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My advanced bookbinding class last spring took on the big project of coptic stitch books and so to reward them for all their hard work and patience as I worked out the kinks of teaching a group of people a very tricky stitch, I made everyone in the class these fun little accordion books! Illustrated Octopus Miniature BookThis Octopus Miniature Book is one of my most popular posts - here I've polished up the photos, which show the illustration process of adding color to the octopus drawing. 5 Great How-to Books on BookbindingAre you interested in learning bookbinding, and wondering how you can get started binding your own books? I’m a little late to the party but just have to say how beautiful your work is:) Love, love, love it! A great technique for creating motion, mood and action in an artwork is to give the sense of a story coming to life.
In this fantasy photomanipulation tutorial, you’ll learn how to start with just a few stock images and quickly build up an incredible story-based artwork. Ok to start off with we will need our base stock, the stock that everything else when be put into and that we will build upon. Once you have your first tentacle (or other stock) isolated you can just drop it into your canvas as I have done here. Next we need to switch over to our eraser tool, we want to erase all of the tentacle that is beneath the book.
You can see I left a piece over the pages of the book, so it looks like the tentacle is pressing against the book and its skin or what have you is rolling over the edge.
If you would like you can now take some of the tentacles, size them down, place them like we did before and then apply a Gaussian blur with a radius of about 2. Now its time to make our book pages look like waves of the ocean… or some kind of body of water. Now we can create another new layer and draw some darker blue lines and white lines, similar to waves. Now we can start the detail work, so switch over to your 3px brush and create another new layer. If your really struggling with this part or are without a tablet you can always try isolating the white seam foam from a stock image!
Now on a new layer (or if your comfortable on the existing layer) using the same brush we can begin to paint the water coming off the pages and down the back of the book. As you can see in the below (and above) screenshot, I filled part of my water up with pure white giving the illusion of a reflection caused by a light source.
Proper cloud isolation is a key to keeping this looking good, and if you do it as I describe here its a simple technique that will look like something that took hours to complete. Once you have the cloud image go ahead and paste into your Photoshop document, I have placed another layer beneath it filled with black to ease in the isolation. Now that ‘okay’ was selected, you can see that you have a nice selection around your clouds. We will use this eraser to clean up the edges of our clouds, which should be fairly easy to spot out on this black background.
If you have a Wacom or are just really good with a mouse, you can set the size of this brush to about 15% with a size jitter on set to brush pressure and zoom in to erase out circle motions and areas to create something that will look like “fluff marks”. Now its time to create our sky, to create the sky we first need to create a layer beneath all of our other layers except the original base stock layer.  Once that is done set your brush up like mine is in the below screenshot but be sure to set your brush opacity to about 35%. To start off go ahead and create a new layer on top of everything else and fill it with black. Go ahead and click the layer mask button on your layer tab, it should look like a square with a circle in the middle.
Once your star field is done merge the two layers down, set the blending mode to screen and erase anything you don’t want. Now just copy this jellyfish into our document in Photoshop so we can begin editing it into our piece. Now we can press E on the keyboard to grab the eraser tool; we will then right click and grab the standard 300px soft brush, we want to change the hardness to 100% rather than 0. Once the levels are fully adjusted we can then change the blending mode for this layer to screen, this blending mode does not allow any black to be shown which means we are done with our isolation of the jellyfish! Now just continue dropping in more jellyfish up and in your sky as we have done previously. To get a multi colored jelly fish like in the below (and above screenshot) I created a new layer and just lightly painted over the jelly fish. Now its time to add in our boats, we will start off with a boat provided by Shoofly-stock over at Deviantart.
Since it’s a png render we don’t need to cut the background out, just choose which one you want to use and place it! Now we can do the same thing but this time with a stock render graciously provided by DarkRiderDLMC over at DA, again, much props to them for putting this up for us to use! You can do this a few times, I think I have 3 in my piece, or you could not do it at all, its your piece!
I just must let you know how amazing this is, im very thankful and excited to start this tutorial! Levitation is said to be some sort of skill that allows human to float in the air and yes, nobody did that successfully until now. Honestly I’m quite surprised when I discovered there are thousands of quality levitation photos existed in the web.
I believe it will be an extremely quality photo with ultimately interesting or spooky concept applied like Broken Wings, Heaven and Insomia.
Reproduction of materials found on this site, in any form, without explicit permission is prohibited. If the above video is not displaying properly, you can watch the YouTube video tutorial here. The Multiple Exposure feature is located in different areas of the menu system for every camera - use your intuition, check your camera's instruction manual, or Google search to find where it is located. For the second shot, bump up the Exposure Compensation to around +2 EV and take a picture of whatever you want (I like trees with leafs on them) and make sure the background is 100% white for this image as well. After you have taken two shots, they will automatically stack and should show up in your LCD screen (you can't retrieve the original individual images if using a Nikon DSLR). If you want to use previously taken shots, or don't have a multiple exposure feature on your camera, you can do this in Adobe Photoshop (The image above was done in PS). Create a new Photoshop document and drag and drop 2 images into the Photoshop document so the two images show up in the bottom right in the Layers Palette as 2 layers.
After you have created your images, post them in the PhotoExtremist Flickr Group or the PhotoExtremist Facebook Page!
If you enjoyed this video and article on multiple exposures, I highly recommend my e-book and video series Trick Photography and Special Effects which has over 300 e-book pages and 9 hours of instructional video content focusing solely on universal creative photography and Photoshop techniques just like this one. I like to disseminate understanding that will I’ve accrued with the year to assist enhance team efficiency. Generally I don’t read article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to check out and do so! Bought the ebook but it only has 192 pages instead of 300 and only 3.75 hours of video instead of 9 hours.

Camera doodle by CD Muckosky; all other digital supplies are by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard. Before I started creating photo books, it was really overwhelming for me to figure out where to get started. Not too long ago, I did a follow-up post where I shared why I am still printing my photo books with AdoramaPix, that you can read if you would like. I always keep an itinerary in a spreadsheet form for any trip I take to Disneyland or Disney World. When creating a photo book, I like to have all of my photos in one folder EXCEPT when they are taken on different cameras.
I did a lot of really fun things with this book and will be posting about them in the coming days.
I also like it because it’s fun to see us riding a favorite ride a few times, but in different clothes because it was a favorite. This tutorial is featured on, a great resource for Photoshop tutorials and techniques. If you’re going to attempt this, set aside at least an hour and a half for completion.
If you attempt this, please share your graphic design creation by posting a link in the comments. I’m about to start making these as inserts for the placeholders at my wedding reception. That was the printer that did that beautiful writing – I just printed it out before I cut up the strips for the insides of the book. I obtained my two tentacles from Shutterstock but you can get them else where or use something entirely different, in the end its going to be your piece after all! So press E on your keyboard and set your eraser tool up as mine is in the below screenshot and then just erase it away!
So to start off we will switch over to our brush tool (B on your keyboard) and set it up as mine is in the below screenshot.
This is a very good thing as it adds to the realism of the water and I would highly suggest you do it as well.
So once its clicked go ahead and use the eye drop tool and select the blue close to the cloud, this will select all the blues in the photo. It will look like your not getting all of the cloud selected, just the inner most cloud will look selected. I choose to copy in case I make a mistake, that way I still have the original and won’t have to go looking for it again. If your familiar with the level settings you can adjust them your self, for the sake of this tutorial will not go into depths about how it is used. You can see they look really rather grey in my screenshot as they will in yours, this is ok since they aren’t 100% opaque.
Usually the corners and sides of the document retain some strange edges so those are always a good place to start. If you don’t then don’t despair they aren’t as visible after we finish the piece and size it down as you would think, they become tiny details that are nice for large resolutions or prints. This is actually incredibly easy, all you need to do is grabbed a feathered selection in the clouds like I have done in the below screenshot and then just make it into a brush.
Fade it from the top downwards, meaning the top will be the darkest section and the as it reaches the clouds it will disappear. Doing this will get rid of the grey stars and help open up some negative space so they don’t look so clustered and awful.
I used a small 3px hard brush with white and painted some brighter stars to go with my noise stars.
Once we have our brush set up we will just quickly erase all the debris that are floating around in there with him. To do this we will need to pres CTRL L on the keyboard, we will be moving the far left triangle over to the right a little bit and then pressing ok or ENTER on the keyboard.
Since this is on a pure black canvas we can handle the same way we did the jellyfish, just set to screen and clean it up! I added in a few birds and some drips coming off the tentacles that look like the below screen shots.
I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial and it has helped you understand a few concepts or at least showed you some techniques you did not know.
Well, in fact everything is possible, all you need to do is believe yourself, seriously, believe that you can achieve it! However, it’s an interesting concept that has been played out in many movies to impress people, thus attracting photographers to produce their own fantastic work of levitation. Many has done photography with levitation effect, but only few can create the effect with very natural feel, such as this dazzling work. Fantastic composition, the reflection is perfect and the ripples even makes the levitation effect more realistic!
I wonder how she got the permission from the gas station to do this, amusing and creative work anyway! Beautiful production with magical feel, falling cards are the best part that makes the entire photo more realistic and believable.
Different with most photographers, Natsumi Hayashi prefers jump to create the levitation effect, but her works are even more realistic than most photographers who embraced photo manipulation. Sensational work with great model acting on, model is probably the most important element in achieving most realistic levitation. Just as its name, this tutorial will show you the entire process of creating the photo with levitation effect as below. Extremely detailed article sharing how the author achieves the levitation in her photography, a must-see article. A tutorial that not only teaches you how to create the levitation effect, but also sharing the tips to make the entire work more realistic. Not really a tutorial for complete beginner but a good read for those who want to apply texture into its levitation production.
Step by step tutorial guaranteed to help you get anything ‘levitating’ in your photo, worth a read!
This is actually not a tutorial, but a good documentation to show you how photographer creates levitation photo by just using jump method, which is also the method embraced by famous levitation photographer, Natsumi Hayashi. While I bet you will love Broken Wings also, let us know your true favorites in your comment! This used to be achieved in the days of film, where you would take one picture and then instead of advancing the film strip to the next frame to take the next picture, you would simply leave the film in the same place and take another picture right on top of it.
Most higher end Nikon DSLRs (D300s and D800 for example) have the multiple exposure feature in the camera's menu system. Auto-Gain automatically attempts to neutralize the EV, which isn't useful for the high-key nature portraits.
I would recommend experimenting and taking each shot by themselves to see which settings you need to use in order to get the background to be 100% white for each individual shot, +2EV is only an estimate and is only what I was using on that particular day, all situations are different.The key is to just get the background to be white and not gray - use whatever settings necessary. You can then continue to take more and more double exposures until you get a really good one - I took dozens if not ~100. You also can try experimenting with "Multiply" (The Multiply blending mode will darken instead of lighten).

My youngest sister and I were at Disneyland to test the Capturing Magic iPhone Apps (before we submitted them to Apple for the first time), so I didn’t have the luxury of using my own apps to help me document the trip. Sometimes the times on cameras can be a little off which will put the photos in a crazy order when viewing them by time taken.
So I selected two photos of our room and then the photos, that were actually taken one of our last days of our trip, in front of the tower our room was in.
If you find yourself wishing you had photos of specific things to help tell your story, check out Katie’s post and be sure to grab our apps for your next trip! I’ll fix it, but the camera doodle is by CD Muckosky at The Lily Pad and everything else was by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a surreal photo (see image below) in Photoshop. The resources used in the tutorial (textures, stock images, etc.) are available for download so make sure you grab them! For the front cover, put glue on the sheet facing you and then lay the cover on top like you’re putting together a sandwich, keeping the accordion folded (second photo up from the bottom, on the left). The main thing to keep in mind is that you need to get something you like and that is of a decent size, mine for instance is 2000*3000. They are showing some of the black from the layer beneath it which is exactly what we want, that way later on it will be showing the blue from our sky layers. But since this brush is not 100% opaque or hard, it will aid in creating “Fluffy” clouds, so any strange parts of the clouds you don’t like go ahead and erase them now as well.
Once your brush is made play around with the size, opacity and scatter jitters until you have something that suits you.
So go ahead and press “CTRL L” on your keyboard to open up your level editor and set yours up as mine is in the below screenshot.
Basically it will render some cloud like blobs in black and white causing our stars to only be seen where the white clouds are on the layer mask. The stars I painted are the same size as my noise stars so it’s just basically putting a random dot on your canvas if you wanted to do this. Try and get the strange over saturated red patches as well as all the little floating things.
Doing the manual adjustment will darken all the blacks in the scene and cause the grays to become pitch black which is a very good thing.
I was thinking of some of my favorite painters and the luminous quality to their work when I edited this.
Respected the hard work of the photographer too, you can probably check out the entire process behind this epic shot.
When it’s used correctly, levitation is one of the greatest way to tell a heart touching story. A must-read for levitation photography’s learner, as the author revealed his tricks for all his levitation photos, explained in video and photo format! With such richful productions, I’ve been thinking what makes a good levitation photo for now?
Taking or editing the shots in Black-and-White usually produces the best results because you don't have to worry about color theory or anything like that - black and white just works.
You can achieve a white background by having the sky fill up the background behind your head (having the sun directly behind your head and lined up with the lens will produce the best result. Some cameras automatically turn off the multiple exposure feature after you have taken one multiple exposure - if you find that this is the case for your camera, simply turn the multiple exposure feature back on before you take your next set. It was so overwhelming, that for a long time, it stopped me in my tracks from creating anything. I have since used it on a trip though, and the information that the app gathered, as I was using it is really great to help me remember what we did when.. I selected those photos by holding the CTRL key (CMND on a mac) and clicking on each photo. You’ll learn the basics of combining stock photos, how to blend them in by adding light and shadows, and complete it with a vintage photo effect. Make sure there’s no glue sticking the pages of your book together before you tie it and leave it to dry. Then I just drew all over the sky area, applied a Gaussian blur with a radius of 250px and set the layer up as a overlay layer.
The three triangles are in order of right to left, black level, gray level and the white level. Or if you have any tut suggestions please drop a comment, we are always looking for new concepts! Okay, I’m talking about achieving levitation with the help of cheat tool like Photoshop.
So all you have to do is sit there for now, enjoy these inspiring examples and, may be, get yourself ‘floating’ in the air afterward!
Light overcast days are theoretically ideal, but not necessary.) Using flashes against a white wall to create a silhouette also works.
The Nikon D800 has an option to leave the multiple exposure function on all the time, making things a little faster. I’m going to share with you a few things I have learned over the years and give you some tips to help you get on the road to creating a beautiful Disney photo book.
Make sure you check the invert box as well so that we will be selecting everything that is not blue, rather than selecting everything that is blue. You can find them virturally anywhere but below is a small compiled list that should help you get started! However just like the last time, be sure to erase anything you don’t want, for instance I don’t want the top of my child’s head to be blue, so I erased that segment.
Your results should look something like the below screenshot, however keep in mind that the difference cloud filter is randomly generated. Note: these tips will also work if you are going to create a scrapbook, an album, or anything else with the photos from your trip.
Last, I often rename the photos to number order in the book for each story (ex: this first story (or page) will have 4 photos, so I named them all 1-DLhotel1, 1-DLhotel2, 1-DLhotel3, 1-DLhotel4. For example, our first day the Fastpass line for Radiator Racers was super long, we ended up with 5:30pm times. This way, when the photos are uploaded to AdoramPix, the ones that go together, can easily be found. We planned the next day to hit it earlier, with me grabbing Fastpasses, and the rest headed to the standby line.
The white level was then moved to closer to the grey level which means the white spots have become even whiter.
We had a magical moment where I ended up with my party even though I came through the single rider line, and they were in the regular line.

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