Credit Card Theft Image

I wanted a photograph that could represent the theft of personal and finical information. A quick look on google showed me that most images showing this are not that imaginative or creative. Here are some examples:

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I feel that my strengths are in my photography and image editing, so I decided to use these strengths to create something a little more interesting than these images above.

The Shots

I wanted to create the illusion that an arm was reaching out of the computer screen to steal a credit card that had been left unprotected. To do this I took two images.

The first of the laptop with the wallet open and cards spilled out. (for the purpose of this tutorial I have blacked out the card details, in the final image I photoshopped the numbers out, ironic if I was writing an article on data protection and got my card details stolen in the process)

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The second with the laptop lid lowered down and an arm stretching out through the area that the screen had been.

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Editing Process

I loaded both images into Adobe Photoshop and layered one image over the top of the other.

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I then created a mask over the top image and painted the arm front the second photo into the image, making sure to stop at the lid of the open laptop.

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Final Image

I neatened up the line between the arm and the laptop lid and removed the numbers and personal information from the bank cards… just to be safe.



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