This week we had the pleasure of completing various visual assignments. I am not very good at Photoshop but I enjoy working with it immensely because when I learn how to do something and it actually turns out looking somewhat okay, I become a very happy girl indeed!
“Take a picture of a pop star (either one that you took or found online) and put them in a place that you probably wouldn’t see them! Have fun with it!!” You can find the Assignment HERE and it is worth 3.5 stars.
It didn’t take me very long to decide what I wanted to do. In my head I immediately imagined Miley Cyrus and her tongue sticking out and her being very weird. I have to confess that I actually like the sound of her voice and I listen to her music but there are pictures and performances out there that are hard to watch even for me…and i’m not very conservative. She is such a huge celebrity and most likely a role model for young girls that I couldn’t help and make fun of her. I chose to place her in an astronaut suit: because becoming a female astronaut is an immense achievement that young girls should aspire to and I don’t think Miley Cyrus would ever be found in that kind of situation. I want people to see the image and laugh at how ridiculous it looks and then question what we value in our society. Do we value barely clothed Miley dancing on a stage, or do we value a female astronaut? The astronaut picture that I used is one of LIU YANG, who happens to be the first Chinese woman in space. I also understand that entertainment is important to humanity because without it we would probably all go crazy but it is important to remember that we should make celebrities not just out of popstars, but out of real heroes who take risks and make a difference in the world.
THE RESULT (click to see full size)
For this assignment I had to start off with watching a tutorial on how to place one image on top of another in Photoshop. I found a simple and easy tutorial on YouTube by TECHNOLOGYGURU77 and basically copied the steps. Below is a video tutorial that walks you through everything I did. The first step was to find my images so I simply googled them and saved them to my desktop. Next, I opened photoshop and opened my background photo which was of Liu Yang. Next, I needed to see how small I needed for the Miley Cyrus picture to be so I went into FILE and “PLACED” the picture of Miley on top of Liu Yang. I resized the picture and took note of how large it needed to be (meaning Height and Width) so that Miley’s head would fit properly in place of Liu’s. I deleted the picture and opened a new photoshop file and once again placed the image of Miley and resized it. Next, I chose the Elliptical Marquee tool and selected Miley’s face and went into “EDIT” and “COPY”. Once I had her face copied, I went into the other picture and pasted the face on top. With the MOVE TOOL (V) selected, I positioned Miley’s face over Liu’s face and used the ERASER tool to erase parts of the Miley selection so that only her face was left perfectly position. In order to fix the obvious skin tone differences, I made the picture more grey. Finally, I saved it as a JPEG and uploaded it to Flickr and finally on to this post.