Composite photo with rainbow, hummingbirds, butterfly , flowers, rabbit and trees.  Alan Tower Photo logo.

This composite photo is formed by adding many other images together in Photoshop. Useful for posters and more.

A composite photo is one formed of several images added together.   I start with a fairly good size canvas, at least 8.5″ x 11″, and resolution at 300, 16 bit.  Then I start choosing images for the composition.  The bottom of the picture is a road.  I took a picture that included a road and cropped out the irrelevant pieces and put that part on the bottom of the canvas.  Above that, I added the sky, trees and rainbow from a photo I took of the nursery (see right).

This is the original photo that I dropped into the composite photo . I did not have to crop since  I only showed the upper left quadrant and other layers hid the rest.

This is the original photo that I dropped into the composite photo . I did not have to crop since I only showed the upper left quadrant and other layers hid the rest.

Next in the composite photo I dropped in a copy of the logo from Alan Tower Photography that had no background.  Then added a hummingbird and flipped the hummingbird canvas horizontally and added the hummer again.  I removed the background from a picture of Picea ‘Gold Drift’ by using the magic wand and eraser tools, as well as some selection of color range, then dropped ‘Gold Drift’ onto the composite photo.

I also dropped on the bunny, the passion flower and butterfly after removing the background from their respective images.  Now the composite photo has most of its components.  Then I typed “Magical” and selected warp text from the Type Menu.  An arc with -35 vertical distortion and then faded the opacity to make it softer in appearance.

Using the ellipse tool I painted 3 circles after selecting the color from the flower petal.  If you hold down the shift key, the ellipse tool makes a circle. Those circles lead up to the flower and head off the page to the right.

Next I blended the images using the clone tool so there were no hard lines between the base images of the composite photo.  The road image and the trees blend softly.

Here a monarch butterfly sits on an Echinacea 'Magnus" bloom.  I selected the butterfly and deleted the background to drop the butterfly into the composite photo.

Here a monarch butterfly sits on an Echinacea ‘Magnus” bloom. I selected the butterfly and deleted the background to drop the butterfly into the composite photo.

To finish the composite photo, I first saved all work in a psd file so the layers would be preserved (a tiff works well for this, too).  Then I flattened the image, saved it as a jpeg and processed it with a polarization filter and a nostalgic purple film effect filter, both in Color Efex Pro 4.  The latter program is part of the NIK suite of add on programs to Photoshop CS 6 that I am using.

Don’t get hung up trying to make an identical project, just have some fun and start by putting a bunch of photos on a canvas and make your own composite photo.  You don’t need additional programs to do this.  Photoshop will do a very adequate job.  You will have to have basic proficiency with Photoshop for such a task, but if you have been using the program for a while, you’ll be fine if you jump in and go for it.  Next time you need a poster for an event or some such thing, a composite photo may be just the ticket.