Let us explain how to create new art in this digital art gallery within Collaborative Art WORKS!
Through the magic of layering and varying degrees of opacity (transparency), one digital image stands as the background, and another becomes the (typically slightly transparent) foreground.
As you see, this composition has no focal point.
For this reason, it is a perfect BACKGROUND image for a Collaboration.
Photo by Wayne Fisher Photography, Inc.
And it gives the feeling of a lot of DEPTH.
It is architectural . . . and yet we cannot see the entire building. That makes this image interesting, as it creates CURIOSITY!
Not a requirement for a collaboration - yet, these monotones make way for a COLOR FOREGROUND.
Here is a fashion illustration. It definitely has a focal point. Faces always draw the viewer's eye into the composition!
There is no guess work: "What do I need to eliminate to make these two pieces fit well together?"
Like the BACKGROUND piece, this illustration has great possibilities for TRANSPARENCY, a very BIG part of Collaborative Art WORKS!™
The WHITE suit and hat shall remain as they are. The white backgournd to this piece needs to disappear, so that only the illustration will be 'overlaid' on to the BACKGROUND - See Example 1, Step 1.
We want to emphasize the focal image. In Photo Shop, you can make the 'noise' around an image disappear.
Once you have made the background of your focal image transparent - or have 'erased' it, you can play with the two images!
Again, in Photo Shop or a related program - as long as your images are digital, you can layer them!
Once you have the BACKGROUND image, literally set as the 'background layer' - then add your focal image.
1. Size and re-size your focal image - to see where it looks the best against the background image.
2. You can move it around - for the same reason.
3. You can flip it.
4. You can duplicate it!
5. You can change its color!
Once you have positioned your focal image (the 'upper layer') - and created the amount opacity (transparency) you like - and FLATTENED your collaboration LAYERS . . .
Creating a 'frame' around your collaboration is simple, too. It's all about 'making boxes' - and placing your 'flattened' image as another layer. You can make as many frames as you see 'fit'!
You, as the creator of the Collaboration, will put your signature or logo - on the bottom, right. Your collaborator's signature, or 'text' name goes to the bottom, left.
Then, give credit to all three at the bottom of your Triple Collaboration!
This Blue Heron's wing will be color-inverted, rotated and duplicated, to create the 'look' of a butterfly, as you will see in the next step.
The original Blue Heron watercolor was painted on white paper.
As I manipulate in PhotoShop, only the wing becomes the top layer of this collaboration.
A shot of the most photographed Red Rock in Sedona, Arizona - by Ken Nikolai.
This photo becomes the background for a Collaboration.
In the case of Collaborations, there is an added opportunity to play with transparency and upside down fun!
Here, the one Heron wing has been duplicated and flipped - placing the two images in juxtaposition with each other.
As in Example 1, we now must erase the 'noise' around the focal image
Thus, it stands alone . . . as the . . .
of the collaboration
1. You have the photo of the Red Rocks as your background layer
2. You have the 'butterfly wings', as your 'upper layer'
3. Play with placement and opacity (transparency)
4. Re-size and rotate the top layer, to 'fit' well as part of the reflection in the water
Once you have . . .
1. positioned your focal image(s) - the 'upper' layer
2. created the amount of opacity (transparency) you like
3. flattened your collaborative layers
4. created your frame(s)
5. added you signature (or logo) and that of your collaborator's
Get MORE creative, and add some 'electric' action lines!
Sure! You're in charge of your composition. The author of this site likes to add the appearance of movement to these cool Collaborations.
So, use this idea - or not!
Experiment until you find the shape, color, spacing, rotation of the 'brush' you REALLY love, and . . .
Using your stylus . . .
Draw some 'action' curvy lines . . .
or whatever suits your fancy!
(if it is not, already) . . . and start to play with other Creatives through this site!
Parasol by the Sea
Sunshower's illustration via PhotoShop, Tablet & Wacom
Originally illustrated for Sunshower's daughter
Sunshower's illustration with Dominic Ewan's GIF.
Original pencil illustration, Ram/Mayan Temple