Fast and furious photo montage in Photoshop

Fast and furious photo montage in Photoshop

Sometimes you have to help a pal out. A good old friend of mine emailed me last night asking if I could work up a poster for his outdoor adventure business based in the Lake Distict, UK. He had ‘knocked something up’ himself in Word (:)) and wasn’t too pleased with it.

I put aside 3 hours to try and improve on things. I had the photographs above and what I could download from his website (www.keswickoutdoors.com). I picked a particular photo to start off…

This, I decided to use as the central picture, not sure why, but you have to start somewhere! Looking through the activities that the kids were involved in, I had a rough concept of sky (paragliding) top, ground (rock climbing) middle and water (canoeing, swimming etc.) bottom. First task then, add some sky….

With a 3 hour window, I wanted to keep complex cut-outs to a minimum, so, using the eraser set to airbrush I roughly blended the top of the original photo into the sky. I had already picked a paragliding picture to go in, so the main group shot was moved to the right.

Next, add more people……

Again, I roughly hacked out the parts I didn’t want. Keeping in the mid section, I added the column of walkers in the fern…

Ok, I was happy so far. Next step was to add the paragliding shot. It’s always a good idea in photo montaging, if you have similar landscapes or horizontal lines in two shots, to line them up. It makes the transition look a lot more natural….

The composition, so far, was lacking people actually enjoying themselves. Time for some smiling faces!

Now I found myself with a horizontal line across the bottom half, not good, try to avoid the shots in you montage merging at the same point, it generates an obvious line to the observer. I revisited the walkers shot and ‘pinched’ a bit more fern.

Still needed more happy faces, time to do a couple of cut-outs….

Looking ok, now I was running out of space for the water activities. I had only a few pictures here, if in doubt just throw one in….

As you can see, I had to extend the water by flipping the shot on the left and stretching it horizontally, It would do for now. I had now reached the file size I wanted to work to (A2). What to do about the obvious join?? I still had ample of pictures to use… What about if I try something like this…

Yes! that works… Now I started to add the text, starting with the heading…

I added a dark blue glow on the heading to make it stand out from the sky, happy so far, so time for the details…

I tried to hide the bag in the middle of the poster with the Camp dates box, I didn’t work so they ended up here. Final text to add was the contact details and accreditation…

Nearly there…. It’s always a good idea, when you are nearing the end of a project, to stop and stand back for a minute and take in the big picture. For me there were a few dead areas in the poster, the bottom right, the grass lower centre, the bag and left by the paraglider. I wanted the finished poster to look appealing to kids and parents alike and decided to go a little over the top and show more activites and group shots…

Finally, I added a border just to give the poster some breathing space…..

Love ’em or hate ’em, photo montages can often produce stunning results in a surprisingly short period of time.

Burrowdale summer camp is a fantastic experience for your children (plus you get a week off too!), run by professional staff with years of outdoor experience. Burrowdale owner, Jocky Sanderson, as well as being an outdoor pursuits expert is one of the UK’s top paragliding instructors running flying courses worldwide (www.escapexc.com), he was also featured on BBCs ‘Britain from above‘ TV series with Andrew Marr (Check out the behind-the-scenes clip HERE).

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