Poster photo manipulation

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Poster photo manipulation:

Poster photo manipulation

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This shows the initial pictures that I used for my front cover. I chose this image as the skin is palest of the pictures I took, the brow is hitch up and the eye is wide which can look like when someone is surprised and afraid. I cropped in closer to the eye as I wanted this to be the main focus of the poster. I felt that this would be good as the eye is a key identifier of the villain due to the blood and the pupils and yet it hides a lot of the face which can lead to an enigma. Who is possessed? What are they really like? The hiding of the rest of the face shows there may be several parts to them that we do not know for example, the possessor and the host.

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The first step I took was to add the white layer. In order to do this on Photoshop I added another layer which I then used the paint bucket to make white. I changed the opacity so that I could see the eye underneath as a guideline and using the rubber tool I made a kind of blood/runny shape which would reveal the eye. I wanted the white as this poses some link with the front cover of the magazine with the blood to come, the white pale skin and dark blood red creating a juxtaposition again of the pureness of white and danger of red. As though the white is sterile and untouched but the red is tarnishing it.

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The next part was to add the red. To do this I added another layer, filled that in as red and then layered it so that it was underneath the white. I played with the opacity setting to see where I best liked it, how much eye would show through and how much of it would be red. Additionally, at this point I began to erase more of the white to make it look more like blood, adding splatter and drips so that it seemed more authentic.

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To get to this next point I found for a start that the image was too soft. It wasn’t striking enough, not enough shadow to make it low key and seem more like a horror film. In order to change this I then began to adjust the contrast and brightness. I found that the brightness could give it a more sterile feel, make it seem more inhuman. Additionally, as my trailer shows that much of the film is in a bright and high exposure, it seemed to link more to that. The contrast was also adjusted so that there was more shadow definition and to be sure that, just like the front cover, the red and white and black were as striking as they could be to contrast with one another. Additionally I found that I didn’t like the pupil, the contact lense seemed to show so I used the paint brush and eye dropper to pick the right colour and cover up the pupil.

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I then found however that there seemed to be too much white on the image with the lack of a pupil and white around the outside. As the eye is the focal point, I wanted the viewer to be drawn to something within it. Something that might just tease or symbolise something within the movie. I used the paint brush tool once more on Photoshop, adding another layer and drawing the shape that I wanted on it. This shows a heartbeat line which I chose as it looks irregular and an irregular heart beat can be linked with fear. Additionally because in my trailer there is a frequent heartbeat which is underlying throughout most of it so I felt that this established a link between the poster and trailer.

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