To make it a little more interesting, we didn't want to add any elements to the photo later in Photoshop. We could tweak the images a bit and remove stuff, but nothing could be added. This meant that the logo had to be really in there.
Thanks to Adobe for letting us test an advance copy of Photoshop CS5 to get this effect quickly and easily.
Step 1: Make the logo
The letters were lightly cut so that the protective layer on top was cut through without digging very deeply into the acrylic. This makes it so that you can remove just the letters and the rest of the space is still covered.
Step 2: Painting
After that it's easy to remove the protective layer. The only trick is to get the little islands inside a few of the layers. Just get the tip of the blade of an X-acto knife in there and it comes from off.
Step 3: Attach supports
Step 4: Place logo in scenes
This scene was unique in that the pins would not stick into the cutting board since it's very hard. A third leg made of some more gorilla tape and a safety pin was attached to the back. Fortunately, this also made it work out so that the logo was facing the camera.
The lime is there to provide emotional support for the knife.
Step 5: Out damn spot!
Seriously, removing the two pins took all of 10 seconds. It's like magic. Sweet, sweet algorithmic magic.
And to get rid of the logo on the knife? Just another use of the Spot Removal Brush in a few more seconds. Awesome!
Step 6: Scaling it out
For this I used content-aware scaling. By default this scales the picture and keeps the areas with more details intact as the more similar background gets squished or stretched. This wouldn't work since the logo has white areas that got stretched like taffy. Here's how to keep the logo and knife just how we want 'em.
- Make a selection that includes the elements that you don't want to be altered
- Save the selection with some fancy name, like "stuff"
- Select Edit > Content-Aware Scale
- In the Protect pulldown, select "stuff"
- Stretch the image
Step 7: Clean up the colors and cut it down
And with that we have a new header that did not add anything later and involves the logo in different scenes. It fits in with our own DIY ethos and with the help of Photoshop CS5 we could go faster from idea to image.
Step 8: Other headers
Thank you for reading!