Wendy’s pointed out years ago that when it comes to fast food chicken, ‘parts is parts.’ What’s true for chicken might also be true for images and photos. Blending parts of one image into another is not a simple science and requires a good eye for composition.
And the right parts.
Enter Compose, a new-ish Mac app which creates a single image or photo from parts of other images or photos.
The typical problem with combining photo parts to create a single image has to do with the tools. Most apps use layers, cutout tools, edge masks, and the effort requires time, trial and error, some skill and experience, and the aforementioned eye for composition.
Compose uses a different approach, akin more to multiple exposure photography than the hoops required by more expensive and complex apps. Image and photo parts can be blended in a way not unlike old style multiple exposure techniques, but with the click of a few buttons.
Simply select the image or photo parts you want to combine. Then select a portion of each, set the sliders, and the parts are combined in one image.
That’s a straightforward process that removes all the effort required to manage layers and masks, but the Compose interface leaves a bit to be desired.
Buttons and layout are decidedly 1999 with a Windows flavor. That said, the results speak for themselves. Multiple image or photo parts can be combined into one with relative ease and little effort. There’s a free lite version of Compose which limits the parts to two images, but the full version is priced at a mere $1.99.