How did we create last Sunday's "Faraday the Intrepid Reporter," anyway?
It's a technique known as compositing.
The first thing we did was search for a fedora on Flickr that had a Creative Commons 3.0 license with permission to alter the photo. We did this by using Flickr's advanced search option, scrolling down to the bottom and selecting this:
Then - yeah, you guessed it - we cut Faraday out. Now we have Faraday in one layer and the Fedora in another.
We created the PRESS card by freeforming a white card (lasso+fill) into a new layer and using the "create warped text" option in Photoshop's type tool:
The pencil and his notepad (made same as the press card) went into their own layers.
For the background, we searched google for free clipart of the U.S. then used a woodgrain image to create the paneled walls and shaded rectangles of various shades of blue to create the news desk behind him.
(If it looks familiar, that's because we used SNL's Weekend Update set as our inspiration!)
One way to add a bit more believability and depth to a composite image like this one is to add shadows. Here, Faraday's hat has its own shadow, as do the notepad and pencil.
In all, the Photoshop file ended up 11 layers deep. Whewwwwww!
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