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Man in the Mirror
Man in the Mirror
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Challenge: Update Your Avatar (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jan 15, 2012
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2012

Thanks all for the kind votes and comments!

For those wondering, this is a very easy effect to achieve: the result looks much more complicated than it really is to do. The prerequisite is that you have basic knowledge of layers and masks.

Main steps are as follows:
1) Shoot a portrait. Use a background that will be easy to mask out (such as green screen if you can, but anything slick will do).
2) Mask the background out
3) Continue masking things out, and cut slices through the face, using a small and edgy brush, doing plenty of small irregularities (to simulate torn paper)
4) Copy the remaining face slices in separate layers, so that you can move them around, and position them as you like
5) Shoot some pieces of torn paper
6) Mask them out, and position them behind the face layers. Transform/Rotate/Deform them as needed.
7) Add some shadows on the paper to make things as convincing as possible
8) That's it! You can add any background of your choice. I chose a very simple one, so that the image doesn't look too crowded.

Feel free to PM me if you would like some more details. Have fun!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 90
Avg (all users): 7.1123
Avg (commenters): 8.4375
Avg (participants): 6.8644
Avg (non-participants): 7.2266
Views since voting: 3568
Views during voting: 500
Votes: 187
Comments: 29
Favorites: 5 (view)


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02/04/2012 08:31:08 PM
LOL, easy for you! Not me! great job!
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01/24/2012 10:38:12 PM
Another of wonderful vision and execution. Very nice.
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01/23/2012 03:34:16 PM
You are the absoult MASTER of PP... I'd like to be in your brain for a couple of days with a note pad!!!!
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01/23/2012 11:59:04 AM
Surprised not ribbon winner still a great image.Congratulations on 4th.
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01/23/2012 07:20:50 AM
Great work and thank you so much for the detailed explanation.
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01/23/2012 04:34:01 AM
Congrats on the HM, can we see a tutorial please?
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01/23/2012 01:48:26 AM
I'm going to have to reverse-engineer this :-) Congrats on the HM
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01/23/2012 12:49:43 AM
One of my favs, congratulations on another top 5 entry Christophe!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2012 11:56:53 PM
It's hard to believe so much creativity lies within your mind. Just great!
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01/20/2012 09:41:05 PM
Oh Christophe, you've torn yourself apart with the effort. Very cool effect, and marvelous lighting, as usual.
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01/19/2012 12:44:09 PM
somehow it lacks umph 7
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01/19/2012 11:25:37 AM
Super work as always,can,t see this being beaten its a superb image.
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01/19/2012 07:38:11 AM
Very skillfully made! Very nice!
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01/18/2012 05:49:07 PM
Hah, even shredded I still recognize you Christophe the Conqueror! Or should that be Conjuror?
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01/17/2012 10:27:12 PM
Love the creativity as usual. See you on the front page again and thanks for the interview. No doubt another 1x entry as well here. I have no clue how you match up the textures of the back of your shirt through the neck so flawlessly.
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01/17/2012 02:32:56 PM
Master Never Fails to Impress!
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01/16/2012 11:11:37 PM
Great idea, brilliant execution!
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01/16/2012 10:40:52 PM
Great idea. Yes, the mirror does this often.
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01/16/2012 05:08:53 PM
Great take on surrealism (or the invisible man :).
I don't find the, uhh, inside gray colour too convincing and tridimensional, if this makes sense. Not sure if a different hue on it or on the background would have made a difference under that respect. Good work.
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01/16/2012 04:49:48 PM
Tear appart
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01/16/2012 02:26:05 PM
Creative with a cool effect. Didn't realize what you had done from the thumbnail.
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01/16/2012 11:41:55 AM
Another awesome effect, what did you use for this? Great shot.
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01/16/2012 11:26:09 AM
Gives new meaning to getting ripped. LOL Great technical skills!! 8
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01/16/2012 08:24:49 AM
Nice expression..
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01/16/2012 07:56:50 AM
Very nice. I can't find anything wrong with this as it works so well as a photo on it's own, a portrait and an avatar (sized down)...great job! Can't wait to see how you pulled it off so I can start doing the same thing (Hint hint: let us know how when it's won the blue).
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01/16/2012 06:52:44 AM
As always, stunning!
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01/16/2012 05:48:09 AM
Fantastic idea and superbly executed
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01/16/2012 12:30:56 AM
You gotta stop ripping yourself apart, Christophe, or soon there'll be none of you left...
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01/16/2012 12:14:23 AM
I wish this counted for our team, Christophe... But, I'm glad it counts for your score. Wonderful!
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