Alan Kaplan  

One Size Fits all by Alan Kaplan

August 2020 - One Size Fits all

August 2020 - Alan Kaplan

Original 1

August 2020 - Alan Kaplan

Original 2

August 2020 - Alan Kaplan

Original 3

About the Image(s)

The two dancers are exactly the same size. Really. Go ahead and measure. It was totally unintentional. I discovered it as I was moving the first incarnation of figures back and forth along the steps not knowing I had created an optical illusion. Here’s how I created the steps.
Part of my high school English curriculum was teaching a Junior/Senior honors Film class. Of course, I showed “Singin’ in the Rain” every year, and the ballet sequence,* pictured here, with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse always impressed me”especially the “infinite” steps.
I created a blank layer in Photoshop on top of a layer with the Ballet sequence steps.
I reduced the capacity of the blank layer and used the pen tool to trace one “infinite” step.
Once the pen tool lines were closed, I chose “Make Selection” in the pen tools drop down box giving me a closed outline of marching ants.
The closed outline of marching ants allowed me to use the Linear Gradient tool to shade in the selected portion of the step.
I repeated this process 7 more times for the remaining parts of the steps.
I drew the black lines with a hard, small brush using the Brush Tool. Photoshop makes it easy to draw a straight line with the Brush Tool. In this case, I made a dot at one end of the step, held the Shift key down, and made a dot at the other end. Photoshop does the rest and makes a straight line from dot to dot the width of your brush.
The gray background is simply a gray background, and the bright lights were created with the Radial Gradient Tool.
*The ballet sequence was added after the filming of “Singin” was completed because the studio felt the movie was too short.

3 comments posted

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Alan, This reminds me of those optical illusion books which show objects that are the same size but appear different due to receding lines. For some reason, this image doesn't grab my attention enough. I have this desire to place the women from the original 1 into the landscape as they seem more interesting to me with the flowing fabric.   Posted: 08/04/2020 22:30:26

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
I like the strong background. However the dancers look pasted on with no shadows. Yes, the left dancer looks bigger. This image does great some discomfort to the viewer.   Posted: 08/06/2020 13:07:01
Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
I have to be more careful about my shadows! I leave off too many. Thanks.   Posted: 08/09/2020 11:19:00


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