Cloning Yourself in a Photo

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  hard 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.  This 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.