Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Why create composites on a mobile device?, part of Creating Photo Composites on Smartphones and Tablets.
- Before we get to the specifics of what images work best for compositing, what features to look for in apps and the actual techniques, I want to take a moment to address the elephant in the room and that is a question that I get asked a lot. When you can use a program like Adobe Photoshop that offers so much control and flexibility for creating composite images, why would you even want to use a camera phone or a tablet device for creating composites? Well the simple answer to that is, because you can. I love using Photoshop for creating intricate and detailed composite images.
In fact, I've even coauthored a book on that very topic, Photoshop Masking and Compositing. But I also love the fact that I can make composites on my iPhone or iPad, and that I can do this in locations and situations where I don't have access to my desktop or laptop computers. The very first mobile composite that I ever made, was when I was stuck at Chicago's O'Hare Airport for 9 hours due to a canceled flight. Fortunately, that's a very large and interesting airport, so I spent a lot of time wandering around, taking photos with my iPhone and experimenting with different ways to composite them together.
I learned a lot about translating techniques that I would have used in Photoshop into the more limited functionality of what I could do in apps. But most of all, I had a lot of fun and it provided a way to engage in some creative play during that long airport layover. There are limitations to what you can do when creating a composite on a mobile device, and we'll discuss those in this course. If you need the ultimate in control and precision when combining images, then Photoshop is certainly the program that you should be using. But the very fact that I could engage in that aspect of photographic creativity without being tied to a desktop or a laptop computer, is very significant to me.
Some of the composites that I've made on my phone end up being used as rough sketches or proof of concept pieces for a project that I will eventually take into Photoshop. For other images, what I can do on the phone results in a very satisfying finished image and I've been able to make some really cool fine art prints from them. In the end, it all comes down to finding ways to engage with your creativity, no matter where you happen to find yourself. The ability to capture and process images on mobile devices is one way to do this when you don't have access to your computer or you simply prefer the more relaxed and low key experience of using your phone or a tablet.
- Choosing which photos to use
- Stacking apps
- Combining two photos in a basic collage
- Using Juxtaposer's masking brushes
- Working with layers in Photoshop Touch
- Adding finishing touches with LensLight and Snapseed