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Tue, May 19th - 7:23AM

Never ending staircase illusion
Now you have gained some photo restoration skills you can use them to create a realistic photomontage. Below is a Photoshop tutorial where I will help you create a never ending staircase.

Never ending staircase

 

Photo restorations are my speciality but for something a little different lets make a never ending staircase illusion from textured with wood, stone, grass or whatever you choose. When you see photo restorations, do you wonder how they were done?, you probably wonder how the illusions are done too?. Here is how to make your own photo montage illusion. Create a document in photo shop around 4000 x 2000 pixels. File / new / and fill in the pixels width and height.



We need to show the rulers and change to centimetres. View / rulers Then right click on the now visible ruler and select centimetres. We need to show the gird now. View / show grid Now go to View / Snap to / Grid, to make sure the lines we draw are all consistent. To check that your screen settings are the same as mine go to edit / preferences / unit and rulers

 

copy these settings in the above image Back to the image. On a new layer draw with the polygon lasso tool from the tools palette, a diamond. Use 5x3 squares per quarter to draw your diamond shape. This gives us an angle of just about 30 degrees which is very important for this to work.



On new layers, draw the other two shapes as per the image above. Now merge the layers. Select the freshly drawn layers in the layers palette and merge them using Layer / merge layers. Copy the layer and paste and repeat this and arrange the steps as the image below.



Select all these layers in the layers pallet and duplicate them all. Right click in the layers palette and select, duplicate layers. With the layers still selected flip them. Edit / transform / flip horizontal. Use this process by ordering your layers and copying and pasting to get the result below.



Now let’s use something to make to the steps look more real. Find a picture of a stone slab or a piece of wood, plastic, metal or even grass and cut it out into the shape we first drew, (the diamond and its edges). You can do this on a separate layer and change the opacity of the layer in your layers palette so you can see the original diamond step underneath. Using wood this can be achieved fairly easily. You may need to use the warp or scale tools, or liquefy (sorry I won’t be explaining how to use these tools here - but search the net I am sure you find what you are looking for)



Now repeat the steps we used to create the stair case and position your steps above the others and you will have your staircase. Now use it creatively! You can experiment with amount of steps just by shortening the sides of the stair case using the grid we first set up.



Here is one in stone! I created this myself with some stone slabs and some clever cloning and shading. You could use anything, plastic, grass, just use your imagination.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial brought to you by A quality photo restoration service www.image-restore.co.uk restorations of old and damaged photos.
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Mon, May 4th - 1:36AM

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Mon, May 4th - 1:31AM

Board based black and white photos 20x16 inches
What has been keeping me busy over last few weeks has been restoring a fair few black and white photos on fibrous cardboard. This type of photo seems to have had the light sensitive emulsion painted onto the board and then exposed to light. I would suggest that such large sizes of paper could not be made so the photographer simply grabbed a stable matt cardboard base and painted on the chemicals. The resulting image is a very soft focused photo without any hard defined edges.

With this photo board it has a matt finish and absorbs moisture very well. If you have any very large old photos, perhaps stored in the loft, still in a frame in a plastic bag, please dig them out and put the somewhere dry and warm before they suck up the moisture in the cool damp air, circulating around your loft. As they do this they swell a little and often grow mould of varying types. The fine black soot-like mould and dry white, spidery feather-like mould, possibly mildew. Neither of these do your photos any good, its best to dry them out slowly and then dust them off very lightly with a soft artist’s paint brush. Once the worst is off, use a little photographer’s canned air to blow away the spores, but do this outside otherwise they will just settle in the house and not too close to the photo either.

Once it’s all clean get your photo restoration professionally restored.. The process of degradation is already happening and there is not a lot you can do to stop it!
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