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Digital media development LO2 part 18

part 18 of my digital media sketchbook



for this part of the sketchbook i thought it would be a good idea to mix two portraits together. the background is the doubled over portrait with the focal point being the lady in glasses.

 the first development done with the layers selected ‘difference’ here is really nice and i like how the portraits eye in the background looks as though they are the ‘all seeing eye’ and protecting the lady who has come across as quite african looking because of the long slender neck and large necklace. the colours do mix well but i feel they are too vibrant.

 from the above image i used the ‘cutout’ tool from the filters selection just to add a different affect but unfortunately it was unsuccessful although it has tamed down the colours and are not as powerfully bright.

 i later used the gradient map on top of the ‘difference’ image and the bright colours makes the image look too busy; it shows a level of abstraction as well of which i am not too fond of as the portraits initially used before development were already abstract.


here i used a different shade on the gradient map from the previous ‘difference’ image. the chosen shade for this is the orange and red; now i know i complained about the image ‘being too bright’ a few comments above but for these i actually think the brightness works well. yes it is overpowering and yes it hurts your eyes but the colours are vibrant and summery as well as i just simply cannot stop looking at them.

 i decided to go a completely different way with this and decided to transform the ‘difference’ image to black and white using the filters gallery for the graphic pen effect. out of all the above images this is just simply the most successful. there are no colour tones to clash the portraits and there is also a sophisticated feel to the image as thought the ‘african’ lady is a model for vogue.



Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital Media development LO2 part 1

taken from the previous post ( here are the collection taken into the development stage.


firstly i chose the above image to use as a backdrop and created a new layer to place the portrait opposite on top.

   i then used the layer styles available within the layers box and chose difference for the above image. I also played about with other styles as well such as the ‘multiply’ style and the ‘vivid light’ style also taken from the layers box.

 this is the multiply styled version. A lot darker than the difference and the background comes across as the skin texture as it merges into the portrait.

i developed the above multiply image further by using the gradient map filter which can be accessed via Image>Adjustments>Gradient map.

 gradient map 1.

I really like how much lighter this brown and white tint from the gradient map has transformed the original ‘multiply’ image shown above. It has also given the image a vintage 1940′s poster feel as well.

 gradient map 2.

The orange and blue gradient tint of the ‘multiply’ image has become abstract yet still looks like a poster with a vintage touch because of the blending between the portraits head against the background. The reason i say it looks abstract is because it is hard to make out the mouth and nose and overall shape of the face…without the distinctive glasses the image would be almost impossible to make out as a portrait.

 gradient map 3.

I personally loved this when i first created it yet now i feel it is not as strong as the previous works above. I feel it the brightness it too overpowering and despite the glasses it is very much hard to make out that the overall image is supposed to be a portrait.

 this is the vivid light technique that i experimented with from the layers selection and gives a highly contrasted result as well as being bright. Only problem is that you can not fully see the background details within the face unlike the previous works shown above therefore making the image look unfinished and bland.

 lastly for this work i only used the painted portrait and managed to manipulate this by using the plaster technique with the layers of which are accessed via Filter>Filter gallery>Sketch>Plaster. As you can see it has an almost glass painted effect and has a slight gradient tint to the image of which you are able to choose via the light option that shows up once you have selected ‘plaster’. The light can be changed in all different directions via this light option.

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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


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