Objective: To use Photoshop tools and skills to make the appearance of a person disappearing from their clothes.
How I Did It: The biggest skill I had to use for this project was masking. Lots of the elements in the image were taken from other parts of the image, the best example being the silk inlay of the jacket sleeves. I started with the right sleeve (subject’s left) by taking the visible part of the inside sleeve, copying, and transforming it until I had a believable new sleeve. This process was repeated for the left sleeve (subject’s right). I found the right sleeve easier to do as there was more detail to work with. Next, I worked on the collar. I began by copying the lapel over to the side that was obscured by the face, and using the Clone Stamp tool to rebuild the rest of the obscured area. Then, I copied the undershirt collar to be used as the back of the same collar. For the inside back of the shirt, I used the outside front as a texture with more Clone Stamping, and after that, it was simply a matter of masking and adding shadows. A similar process was used to rebuild the jeans, along with the seam running along the inner leg. Finally, I rebuilt the walls a little, and I finished by carefully adding the couch underneath him. I’m proud of the shading that I managed to accomplish on that one segment.