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In Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing, Chris Orwig demonstrates how to take photographs to the next creative level by combining images in Photoshop. This course covers multiple compositing scenarios, including portraits and architecture photos, from selecting the images, to blending photos with layer masks and blend modes, and resizing and sharpening the results. Chris also covers tips and tricks design to inspire and increase the drama and interest of photographs. Exercise files are included with this course.
At this stage in the composite project I'm ready to add my type. So here I already have a couple of type layers, if you don't have type players, you can simply grab your Type tool and then type something out. One of the things that's tricky in regards to type is that you want it to blend in and you want to disguise it a little bit. So one way to do that is to try a blending mode, for example Overlay or Soft Light, and get that to kind of fall back in the background there. Here we'll lower our opacity on the Soft Light blending.
The next thing that's fun to do is to hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on Windows, and just start to click-and-drag this type. And what that will do is it will copy and paste your type. A lot of times when you are doing this, it's nice to free transform it and flip it around. So press Command+T, right-click, and then in here I'm going to flip it vertically. So I now have some upside down copy as well. And I'm just going to bring that into the mix. I want this type almost to be a little bit more of a background element than something that's super-prominent. I'll go down to one of my other right side up type layers and then Option+Click-and-drag and just bring these type layers all around this image.
Really just stacking up this different effect, adding to the overall dreamscape of this image. Next I'll turn on this top layer here, which is this one that says I saw with my eyes. With the Move tool I'll go ahead and bring this out. So it's a little bit more prominent. So there is one message that's there, but then the other messages you could get to if you really dug a little bit deeper. Sometimes when you are creating projects like this, and you are trying to do something that's perhaps a little bit more artistic, you want to think about not overstating it.
That in this case is why I am trying to disguise my message a little bit. Next, I'm going to go ahead and turn on the visibility of this other photo layer here and then just change the blending mode. I'm going to take this down to something like Overlay or Soft Light which does such a good job at blending. And here I want this underneath these type layers. So in order to move it I'll just click- and-drag it down or if you want to know the shortcut, here it is. You press Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and then Left Bracket.
You can see that I'm lowering this down in my layers stack. It's moving down and down and down further. Right Bracket, plus the Command or Ctrl key, that's going to be the one that will move it up. Well, either way, either click-and-drag that down or move that by way of a shortcut. Then click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Grab your Brush tool, go ahead and paint with black, so I'll choose black as my color in my color picker, and just start to paint away the edges so it's a little bit more faded out there. Now the next thing I need to do is work on my type layers. The opacity is all uniform.
So I need to go in and I need to change that and to make these all different. Again I want to have some variations here in regards to my type. It's just too strong, it's too much, it's too overdone, and that uniform nature of the type, we'll just kind of make it a little bit interesting. So hear I'm just going to scroll through and click through my layers and see which ones I can bring down in order to add to the overall difference that we have here with this text. All right, well, that's pretty interesting, except that one of the things that I want to do is I want to mask out some of this type.
So to do that, we'll click in one of the type layers, hold down the Shift key, and then click in the top type layer, at least the type that's all the same, and then press Command+G on the Mac, Ctrl +G on Windows. We'll name this type. Next, we'll click on the Add Layer Mask icon, grab our brush, and choose an irregular brush, something that's a little bit distressed or that's different, and we'll lower the opacity here. I am going to paint with Black with a little bit of a bigger brush, and this is just going to tap this down in different ways.
So I'm kind of eroding the type here. You can see it's falling back even a little bit more. So I used the opacity and now I'm also using a little bit of masking to fade that back. Well at this juncture I think this is working okay, except I am feeling like my fibers are just too strong. So I am going to go and bring those way down. I want to take those fibers out. I also feel like my guy here isn't strong enough. Well, duplicate the layer. Press Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on Windows, and then modify the opacity as needed, in this case perhaps bring this down just a little bit here, so we have a little bit less prominence of that particular guy.
Okay, well, we're making some really good progress with this. I think we're close to wrapping it up. There are a few more adjustments that I want to make in regards to focusing in on some of the copy and some of the overall color, and let's take a look at those final adjustments in the next movie.
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