The Last Of Us
For this image I shot myself in different spots on my home sofa. I imported the images into Photoshop and from there I started the editing process. I selected the image with myself on in the middle as my background layer. I then selected the image of me on the left hand side and cropped it to size so that I could line the sofa up with the background layer. I put a layer mask on my second layer and erased certain parts of the image that didn't line up, as well as I removed my arm from the image to create the illusion that it was behind the centre model. For the last part of this image I used the exact same process as I did on the second layer. After this was complete I adjusted my brightness, contrast and colour balance in each image so that it would all tie together and look seamless.
Take Back The City
This image is made up of three layers. The first image which I used for my background layer is a shot I took of an alley way in Glasgow. I applied a Gaussian blur to the image and then put the image into black and white. From there I used the my portrait image and put it over the top of my background layer. I then applied a layer mask to that image and used a hide all to remove the background of the portrait so that the alleyway would become the background. The reason I applied the Gaussian blur is so that It would create the effect of a shallow depth of field. I then used an image of a rock that I had taken and cropped it to size. I then placed it over the top of the models face and lowered the opacity and then selected the blend mode of "colour". I used a soft brush to remove all edges of the rock overlay so that It blended seamlessly into the rest of the image. After this I then used a brush and added subtle red eyes to the model and then selected the blending mode of "overlay" and then erased the unnecessary pieces from the red brush.
Rear View Mirror
This is another image made up of three layers. To achieve this image I created the image that is shown in the mirror first. I layered the image of the model looking down at the ground over the top of the image with the model laying on the ground. I then brought down the opacity of the layer down to create a transparent effect on this layer. I used a white brush tool with the opacity brought down to create a highlight/"aura" around certain parts of the image. I then merged both layers and then brought the image into the background layer. I resized the image so that It would fit into the frame and then used a hide all mask on the layers so that I could create the illusion that the image was actually sitting inside the frame. I then changed the background layer to monochrome so that the only piece in colour was that which is shown in the mirror.
Open Your Eyes
I made this image by using the photo of the eye as a background layer. I then took the image I shot of the clock and cropped the face of the clock out. I then used the free transform tool to make sure that the face of the clock fit over the iris. I then erased the top of the clock and the bottom so that the image didn't bleed onto the eye lashes. After that, I erased the centre of the clock so that the pupil was able to be seen. The reason that I did this is so that the clock face completely took place of the iris. I then cropped the third layer to size. I used a photo of rough cast from a wall and then put it over the entire image so that the full image was covered. I then selected the overlay blending mode so that The detailing of the models face came through the layer. I used a reveal all mask and brought out the rest of the eye so that It was clear. After that I created a new layer and selected a black brush and brought the opacity down and used this to recreate shadowing to help show detailing in the face of the subject.
ALL THE SMALL THINGS
This image is made up of eight layers. I started the image by cropping the background to 1x1. Each of the smaller subjects were shot individually. For each one of the smaller models a similar technique was applied. I first used the "quick selection tool" to get a rough crop of the subject. I then brought them into the background layer and then used the "Magic Wand Tool" to remove the rest of the white background out from the layer. I then used the free transform to resize each of the images and then put each of them in place. Layer 2 and 3 are the exact same image, the only difference is that I used the puppet warp tool to change the positioning of the model. I then applied a very light Gaussian blur to each layer from 3 - 7 to create the illusion that the model was gaining momentum as they were falling.