Multiple Exposure Assignment 2 – Inspired by “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Inspiration comes from sometimes strange places, and sometimes not.  While I was shopping for groceries (of all things… even teachers have to eat), I was admiring the DVD/film poster for David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  That would be a pretty awesome assignment for multiple exposure.  And here we are.

The inspiration:

Like most inspiration, I’m not looking for a carbon-copy version of this, although I am modelling my assignment pretty close to the poster above.

TUTORIAL:

STEP 1

You need some decent photos to start off with.  The overhead lights will be set up in the studio for you to use.  It’s important to get the best shot you can in camera (we call that SOOC) so that you don’t have to muddle with it too much in Photoshop.  You need two portraits: a PROFILE and one of your choosing.

STEP 2

Bring both of your images into Photoshop.  Using your profile, convert it to Black and White (Ctrl + U) or Image > Adjustments > Black and White. Adjust to your liking, but make sure that the profile is mostly in darker shades, and your background is mostly white/light.

STEP 3

Adjust your levevls (if needed).  I pinch the blacks and whites to get good shadow and a nice, light background.

STEP 4

Using your profile, convert it to Black and White (Ctrl + U) or Image > Adjustments > Black and White. Adjust to your liking, but make sure that the profile is mostly in darker shades, and your background is mostly white/light.

STEP 5

Select your background using the magic wand tool.  Invert your selection (Ctrl + Shift + I), and copy (Ctrl + C).  Make a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N), and paste your selection (Ctrl + V) on the new layer.

STEP 6

Open your second portrait in PS.  Repeat steps 2-5 to edit basic levels and adjust to Black and White.

STEP 7

Take your second portrait (not the profile) and select the background with the Magic Wand.  Invert your selection to the portrait (Ctrl + Shift + I), and copy (Ctrl + C).  Select your profile, and Paste (Ctrl + V) your new portrait). Lower the opacity of both layers to see what works best.

STEP 8

Resize and develop a good placement for your 2nd portrait using the Free Transform tool (Ctrl + T).

STEP 9

Erase (with a soft edged brush) away whatever is outside your portrait silhouette, as well as any “halo-ing” that was included.  Using layer styles, go through the menu to find the best option (this was Soft light at 60%).

STEP 10

Dodge and burn anything that requires some touching up.

STEP 11

Google search for a landscape (make sure you are searching for a LARGE image).  Copy it, and paste it into Photoshop on a new layer.

STEP 12

If it is NOT black and white, convert it to Black and White now.

STEP 13

Resize it to fit the width of your canvas using the Free Transform tool (Ctrl + T).  Turn the opacity of the landscape layer down so that you can place it where you’d like.

STEP 14

Turn the visibility of your other layers OFF.  Select your entire canvas (Ctrl + A).

STEP 15

Using the gradient tool, make a gradient so that the sky fades into white or “nothing”.  The tool is found underneath the Paint Bucket.  Make sure your colour palette is selected White.

STEP 16

When completed, turn all all your layer visibility.  Drag your landscape layer to between Layer 2 and the background.

STEP 17

Use Google Image search, find a graphic element – I chose graffiti.  Copy and paste on your canvas.

STEP 18

Covert it to Black and White if it isn’t already.  I deleted the white background away from the image so that it will overlay correctly, and inverted it (Ctrl + I).

STEP 19

Free Transform (Ctrl + T) and place your image where you’d like.  Dodge and burn to your liking.

STEP 20

Save and print!  The finished result:

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