How To Create a Composite Image for A Painting Reference Using Photoshop

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One of the members of the Positive Painters community asked the question: How can a combine two images into one to create a nice painting?  You ask, I answer :). 

In the following video tutorial, I provide step-by-step instructions on how to composite image for a painting using 2 images and create a single composite image.

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Why you should create a composite image for a painting?

There are 2 primary reasons you would want to create a composite image prior to beginning a painting with multiple reference images:

  1. A picture speaks a thousand words.  No one can read your mind.  Creating a composite image is extremely handy because it saves you time and provides a visual representation to the client.  Allowing you to create a single reference image before you ever put the pencil to the panel for a sketch.
  2. Saves you time and frustration.   Back in the day, I would create a beautiful drawing of what I thought the client wanted, only to learn that they had something else in mind….LOTS of ERASING – UGH!!!  Thank God for Photoshop!

    As you’ll see in the video, I can easily create, move, scale and so on with few clicks and even send the client multiple reference image options to select from. 

    Once they make the selection, I can start sketching!  And once I sketch the painting, I’ll submit that for another approval. The logic behind that is, it is way less expensive to change the foundation before you start building the house….and I do charge change control fees for structural changes once the painting begins.

    For more information about Commissions and my process – check out this article: 5 Questions to Ask BEFORE you Start Taking Commissions.

Video Tutorial: How To Create a Single Reference Image from 2 Images

Alright!  Let’s get to it and put these two pups together into a single reference image!

How to create a composite image for a painting

Keystrokes Used in Creating a Composite Image For A Painting

  • Ctrl + C = Copy
  • Ctrl + V = Paste
  • Ctrl + T = Transform
  • W = Select Subject Lasso Tool
  • Ctrl+ S = Save

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