Some people have waaaay too much time on their hands! Or you could say, they have way too much Photoshop talent. I ran this article back in 2006 on my previous blog, but thought it was worth revisiting. Bert Monroy, a digital artist, has composed what is claimed to be the largest Photoshop image known to the public. A quick look at the above image doesn’t do it justice. Here are some specs for that image:

  • The image size is 40 inches by 120 inches.
  • The flattened file weighs in at 1.7 Gigabytes.
  • It took eleven months (close to 2,000 hours) to create.
  • The painting is comprised of close to fifty individual Photoshop files.
  • Taking a cumulative total of all the files, the overall image contains over 15,000 layers.
  • Over 500 alpha channels were used for various effects.
  • Over 250,000 paths make up the multitude of shapes throughout the scene.

Most of the basic shapes and the Chicago skyline were created in Illustrator and brought into Photoshop for the final touch. The attention to detail is just staggering, as seen in the image at right. When you consider that the zoomed in image at right is such a tiny portion of the overall image above, it’s just an incredible amount of detail for something virtually nobody will see at first glance. Most designers and artists would have skipped such details in such a large image, but it goes to show you what attention to detail can do for your image, and your reputation. You can read more at – but be patient, the page WILL take a while to load.