Third Thursday Challenge: July
As you know, I am fascinated by the distorted world of reflections. For this month’s edition of the Third Thursday Challenge, I am creating my own version of reflected reality.
All the images in this post were created by “mirroring” – duplicating, flipping and combining images in such a way as to create a surreal, oddly dreamlike quality. While the images live in the real world, there is something surprising and unexpected about each.
There are many ways to accomplish the mirror effect. Lisa (Lisa Gordon Photography) recently wrote a post demonstrating the mirror effect using one of her fabulous floral images as the base photograph – demonstrating that the effect is not limited to architectural subjects.
The two black and white images in this post were mirrored horizontally. The image below was mirrored both horizontally and vertically, creating a mysterious floating stack – an image with an almost sci-fi feel. I know the abstract nature of these images won’t appeal to everyone. But I am intrigued by what can be created with this method and the uniqueness of the results. Maybe my experiments will inspire one of you to give it a try.
Here are my processing steps:
Photoshop Mirror Steps (CS6)
- Complete all edits on the original image and save the file.
- Merge all layers. Convert the Background layer to a regular layer (right-click on Background layer and select the “Layer from Background” option).
- Expand Canvas Size (Image>Canvas Size). Under the “New Size” section of the menu, change the drop-down to “Percent”, set the Width or Height to “100” and check the “Relative” check-box. The gray square in the center of the Anchor arrows represents the existing image area. Click an arrow to reposition the image relative to the canvas. The arrows point to where the new canvas area will be added. The new area of the canvas will be transparent. These settings will double the size of the canvas in the selected direction.
- Duplicate the expanded base layer. Transform (CTRL+T) the new layer, selecting the “Flip Horizontal” option (if you expanded the Width of the image) or the “Flip Vertical” option (if you expanded the Height of the image).
- Using the Move tool, position the flipped layer into the transparent area of the canvas so that the two layers line up and mirror one another. Save the image with a new file name.
Here are the edited images before mirroring:
What is your personal artistic challenge this month? How are you breaking out of your own internal creative boundaries? Share with us, won’t you?
You can read more about the Third Thursday Challenge feature here. The link will be open through the end of the month so you have plenty of time to participate. I can’t wait to be inspired by your explorations.