DC Commission on Arts & Humanities recently commissioned mural artist Joel Bergner to paint Bloombars – a small community arts space in Columbia Heights, DC. Joel’s mural tells the story of a Felipe, a boy living in the “Favela (shantytown) City of God in Brazil.”
The image was created with an easy process in Photoshop, explained by DC-area Adobe guru Richard Harrington of the agency RHED Pixel – in a workshop on Photoshop for Motion Design at the 2009 DC Motion Graphics Festival.
To create the full image, four portrait-aspect (vertical) photos are combined in Photoshop by:
- Add all photos as individual layers to one Photoshop doc + select all layers.
- [click] EDIT >> AUTO-ALIGN LAYERS… (Photoshop will arrange all of the photos).
- [click] EDIT >> AUTO-BLEND LAYERS… (Photoshop will smooth out photo edges).
The process works best with about 40% overlap between single photos when shooting by hand, or by rotating a tripod head about 15° for panoramic or 360° images, according to Harrington.