Image manipulation is the creation of artwork using different graphics or photographs to produce something new by combining them in a creative way.
I probably do more image manipulation than other forms of illustration because it can be accomplished relatively quickly, for times when deadlines are really tight, while still producing stunning and captivating results. With a little imagination and experimentation I can turn a relatively decent photograph into something altogether new and more striking.
To produce truly amazing illustrations in this method it is always best to start with high resolution imagery, to avoid having an awesome illustration compromised by pixelation or poor definition.
This method of illustration works well as a complementary element to the information you need to get across; for example creating a poster design that needs space for your logo, or text to be placed over an image. I can highlight certain areas or fade out a section of an image so that everything remains easy to read, without detracting from the essence of the overall design.
I guess it’s like having cake and being able to eat it too. Strong visual representation with the added benefit of getting your message across clearly. What more could you want?
There are a lot of different aspects to image manipulation as highlighted below.
This plays a big role in the process and can often be used as an entity in its own right. It allows me to remove imperfections or unwanted elements from an image, like clearing skin blemishes or slightly restructuring contours or lines. I always strive to make the final image look as natural as possible, just a bit better.
This is used to replace or amend colours in a photograph or image. A good example of this would be to brighten and warm the sky of a sunset, while bringing out the details in the foreground elements. It can also be used to change hue or colour values, like editing the colour of a car to complement the design.