Make your own Flipping Backgrounds using Photoshop

Hey Folks…How you doing?

Ok so I’ve got a question for you…

Do you ever find it a little ermmm ‘challenging’ to get the right background for your composite images? Yes?…Well how about trying some Flipping?

Let me explain…

Thursday last week I was up in London spending time with friends [Link] and also went for a stroll to photograph bits and bobs that I could use later to build up a London themed background for a picture I was working on.

I wanted to make a background that would suit one of the shots I took of model Stuart Warren from one of my recent workshops where he was dressed as a London Gent in a Suit with a Bowler Hat and carrying a Newspaper under his arm:

Now I don’t know why but nothing was grabbing me and I seemed to be taking shots of all or nothing but once I’d got home and managed to take a look at exactly what I’d taken one image had some potential but would need some work; you see I like the left hand side of the picture but the right was just, well…

Solution = Flip It
It’s not uncommon that one side of the road has everything I want but then the other side has all kinds of ‘junk’ in it but all is not lost as in this case where the solution was to:

  • Copy the Good side
  • Flip It over

…followed by a few minutes working with the cloning & healing tools

Oh yeah, one thing…before I did the ‘flipping’ I used the new (& bloomin’ amazing) Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop CS6 to make sure that the verticals and horizontal lines in the left hand side of the picture (good side) were ok.

Of course at this point I ended up with alot of duplication having  2 vans, 2 sets of people etc. so these were removed and to finish things off details were enhanced, a bit of contrast added and the sky replaced with one that had a bit more atmosphere:

So if you find yourself unable to get the background you need all is not lost; find one side that you like, flip it, add a few tweeks and you’re done:)

Tomorrow I’ll post the final image where I’ve added Stuart into the scene and I’ll also include a quick Behind the Scenes walk-through of the lighting set up, shoot and before/after images.

Right must dash, however if you have any questions or comments then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the mean time,


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June 15, 2012 - 7:15 am

Running Late: A Quick Look Behind the Scenes (Photo Shoot & Retouch) » Glyn Dewis - [...] As for the background, in yesterday’s post I went through how that was put together where one side of a street was flipped and you can check that out here [Link] [...]

May 2, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Kevin Halliburton - Glyn, yer a flippin’ genius mate!

May 2, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Russ Robinson - Will definitely have to give this a try sometime…thanks for sharing.

May 2, 2012 - 11:48 am

Gene McCullagh - Thanks, Glyn! That’s a brilliantly simple solution.

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