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Cloning Yourself in a Photo

Multiple Subjects in Same Image
Multiple Subjects in Same Image
A tutorial about how to Photoshop yourself into an image, click the image to enlarge

Yes, it was a bit of a slow day. I didn’t have a lot of other work to do, so I decided it was time to make a bit of a marketing piece for CSK Creative and show that I work so ┬áhard that I’m like nine people (or something more clever to make up for my doing nothing on a slow Friday).

Anyway, here’s how it’s done. You can basically do this little trick wherever you have reasonable control over the circumstances (your frame can’t move much), consistent lighting and a bunch of narcissism (you’re putting up a bunch of pictures of yourself, after all). Set up a tripod with the EXACT framing you want, then lock it off and connect a timer. You can do this with a physical shutter click, but the post production gets exponentially more difficult with every little bit you move the camera, so I suggest using something like the Vello Shutterboss timer I used.

Next, take a bunch of photos of yourself doing jackassy stuff (it’s a word, don’t think about it). Make sure you’re within the frame.

Tutorial on Cloning Yourself in a Photo
Clone Yourself in a Photo using Photoshop, a tripod and a timer

After you’ve got a suitable amount of frames, bring them into adobe photoshop and pick one as your base photo. ┬áThis photo will be the background that everything else will be on, so keep it locked. Next, copy each one of your frames and paste them into the background as a new layer and start erasing everything that’s not the thing you want to clone in the photo. Keep doing this until you have a fair forgery, then color correct each layer and flatten and you’re done!

This was sort of a fast tutorial, so if you need more info, contact me and I’ll walk you through it more step-by-step like.