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.
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.
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.
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.
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