Composite Images: Use Photoshop To Blend Multiple Photos

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Composite Images: Use Photoshop To Blend Multiple Photos

Not every photographic image can happen in camera.  Sure, as photographers, it is ideal to get white balance and exposure right, but some scenes can only happen with manipulation after the fact.  Enter…post-processing.  Enter….Photoshop.


The photo above consists of many photos combined using Photoshop.

For starters, fashion photographer Laura Marino told me about this lion in the Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, New York.  It became the foundation for the photo.  She wanted to use the lion for a shoot with one of her models, but it was in a difficult place to shoot, hidden by many trees. The Lion was grand.  Rather than view it with the eyes of a photographer, I imagined it through the eyes of a photo editor.


Oakwood Lion


There were many beautiful structures in this cemetery that could add to the scene, but of course you cannot just move them where you want.  Here are a few of the stones and memorials that caught my eye.

Oakwood cemetery

With all the images in hand, it starts out like a puzzle. If you know you will be doing a composite image, the most important thing is timing.  Photograph all the images at roughing the same time and weather conditions, ideally the same day.  This way they blend very well together and it’s more believable.

For this composite, I gathered all the photos that I captured and started putting a puzzle together.  When you think in layers it makes planning your project so much easier, and the results are unlimited. There were a total of nine pictures, with the scene itself. Once all the pieces were in place, I used the curves to adjust the picture in its entirety. Doing effects in uniform with this type of project is important to me as it unifies the picture.

Oakwood lion

When the scene was complete, Laura Marino photographed the model.  Movies like 300 and Immortals really inspired me to create this scene with a model. I pictured a red dress flowing dramatically.  Laura created the dress and styled the model, JoyLynn. She did her make-up and photographed her.

After the shoot, I brought images of Joylnn and my Lion Scene into Photoshop.Poses and trains

The best pose of the model made the train of her dress looked like a wing. So I used the train from another image.  Having the train separate from the dress was so key.  I warped it into the shape and size that complimented the scene. Then I extracted the model from the background and added her to the lion scene.

The final step was to bring it into Lightroom 4 and tweak the overall colors, look and added a vignette. Like I mentioned before, doing the whole scene together with an action or preset really brings the image together.

lion and model


Jeff madison/MADesignz enjoys using his imagination and creativity through photography, art, and graphic design. You can find his work here.
Laura Marino displays her vogue style imagination into fashion photography. Find her artistic photography here.
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  1. July 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm —

    oh, my! so striking! It’s awesome to create what you have envisioned in your mind’s eye. Thanks so much for sharing your work flow. One of these days….

  2. Ana
    July 3, 2012 at 1:42 am —

    Wow! It’s great to see the original photos. Thanks for this article! 😀

    • July 3, 2012 at 7:58 am —

      Thanks for reading it!:) That is one of my rules.. All pictures in my pictures have to be original and I have to take them. Unless I am doing something with someone like Laura Marino fashion Photographer.

  3. July 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm —

    I REALLY want to learn how to do this type of stuff (more electronic image) – Can you recommend sites, books, classes, etc?

    • July 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm —

      Hey Corinne!

      I guess the most important thing to use is your imagination. Be inspired of others, “off the wall” and ” out of the box” ideas. Coming up with an idea is the first thing. No matter how crazy it might be.. TRY IT!. I think that you will be surprised of what you will find. . I would love to see and assist you if you need it. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.


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Composite Images: Use Photoshop To Blend Multiple Photos