I’ve been looking for an image to use up three small canvas panels I had laying around. Initially I was looking for a scenery type of image but nothing really fit well with the size. I had Midjourney create this image a while back when I created this Jesus image, using the prompts Jesus walked on water and this was the best image from that prompt.
I didn’t like the feet at the time, but I couldn’t think of what to do with it so I forgot about the image until it was time to create a three split canvas.
And here we are.
Making Photoshop Adjustments to Midjourney Images
While Midjourney is a fantastic creation tool – it does spit out some weird ideas from time to time. I’m yet to work out how some people I follow on Twitter come up with their glorious images.
Give it time I guess.
The prompt was written as Jesus walked on water and while I like the representation of Jesus in this image and the ocean, it does look like he’s actually surfing! That’s not going to work for me.
Plus his left leg is facing the wrong way.
First, I utilized the quick selection tool, a handy feature within Photoshop I use quite a bit, to carefully isolate and select the desired area, which in this case was the right leg. Once I had successfully made the selection, I proceeded to create a duplicate copy of the right leg, treating it as a distinct layer in the image.
Moving on to the next step, I employed the cloning tool in Photoshop to clone out the surfboard and the backward foot, thereby effectively removing it from view.
Additionally, I decided to make an additional duplicate layer of the robe that surrounded the legs. This provided me with more flexibility to hide the copied leg under the appearance of the robe while preserving the integrity of the original layer.
Now, with the leg copy layer at my disposal, I sought to create a mirrored effect by flipping it horizontally, effectively rotating it 180 degrees. This action allowed me to create the illusion of a symmetrical reflection, akin to a mirror image.
Once the leg copy had been appropriately transformed, I positioned it between the background layer and the robe layer, ensuring it seamlessly blended into the overall composition.
My new problem was, now he just looked like he was floating in the air. Like Criss Angel meets the ocean!
Finally I decided to just hide both feet behind the ocean waves.
I used the quick selection tool again and highlighted part of the ocean along the left hand side. Then simply rotating it slightly and covered both of the legs, but still kept it under the robe layer.
The final result looks much better.
Other enhancements included – was adding a lens flare from the clouds and creating a new Gussian Blur layer. From there I erased the blur layer away to reveal the sharpened image underneath.
If you would like to read about creating edges for the canvas art you can click on this article which I wrote at the start of this blog.
Wrapping the 3 Panel Canvas Art
When it comes to working with canvases, it’s important to consider the relationship between the canvas size and the frame size you intend to use. The canvas size will ultimately depend on the frame size you purchase, as you want to ensure a proper fit.
To properly wrap the canvases, it’s necessary to leave a two-inch border around the edges. This allows for ample material to be folded over and secured to the art frame. In order to accomplish this, you’ll need an art stapler that is specifically designed for use with art frames.
When I begin the wrapping process, I always start from the length side of the canvas. Beginning from the center, I work my way across to each corner, ensuring the canvas is taut and evenly stretched. This method provides a neat and professional appearance.
To secure the canvas, I use staples and determine the spacing between them. I typically set the spacing at one-inch intervals, ensuring the canvas remains securely attached to the frame. This stapling technique helps maintain the desired tension and prevent any sagging or looseness.
When it comes to the corners of the canvas, they require special attention. I make diagonal slits in the corners, allowing for a clean fold and preventing any bunching or bulging. The folds are then pressed perpendicular to the frame edge, creating a tidy appearance.
Once the corners are properly folded and secured, I proceed with wrapping the remaining edges of the canvas. Following the same method as before, I ensure the canvas is tightly stretched and stapled at appropriate intervals.
In conclusion, mastering the art of canvas wrapping is essential for achieving professional and visually appealing results when framing artwork.
By understanding the relationship between canvas and frame sizes, and considering the necessary border allowance, you can ensure a proper fit.
I always use the 2 inch border even if I’m using a thin edged frame. I’d rather cut off the excess than be too short when it comes to wrapping.
Utilizing an art stapler designed for art frames and following a systematic approach, starting from the center and working towards each corner, allows for a smooth and taut canvas wrap.
I am happy with the end result.
You could do the same thing for yourself by having a professional photolab print out the images and then you do the wrapping by yourself. This way you can choose the size of the canvas prints to match a set of canvas frames you may find elsewhere.