Elephant in my Living Room: Simple tools to Empower Words

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 9th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/40bm4ha2/
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Writing is more than words alone, indeed it has been said many times that a picture paints a thousand words, so what happens if you join two or three pictures together that must add immense enjoyment to the written word.

Possibilities to Enhance your Work

One result of having a new operating system is that I have spent a little time exploring new tools and utilities that go along with it, in this case having access to the Windows store opens up several possibilities, and the good thing is that much of what is on offer costs nothing while many more tools are inexpensive. For the examples shown in this article I have used two such tools, one which makes collages out of your pictures, the other that allows words to be added, free form - just as if painted onto the picture with a brush.

I am sure that the tools that I have discovered are only scratching the surface of what is possible but the reason for pointing these out is to show that article writing doesn't have to be
limited to the words you write. These methods will allow you to gain copyright of material, even when you have sourced the original from a public location, such as a web page, and give you endless possibilities.

Creating a Collage or Montage

Think of the possibilities, artists can use their imagination to meld multiple ideas into a single picture, but through a collage or montage it is possible to build a single pictorial composition which juxtaposes or superimposes many pictures or designs into the same image. I have created such images in the past but have to say the tools are getting much easier to work with. The picture for this section was a collage created by merging three separate pictures I took at our local tourist attraction, Clifton Hill, and allowed the software to meld the component parts of the pictures in order to group the elements together effectively.

Past efforts to create a montage have meant spending hours digitally cutting out picture segments and placing each on the canvas layer by layer and applying fades manually with this software tool I was able to simple add a picture that acted as a background, add two other over the top, resize and position them in order that they look right then simply save the new image - nothing could be simpler.

Adding the Brushed Words

I wanted to add some words to the collage that I had just created, so I used another free tool from the Windows 10 store that allowed me to apply words to an image, just as if I was running a painting brush across the image. For the word "Enjoy" I selected a large font and allowed the program to paint it in the form of a hands-free straight line.

For the words "Clifton Hill" I wanted to convey the impression of the street itself, it is a steep, sharp hill. For this paint job I selected a slightly smaller font size and made the words curve down in the same way the street does. This took four attempts, but only because I wasn't pleased with the outcome on the other three occasions, and with tools like this you learn how to use it by spending time trying out all the options. I could have used different colours, but decided that black was good enough to show the effect in action - I may have selected a different colour had this been a project to create an advertising hoarding to advertise the street.

Elephant in My Living Room

I thought of an idea (a real unplanned in motion event that sometimes happens when writing) - make it seem as if there was an elephant (or at least the ghost of one) in my living room without disturbing the cat, and to make this happen all I needed was a picture of my living room and a picture of an elephant - which I have somewhere on my computer. This was a simple three minute project and something that was fun to do, of course we all know it isn't real but that is the point about collages, to show possibilities, to fill the empty space, to introduce Schroedinger's cat somewhere it isn't wanted, if you happen to know its identity.

The point of this is to show that it is possible to use pictures creatively in such a way to enhance your written word.

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Peter Giblett regularly publishes here on Wikinut and contributes a semi-regular column on 2 Drops of Ink, a site dedicated to the improvement of writing, grammar, and prose and his own blog called GobbledeGoox. Recent works on Wikinut include:

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Collage, Elephant, Empower Words, Living Room, Montage, New Tools, Picture Paints, Thousand Words, Windows Store

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Awesome post Peter!

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Peter yji is a excellen post. I wonder why in wiki you cant add 2 or 3 images at one go like in hub pages?

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Sorry "This is an" for yji is a

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author avatar Retired
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Wow! I have now installed Windows 10 but have not looked all that far under the bonnet. You might have inspired me to do so!

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author avatar Ptrikha
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Quite creative tools to make some wonderful artifacts.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Yes they do.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Peter, thank you for sharing your article. The tips here sound very interesting. I loved the photos.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Oct 2015 (#)

The possibilities are endless with the march of technology. We never know what is around the corner that can even turn our lives upside down - hopefully, with a positive take.

Thanks Peter for whetting our curiosity though most would rather let sleeping dogs lie - use what are just the very basics - siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Siva, I am always seeking ways to add a new dimension to my work, but sadly there are too many writers, as you correctly point out, that do not see the advantage images bring.

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