Run out of ideas for new images?...Create new images with composites.

posted on 21st of january, 2014

Occasionally we all need to boost our creativity by doing something new or different. And we have all taken images that could do with that little bit extra to pick it up or transform it into something a bit more saleable.
Why not try combining some of your images into composites.

It’s easy, just requiring a few Photoshop selection skills, the use of Layers and a few other easily learning tools. There’s lots of instruction on the web that will teach you these skills if you don’t already have them.

Here’s a few I’ve done over the past year or so.

Dramatic sky taken from an image taken in the Malacca Straits while on a cruise. The oil rig was drawn in on a separate layer using PS line tools.

Sign on a road leading to a supermarket, cut out from an original image with a dull sky. Using the pen tool, cut out the sign, transform it to give a more dramatic view, then add a more pleasing sky as background.

Again, the dramatic sky from the Malacca Straits. Add a silhouette of an aircraft taking off.

The Mallacca Straits sky again, with the Union Jack cut from an image taken from a historic village/museum on the Murray River in Australia.

Images of tropical flowers taken in studio with rainforest background suitably blurred added.

That sky from Malacca Straits again, with image of airplane landing at Melbourne. Used the Pen tool in PS to cut out the aircraft and a change of lighting to match the dramatic sky.

The Union Jack again (taken in Australia), combined an image of the white cliffs of Dover taken while on a cruise a few years ago.

I hope the above examples demonstrate that making composite images is not particularly difficult. And they can add another string to your bow using images that might not make the cut in their original form.

Comments (20)

Posted by Verdelho on February 16, 2014
Again, thanks to all for the very kind comments.
Posted by Tsladden on February 16, 2014
Finally some very simple, easy to follow common sense ideas. I have just found inspirational ideas for my images. Hopefully I can be part of the Dreamtime Team. Thank you for the ideas.
Posted by Jianbinglee on February 06, 2014
Great article. Thank you for sharing.
Posted by Osmar01 on February 06, 2014
I like your article. I want to make some tests and I hope to get some good results. Thanks and good luck to you too.
Posted by Adeliepenguin on February 05, 2014
Thank you for the insight! I have composites on my list of new things to learn. I will check out the Adobe TV tutorials, as you suggested.
Posted by Verdelho on February 04, 2014
It really depends on the complexity of the cutout. If the image is a studio shot eg, flowers above, then a matter of minutes as you can easily remove the plain white or black background. Likewise with outdoors images of simple and clearly defined shapes, eg. Flag above.

Cutouts where the image or parts of it are more complex take longer.

I can recommend the Adobe TV tutorials and the many tuts available on Youtube to demonstrate use of the tools and techniques. It's a bit hard to explain it all in a short blog.

Give it a go, and practice, practice, practice.

Good luck.
Posted by Adeliepenguin on February 04, 2014
Great examples. I am curious, about how long does it take you to make one composite?
Posted by Baspentrubas on February 01, 2014
Great article. Thank you
Posted by Onime on January 31, 2014
nice demonstration... great blog.
Posted by Maxsp on January 31, 2014
Genius! Thanks for the idea :D
Posted by Piscari on January 31, 2014
Absolutely right! just for example: http://dpdes.com/?p=1001
Posted by Verdelho on January 30, 2014
Thanks for the nice comments, guys.
Posted by Celiaak on January 29, 2014
I've been thinking to do it, but always put images aside to do it later. You inspired me and soon I'll grab those images sitting around. Useful!
Posted by Dianabahrin on January 27, 2014
Nice images :) Here is one of my favorites : Carpe diem
Posted by Lostarts on January 25, 2014
Thank you!
Posted by Iheartcountryphoto on January 24, 2014
Thanks for the wonderful tip!
Posted by Joemat on January 24, 2014
Thanks for the tips....this would surely prompt me to have a second look at my old images!!
Posted by Lenutaidi on January 23, 2014
Great! Thank you for sharing!
Posted by Jamesd29 on January 23, 2014
Moon and coffee :)  Moon coffee 
Posted by Matthiase on January 21, 2014
Great tip:) i have done this before. This means that you never have an excuse to just sit around and not work on new images. You can always create something new with old images.

Original image :    Happy family silhouette 1   
Composite :    Yoga silhouette   

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