Making Composite Images
Easter rabbit on strike? Yes. And he's ready to explore the world with a little help from Photoshop.
In the image above, I've combined an Easter rabbit isolated from an early 1900s holiday card with a painting of the Grand Canyon by Thomas Moran. And in the painting below, I've combined one of my photographs of a male Tufted Puffin with a painting that Italian Renaissance painter Raffaello Sanzio created in 1505.
If you haven't tried making a composite image, you can learn more about blending and isolating images in this video produced by Corey Barker.
If you're using art that you haven't personally created, remember that, with very rare exception, you need the permission of the copyright holder before using that work in your own adaptation. The copyright holder is usually, but not always, the artist or creator of the work. You can also choose work in the public domain.
How do you know when a work is in the public domain? Your safest course is to assume that all works are copyrighted until you can prove otherwise. This copyright chart from Cornell can help you do that, but when in doubt, stick with unaltered works published before 1923 in the USA. Your final adaptation or compilation can qualify for a derivative copyright.
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