Make an out-of-bounds composition
Cause panda-monium with blend modes, layers, and masking tools
Create panda-monium with our surreal Elements tutorial
We always encourage you to ask how: how images are made, how tools can help with your workflow and how artists can reach their creative peak. But sometimes it’s best not to ask why.
A composition of two pandas making friends with a group of koi carp is something that’s perhaps best not to ask why about. It’s creative, it’s cute and it’s a project that’s going to teach you a lot about out-of-bounds compositions. Let’s not question the logistics – or logic – of this particular picture.
Out-of-bounds images can teach you loads about masking, blending, how to structure a composition, and they’re fun to do. They work really well with water, walkways sticking out of screens, and you can try them with any frame. In this tutorial, we’re keeping things relatively simple by just incorporating a few subjects and a simple background. A lot of what we’re going to do relies on simple skills that once honed, can help you edit anything in Elements.
The key to out-of-bounds compositions is to let your imagination run wild. It’s clear from looking at these kinds of pictures which ones the artist has really enjoyed creating, and in this project, we’ve got all the ingredients for a great time editing, as well as a brilliant end result. Who says pandas and carp can’t be the best of friends?