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Part III:: Compositing Magic > Invisible Compositing

Chapter 13. Invisible Compositing

Completely invisible compositing is something like a perfect crime. If anyone ever pulls either off, we’ll never know it happened, because they’re perfect. If a melding of images is detectable, then it’s not truly invisible. If you can’t tell how the images were merged, then how can you prove they were, in fact, merged and the picture wasn’t simply a straight photograph someone is trying to pass off as a perfect composite?

Even common sense and logic are no help. That photograph of a young Elvis out on the town with Cameron Diaz could be a fiendishly clever composite. Or, it might be a legitimate photo of the best-ever Elvis impersonator on a date with the most astounding Cameron Diaz look-alike. As Spock (the Vulcan, not the baby doctor) once said, “A difference that makes no difference is no difference.”


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