Combining two or more photos or images to create one new photo or image is defined as the process of making a composite. Creating a composite photo requires using imaging editing software. Today there are many different types and levels of imaging editing software.
Many people today have played around with common editing software programs. That includes everyone from the novice learning about a popular content editor program to professional graphic editors and production specialists.
While virtually anyone can create a composite photo or composite image, the difference between the hobbyist and the professional is quality. We have all been stopped in our tracks by professional composites. Often, it is because of some impossibly real-looking image that demands our attention.
Was that infant really riding on the back of that Tiger? Did you actually see a real photo of a man doing a one-armed handstand on the corner of a skyscraper? If it is professional composite photography, you probably couldn't tell.
Composites are also used everywhere today. We see funny, shocking, and creative composite images across virtually every medium and channel. That includes social media platforms, business advertisements, and marketing campaigns, among others.