Experiments: Photoforge by Oveck [Tutorial]
My name is Oveck, I’m a singer-songwriter/ Visual Artist who is passionate about photography. I try to catch moments, reactions and expressions but I also like to manipulate the images adjusting them to my own vision. You can find me as @oveck for my color and double exposure experiments as well as @leblancetlenoir for my black & white work. For my music please visit my website www.oveckmusic.com
To create this image I used 2 of my favorite apps Photoforge2; to create the layers and blends and VSCO CAM for toning. I used one of my pictures (portrait) and one of @danotis #danotis_freeforall pictures (landscape)
1- I start by uploading both pictures to photoforge2 creating 2 layers (layer #1 portrait of the girl and layer #2 landscape)
2- I position layer#2 where I want it, in this case I place it on top of the shadow that’s being reflected on the girl’s body so when I use the blending options I get the desired results.
3- I create a duplicate of layer #2 so I can decorate the bottom part of the picture doing the same as step 2. This duplicate is now layer#3
4-At this point I will blend layer #2 and layer #3 to layer #1. I do that by selecting blending mode – lighten.
5- Next, using the layer mask tool what we want to do is add a mask for both layer #2 and layer #3.
6- Select the masked layer and make sure that the brush color is all the way to left to be black*, adjust the brush size depending on the area you want to erase. I like to keep the brush hardness to the minimum, so it gives me a softer blend instead of a cutout look. Repeat the same steps to layer #3. *If you make a mistake, you can always go back by selecting the brush color to be white.
7- The next step is to merge all of your layers and crop the final picture using the crop tool to 3×4. After that export your picture to your camera roll.
8- At this point all we need is to give the tones desired to the final image. I do that by using VSCO CAM app. I use preset #4, adjust temperature to 1 and highlights to 1 as well. Then export to Full/Maximum file size.
9-My final step is to create a white border for my final picture since I crop it 3×4 and I want to fit it into a square but maintaining the full image. You can do that by using Squaready app or I prefer to go back to Fotoforge2 and create a new project adding my picture to a white background.