I’ve been enthralled by the act (and art) of merging images. There’s just so much you can do with this process, both artistically and message-wise. I think this technique has become so much more accessible with digital cameras. Like a whole lot.
Now it’s easy as pie. I use Photoshop Elements (8 at the moment) and just love the interface and flexibility. Lots of controls, ability to do masks, all in a great program that rarely crashes (like once in a blue moon overlaid on top of a lightning storm).
All for $89. Go invest, I’m sure you’ll love it for this type of work.
A number of the textures I use can be found on my Flickr account – under the “Textures for All” tab. Feel free to experiment with them – they are Creative Commons licensed.
Here’s the main texture I used.