Project Evaluation


  • Learning new techniques on Photoshop
  • Getting practise in taking landscape, studio and prop based images
  • Being happy with the work I have produced
  • Opened a new path for me to go down with what I want to do in the future
  • Had a lot of fun editing my image



  • Getting stuck on quite a few things in Photoshop and needing to ask for help
  • Not fully understanding how to change my image to the brief requirements
  • Wishing I had stuck to my original idea and not fussed about trying to change it during the project
  • My prints coming out a little but darker than my composite is on screen



  • I wish I had taken a bit more attention to Youtube when getting stuck on Photoshop, so I could then correct things myself rather than getting people to help me
  • Next time I could get familiar with canvas sizing a bit better
  • Starting my photo taking and editing process a bit sooner so I had more time before hand in to do things


Overall I am very happy with the image I have produced. From not being very confident with Photoshop at the start of this project, I now feel like I am capable of doing a lot more on Photoshop hen creating a composite layered image or just editing singular photographs. I am proud of what I have created and think that I have edited it well. I have shown some of my peers in my class and they have given me positive feedback also saying hat they really like it, they say the editing is strong and that the message/story is clear.

Getting My Image Printed

Once my composite was complete and cropped into the right sizes I went down to my local printing shop to get it printed for hand in. When in the printing shop I asked them to add a white boarder around my images as that is what Matt asked for.

My SPS and DPS Print Outs

The photos that I took of my print outs look very dark but they aren’t actually that dark in person.

My Final Composite

The images below show my final composite in both the single and double page spread sizes that it states on the brief. I think that both of my spreads work well as my DPS shows everything in the wide shot and then my SPS also works well as you can still see the main parts of my images in the SPS crop. When saving my image I stuck to what the brief said and saved it as 1200px along the longest edge for both my DPS and SPS images.

Double Page Spread Crop- 460mm x 300mm

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Single Page Spread Crop- 230mm x 300mm

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The Editing and Layering Process

To put my composite together I opened up the separate images into different layers and then used the magnetic lasso tool to cut them out and drag them onto the background layer/image. I started off with my male model, I sized and placed him in the correct spot to make it look like he was really standing in the road and that it wasn’t edited in. As he was going to be hidden behind the added in coffee cup, I didn’t fuss about editing him too much as he was going to be one non-visible layers.

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After the man was added in, I then added the coffee cup. To add the cup, I did the same process as before where I cut it out and dragged it onto the landscape. I then brought this layer to the front to get it inform of the models face, and in between his hands. To make the models hands fit around the cup like he is holding it, I changed the opacity of the cup layer to 50% and used the eraser tool to rub out where the cup overlapped with his fingers. Once these parts were rubbed out, it looked like he was holding it and that his hands were wrapped round the cup.

After this, I needed to add in some darker shadows around his fingers here it met the coffee cup to add to the effect of him holding it. I used the dodge tool to make certain areas around his fingers darker which gave the effect of the cup physically sitting in his hands.

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The next stage was to add in my props, which were the coffee beans. When thinking of how I should add the beans into my composite I referred back to my rough sketches and decided that I wanted the cup to have a large pile of beans inside and then have some fallen onto the floor in a heap. Giving the idea that he has carried this large cup of beans a long way down the road and now he is struggling so therefore is dropping some. Once again, I used the same process of the cutting and dragging onto my background image. I had to bring the beans in front of the cup this time around so they would be the very top layer of my composite. To create the effect of having numerous beans, I copied the layers and overlapped them over each other to give the effect of a lot more being in there.

Throughout my editing process and adding in extra layers, I was constantly using the brush and burn tool to adjust the lighting and give shadow on the cup, model and the beans. Using this tool added shadow and light in certain directions to match the lighting already in the image from the sky and the cup.

My Composite Layers-

My Document History-


Contact Sheet 4- Coffee Beans

Image contact sheet for my coffee bean photoshoot-

I photographed them against a green background as compared to white or black backdrops it balanced the light out the best, and it was easy to cut out on Photoshop because of the contrast between the brown beans and the green backdrop.

I am going to use a range of these images as different beans will look good in different places on the image. For example, I will cut out individual beans for them falling from the sky and I will use the piled beans to put on the ground around my models feet. I will also layer them on top of one another to make slightly bigger piles of beans.

Contact Sheet 3- Male Model

Contact sheet of images of my male model studio shoot-

I made sure that I captured enough poses and positions to work with, to give myself enough back up images to also play around with. Out of these ones I am going to use one of the ones where the male model will look like he’s ‘hugging/carrying’ the coffee cup.

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Editing My Landscape

As I want my final composite image to be black and white, I decided to start editing my background image using Photoshop. To start off I turned down the saturation to make it black and white and I then adjusted the brightness, contrast and curves. This alone didn’t give me the result I wanted so I used the quick masks, gradients and levels. I used the tips that Chris had given me previously and I used the masks and gradients to create a sense of direction with the natural daylight. After this I used the dodge and burn tool to give the clouds a bit more definition and to make the darker shades darker and the lighter shades lighter.

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Contact Sheet 1- Landscape

My contact sheet of images for my background/landscape photos-

Out of my landscape images I have chosen this as my best one which I will use for my Lavazza composite. I chose this one because it is a wide shot, with an obvious back, mid and foreground, and to also crops down well with the DPS and SPS cropping sizes.

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Sketching Onto The Location

With my location recce images, I quickly sketched some ideas into the images using Photoshop. I have sketched my male model to be standing in the middle of the background image, which is also in the middle of the road. On top of the male model layer will be my coffee cup image. This will be brought to the front of my image so it is infant of my models face, as if he is holding a large coffee cup while walking down this road.

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The final thing added into my image will be some coffee beans. I am unsure of how I want to add them in at the moment, so I sketched a few different ideas into the rough plan. I sketched one with coffee beans falling from the sky and being caught in the cup, I sketched one with the beans falling and piling up on the floor around the man, and then I also sketched one where the beans were piled up so high in the cup, the man couldn’t balance them so some fell on the floor as he has walked down this long road with them.

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When creating my final composite image I will refer back to these to see which one looks best and best fits with the story/message of my composite.