Make an out-of-bounds com­po­si­tion

Cause panda-mo­nium with blend modes, lay­ers, and mask­ing tools

Photoshop Creative - - CONTENTS -

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?

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