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

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.

Photo credits: Verdelho.

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February 16, 2014


Again, thanks to all for the very kind comments.

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.

February 06, 2014


Great article. Thank you for sharing.

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.

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.

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.

February 04, 2014


Great examples. I am curious, about how long does it take you to make one composite?

February 01, 2014


Great article. Thank you

January 31, 2014


nice demonstration... great blog.

January 31, 2014


Genius! Thanks for the idea :D

January 31, 2014


Absolutely right! just for example:

January 30, 2014


Thanks for the nice comments, guys.

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!

January 27, 2014


Nice images :) Here is one of my favorites : Carpe diem

January 25, 2014


Thank you!

January 24, 2014


Thanks for the wonderful tip!

January 24, 2014


Thanks for the tips....this would surely prompt me to have a second look at my old images!!

January 23, 2014


Great! Thank you for sharing!

January 23, 2014


Moon and coffee :)  Moon coffee 

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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