I experimented with the technique of “layer masking“, to develop my technical skills in photo manipulation and to make my self feel more comfortable with this technique.
I wanted to externalize my feelings through this graphic, which was between fear and anger.
I thought that an appropriate tool for accomplishing this is the skull.
Some of the process:
I sat in front of the camera and I took pictures of myself to use them for editing.
I duplicated the layer with my picture , changed the blending mode to multiply and opacity to create a darker environment and to show as better as I can my feelings.
Also, I experimented with the “Leves“, the “Curves” and the “Hue/Saturation” of the picture to bring it as much as is can closer to my expectations.
I remove the background as we learn in our lecture in Lens Based Media with a Layer Mask.
To create the torn skin and the skull as I stated before I used “Layer Masking“.
I created a Layer Mask to my picture and then with a very smooth brush I began to paint my skin to create the perception of the torn skin.
After the paint, I experimented with the layer styles to create the red edges and shadows, to seem more realistic..
And here is the result….