Every Wednesday, I have a play date with Kate. She takes the lead on these afternoons. First she decides where we are going to lunch, often Chick-fil-A or McDonalds. Sometimes we paint, build with Legos, go to the park or read. Today we walked up to the school playground. If you have the strength, climbing up poles is just as easy as sliding down. I captured these shots with my iPhone as I sat under the equipment in the shade.
Choose a Template
Since all of the shots were vertical, I chose vertical template 7 from FotoInspired Template Pack No. 2K to help me get started. Then I made some adjustments.
- Reduce the size of all template layers to 85%.
- Lengthen three masks and eliminated the others.
- Move the frame, staples and shadow on the right.
- Adjust the size of the tags on both frames to accommodate photos.
- Reduce the size of paper 7 from ArtPlay Palette Playout to 85%
- Duplicate paper twice.
- Clip a copy to each mask and adjust position.
Note: This paper is from a retired ArtPlay Palette, but any other blue will work to mimic the sky.
- Use the Quick Selection Tool to extract the little pole climber.
- Place one extraction over each mask.
- Give each extraction a custom shadow.
Note: I changed the size of the second and third extractions to accommodate not only the third photo but also the photo I wanted in the frame on the right. I adjusted photos in Lightroom before exporting to Photoshop CC 2019. Inside Photoshop, I added Levels Adjustment Layers as needed.
- Load Park Play No. 1 into the Brush Panel.
- Create three new blank layers.
- Stamp brushes 2, 6 and 9 each on a separate layer in a dark gray.
- Change the blend mode of each to Linear Light at 100%.
- Adjust position and mask any parts necessary to recreate the look of playground equipment.
Add Splatters and Stitching
- Load Splatters No. 6 into the Brush Panel.
- Stamp in a dark gray brushes 3, 4, 5 and 13 on separate layers.
- Place stitch 3 from UrbanStitchez No. 9 above the splatters to ground extracted foot.
My little climber is going to love these photos; I know I enjoyed capturing her climb on our play date. I’m still not sure how she held on long enough with one foot on the pole and the other against the equipment for me to capture that shot on the lower left.