A Work in Progress: Aw Nuts!

This guide was made for entry:
Aw Nuts!
In Contest:
droste effect

step 1 of 6

I would have had more steps before this but I lost the history snapshots that I saved them in.

Here, I cut out the camera and the tripod, laying them on the road background. I changed the perspective of the tripod screw to make it fit the camera better, then fixed up the edges of the camera and the red-color reflections from its previous background. I also added a grey gradient strip to the bottom of the camera to give it a better perspective.

After setting the camera on the tripod, I copied the outline of the entire thing and filled it with grey on a seperate layer. I used distortion, guassian blur, and opacity change to make it look like the camera and tripod's shadow. I also used the pen tool to lengthen the shadow's legs to make it more realistic.

Creation of Aw Nuts!: Step 1
sources used for this step:

step 2 of 6

This is where the squirrel idea came to mind. I moved the camera over a bit, put everything in a white frame, and put the squirrel in the shown position. I cut the arms onto a seperate layer and used the same method in step one to create a shadow for them.

Creation of Aw Nuts!: Step 2
sources used for this step:

step 3 of 6

Here, I merged all the layers, copied the entire picture so far, and shrunk it to fit inside the camera.

Creation of Aw Nuts!: Step 3

step 4 of 6

Still building on my idea, I repeated step 3 and put the picture inside another, larger camera.

Creation of Aw Nuts!: Step 4

step 5 of 6

Now I set the large camer on a tripod, and added another, magnified, background behind it.

Creation of Aw Nuts!: Step 5

step 6 of 6

Finally, I merged all layers again, and shurnk it inside the smallest visible camera of the effect. Tweaking the overall image slightly and adjusting contrast and color, I come to the final image.

Creation of Aw Nuts!: Step 6

Final result

Creation of Aw Nuts!: Final Result

to rate this guide and create your own guides.