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Chapter 12. Creative Techniques > Creating new composite images

Creating new composite images

In the previous examples, we simply combined different objects we’d photographed in order to enhance those objects. In these types of compositions, the source images (the ship and little boy) were still recognizable; they were just composited into new backgrounds or environments.

A second compositing technique combines digital photos or scanned objects to create something entirely new, while in the process the individual replacement images used become barely recognizable. (A classic example of the old adage, “the whole is better than the sum of its parts.”) In the next example, we’ll combine multiple layers to create a collage for a quilting Web site (Figure 12.85). We’ll use the Custom Shape tool to create a layer group, and then we’ll apply layer styles to a text layer.


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