Match lighting, shadows, perspective, scale, and framing in a composite.
Create anything you can imagine by combining photos, graphics, and text into a digital composite. Here are some pointers for choosing elements for a successful creative composite.
“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso
Direction of light and shadow
Make sure the direction of light on individual elements of a composite matches up. An obvious disparity in light sources or shadows is a giveaway that an image has been pieced together.
Quality of light
Choose images for a composite in which the quality of light is similar. Avoid combining elements photographed in different lighting conditions, like cool versus warm light or harsh versus soft light.
Perspective and scale
Combine images that were photographed or created from the same point of view, so that their perspectives are the same. Use images that are similar in scale, so you don’t have to do lots of resizing in post-production.
Composition and framing
Composition is important to the success of a composite, as it is for any piece of art. Think about position and framing of the elements in your composite. Plan where to put each element so the viewer’s eye is drawn through the image to a focal point. Consider which elements will blend well with others. And if you’re planning to add text or graphics to the composite, leave sufficient copy space for those items.