Collaborative Art WORKS!™

Combine DIGITAL IMAGES as Collaborative Art WORKS!™

Let's look at the Steps to another Collaboration

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.  

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Let's look at some examples



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.

It has clean lines

And it gives the feeling of a lot of DEPTH.

You can see what the image is

It is architectural . . . and yet we cannot see the entire building. That makes this image interesting, as it creates CURIOSITY!

Black, White and Gray tones

Not a requirement for a collaboration - yet, these monotones make way for a COLOR FOREGROUND.

Let's move on to Step 2

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Here is a fashion illustration. It definitely has a focal point. Faces always draw the viewer's eye into the composition!

This composition WORKS with the architectural piece because it is VERTICAL.

There is no guess work: "What do I need to eliminate to make these two pieces fit well together?"

It is elegant and SIMPLE.

Like the BACKGROUND piece, this illustration has great possibilities for TRANSPARENCY, a very BIG part of Collaborative Art WORKS!™

Start 'seeing' the possibilities, and how to accomplish them.

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.

On to Step 3

And the next step



We want to emphasize the focal image. In Photo Shop, you can make the 'noise' around an image disappear. 

So, make the background of this image "go away".

Once you have made the background of your focal image transparent - or have 'erased' it, you can play with the two images!

What does it mean to play with the two images?

Again, in Photo Shop or a related program - as long as your images are digital, you can layer them!

If you don't know how, Learn! It's really quite simple.

Once you have the BACKGROUND image, literally set as the 'background layer' - then add your focal image. 

The real fun is the experimenting!

You can:

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!

final step



Once you have positioned your focal image (the 'upper layer') - and created the amount opacity (transparency) you like  - and FLATTENED your collaboration LAYERS . . .

Make a Frame

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'!

Give credit to you Collaborator

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.

Three Collaborators?

Then, give credit to all three at the bottom of your Triple Collaboration!

Here's another, more colorful sample

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original artwork derivative


Example 2: Step 1

This Blue Heron's wing will be 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. So the colors of this derivative have been 'inverted'.

It now becomes the top layer of this collaboration.

Let's move on to Step 2

this photo: background


Example 2: Step 2


A shot of the most photographed Red Rock in Sedona, Arizona - by Ken Nikolai.

This photo becomes the background for a Collaboration.

Reflections can really add to the effectiveness of any composition

 In the case of Collaborations, there is an added opportunity to play with transparency and upside down fun! 

Let's move on to Step 3

and the next step


Example 2: Step 3

Here, the one Heron wing has been duplicated and flipped - placing the two images in juxtaposition with each other. 

Let's move on!



Example 2: Step 4

As in Example 1, we now must erase the 'noise' around the focal image 

Now the image is 'clean'

 Thus, it stands alone . . . as the . . . 

Top layer

of the collaboration

Now you can play with the two images


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

final step


Example 2: Step 5

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

You can call your collaboration complete or . . .

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!

Using your Brush Preset Tool . . .

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!

There! Wasn't that fun?!!


Let's get your work digitalized

(if it is not, already) . . . and start to play with other Creatives through this site!