Create a DIY Horror Movie Poster | Part II, The Demon Barista



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The Coffee Cream is People

For our theme, we decided on a coffee shop spoof of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. And this time, instead of focusing on photography and realism, we wanted to take a more graphic-based approach. The plan was to use stock images to pull the majority of the poster together but we did want to include at least one original photo taken in our studio.

Aaron came up with the idea of photographing coffee as creamer is poured into it. The goal being to capture the initial separation of the two liquids. This image would function as our background, providing some texture and an eerie transition from light to dark.

The photoshoot was simple. We filled a large, clear container with coffee and set up a white v-flat as the backdrop. We needed a bit more light so we placed a strobe directly behind the camera and aimed it at the ceiling. The light would bounce off of the ceiling and back down on top of our coffee mixture, helping to enhance the detail and separation.

The image was taken on a Canon 5D Mark III using a 24-105mm lens. We shot at 1/200 second, f/ 6.3, and at an ISO of 400. As an additional light source, we used a Paul C Buff Einstein.

Photoshop

Our plan in Photoshop was to emphasize the transition from light to dark in our coffee photo and utilize stock images to create a silhouette of our demonic protagonist.

Open up the coffee image and use the Crop Tool C to adjust the image so that it is in portrait orientation. Then create a Solid Color Adjustment Layer and fill it with black. Move this layer bottom of your layer stack. This will serve as the background. For our image, we chose to have the cream colored area of the coffee near the bottom of our frame, transitioning to black near the top.

Once you have your coffee image positioned where you like, select the Layer Mask of your coffee layer. Use the Marquee Tool to select the larger areas of the coffee image that you don’t want to be visible and fill those selections with black. The Brush Tool is a great option for working in areas that require more detailed masking. Use a large soft brush and paint around the areas where the cream transitions into the background.

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