REQUIREMENTS FOR SHOOTING:
- Choose whatever subject you like- person, place, object, etc... (see ideas below)
- Shoot 2 different scenes, with a MINIMUM OF 40+ PHOTOS FOR EACH. (80 TOTAL) More is always better.
- ZOOM IN and shoot CLOSE UP shots of different fragments of your subject.
- Shoot the entire scene, try shooting a whole row across the top of your subject, then shoot a whole row below that, then below that, etc until you know you've covered youR whole subject.
- Each shot should OVERLAP the next, so that you don't have any gaps in your final piece.
- Don't move from where you are standing during the entire time you are shooting. Keep your zoom the same as well.
- Try tilting your camera left or right as you shoot to get interesting angles.
- Create a name for your new file "LastFirstName_Hockney"
- Make your width and height 16 by 20 inches (vertical) or 20 by 16 inches (horizontal).
- Make resolution 240 ppi (pixels/inch).
- Choose background contents - Transparent
- Click OK.
Now open Photoshop.
- Create a new, blank canvas by going to FILE and then choose "New"
- Set up your screen so that you have your "Hockney" photo folder OPEN and VISIBLE on your desktop behind your photoshop workspace.
- Choose a photo from your Hockney folder and drag and drop it on top of your canvas in Photoshop.
- Use your MOVE tool to RESIZE the image, MOVE it and ROTATE it to where you want it.
- Make sure you make it small enough that you can fit all of your other photos on the canvas.
-HINT: HOLD DOWN THE SHIFT KEY ON YOUR KEYBOARD WHILE YOU RESIZE YOUR IMAGE!!! This will keep the ratio the same as you re-size, so your image doesn't get "squooshed" or "stretched out" looking!
- Click the "Commit" Check Mark in your tool options bar when you are done re-positioning it.
- To make it look more like an actual photo collage, we will add a shadow underneath each image.
- To do this, look in your layers panel and click on the FX button on the bottom.
- From the Fx menu, select "Drop Shadow"
- You can keep the settings as they are, or if you want to, play around with them to change the size, direction and darkness of your shadow.
- When finished, click OK.
- Now you will select your next image from your Hockney folder and drag and drop it onto your canvas.
- Pick up your move tool and resize, move and rotate it so that it lines up with the image you placed before it.
- It is ok if the color or exposure doesn't match up exactly, it will add to the collage-feel of your piece.
HINT: if you shot your photos in a sequential way (in orderly rows for example) it will be much easier to place your photos, just go in order and place each photo next to the one before it.
- Remember to add a drop shadow to EVERY PHOTO that you place.
- Keep repeating these steps until your image is complete.
- You do not necessarily need to use ALL of the photos that you took, but you do not want any gaps in your image.
- You can include as much or as little of the background as you choose.
- At this point you may want to experiment a little bit with background colors to see what looks best.
- To do this, scroll down on your layers panel and select your background (bottom-most) layer.
- Select a color and use your paint bucket tool to fill with a different color.
- You can pick out a color from your photographs to use as your background color if you want.
- Sometimes, choosing a background color that is already present in your image can help create UNITY (feeling that everything "goes together")
- To do this, pick up your EYEDROPPER tool and click anywhere on your image to choose that color.
- Then, switch back to your paint bucket tool to fill the background with that color.
- I used a blue shade found in the couch for my background.