The images to the right are selections from a set of 33 photomontage images collaboratively produced by surrealist artists André Breton, Paul Éluard & Suzanne Muzard between 1928 and 1931. Individual authorship is impossible to attribute, as the collages were only discovered (in a spiral bound notebook) when Breton's estate was dispersed in 2003, thirty-seven years after his death. These images were made in the spirit of the surrealist exquisite corpse, demonstrating cut-up collage, collaborative authorship, and found materials. More images from the series are available here, and you can read more about the series here.
This is a short hands-on demo demonstrating the basics of working with layers in photoshop to make a photomontage. The goal is to combine a number of source images to make a surreal juxtaposition.
To begin, please download this photoshop file: twomey_demo.psd
- Controlling Layer Visibility
- Scale and Position Images
- Hue and Contrast Adjustment
- Image Export