So today we thought we'd use the Cat Art Hop to show you what we did to make it all happen. (Other than buying the radioactive salt shaker, that is!)
Remember this photo of Allie?
Here's what went into the making of it:
First, we found a photo of a hazmat suite we could legally use and alter, using a Creative Commons search on Flickr. We found this photo by Mathew Ursua:
We cut out the suit only, using the lasso tool in Photoshop, then did the same with a photo we had of Allie. Below, you see all the layers we used and how we used them.
We highlighted the blue/green gloves and used the Hue tool to change them to Allie-Pink.
We did the same with the yellow suit. And then we grabbed the background from the photo of Faraday sniffing the (empty) shielded container (see Thursday's post).
(In case you were wondering, yes it was a real container but nothing had been in it for months, rendering it totally safe. [P 103 has a half life of 16.99 days.] But even when it did, the sources inside were shielded as well. Honest - no kitties were harmed in the taking of these photos!)
The layer I think that makes this image the most "believable" is the one that contains the highlights & reflections for the plastic face shield.
To achieve this, I created a brand new layer, sandwiched beneath the hazmat suit but above Allie.
Then I free-traced long bars that met up with the reflections in the plastic. Before I used the fill function, I feathered the edges by 2 points. After filling the selection with white, I changed the opacity to 35% until it looked transparent.
For more way cool Cat Art, hook up with the Cat Art Hop at Athena's blog here!