Paint away the sur­face

Cre­ate a sur­real ef­fect us­ing a paint­brush, a model and a touch of edit­ing magic!

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This type of im­age may ap­pear com­pli­cated to cre­ate but in fact it is very easy to do. All you need is a model (you can use your­self and the self­timer set­ting if you can’t find a will­ing par­tic­i­pant) and a paint­brush as a prop. You’ll also need to use some type of im­age-edit­ing soft­ware where you can cre­ate sep­a­rate lay­ers to work on. We used Pho­to­shop, but we also tried this ef­fect with Affin­ity Photo (which worked just as well us­ing the same process) and Pho­to­shop El­e­ments. In El­e­ments we had to find an easy work-around as you don’t have the Black and White Ad­just­ment Layer fea­ture the other pro­grams of­fer: we du­pli­cated the back­ground layer, then changed the top layer to mono­chrome and added a Layer Mask.

To shoot the main im­age, we hung up a black back­ground be­hind our model and used nat­u­ral light from a win­dow to il­lu­mi­nate them with a soft, flat light. We had to in­crease the ISO set­ting to com­pen­sate for be­ing in­doors, and had the aper­ture set to f/4.5 to en­sure all the fea­tures on the face were sharp. You’ll need to di­rect your model to get the paint­brush nicely in po­si­tion for the shot, and try a few dif­fer­ent ideas out if you’re feel­ing creative!

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