Make It on Mobile: Brooke DiDonato’s Dreamlike Photographic Art
In her work, fine art photographer likes to blur the line between the quotidian and the surreal, twisting photos of people into emotionally charged images that make viewers do a double take. Here, she breaks down the steps involved in making one of these images—using Adobe Capture CC, Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile, Photoshop Fix, and Photoshop Sketch to edit a photo she’d taken.
Currently based in New York, DiDonato grew up in Ohio and studied photojournalism at Kent State University, graduating in 2012. Her work challenges perception and experiments with the limits of human forms. She explains, “I’m interested in making images that take the banality of the everyday and twist it into something unfamiliar.”
STEP 1: CREATE A COLOR PALETTE
DiDonato’s first step was to create use Capture to create a color palette based on the model’s clothing. She opened Capture, tapped the Colors menu option, tapped the plus-sign icon, and then pointed her camera at the model.
When you do this, you’ll see circles sourcing colors based on where you point your device. Tap the screen to freeze it and move the circles. When the desired color theme is sourced, just tap the capture button—as if you were taking a picture. You can also select an existing image from your camera roll by clicking the square icon next to the capture button. (Learn more Capture basics.)
She saved the palette she’d captured to use later when it was time to edit her photo in Photoshop Sketch.
STEP 2: OPTIMIZE THE PHOTO IN LIGHTROOM FOR MOBILE
Her next step was to open her photo in Lightroom, where she made some minor adjustments—adding detail in areas of shadow and softening highlights, for example, and cropping the photo.
(Learn more Lightroom basics.)
STEP 3: MAKE FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS IN PHOTOSHOP FIX
DiDonato used Photoshop Fix’s Spot Heal tool to clean up creases in the photo’s fabrics, and she used Fix’s Clone Stamp tool to remove some dark areas from the curtain. Then she saved the image to her camera roll.
(Learn Photoshop Fix basics.)
STEP 4: MODIFYING THE IMAGE IN PHOTOSHOP SKETCH
DiDonato created a new project in Sketch and then added her adjusted photo as an image layer (click on the plus-sign icon on the right side of the interface to add layers).