Class 2A
Nov 22, 2015

About This Session

Final product of architecture are not really the building and spaces we design and build, but the human activities that take place in them. Without people to give life to them, what we create would end up as mere empty meaningless shell. This is why the stories about these activities help us both design better buildings and “sell” our work.

The focus of this learning unit will be how to create great stories through images. You will be primarily be using Photoshop and Rhino to combine 3D renderings with photos into images that make great impact. Everything you’ve learned so far about visual compositions and graphic design will apply to the images you make here, too – these are very universal principles that can apply to any visual you decide to create in future.

This class will get increasingly more connected with what you do at Idea & Form  1 class: the images you make here will be related to the project you are doing at Idea and Form, and you will use those images both as a part of your design process as well as for the final presentation of your Idea and Form project. In fact, presentation of your final work for Digital Image will happen at the same time as your Idea & Form final presentation – but more about that later.

Download Lecture

Click here to download lecture in PDF format (45Mb).

Click here to download lecture videos. (240Mb zip)

Download Maps and Textures

Great part of image compositing and photomontage is finding good images to either use as a reference, or directly include in your work. I have put together a lot of images that you can include in your work, or use as an inspiration.

These images are all images I collected over years and used in my own renderings. They are organized in two main categories:

Inside of each categories, the images are organized around the topics they represent (Trees, People,…).

Note: Since the files are huge, these will be for now distributed via USB drive in class.


:)We will start with two -very long- Photoshop tutorials that introduce the basic techniques for creating photo montages. We will later apply these techniques to get more advanced effects. Please take some time to go through these tutorials very thoroughly, and learn all these things as you will be using them all the time in your work (if you want to be efficient and productive, that is

Note that first tutorial will show you some really basic “quick and dirty” techniques which are usually good enough when you need to do a quick sketch in Photoshop 

Photoshop #1: Image Compositing Basics, Part 1
Image compositing is a process where you take visual elements from different places to compose new image - and you will work a lot on it when presenting your projects.

Tutorial #2 is about doing the same thing, but the “right” way, which you should know and use for final renderings: 

Photoshop #2: Image Compositing Basics, Part 2
This tutorial will introduce you to important Photoshop concepts such as masks, layer groups and adjustment layers.

Homework: Task

A Photomontage That Tells A Story

After an introductory lecture, you will be doing an exercise in Photoshop, where you will create a photomontage to “tell a story” that relates to one on the following topics. For your photomontage, you can use post-production images I posted above in the Downloads section. You can also download these images to use for your background. Finally, you can choose to search for any other image on Internet that suits your need.

Take one image as a starting point. You can use one of the images I uploaded here, or choose any other image that you like:

Click to download background images. 

Add “stuff” like people, plants, cars… to this image to “tell a story” that responds to one of the topics below. Don’t sweat about making up a perfect story, this exercise is really more about getting familiar with Photoshop.

Make sure to add something BEHIND some elements of original images too (so you could practice use of layer masks…).

Best way to do this: Take a look at Photoshop tutorials, and do these two tutorials step-by-step, but using your own images instead.

Technical Details

Topics For Your Story

Choose one of the topic as a title of your photomontage:

Students' Work