For my upcoming self-portrait project, I’m toying with the idea creating composites of my image represented on formal forms of ID with self-portraits from my own camera. There is some creative reasoning behind this, but in this post I’m concerned only with Photoshop technique.
Displacement filters are a way of shaping flat images (for example texts of flags) so that they mould to the shape of a contoured image (for example a face). Hoey, explains in detail the technique. Briefly:
- Create a desaturated, high contrast version of the image you wish to use for contours and save it as a separate file (must be 8-bit).
- Position (or ‘transform’) the flat image so it is aligned as required with the layer of the contoured image – preparing it to receive the displacement treatment.
- Use the filter/distort/displace menu to apply the filter to the flat image (at this point you will need to select the saved file as the ‘displacement map’).
- Change the layer type from normal (eg to linear burn) and tidy up using masks to obtain the required effect.
Here’s a screen shot of my Photoshop work. And the final image is the featured image for this blog post.
Some further experimentation and a few additional steps to add for improved results:
- For the displacement map image, make a selection of the front of the face only (output selection to a new file for ease of saving/adjusting)
- For image to be over-layed, use transform tool to fit to size of face. For a flat image use the filter distort/spherize to roughly shape to the face.
Added steps produced the attached image –
Hoey G. YouTube. Wrap a texture or pattern around an object – Photoshop Available from: https://youtu.be/iHNO4Sgnw5E [accessed 21.2.16]