In digital media, compositing is the practice of combining multiple source images into one cohesive image. It is a technique used in matte painting, concept art, styleframes, and storyboards. We had to create six animal composites as our first assignment in Design for Motion – a class focusing on the development of boards, frames and other design elements for motion media. Styleframes and storyboards are the preliminary steps taken before animation begins. Being able to create realistic composites allows the designer to give their client (and the production team) a better idea of what the final animation will look like.
All too often I skimp on the preproduction process when tackling my animation assignments, so with this class it’s really nice to get back to basics and practice my Photoshop skills. Click through to see the rest of my composites and some of the source images.