Time-Lapse: Creating an Impressive 284-Layer ‘Super Composite’

Photography purists might want to look away on this one. The above video is a 9 minute time-lapse that speeds up 7+ hours worth of Photoshop CC work. That work was spent creating an intense composite that wound up consisting of 284 layers before it was all said and done.

The artist behind the project is Alexander Koshelkov, who simply (or not so simply) wanted to create a fantasy airship battle scene that people could download and use as a desktop background. Since you don’t typically see any fantasy airship battles in real life, he took to his favorite medium: Photoshop.

Here’s what turned out:


If the name and the work sounds/looks familiar, that’s because we’ve featured another of his time-lapses before. That plane crash composite took him four and a half hours and required some 244 layers.

Like the last one, this is mostly put together from pieces of other images. Two different boat photographs, an airplane engine, etc. were all used to craft the final product (which you can download at high-resolution here).

The final image is called Airship of Doom, and like the plane crash before it, it goes to show just how good some people are at working in Photoshop. To see more from Koshelkov, check out the previous time-lapse linked above or subscribe to his YouTube channel by clicking here.

(via Fstoppers)

  • Mark N

    Wow! I wish I knew how to do that. On second thought, if I knew how to do that, I’d probably quickly seize up into a chair shaped man. Too Much computer time as it is. Still, truly amazing skill.

  • Shinfo

    holy crap!

  • Jon Woodbury

    Mind-blowing. Absolutely incredible.

  • euk

    Ummmmmm, wow. I just got inspired to really hunker down and learn my photo editing program(s). Fantastic work by Alexander.

  • Ted

    Simply amazing.

  • gtsomething

    I don’t know how many times I thought to myself “Damn.. he’s good”

  • 3ric15

    Yup, he does tons of composites like this. Very amazing.

  • Brandon Pimentel UX

    I know it took him 4.5 hours to produce. But I’m curious how long the process was to come up with the idea, composition, and find and source the assets needed in addition to the actual production time?

    Great work, I’m just curious.

  • Mike

    Simply Amazing! Well Done :)

  • Joe Gunawan

    Been fans of his for about a year, too. Every single one of his work is incredible

  • spike

    I might as well throw my photoshop disc in the bin

  • BrokenToyShop

    That was pretty damn cool.
    I’ve often wondered what it would look like to timelapse the process I go through when drafting up a detailed site topo pick-up, and now I know the answer, not that awesome.

  • SiriusPhotog

    Unfreakin’ believable work but why would they shoot at each others’ ship? Aim for the balloon portion and the battle’s over quick! ;-)

  • SiriusPhotog

    *** …throws my 7 floppy disc of Photoshop 3.0 into the trash ***