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Chapter 1. THE CREATIVE PROCESS AND CONF... > TYPES OF IMAGE COMPOSITES

TYPES OF IMAGE COMPOSITES

For me there are two primary types of composites—subjective, or creative surreal, and objective, or photo realistic. I'm not saying that photoreal images aren't creative or that people don't plan the process of making surreal images. As an image-maker, I approach these two types of composites differently with distinct strategies.

Subjective Composites

The subjective-creative approach involves taking risks, a lot of experimentation, and listening to and learning from the images as they progress. For example, suppose I have photographed some appealing textures and I'm curious to see how they'll look combined with another picture. I'll open the images in Photoshop and use the Move tool to drag them into one file. By experimenting with opacity, layer blending modes, and the advanced blending options, I am often surprised by the images that appear. I find them liberating and relaxing, and the image juxtapositions create meanings I never would have conceived of without this experimentation, as shown in figure 1.6. We'll delve into creative- surreal composites in Chapter 13.


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