2013 was one of those years where things just seemed to happen — for better or worse — either way, I survived. One of the biggest challenges was leaving the city that raised me, Johannesburg, and relocating to the Mother City, Cape Town, the World Design Capital 2014. But before making my great escape I wanted to make a little sentimental-something to show my love, respect and appreciation: a portrait of myself and Jozi.
I wanted to share the process of this composition which imitates a double exposure photography technique.
1. Both your background and portrait layers should be set at Grayscale or a very low saturation to begin with. Feel free to bump the contrast up to help define the images' shadows and highlights.
2. Your portrait layer needs to be above your background with a Blending Mode set to Overlay.
3. Then duplicate this layer and adjust the blending mode but this time to Soft Light.
4. Tweak your Levels in your Adjustment Layers panel to accentuate the contrast between the light and dark areas.
5. The final layer should be a colour wash of your choice – in this case I used one of my studio's brand identity colours – and set this layer to Overlay.
Slapping a little lettering onto our planet Earth was the final touch!
2014, new city, new life. I now need to introduce myself on a global scale, so without any further delay, “Hello World”!
Hope you enjoyed it and may 2014 be phenomenal.