35mm Film Cell

Today you’re going to learn how to take different photos and composite them into one film cell. When we are finished it should look like a scene from a movie, but one you have created. Something like this:

To get started we will need to open up a new document, 945px by 630px. Then compile some great images that you think would look good together, something to set a mode or tell a story. Also we will need a picture of a piece of film. Now I have done the hard part and found those images.

Now I’m going to start to put this crazy puzzle together. Position the two walls to form a corner.

Rotate the wall picture to line up the light projected from the window on to the wall.

Next we will have to trim some off the window picture to make a straight edge.

Line up the wall picture parallel to the window picture

Now we need to correct the color of the two images to better match the wall shades. Adjust the Hue/Saturation of both layers, by going to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation (or shortcut keys Ctrl+U).

Here is the selection I picked. I saturated and tinted them a little yellow orangish to give it that warm feeling.

Next we need to add some depth by adding a shadow to the corner of the wall. We accomplish this by using the burn tool, set to a low opacity. Now brush lightly vertically over the back wall and just at little tint to the window layer in the corner.

Now we add the filmstrip layer on top. Select out the middle of the cell with the magic wand and delete it. Clean up any edges if needed.

Change the layers blending mode by selecting the drop down menu in the layers panel. Select Overlay.

Next duplicate the layer. Drag the layer down to bottom right hand corner to the new layer icon.

Select around the film piece and inside the notch holes.

Now create a new layer. And with the paint bucket tool, fill the new selection
with white.

Select a person from another picture and place it in between the wall layers and the filmstrip.

Duplicate the wall with the light layer and stretch it over the body. This will make it look like he is in the room under the same light.

Change the blending option on this layer to overlay or linear light.

Go back to the body layer and select around the body with the magic wand. Now delete the excess from the overlay layer.

Next change the opacity and fill to lighten the effect.

Now we are going to make a shadow on the wall. Duplicate the body layer.

Go to Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast in the menu bar.

Turn the brightness all the way down. Now you have a black silhouette of the body.

Resize the shadow so its a little smaller. Hit Ctrl+T to do a free transform. Make sure to hold shift while shrinking the shadow. Also skew the image a little by holding ctrl and dragging the corners of the transform box, to make it look like its on the same angle as the wall.

Next we need to change the blending option to overlay and turn down the opacity to about 20%.

Now we are going to darken up the image and make the sides of the film blacker. Make a new layer then select the gradient tool.

Select foreground to transparent with black as your foreground. Also select radial gradient.

Make a gradient from the center of the image to the top edge.

Now turn down the opacity to about 20%.

Next make another layer but on this one reverse the gradient. Go from the center to the top again.

And also turn down the opacity to 20%.

Were almost done. Now create a new copy of the film outline layer. And lets add a drop shadow, not too dark and make the distance look like it is a half-inch off the ground.

And for a more realistic effect instead of it sitting on a blank canvas lets and some concrete underneath it.
Find a good concrete texture place the layer underneath the top shadow and select the outline around the film and in the holes.

Now delete the selection from the concrete layer.

And that’s it, I hope you had as much fun with this one as I did. Come Back and See More At PhotoshopDigest.com.


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