Adventures in collaging: example files

ExampleThe two images that accompany this entry are extremely low-res, and for a reason. Back when I had the old blog at, there was a series of entries I began to develop titled, “Adventures in collaging”.

In the two that I was able to post I discussed a couple of collaging aspects: splashes (as in those produced by the feet of a massive giantess), and shadows, lighting and reflections. I thought I’d enjoy doing the same thing at this blog, and from time to time discussing different things about what I consider the incredible waste of time of my choice, collaging.

The reasons these two images are of such low quality and only of medium size is because they are “example” files. The first thing you do when you collage giantesses and shrunken men is acquire material. For the most part this material is saved from the Internet, which makes this first thing an extremely easy task.

What I do next is group material in folders that end up containing the layered Photoshop file, the raw materials, and the final jpg. There’s one last image that has become part of my standard operating procedure when collaging, and it’s the example file. When I’m pairing raw material, I do it with Photoshop, and not with the naked eye, and when I’m done pairing raw material, the resulting image is reduced in size, named Example, and saved.

Example-2It’s a very quick, rough version of what I imagine the final image will look like. There are pixels leftover, mismatched skin tones, wrong shadows, etc., but the purpose of the example file is to allow me to see the potential of the raw materials, and the amount of work I will have to do to get it to look good in the end.

It helps me, because sometimes I decide the end result is not worth the effort. Another thing it does is allow me to recall what the heck it is that I wanted to do with that raw material in the first place. I forget sometimes. :) In the past I’ve opened a folder months after saving it, and it’s happened a few times that I have no idea what I was thinking when I downloaded its contents.

Sure, it’s not really difficult to puzzle it out, but an example file makes for a time-saving template. Simple, and effective.

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  1. That is a really terrific idea, especially what you detailed about the way you organize your source images. Mine are a disorganized jumble, but organizing them in the way you suggest might save me some time.


    1. Well, in the beginning I used to have them all in a great big pile, but it soon began to bug me that I couldn’t see any direction to the pile, so I began to divide it into many folders according to each collage.

      I have about five hundred of those, though I know I’ll never have enough time to complete such an amount of images. I used to keep them divided in two groups, giantess and sm, and then divide each into folders according to type of interaction, but that felt like madness eventually.

      Now it’s just two piles: Unfinished and Not Even Started. :)


  2. Great minds think alike – I do exactly the same thing: create a rough composite and, if I think it has potential, put in the effort to create the finished piece.

    Because I just grab intriguing collage material whenever I find it, before deciding how I’ll use it, the other thing I do is to organize it into folders based on camera angle. I have folders labeled “high” (i.e. for high-angle shots), “medium,” and “low.” This makes it easier to choose matching perspectives between the “giantess” and her surroundings when starting a new collage. (Yes, I’m a geek.)

    Great blog, by the way!


  3. Hi Mity Mite!

    A couple of years ago I was under the impression that you were no longer collaging. It’s great to see I’m wrong, wrong as wrong can be! :)

    Geeks are cool, and not only because collages that mix incorrect perspectives make me want to drive my fist through the screen (well, that’s an exaggeration, but I do roll my eyes at them every once in a while).

    Thank you!


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