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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Let's begin to think even further about how we can combine multiple photographs, in order to create one image inside of Photoshop. Here I'm in this kids folder. If I zoom in by pressing the E key, we'll notice that I have a photograph of my daughter and some of her friends. There are two images here. One image gets part of the group; another image gets another part of the group. The problem was that my composition wasn't very good. Yet, what I want to do is combine these images together. Let's press the G key. Go to the Grid View. Next, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC, and click on both images, or for that matter, however many images you're going to use.
Then you already know the technique which is to right-click or Ctrl-Click. Here, we're going to choose Edit In. What we want to do is we want to open as layers in Photoshop. This will then open up both of these images in a single document in Photoshop. All right, well, now that we're in this single document, what we're going to do is select both layers. Hold down the Shift key, and click on the other layer. Now they're both selected or targeted from there. We're going to tap into one of Photoshop's strengths. We can do this by going to the Edit pulldown menu, and selecting Auto-Align layers.
What this will do is if we use Auto Projection, is it will have Photoshop take a look at the images, analyze them, bend and warp and change the images, so that these images line up. Here you can see it's a pretty good job. So, we can see kind of our before and after. Yet one of the problems is is that my daughter Annika here was completely chopped off. So, we now need to take advantage of yet another feature, which enables Photoshop to blend multiple images together. You can find it in the Edit pulldown menu.
Here we're going to select Auto-Blend layers. In this case, we're going for a Blend Method of Panorama. We'll click OK. Now, what this will do is, again, Photoshop will analyze the image, and say, hey, how can I bring these two files together? It did a pretty good job. Now, if there is anything that I want to change, I can make those changes really easily. Let's say I click in one of the masks, like the top layer mask, grab my Brush tool. In this case, what I want to do is I'm painting with white. I'm painting on the mask to change this, so I can change this little expression here of one of my daughter's friends named Grace.
I've brought that in pretty easily, right? It worked out pretty well, because it first aligned, and then blended the images together. The last step, of course, would be to grab the Crop tool, and then to create a crop that makes sense for this particular photograph. I'll go ahead and do that. Press Enter or Return to apply that crop. Well, now, I have all of these kids together. It's a much more compelling photograph. You may be thinking, okay, that's great, but I don't photograph kids. Well, keep in mind, what I'm trying to show you is technique.
This technique is applicable and usable in so many different scenarios, whether you're shooting architecture, or whether you have multiple exposures or multiple depths of field, or sharpness, or whatever it is. Again, it's the concept that's important here. All right, well, once we've finished our work in Photoshop, we press Command+S on a Mac, Ctrl+S on a PC to save the file. Then to close the file, we go ahead and click on the Close icon. This image is now integrated into the library. You can see that we have this image here. Well, now that we have this new merged file, we can continue to process this image.
For example, if we want to convert it to black and white, we could do so, or we could make any type of adjustment that we are interested in applying to this new photograph that we created out of two separate images.
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