Week 11 Play: Mashups

This week we were asked to create an image mashup, using at least two images: one provided for the libraryhack mashup competition and one either taken by myself or a creative commons image found online.

I really enjoyed this activity I thought it was a lot of fun, so I have created not one, but two image mashups this week! Fortunately, I have studied graphic design previously, which made this activity a little easier for me. Since many of the images available through libraryhack are quite old, I decided to go with a vintage theme for both mashups.

The program used to complete the two mashups was Adobe Photoshop.


I intended for the above mashup to look a bit like a turn of the century writing desk. The book, loose page, and photograph of a lady were all sourced from libraryhack, whilst the rest of the trinkets (coins, key, pocket watch, quill and letter) were found at morguefile, which is an excellent source of free high quality stock images. The map found in the background was sourced from fickr, the citation for which can be found that the end of this blog entry.


I created this secondary mashup because I particularly liked the image made available through libraryhack of the lady now appearing in the above image. I then found a picture of an old fashioned garden from morguefile and quickly put the two together.

This is my last play activity, so thanks for reading and do feel free to comment πŸ™‚

Whew! I just realised that it’s pretty uncool of me to not reference all my images, so I’ve updated the reference list πŸ™‚

Reference List

Buchner, R. (1913). Louise Carbasse ca. 1913 / Rudolph Buchner [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=442279

earl53. (2006). _IGP0958.jpg [photograph]. Retrieved from http://mrg.bz/wnwBxR

earl53. (2007). Fowoods_coin_backweb.jpg [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://mrg.bz/Hc544U

Glen Broughton Studios. (1918). Dorothea Mackellar dressed as one of the Graces for Mrs T.H. Kelly’s Italian Red Cross Day tableaux at the Palace Theatre, 20 June 1918 / photographer, Glen Broughton [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=440395

Irish_Eyes. (2006). pocket_watch.jpg [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://mrg.bz/hE034G
mconnors. (2003). PA232283.jpg [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://mrg.bz/bis8N1

National Library NZ on The Commons. (2009). Binding by Zaehnsdorf, 1896[Photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationallibrarynz_commons/5513096263/

National Library NZ on The Commons. (2011). Illuminated initial L[Photoshop]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationallibrarynz_commons/5352531371/

Photoshop Roadmap. (2012). Old Map [image]. Retrieved from http://tiny.cc/xtnr4w

ricetek. (2009). ricetek_old_key_01.jpg [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://mrg.bz/C08bbA

Rools. (2013). Letters.jpg [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://mrg.bz/xO06S8

sidewinder123. (2008). CIMG3019.jpg [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://mrg.bz/bU5kSF


10 thoughts on “Week 11 Play: Mashups

    • Thanks Nathan, I think the lighting in the second picture was a bit incongruous on the girl compared to the setting, but I’ve tried to make them as seamless as possible.

    • Thanks, I wanted to use a sort of castle- ish looking background for this mashup, because I thought the girl in the original image appeared quite ethereal and ghostly, like the type of ghost who would haunt a castle, so I think there’s definitely an element of creepiness in there.

  1. Jen, these turned out so well! I’m guessing Photoshop is what you’re familiar with, but did you use Pixlr for these mashups? If so, how would you compare the software?

    • I actually did use photoshop for these (it seemed the obvious choice for me since I had access to it because of my previous studies in graphic design and because I am familiar with it) so I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to compare it to other software, sorry! 😦 However I’m quite interested in trying out GIMP as an alternative.

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