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Here’s a new thing I learned recently.  Super-quicky custom borders.

Both methods start the same.  You can take a new PS file (I used an 11×14 300 PPI because I don’t see a good reason to upsize any custom-made PS files; I would much rather downsize).  Create a new layer.

How you proceed can go one of two ways.  You can take the lasso tool and scribble a haphazard rectangular area, select the area and fill it in with black.  The alternative is filling the entire canvas with black and taking a specific clear stenciled brush to the edge.

Whatever area ends up in black will be where the photograph shows through, so take care to have a useful shape.

The clear brush (or blank area) is the key to this working.  If you end up with a black and white palette, it won’t work.

Drag the new layer onto whichever photo you desire the border.  Adjust the size of the actual border layer to fit on top of the desired photograph.  After the retrofitting, move the base layer above the new layer.  If the base layer is the background layer, either convert it into a movable layer or drag the background onto the “New Layer” icon to turn it into a new, alterable layer (this is an option I consider infinitely more desirable than altering the background layer) and place that new layer above the border layer.

Move your cursor between the two layers, and press option+mouse to apply the border layer to the base image as a layer mask.  If it doesn’t work, make sure your border layers are black and clear… not black and white- which will result in no change.

Images to come!




Today, our final Chuck Egerton assignment will be turned in.  I’m feeling oddly nostalgic and quite strange.  Assignment 4 is to create an “iconic” image that represents our photography.  I’d been playing around with a business name that I actually kind of like and wanted to create an image based on that name.  So without furthur ado- my iconic image.


And finally, the business card.

Squared Business CardSince it is a composite shot (I was foolishly working with hot lights… never again) there is no static exposure value.  I still really love this shot.

Our latest assignment (and I have gotten sort of behind in posting these) was to make a model portfolio package for a hypothetical client.  I actually lucked out in a big way when my coworker Amanda agreed to be my victim.  I suspect the grand total of time we shot was around 8 hours, not counting the retouch work but overall, I feel like I came out with some really great shots.

Here are some of them.



I did a bit of filtering on her skin in the above shot to forgive any minor flaws.



The positioning was a little tricky with that shot just because she had to be perfectly within the frame.

This dress is misleading

This dress is misleading

Yeah… ummm… I’m sure you can tell the background is really white.

This dress is fabulous

This dress is fabulous

Had to do a bit of post-production on most of these but for the most part, nothing big.  Didn’t get shots of the setups (my bad) but otherwise, I’m happy about this.

While I continue my personal vendetta against little Jimmy, the kid who showed up to his photoshoot with rips in his face, I needed an outlet… that outlet being something I could actually accomplish versus a mad quest undertaken in a moment of absolute insanity.  So, meet Little Suzie.

This actually isn't as bad as it looks.

This actually isn't as bad as it looks.

First, I moved the top right of the photo to where it was actually supposed to be and then did a crop around the entire image and added a new black border (I really didn’t see any point in trying to preserve the integrity of a border).  Then using the channel mixer, I converted the photograph to monochrome so I’d have more control of the output and so all the yellow wouldn’t distract me.  I did a minor overall level adjustment and then a major adjustment affecting only the whitest parts of the photograph (Thank you, masking layer).

I actually added the black border last but it's here now.

I actually added the black border last but it's here now.

Luckily, at this point, it actually looks like a workable image.  Using the patch tool and clone stamp, I corrected the flaws on the horse and added a bit of density to the blown out areas.  Then very roughly got the crack out of the majority of the background.

Looking better!

Looking better!

For the little girl, I cloned and healed the crack out of her face, then copied transformed and pasted the cute little flip in her hair to the other side (honestly, I just thought it would look cool.  There really wasn’t any reason beyond that)

With that done, I used the patch tool to move some of the bricks into the hot spot above the horse’s head and a small middle gray overlay to correct that weird dark spot on the right side of her head.  Then I added a sepia filter to warm the image and more closely mimic what was probably an aesthetic effect in the original photograph.  Then I signed my name.

The final image, little girl all fixed up!

The final image, little girl all fixed up!

Beware Little Jimmy.  You’re time will soon come.

This is Little Jimmy:

We can rebuild him.  We have the technology

We can rebuild him. We have the technology

Little Jimmy has some problems.  You can’t even begin to think of the numbers of problems Little Jimmy has.  Think of how many problems you have, then multiply that number by a trillion.  Yeah, that’s Tuesday morning for Little Jimmy… and he’s still got the rest of the week to go.

He’s all sorts of torn up.  Unfortunately, I’ve decided to make Little Jimmy’s problems into my problems because I can’t back down from a challenge even when I’m clearly out of my league.  Everything I’ve done to Little Jimmy has made him look like the recipient of bad skin grafts (which, coincidentally, happened to be a lot of what I did with the clone tool) and when I finally figured out how to fix it, it was far too late to do.

So, now I throw down my gauntlet in the direction of Little Jimmy and all Little Jimmys everywhere.  I will rebuild him.  I’ve got the technology.  Now I just need a calibrated monitor and some more skill.