For this assignment, I wanted to use some pictures I already had. I started going through the many vacation pictures we have. I was looking for photos that offered some “space”over which to layer other images. I took a photo from our trip to England of the Roman Baths in Bath, England and combined it with a picture of my husband rowing a boat which is actually from another trip, this time to France (where else to row a boat but France, right? Très romantique!)
I chose the rowboat image because he would still be in a body of water, just one that is smaller than a neighborhood swimming pool. I added the parrot because it seemed having a bird on your shoulder would be something you could do on a boat (I guess I was thinking pirate…). The pirate is NOT from a past vacation, but rather a google image search of “parrot on shoulder”. I knew I needed a parrot on a left shoulder and was able to find one. Here are the three unadulterated images:
For this, I stuck with Pixlr and used the layering and eraser tool quite a bit. I used the baths as my background layer.
Then I selected “open image as layer” for the picture of my husband and layered it over the background.
Next, the parrot. I initially slapped that photo on top, unedited, but it was too messy to erase. So I saved it as an image, then used the crop and eraser tools to get the image down to just the parrot with a white background.
I’m sure there is some kind of cut tool that would have let me cut away swaths of layer instead of erase, but I was on a roll with the eraser from my first assignment and figured if it’s working for now, why stop? Next time I work with layers like this, I’ll do my research to do it the “right” way if there is one.
As for the result? I’d say this is some pretty cheesy photo editing. As a positive, I did become much more comfortable with Pixlr, get more practice with layers and got to put my imagination (and old vacation pics) to good use in this assignment. The size of both the parrot and my husband is so large as to make them almost monster-like in their proportions to the bath and the other people in the shot. I also gave both my husband and the parrot a bit of a haircut in the process of layering them in. I would probably look into resizing the images in the top two layers to make them more proportional.