing within the studio, facing side on to the camera, looking towards the light, which was to my left hand side, while my background image being taken at Dalquharran Castle in Dailly, Ayrshire. Like my previous image(s), I had to create many "Channel Cut-Outs", which is like before, are shown in the screenshot above, and while using the "Channel Cut-Outs" of my self portrait(s), I also used "Content-Aware Scaling", so like with the image before, it would fit into the (background) image without distorting, as by using "Content-Aware Scaling", it keeps the image in proportion while you are resizing it. While editing this image, I used "Advanced Blending" for effects within the layers of the image, specifically being used on the layer of my background, which added in a "Gradient Overlay" to then give a darker feel to the image, which was what I was aiming for, as well as using "Smart Object" to put some "Smart Filters" onto my self portraits, which included "High Pass" and "Gaussian Blur", and for my final edit to complete this image, I then added a "Curves" adjustment layer on top, to finish the exposure / brightness etc. for the image.

IMAGE FIVE - ORIGINAL AND FINAL IMAGE
IMAGE FIVE - LAYERS WITHIN PHOTOSHOP

For my Image Five of my Advanced Image Editing Brief, I decided to name this image "On The Other Side Of Happiness." For this image, I actually took a / several photo(s) of myself standing within the studio, facing side on to the camera, looking towards the light, which was to my left hand side, while my background image being taken at my gran's house, in Dundonald, Ayrshire, although one of my self portraits (the laughing image) was actually an accident, and not an intended image, but once it had been taken, I got the idea to do this as a final image for my AIE Brief. Like my previous image(s), I had to create many "Channel Cut-Outs", which is like before, are shown in the screenshot above, and while using the "Channel Cut-Outs" of my self portrait(s), I also used "Content-Aware Scaling", so like with the image before, it would fit into the (background) image without distorting. As well as doing this, both of my self portraits were converted into a "Smart Object", so like my edits before, I could then created "Smart Filters" such as the "Gaussian Blur" which I used for the self portrait which is the reflection, and the "High Pass", which I used for the self portrait which is the main focus of the image, as well as editing the "Brightness / Contrast" for this layer, so that it would blend in with the background, rather than it being two totally different contrasts. Along with changing the "Brightness / Contrast" on the layer(s) of my self portraits, to complete my image, I also used a "Brightness / Contrast" and "Curves" adjustment layer to complete my image.

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