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Visual Alchemy: The Fine Art of Digital Montage by Catherine McIntyre

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TONE

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Net, 2012. Removing the background altogether puts the focus squarely on the figure and its gesture. This image is a combination of just three source photographs—the profile and arm belong to a model, the hand is my own, and the scanned muslin links them together.

A bright mood, dark foreboding, light of heart, a dark look … language shows how deeply entrenched are our ideas about tone. Relative brightness and darkness is one of the key mood-inducing qualities of an image. It can be a subtle thing; having the focal point of an image gently lighter and more contrasty will attract attention to it even without the viewer being aware of it. It ...

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