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Me, me, me, me, me … and me!

To create this image, Pierre Beteille started by photographing a carton of eggs. However, he discovered that he had only three eggs in his refrigerator, so he took two photos: one with the eggs in the first row and a second with the eggs in the second row. He turned them into six eggs in Photoshop. This is an example of an artist using Photoshop to save a trip to the grocery store.

Beteille shot a number of self-portraits, brought them into Photoshop and narrowed them down to his six favorite shots.

Merging images in Photoshop may sound easy, but it actually takes a lot of skill. First, Beteille resized each face to match the size of each egg. Then he modified the colors so that the eggs and faces matched. He removed the hair on each head and replaced it with skin. No human face is the exact same shape as an egg, fortunately, so he used the graphic tablet to change the outside line of the face to match the egg’s outside line. He did this six times. It took an immense amount of adjustment and polishing.

Before the advent of digital, Beteille was too impatient to pursue photography in a serious way. He could never bear to wait for the film to come back from the lab. Now that digital cameras and software programs have revolutionized the process, however, Beteille has become much more serious about his photography. Well, perhaps serious isn’t the right word.