I’m pleased to be able to post about winning the Photoshop Creative readers’ challenge competition featured in issue 117 with the results published in issue 119 which is out now!

 

The challenge!

Here’s the brief story. Each month Photoshop Creative magazine holds a competition for readers by giving them the challenge to take four random pictures that the magazine has chosen and turning those four images into a creative piece of artwork. It can be quite a challenge! You can use your own images if you like, and you don’t have to use all the images. However, I prefer if possible to set myself the challenge of trying to use only the four images supplied – and I was able to do that for the issue 117 challenge.

 

The process

Below are the four images that were supplied:

 

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I spent some time considering how I could combine these images to make something that worked, and eventually settled on a space/sci-fi/tech theme as these seemed like the strongest images.

The most difficult manipulation for this composition was making the hand and phone image into a tablet with no hand in the image. After some work, (I’ve included the reflection on the tablet – this was actually added later when it was clear how the reflection should look in the overall context of the image) I got to this:

 

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Once I had isolated all the elements I needed to make the picture, including the running man, the flower and the tablet (I decided to use the space image as the background) I was able to combine these elements, and build the final image. Once built, a little additional Photoshopping magic by hand with the addition of shadows, lighting, reflections, blends, tinting the final image which I called ‘To the Limit of Technology and Beyond’ emerged:

To-The-Limit-of-Technology-and-Beyondsm

 

What Photoshop Creative said…

Here’s what Mark of Photoshop Creative magazine had to say about the image:

‘We love the way Trevor has shifted the tablet’s perspective. It’s hard to use all four images into the one picture.’

 

And here is the final image in the magazine along with the issue front cover:

pshopcreawinPC119

 

A fresh challenge!

You can enter the latest challenge at Photoshop Creative here: http://blog.photoshopcreative.co.uk/readers-challenge/