Whilst I continue to struggle to find the time and people I need to complete Part 2, I’ve been getting ahead and planning for Parts 3 and 4 in the hope of completing them quickly and making up lost time.
Browsing through Part 4 I noticed the projects involving montages. As I have been working a lot with layers in PS I decided to go back to some earlier shots I took of old boxcars at Dungeness, which I’d started to play round with using as frames.
The state of the boxcar and the surroundings bring to mind subjects of industrial decline and decay. One of my earliest memories of industrial decline is the miners strike back in ’84/’85, so I went looking on line for the newspapers of the day.
To create the image I followed these steps:
- Created solid background layer colours bright blue.
- Added the boxcar photograph as a layer, then used the background eraser to clear the ‘panes’. The bright blue background helped highlight exactly what was being removed. initially I cleared large areas using a solid round brush, then switched to smaller textured brushes to blend in the edges.
- Placed each ‘cutting’ on a separate layer.
- Arranged the cuttings on each layer until I had them where I wanted, and set the blending mode to Darker Colour – I tried them all to see what worked best.
- Further blended some of the cuttings using a very soft textured eraser brush, just to get rid of some harsh lines.
- After saving the PSD file with all the layers, the image has been flattened and slightly desaturated before saving as a JPEG.