How to use photograph manipulation in your art

By | 2017-08-17T20:24:05+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|For creators|0 Comments

Creatubbles is all about sharing our art projects no matter what type they are. This includes in-game designs, lego, clay, cardboard, and digital art. One area of art that is often overlooked but is nearly always in front of us is photograph manipulation. This is a cool way to create extra effects for your projects whether the photo is the project or just a small element of it. Here’s some cool little tricks you can include.

Some basic techniques

1. Rendering Images: This is the equivalent of using a pair of scissors to cut out a photo from a magazine. When doing so, you want to cut all around the edges. Software, like Photoshop, have pen tools which allow you to cut out images and place them on fresh backgrounds.

2. Proportion: Not all photos are in the same proportion. Take a photo of your house and your dog, and then put them together. You’ll probably see a giant dog next to a miniature house. You can use photo editing tools to scale your images so they are the right size if next to each other, but to also take into account depth and closeness vs. distance too.

3. Shadows: Your images need to be realistic and this includes one small, vital element – the shadow. We all cast them (except vampires) and so your art needs to reflect this. An entire article could be filled on shadow making techniques.

4. Texture Use: As with color blending (below), texture gives you the ability to add depth to a photo. This adds an extra layer of meaning and feeling to the image, which may reflect it or contrast with it as you see fit. Usually textures need to match the mood and idea of your finished photo whether it’s excited, dark, happy, and so on, however, rules are there to be broken.

5. Double Exposure: This is layering two photographs into the same image. It can be more complex than that, but can produce stunning images, such as two city skylines blending into one another or a nature shot over someone’s face.

6. Color Blending: It is usually not possible to put different images together and expect them to fit seamlessly. This is where color blending comes in. Some colors are easier to blend than others. For example, pink, yellow, and orange are easier to blend, but others are a little more complex. You can use photo filters and gradient maps to manipulate colors into matching.

Getting Collaborative

You don’t have to work on these ideas alone. The software can sometimes be expensive and other times it’s too much work. Many great pieces of art have been collaborative projects. Luckily, modern technology is making it easier and easier for people to share photos and art, and to collaborate together on them. One of the prime ways of doing this is to save photos to the cloud or Creatubbles on taking them. These photo storage facilities allow people all over the world real time access to the photos as soon as you save them. For example, you could take a photograph of a deer in the woods and by the time you get home, colleagues and friends will have played with the image and posted the results.

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