Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Having Fun with Photoshop!

A couple of months ago, I had just finished photographing an event here in the Bay area and had some extra time to visit a friend in the area. When I walked into their house I immediately noticed that something was wrong. It turns out that Mike had been stung by a bee right on his right eyelid. Ouch! 

His family suggested that, since I had all my camera gear with me, I should take his portrait. I grabbed my Canon R3 with the Canon RF 70-200mm lens and took some photos of Mike against his kitchen wall. After taking the photo, I told him that he looked like he had been in a boxing match. We all had a good laugh and that was that. Well...until I had an idea.

When I got home and downloaded all the images, I saw the images of Mike and thought that it would be fun to put him into a boxing scenario. What better than a "Rocky" poster! I searched the Internet and came across this Rocky III poster at a pretty high resolution. Now it was time to have fun.

I removed Mike's face from the background and resized it to fit over Sylvester Stallone's face. At home I have a Wacom Intuos Tablet which makes it way easier to manipulate the process.

Since this was on a separate layer, I could paint in his face without leaving any obvious lines between his jaw and the original neckline. I got really lucky that the light on Mike's face (coming from a nearby window) matched the direction of the light on Stallone.  

After looking at the photo a little longer, I decided that I needed to enhance the redness of Mike's right eye. I created an adjustment brush, increased the saturation of red and painted that in. After having a good laugh to myself, it was time to share the image with Mike and his family. I texted them the image and they thought it was hysterical.

Since I have the Canon Pro-4100 printer in my office, I had to take the image and print it poster size!

I have a bunch of 24x36 inch frames and saw this as the perfect gift for them. A couple of weeks later I framed it and brought it over to them. Now the big question is, where do they put it in the house? Mike wants it front and center in the house and his wife wants none of that! That makes me laugh even more.


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