Epic Photo Editing with Affinity Photo
Today our digital behavior takes us all the way to Africa!
In the last video we talked about rising Adobe subscription prices and I promised to show you how to CREATE using Affinity photo, the best Photoshop alternative. Before we get started, let me go beyond the photograph here with a real quick backstory.
My son and I were baking cookies, and while they were in the oven I was taking some shots of him in the kitchen. He started making a face while he was watching the cookies bake. It seemed to me like he was envisioning all of the cookies being shoved into his face. So I I was loving his expression and snapped this photograph. But looking at it the way it was with the plain kitchen background, I didn't really love what everything looked like around him. What instantly came to mind was - What if he was making this face while standing in front of a yawning lion? Ha. Brilliant!
So that's the quick story of how the idea for this photo came about. Now let’s get to it.
Using Affinity photo editing software, we can make my vision of “Boy meets lion” come to life. First, we need a Serengetti background image. And we also need a yawning lion. I’ve already done a quick search and found these via copyright free images on Flickr and getting the highest quality images I could find. And now we can begin.
Before we start, we do need to ask ourselves an important question. What size do we want the finished artwork to be? Is it for web or for print, or both? When working on photo editing, personally I like to make everything for print because you can always size down. It’s harder to size up. So make your project whatever size you think you might want to print it if that’s what you are going to do.
Also, what color space should we choose? CMYK is used for press printing. We don't really need that here. Most photo printing places accept AdobeRGB. And sRGB is for web. So I'm going to choose AdobeRGB. Then later, when I save it for web, I can save to sRGB. If I do choose to turn this into a print, AdobeRGB jpeg will work fine.
For this particular project, we are using a transparent background. Now we need to start masking out our subjects. So you want to grab the selection brush tool and start selecting your subject. I like to get it as selected as much as possible, then go up and select REFINE. We can also go in and fine tune our selection, so we will spend some time doing that, too. You might have to switch back from foreground to background in order to get things looking good. When you are all done, you can select the New Layer with Mask option. This way it gives you a copy that can be cleaned up more later if you need to, and you will probably need to.
Once we have both subjects cut out and we’re happy with the results, it’s time to place them onto our background. In the background photo the light is coming from right to left, so we need to flip the image of the boy so that his back is to the light. This will make it look more natural. Then, add a color over the top of all the images. This way all the images have a similar color cast. A lens filter will work. Now is the time if you want to add some text to it. Or you can just leave it looking like a photo.
Since the background isn’t photographically correct to my added images, we need to do one last thing to make this background look right. We need to make it look all the same, so let’s apply a blur to the sharp area. And just like that, you now have a super cool African safari photo, without ever leaving the house.
Until next time, behave yourselves!
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