Photoshop, 67 Layers and a Super Hero!!!

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: August 1, 2011

Category: General

Hi Folks.
Thought I’d kick the week off by sharing a composite image with you that I’ve been working on since last Saturday’s Workshop [Link] and also give you a look at the lighting set up for the original shot plus the editing involved…

Lighting Set Up:
The original studio shot of our model for the day Steve Lewington was taken at the end of the Workshop’s morning session when we were going through full length shots and here’s a lighting diagram to give you an idea of the set up…

Decided to shoot Steve on grey seamless as it was a full length shot and this would enable me to bring over the original shadows into the final composite as opposed to ‘painting’ them in.

One thing that isn’t shown in the lighting diagram is that for some of the shots a silver reflector was held just out of shot by Steve’s left shoulder to throw a little bit of light onto his chest; without it his chest area was going a bit too dark because of his position to the medium octabox.

Here’s the original starting point i.e. the ‘out of camera’ image and next to it the final composite (minus the title) which took somewhere in the region of 7 hours, contains 67 layers and has a file size of 1.5Gb 🙂

The images below show some of what was used to make up the final composite minus what was drawn in Photoshop…

  • The original studio shot of Steve
  • 2 photographs of sky/clouds (thanks to Joey L [Link])
  • A photograph of the road near to where I live along with some cracks in the tarmac  (All photographed with a point and shoot on the way to the local pub one evening)
  • A helicopter and an atomic mushroom cloud

The Editing:
I would normally include a written walk though of exactly what editing was done in Photoshop to get to the final image but quite frankly it would take forever and a day especially as it’s made up of 67 layers. So as a compromise and to satisfy the ‘Photoshop Hungry’ of you out there I’ve stitched together the layers panel so you can see the kind of things that were done such as: adding in the road surface, the cracks where Steve has punched the ground, the sky and so on, and to see it just click on the ‘View Full Post‘ link below:

So there you have it…Photoshop, 67 Layers and a Super Hero 🙂

As always, if you have any questions or comments about the original photo shoot, the editing in Photoshop, or just would like to add a comment in general then please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the meantime,
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. DaveT

    Fantastic vision and creativity, not to mention the Photoshop skills. I can’t begin to imagine working on a file of this complexity and layers, what vision you have. Well done Glyn.

    • Glyn

      Cheers Dave 😉

  2. Ali Rajabi

    Dear Glyn, Hi

    Strong Composite, Love Your way for Using Channels, Dodging

    and Burning. The Cracks in the road are beautiful.

    And finally the Unsharp Mask Contrast is my favorite. 🙂

    Well done

    • Glyn

      Hey Ali, thanks for that…glad you like it 😉

  3. SC

    Love it – very cool.

    • Glyn


  4. David Kelly

    Fantastic work Glyn and thanks for sharing the layers panel info with us. I need to take a bit of time looking at those in more detail given that I’m hoping to achieve a similarly veined superhero theme for my image of Steve. I’m hoping mine won’t take any where near as long as this has taken you though!

    BTW Are you sure you don’t want to do a walk through video on this? Speed it up a bit and I’m sure it’ll only take a few minutes to run through 😉



    • Glyn

      @David…Looking forward to seeing your picture mate…sounds fascinating. Oh and re the video walk through…not a chance! 🙂 lol

  5. govind vekaria

    WOW – and I thought I was taking too long on a photo (normally 10minutes).
    Terrific result. Well done

    • Glyn

      Thanks Govind; hope all is well with you 🙂

  6. babaljeet singh

    wow……….. Fantastic ur work glyn.

    • Glyn

      Thanks for that 🙂


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