Photoshop CS2: Mix it Up – Three Images into One
by Linda Goin

Photoshop CS2: Simple Compositing

Within the past few articles about Photoshop CS2, Linda has illustrated how to use several tools in this program to brighten up old images. In this article, she begins to work with several recently-taken photos at once to create one new image. This process, called compositing, may seem simple at first glance, but several factors – including tricks with selection tools – can help to save time and can also help to create a more believable image. Linda covers these compositing tools and more in this article…

Bring Out Those Boring Photographs

In the first article about Photoshop, I talked about how to spot fake photographs, or “fauxtography.” If you’re interested in photojournalism, the practice of altering photographs or creating composites is unethical, illegal in some situations, and just plain wrong. However, if you want to create photographic or artistic images for postcards or greeting cards, as “illustrations” for fictional works, or as digital artwork for sale or just for personal enjoyment, then you can create composites for fun and/or profit.

Compositing practice is perfect for those less-than-wonderful images that you have stashed on your hard drive. Yes, I know the reason why you haven’t tossed those photos – at least one or two features within those images are valuable to you. Even the dark, blurry, and otherwise defective images can work if you know how to fix those features.

The first project is a simple one, where I chose three rather boring vacation photos to create one composite:


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Linda Goin

Linda GoinLinda Goin carries an A.A. in graphic design, a B.F.A. in visual communications with a minor in business and marketing and an M.A. in American History with a minor in the Reformation. While the latter degree doesn't seem to fit with the first two educational experiences, Linda used her 25-year design expertise on archaeological digs and in the study of material culture. Now she uses her education and experiences in social media experiments.

Accolades for her work include fifteen first-place Colorado Press Association awards, numerous fine art and graphic design awards, and interviews about content development with The Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, and L.A. Times.

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