The challenge from Noah Scalin’s book that I took today, was to make something heavy seem light. Chaos the cat is actually on a diet (so he’s heavy – ha ha!), so I brain stormed with John Holser ideas to make Chaos seem light and we came up with the idea of having him jump from one table to the other with a green screen behind him, then make it seem like he was flying.
John took the photo with a little help from me, and then I altered it in Photoshop Elements 10 with a little help from John. This was actually a rather stressful project and really I’m just glad to be done with it. I am NOT a Photoshop expert and I spent hours and many more frustrated hours fussing with this. Again, bless the experts in Photoshop, because working in it made me want to pull my hair out. I really get a lot more pleasure from creating something physical rather than digitally manipulating photos. Perhaps that will change in the future if I pursue more Photoshop training in the future? I doubt it, but who knows.
On the other hand, I rather ridiculously worship this cat, Chaos Love and Joy Super Kitty, and I think it’s funny to have a surreal photo of him flying like a little angel. I’m rather pleased with that. I actually had the sky bright magenta at one point, which I liked, but it really made the little green screen fringe around him more visible, so I kept the sky blue. And I put in sky scrapers along the bottom of the frame at one point, but I liked it more disorienting and surreal without them, so pulled them out.
So today’s cat is finally done! Whew.
12/18/2011 – adding some photos that might be interesting…
the green screen setup
Chaos looking for his motivational treats (isn’t he so handsome?)
Chaos leaping – part of his name is “Superkitty” because he was such an insanely athletic kitten.
Chaos partially cut out – I did a better job later in the process but didn’t save the layer as a separate shot.
The wings I used.
The sky I used.
This was an alternate version. Hubby was pushing for a cape on the cat instead of wings at this point. You can see how his edges aren’t fully cleaned up here – there’s a trace of green around him.
That’s all. Just thought I’d add some of the process.