Time Goes By Like Water: A Philosophic Photo Collage

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Tutorial: AKVIS Chameleon

Time Goes By Like Water


Sunrises replace sunsets and time goes by like sand through your fingers...

To create a "philosophic" photo collage symbolizing the eternal beauty of nature and the fleetingness of the human life we have chosen two photos: a sunset photo and a stop-watch.

Background Image Image to Insert Result: Photo Collage
Source Images Result

    In this tutorial we use the plugin version of AKVIS Chameleon in Corel Photo-Paint.
    It is possible to take the standalone version and achieve the same result. Just use the pencil tools to make a selection.

We will make the photo collage in the Blend mode. Follow the instructions below:

  • Step 1. Open the photos in your photo editor.
  • Step 2. First open the image with the stop-watch and activate any selection tool, for example Magnetic Mask Tool. In the Options palette of the chosen selection tool deactivate the check-box Anti-aliasing. Outline the stop-watch with the selection tool. Click here to read more about the selection tools in Corel Photo-Paint.
    Select the stop-watch
  • Step 3. Copy the selected stop-watch into the buffer with the command Effects -> AKVIS -> Chameleon - Grab Fragment in the image editor.
  • Step 4. Open the image of the sunset and call the AKVIS Chameleon plug-in using the command Effects -> AKVIS -> Chameleon - Make Collage. Once the plug-in opens, the image of the sunset will be shown in the image window, with the stop-watch above it.
  • Step 5. Select the Blend mode in Settings Panel.

    In this mode the program does not only smoothen the borders of the inserted object and adjusts its color range, but it also makes the object semi-transparent, so that the texture and the relief of the primary image can be seen through. Use this mode if you want to “dissolve” the inserted image in the background.

  • Step 6. Choose the Transform tool and use it to move the stop-watch a little to the left.
  • Step 7. Press to start processing the collage and then press to close the plug-in. The collage is ready.
    Result: A Philosophic Photo Collage
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Preferences — Preferences
Montage Mode Montage Mode
   — Photo Hunting — Photo Hunting
   — Serenade for a Gull — Serenade for a Gull
   — Happy Easter! — Happy Easter!
   — Wonderland — Wonderland
   — Lionheart: Create a Fantasy Character — Lionheart: Create a Fantasy Character
   — Make a Collage from Multiple Images — Make a Collage from Multiple Images
Chameleon Mode Chameleon Mode
   — To Sail Beyond the Sunset — To Sail Beyond the Sunset
   — Changing Appearance — Changing Appearance
   — Try on a Tattoo — Try on a Tattoo
   — Monkey and a Mask — Monkey and a Mask
   — Coffee Postage Stamp — Coffee Postage Stamp
   — Lemonade Label — Lemonade Label
   — Chameleon in the Fire — Chameleon in the Fire
   — The Flying Dutch — The Flying Dutch
   — Elephant in the Savanna — Elephant in the Savanna
   — Archeological Reconstruction — Archeological Reconstruction
   — The Swan Lake — The Swan Lake
   — An Earth View — An Earth View
   — Collage with a Girl — Collage with a Girl
   — Help the Dove - Symbolic Collage — Help the Dove - Symbolic Collage
   — A Girl in the Sunset — A Girl in the Sunset
   — A Greeting Card — A Greeting Card
   — Moonlight Sonata — Moonlight Sonata
   — Enliven the Scenery — Enliven the Scenery
Blend Mode Blend Mode
   — Wood Painting — Wood Painting
   — Creating a Greeting Postcard — Creating a Greeting Postcard
   — Valentine Card — Valentine Card
   — Autumn Collage — Autumn Collage
   — Butterfly on the Wall — Butterfly on the Wall
   — Fantastic Collage — Fantastic Collage
   — Blazing Photo of a Girl — Blazing Photo of a Girl
   — A Wedding Photo Collage — A Wedding Photo Collage
   — Fairy Tale Illustration — Fairy Tale Illustration
   — Ripe Cherries — Ripe Cherries
   — Creative Design in Paint Shop Pro — Creative Design in Paint Shop Pro
   — Time Goes by Like Water — Time Goes by Like Water
   — Star Leopard: Create a Wallpaper — Star Leopard: Create a Wallpaper
   — Newfoundlands From The Sea — Newfoundlands From The Sea
   — Landing in the Forest — Landing in the Forest
Emersion Mode Emersion Mode
   — For Graffiti Fans — For Graffiti Fans
   — Bird in a Cage — Bird in a Cage


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