Research #3 – Manipulation Techniques

I have found a place online which has very comprehensive explanations and examples of various image manipulation techniques. In this research I will include and discuss the techniques that I would like to use in my own image manipulation.

From ‘10 Techniques That are Essential for Successful Photo Manipulation Artwork

  • Shadows: Photo manipulations are made so that you can bring out things that would never happen in the real world. Shadows are our next focus and the second technique you should know before starting a photo manipulation project. Look carefully at the image and notice that the airplanes have shadows under them. Now making shadows is a whole other discussion, but a simple way to make them is to duplicate your original stock that you need the shadow for. Then turn it completely black. Then add a Gaussian Blur to it. Then you can reduce it in size and put it in the correct place.

  • Proportion: Now proportion is probably one of the most important things a person has to grasp if he wants to do photo manipulations. You can not have your dog bigger than your house, or your horse bigger than your car. If you’re going to make a design that is extremely far fetched, than you have to make it look realistic and proportion makes a huge difference in how realistic your art looks.You have to remember that images that are supposed to be far away have to be smaller than the ones that are closer to you. So remember that every image you use should be used in proportional harmony.

  • Texture: Now textures don’t necessarily add to the realism of your art, but they do add a nice kick to blend all your images together evenly. Blending is a huge part of photo manipulation, so textures are something you have to carefully pick out. Textures add to the depth of your art. If you are trying to go for a photo manipulation that is dark and dirty looking you can use a rough ground surface as a background texture; or if you are looking for something smoother you can use paper, or a wall texture.

  • Colour Blending: Not every image you use is going to match your background, your texture, or even your other images. So that is where color blending comes in. Things like Photo Filters and Gradient Maps are used in Photoshop to either add or take away color in your images. This either gives a certain image that little boost of color, or takes away that extra color. This helps the images blend with one another and most importantly form a nice coherent work of art.

Discussion: These four manipulation techniques are very crucial to the success of the communication objective of my image. My image is intended to be very minimalist and simple and so complicated manipulation techniques won’t be overly necessary. I think it is most important that I get my shadow and colouring technique right for my images, as I think these will important in regards to the content elements of my image.


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