There is something super magic about a good Before and After! Anytime you play with 3 young kids, it’s a miracle to get them all looking at you.
The first image with the two youngest was a moment of peace and waiting. I snapped this image and was like “wouldn’t it be great if I could make this a photo of all three?”. Of course, as soon as that thought came, the youngest little princess ran off to play with leaves. Because that’s what 2 year olds do.
But I know my way around Photoshop. Before I became a photographer, I was in college for multimedia design. I’ve been using Photoshop since Photoshop 7 and so knew I could work some magic.
So I asked the eldest boy to go sit on the edge of the steps.
I wasn’t too worried about lining it up perfectly. I didn’t have my tripod with me but that’s okay, I didn’t need it. There were enough markers that weren’t going to move (door and steps) that I knew I could line it up properly. You can see where the youngest is playing on the left side of this image too. Busy busy little girl!
When I got home, I loaded up the images to edit and worked my way through. When I came to the one with the two kids, I placed the one with the single boy on a separate layer. I lowered the opacity until I could tweak and alter them to line up perfectly. Sometimes, I will change the Layer style to Difference, but there were too many differences between the two layers so it would affect the ease of use to line them up.
Then, using a mask, I masked out everything but the older boy and flattened the image. Then began the fun times of patching, cloning and spot healing. Because of the texture on the wall, I knew I wanted to overly a texture on top as well.
I think it turned out pretty awesome. Not only is my client going to be printing it large on her wall, I’m pretty sure I’ll also be printing it on a canvas for a sample.
I love creating a piece of art. Above and beyond creating beautiful photographs, creating artwork itself is something that can add additional value to your work.
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