Superimpose is an incredibly useful and powerful iPhoneography app for isolating (masking) images and building up a library of elements you can use either repeatedly in the same image or in different images. I used Superimpose to create my image ‘Autumn Walk’.

iPhone photography apps used:

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It takes a little practice and playing to understand how Superimpose works but hopefully this video with commentary and the screen-grabs beneath will help demystify what is actually a fairly simple but not always quick app to use. The nature of masking does mean that patience is required – especially if the element being masked is not well defined.

Superimpose ~ Layers, masking and blending:

Note: this video was recorded from the iPad version of Superimpose due to the limitations I have capturing the screen of iPhone4. Functionality is the same but some screens may appear slightly different.





 

Screenshots of the 4 Menu screens and the options I used on each screen:

Superimpose Home ~ Actions:

  • open image library,
  • save or export completed image,
  • import a saved mask,
  • save current mask to library.

superimpose home

Superimpose Transform ~ Actions:

  • apply completed foreground to background,
  • select blend method and transparency level.

superimpose transform

Superimpose Masks ~ Actions:

  • Numerous mask creation tools. I used:
    • Eraser,
    • Magic Wand,
    • Color Range,
    • Brush.
  • options cog to change the settings of each masking tool,
  • undo previous action(s) ~ a lot!,
  • invert the mask.

superimpose masks

Superimpose Filter ~ Actions:

  • blur inside the mask,
  • adjust exposure, brightness and contrast,
  • adjust the colour balance,
  • adjust hue and saturation.

superimpose filters

Process and apps used to apply the finishing touches to the image:

Note: I feel that a composite image benefits from holistic processing of the entire composite to help the elements blend together with a more natural feel. Hopefully the finished image will look more complete and less manufactured than the image exported from Superimpose:

Superimpose ~ Base image out of Superimpose:

superimpose final

Snapseed ~ apply ‘Drama’, ‘Vintage’ (no texture) and ‘Center Focus’ filters. Center Focus was shifted toward the top right with inner brightness boosted and size reduced:

snapseed

100CamerasIn1 ~ ‘The Light Fell Between The Trees’ seemed appropriate given the image content so that filter was applied at low opacity:

100camerasIn1

PicFX ~ ‘Enhance’ at 50% and ‘Grit’ at 70% filters applied:

picfx


 

Thank you to Art Of Mob for featuring ‘Autumn Walk’:

 

Really honoured that my image ‘autumn walk’ has been featured by @ArtofMob thank you Geri!

See the feature together with other featured images at Art of Mob.

It’s exciting to see the different interpretations of the word “FALL”. It’s also great to have people participating in this challenge who are new to the Art of Mob Instagram challenges! Thank you to all who tagged their images – be sure to check the end of this article for the new theme.

With a few hundred images entered there were a number of them that used the “seasonal” meaning of the word “FALL”… and some that had another interpretation altogether!

Please visit Instagram hashtag #aom_fall to see everyone’s take on FALL. If you’d like to see more by an individual photographer, just click on the image.

Geri ~ Art of Mob


 

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10 Comments

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  2. ImageArt says:

    Paul,

    Thanks for the great videos and info on your site. You have been a great help in my iPhonegraphy journey!

  3. […] My iPhoneography image 'autumn walk' is the result of my video app stacking tutorial. I am delighted that it has been featured by Art of Mob as part of their Fall challenge.  […]

  4. So happy you joined in with this one Skip – a perfect contribution to our Fall theme!

  5. […] Superimpose is an incredibly useful and powerful iPhoneography app for isolating (masking) images and building up a library of elements. Video tutorial.  […]

  6. Marsha says:

    Great tutorial…now I understand how this app works

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