Make a Fun Composite in Photoshop (beginner)

Updated: Dec 8, 2019

Photography composites can be a lot of fun, but how to come up with ideas to create art?.

Ideas can come from watching a movie or a music video. They can also happen while taking a walk, or even during a dream. Fine arts composites follow the Surrealism style.

[Surrealism is perhaps the most influential avant-garde movement of the century, Surrealism was founded in Paris in 1924 by a small group of writers and artists who sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. Much influenced by Freud, they believed that the conscious mind repressed the power of the imagination. Influenced also by Marx, they hoped that the psyche had the power to reveal the contradictions in the everyday world and spur on revolution] excerpt.

Andre Breton is considered the founder of surrealism. Born in France in 1896. Writer and poet. Breton explored surrealism in multiple media.

Here is one of his pieces:

Jerry Uelsmann is a master of image manipulation and my great inspiration.

Uelsmann was born in 1934. He is an American photographer and forerunner of photo-montage in the 20th century. Take a look at one of his pieces:

In this post, I will guide you through the basic steps to create an easy and fun composite. For the purpose of this post, I will dismantle one of my pieces. I will also be using a PC.

"Falling from the sky"

Falling from the sky is one of my favorite composites. The best part about photography composites is the process. Obviously you must collect several elements to be blended and to create something completely different. I had the honor to exhibit this piece at the SP International Film Festival, 2014 as the Featured Artist of the art show. The exhibition was called "Just Imagine."

Just Imagine was a surrealism exhibition showcasing digital arts.