Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 1st Jun 2012 12:11 UTC
Multimedia, AV Following our recent interview with the iPhone collage artist _meta_, a few readers asked for more such articles. So here's one on how to create your own such digital collages! Technically-speaking, digital collage, illustrations, and photo-montage are the same thing. It's just pictures or drawings put together in a single image, made look like a seamless, coherent piece. However, there are distinct differences in the way these are perceived and enjoyed, they essentially are different sub-genres.
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Thanks, but...
by gan17 on Fri 1st Jun 2012 13:55 UTC
gan17
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2008-06-03

It's great work (imho) and I hope to see more from you (and other artists you discover) in future.

Alas, I know all these techniques you've written about. I'm not complaining or anything; it's just that when I saw the article, I thought it'd be some sort of follow up to the previous one showing how to do all this on your iDevice (or Android). Sure, the same theories/practices/techniques apply, but I was hoping for some sort of run-through of the mobile apps (as mentioned by _meta_ in previous article) one could use on a phone/slate, and whether they gave the user enough control and output at a decent enough quality.

Still, it's a nice read on the whole. Thanks for sharing again.

Edited 2012-06-01 13:56 UTC

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RE: Thanks, but...
by henderson101 on Fri 1st Jun 2012 18:42 UTC in reply to "Thanks, but..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Photoshop touch. (or photoshop express) or Auto desk Sketchbook can do this kind of stuff.

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RE[2]: Thanks, but...
by Eugenia on Fri 1st Jun 2012 21:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Thanks, but..."
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

I don't have an iPad or any tablet for that matter, so I can't check out Photoshop Touch ($10), but it's possibly the most complete app to do this kind of thing.

On my Galaxy Nexus I tried Photoshop Express (free) and Autodesk Sketchbook ($2). The Sketchbook does all the basic cuttings and trasnformations, it has layer support too, and then Express does all the color stuff (you would have to import the layer parts one by one on Express, don't try to color-correct the whole final image, it won't look as impressive).

You might want to create on an actual computer a transparent document and use that as your starting point, just so it forces Sketchbook to use the predefined DPI and resolution.

There are things missing though: gradients, textures, strokes (for the various layer elements, separately). These are part of the layer control on Photoshop CS and are used quite a bit. Let us know if there are any apps that can do these. Also I didn't notice any selection methods, they are important if you only want to keep specific parts of the image in a specific shape (so either selections, or layer masks become important).

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RE[3]: Thanks, but...
by henderson101 on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 21:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Thanks, but..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Photoshop Touch is the one to try for sure. The tutorials even give you some of the basics. One guides you to removing people from an image, one guides you to replace a colour, one shows you how to combine 2 images seamlessly. With those techniques, and the extra control the app gives over Sketchbook, I think it has everything covered.

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RE: Thanks, but...
by Eugenia on Fri 1st Jun 2012 20:46 UTC in reply to "Thanks, but..."
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

For mobile work you will have to create the 12x12 or 12x18 resolutions (calculate them based on the res I mentioned for 24"x36"), since some of these apps might not be able to process them fast-enough otherwise. Other than that, the process is the same, as long as you use the apps that can do all the things mentioned.

Personally, I don't think I could do the cut-out well-enough without a tablet stylus. Maybe the Samsung Galaxy Note is the best device for that job, because of its larger screen and its stylus.

Edited 2012-06-01 21:01 UTC

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nice to see Eugenia posting here again :)
by anyweb on Fri 1st Jun 2012 22:12 UTC
anyweb
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2005-07-06

that was all
keep up the good work ! :-)

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Comment by Nicholas Blachford
by Nicholas Blachford on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 02:08 UTC
Nicholas Blachford
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2005-07-06

Good article, I see them on facebook but I didn't realise so much work went into them.

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RE: Comment by Nicholas Blachford
by Eugenia on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 09:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nicholas Blachford"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

It usually takes me between 3 and 5 hours to do a collage. In one instance it took me up to 8 hours.

Edited 2012-06-03 09:29 UTC

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