Behind the image

Ever seen an image and wondered how they did it? Micklyn Le Feuvre deconstructs this fun edit. Laughter and smiles can be fleeting, but with portrait photography they can be captured forever. Photographer Micklyn wanted to incorporate this concept for an image within an image - a photo effect that can display multiple pictures and emotions in one. Transform and Warp tools, layers and the Multiply blend mode are key, but it is important to remember a few things when shooting your photographs; get your subject to hold the paper as flat as possible; choose poses with the subject s face to the left, right, above and even below the paper; and always keep in mind the desired outcome so you get all the right shots in one go. Quick tip: Photographing fast-moving subjects (like children!) can lead to noisy images. Plug-ins like Topaz De Noise do a great job of dealing with that. HOW TO Combine shots. Edit multiple photos into one image. 01 CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOS To create your por trait within a portrait image, you need about five images, four of them depicting your subject holding a blank piece of paper and the fifth one a close-up portrait. The bigger the paper is within the frame, the easier it will be to assemble all of your shots together. 02 LAYER YOUR IMAGES Choose your first two images. Make sure that your subject s head is on alternate sides in each image. Copy and paste your second image into your first using Free Transform and, most importantly, the Warp tool to resize the second image to fit on the white paper of the first. 03 USE TH E M ULTI PLY MODE Change the mode of the second layer (and all layers thereafter) to Multiply. This allows the shadows of the fingers on the paper to show, which looks more realistic. Add a layer mask and use a black brush on the mask to reveal the fingers of the image behind it. 04 ADJUSTTHE BRIGHTNESS Continue adding layers, using the same process for each one. Adjust the levels and brightness for each image to compensate for the slight darkening that the Multiply mode causes. In this example the last close-up portrait was trimmed slightly to avoid it being distorted in the final image. 05 GRADIENT MAP LAYER Once you ve positioned, transformed and masked all your images and are satisfied with the final result, add a Gradient Map layer on top of all of them. Choose a gradient that goes from a light to dark brown. 06 OPACITY ADJUSTMENT Finally, change the blending mode of your Gradient Map adjustment layer to Color and reduce the Opacity to around 15% to give consistency and harmony to your colours and tones. This holds your composition together and will make it look more natural. Once you re happy, flatten and save your work.

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