Digital Photo Tricks
new: added hints and
tips for Corel Photo Paint 8 and similar programs
Superimposed Images on a Photo
One of my favorite trick shots was of a friend when I
did three images of him on a photo. He wished a music cd
cover of him playing several different musical instruments and singing
at the same time. The CD was a "one-person-band" type cd. It turned
out much easier to do that than expected.
|The picture was done by first of all mounting a
digital camera on a tripod and ensuring no movement. At
times it was to take three shots of the same area, an area that
mostly always had the same props - the same musical instruments in
it. What changed was
the person - who sometimes stood there, or stood in a second place, or stood in the
third place. So we began with three separate pictures of the same
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Corel Photo Paint 8 allows one to cut out a section of a
photograph. So, we took the photographs and for each, then cut out the
rectangular area of the person in it .. with just a little overlap on background
items to the next photograph. Then we saved the new 3 narrower
photographs - each with a person. Photo Paint 8 also allows one to
"stitch" two images together and then blend the areas where the
stitching is. So, two at a time, the photos were rejoined. The
photo with the person on the far left was first joined to the middle.
Care was taken during stitching to ensure that the middle area between
the two was at the right distance and joined about where it should
Then that new combined photo was again stitched - this time with the
person on the right - watching for the same correct stitch area.
When done, of course it was time to zoom in and use the paint
brush and smoothing tools to correct the stitching area.
This whole thing was done with a very early digital
camera which lacked the high pixels of the newer type. So
resolution was not the best. However, the most amazing thing to me
was . . .how easy it was.
An art composite is not so unlike the composite photo
above. It often combines "things" though as well as people and
looks for an overall creative impact. It also involves art - which
at least for some of us combines "vision" with "luck".
because unless you are an exceptional artist, it is sometimes hard to tell the exact
impact of the art until you are all done with the finishing touches.
When done, if it "works" for you, then it is great. If not, then
time to try a different angle on the same theme or a whole new theme.
The logo for rpsoft 2000 software was such a
challenge. It combines 5 items: a blue and red background mixture,
a photo that is really three photos blended together, and a text
name for the company. The image began with a background blue and
red image. Photo Paint 8 from Corel does allow swirling color
backgrounds, and I picked one with a thought that maybe "this could
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the picture. rpsoft 2000 has software regarding productivity,
music and blackjack. So it made sense to find a productivity shot
of computers, an artistic music photo, plus a blackjack table photo.
The blackjack photo actually in this case is a real shot inside a casino
that I took myself.
As in the above example the photos had to be stitched
together. If you have unrelated photos that you are stitching
together, it is important to do a few things before the actual
stitching. Since in this case they were not shot with the same
camera at the same angle, one has to make sure they are somewhat
compatible. The pictures have to be about subjects that are at
least close to the right size and perspective. Then if stitching
the sides, one might want to ensure that the photos are at least of
similar height. Do some masking and cutting and trimming to get
them ready. Then since the photos will become a composite, ensure
that if you are going to adjust contrast or brightness that you do it on
the individual pictures before stitching. Since the pictures may
have different needs for contrast adjustment, you will not be able to
easily adjust them as a group picture later.
When done with all of that, then you can begin the
stitching as in the last exercise. Stitch (using the photo-paint
"stitch" routine) the leftmost picture (your choice) with the middle
picture first. Blend the centers as you wish. Then stitch
that composite resulting picture with the rightmost picture and again
blend the centers. When done, trim the outside of the
composite picture with a rectangular mask, chopping off any portion that
extended over where it should for a rectangle. Since the final
photo is an art form, whether or not to zoom in as before to 600% or so
at the stitch area and fix that area is up to you. Sometimes the
blending of the photo-paint program such as Corel Photo Paint 8 leaves
you with a great blending anyway.
With the composite picture (of the 3 photos) now in
hand, the picture was ready to copy and then paste on the blue and red background.
Some time was spent to position it well. After that was done, it
was somewhat then easy to supply the last step - that of adding the
company name. It was easy using the text tool to add that to the
composite, using white and a simple text done in
italics. When done, we were happy with the results.
While this was a bit of what we envisioned, unless you are a great
artist, some luck helps.
|Sometimes photo-paint programs such as Corel Photo
paint allow you to take whole photographs and totally change their
appearance with effects. Effects are sometimes: emboss, blur,
impressionist, and much more. Some of these are fun to look
at. In rpsoft 2000 case our multi-colored emblem seemed right
for the opening pages, but perhaps too many colors for inside pages.
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So the emblem above
was modified to a simpler one for internal pages. The picture was
modified to a two color only version, and done in blue. Again we
liked the result of the simpler web image that we now created - that
also clearly was related to our main emblem.
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