Image Layering

One of the “makes” that I found in the make bank was a practice in layering images and seeing the differences created by the layers. I chose to commemorate this snow day by layering four different filters on top of an image of the view outside a window. The original picture is below.


Original Image – Snow Day

I wanted to see how this image could be changed through the use of subtle filters. Originally, I tried some drastic filters (one even titled “predator” which transformed the scene into bright blues, purples, and reds) but then I realized the power of layering. The purpose isn’t always to drastically alter an image. The purpose is to see if subtle changes in style can impact the way an image is perceived. Below is the grid I created using four different filters.


Four filters – newsprint, cubism, soft glow, and mosaic

The changes in these images are more subtle than the first filters I tried. But they each have a different feel to them. The “newsprint” filter in the top left creates a grainy, almost grayscale version of the original image. The filter on the top right is cubism. If you zoom in on the image, you can see that the edges have been softened and rotated as less obvious cubes. The image on the bottom left uses a “soft glow”. This is the brightest image and one that reminds me of something you may use on Snapchat or Instagram to make an image more visually appealing. The subtle brightness makes the image brighter and less gray and gloomy than the original. The final image on the bottom right utilizes a mosaic filter. The edges were transformed into squares and the tiles offset to create the idea of the image being pieced together.

As I said before, the changes are subtle. But it was really interesting to use different layers to alter an image in a noticeable way.


One thought on “Image Layering

  1. kdpierce90 says:

    Do you feel like your purpose was successful? Did you get what you wanted to out of this activity? I have never truly understood the use of a filter. You make a good point that it has the ability to change the perspective of what the photo’s original intent was.


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