Land of the Shadows

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Tutorials & Walkthroughs | One Comment

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This is a walkthrough tutorial for a wallpaper that was taken and manipulated for a contest on www.Shadowness.com

I was putting off entering the contest because I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do, I know I wanted to do photography and also typography, at first I had an idea to a typographic piece. I still remember it, may just try it sometime but it’s a pretty basic idea. When I was telling Meng To I planned on entering but didn’t have a clue yet how and when I’d ever get started all of a sudden I got this idea. I had recently bought some beads for another concept but I thought, why not give this a ‘shot’ lol.

So I got started plotting exactly how I would get the beads first to stay on the thread and keep them suspended. It’s a pity I don’t have my lights set up in the shot, I was just taking progressive photos as I wanted to keep track of progress, but I definitely don’t use any kind of professional equipment for lighting. Will get to that in a bit.

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So here are all the things I used, the thread, flat white beads, the lettered beads (I didn’t use all of those). I cut all the thread some at different lengths and tied a knot at the end of each, then I put the flat bead through as a base so that the heavier letter beads would have a stand so it won’t fall through when I hang it.

 

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This is when my presentation goes a bit sloppy lol, I use my tiny desk to take almost all my photos and use my laptop, it’s pretty small and right by a window. I searched the house looking for something tall enough to suspend the dowel/stick and I found cardboard cartons. I then spread black bon paper on my desk and rest it against a surface against my window and taped it into place. With the black background absorbing the light I needed to bounce the light so that it won’t be too dark at the sides, so I taped white A4 paper onto the cartons to help reflect light.

I used two basic lamps, one is a night lamp that has a cover to the top so the light is directional and a compact fluorescent light that is on a stand, I got a bit of paper and folded it to direct the light because it has no cover. If you want to have dramatic lighting, the lighting should be speculative/directional to create dark shadows, if not you can cover the light or use a diffuser to get softer light. Be sure to use a tripod in low lighting, I was using a tripod for this.

In figure 2, the small night lamp was to the front on the right and the stand was positioned at the back on the left, this was a taller lamp so I was able to cast shadows directly beneath the beads. The lighting diagram is to give you an idea for lighting, pretend that the flowers are the beads.

 

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I started placing the beads on from the middle letter so I would know where the first and last letter would be. So that the placement won’t be permanent in the case where I had to move the beads I just taped them into place, tying it would have taken way too much time. Also I placed the beads at least an inch apart from each other and varied the lengths so it’s a little funky. The colour appears blue here because of the white balance.

 

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If you noticed, none of the letters spell out Shadowness and they are on a diagonal, so I had to clone out every letter excepting the heart. Figure 6 is a raw edit where I played with colour and sharpened the image a bit.

 

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Here is when I started to edit the image in photoshop. I cropped it then started to work on cloning out the letters.

 

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Finally all the letters have been cloned out, I enhanced the colour and rotated the heart so that it would be facing the right way and added a bit of an outline to it to make it prominent. I then looked for a font that would somewhat match the Shadowness logo and placed them onto the cubes using the skew and distort tool for the right perspective.

 

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With all the letters edited on.

 

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Finished piece that has been resized and re-cropped to meet the contest size requirements, added some black to the sides and made the image darker.

Hope you found this to be inspiring!

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Ambarina
    January 1, 2012

    I have loved this wallpaper since the start when you had put it on shadowness……….:P

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