My Entry in the Photoshop Masters group - Thomas Dodd

1: Tell me something about the image ..
“Beyond "is a portrait of Halley Mallison who is definitely my favorite model to work with . In addition to having a flair for the dramatic, she is also a costume designer who always shows up for shoots with multiple period dresses that she has designed . This picture was shot late at night on an abandoned bandstand in downtown Decatur Georgia . Halley was “working” the spotlight and this image was the result..

2: How did you create it?
The manipulation process involved in “Beyond” was actually quite simple. I began (as I always do) by converting the PPI of the file from 72 to 300, then I adjusted the contrast and saturation through using the curves pallette (as an adjustment layer) …I then cropped the photo to bring the focus more upon the subject’s face and began detailing the picture by subtly airbrushing some details and shadows on yet another layer (the opacity of the brush was set to 4). I then used a texture layer ( which was a picture of some ivy photographed in my back yard) and set the layer to “multiply”, adjusted the curves on that to brighten it somewhat and the piece was done….

3: What version of PhotoShop did you use?
CS2

4: Any tips or tricks you would like to Share?
It’s all about the Layers baby!
Save and Save often!
Any idea or filter you use should have it’s own layer
Use the polygonal lasso tool to cut and the free transform tool to adjust images….
Never stop learning new techniques and tricks!

5: How did you go about learning PhotoShop?
Trial and error mostly, although I did have an excellent online teacher in my early PS days – an artist from Egypt named Ahmed Sabry was kind enough to teach me some tricks (especially involving texture overlays) and I also did the tutorials on sites like Planet Photoshop and Photoshop Cafe which proved to be extremely helpful…

Interview of Thomas Dodd (aka “imageshifter”) by Randy Monteith

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