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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing
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Blending graphics with photos


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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

with Chris Orwig

Video: Blending graphics with photos

At this stage, we're going to start to look at how we can blend in some of the other graphics that we have into this photograph. Now these graphics have come from various places. Some are photographs, some are other graphics that I've created, and you can find a lot of these out there, whether it's coffee stains or trees. All you need to do is some Google searching, and you can find these by a way of Photoshop brushes, or simply as graphics. Many of these are available for purchase, or some of them are free to use. In this case, I've just gathered a bunch of these, and put them in this document. Well, one of things that I know that I want to do is I want to blend all of these adjustments in.
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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing
4h 41m Intermediate Sep 02, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Extending the canvas
  • Combining multiple frames
  • Cleaning up the background
  • Modifying color and tone
  • Masking images together
  • Removing a model from a background
  • Blending graphics with photos
  • Illuminating eyes
  • Adding texture and film grain
Subjects:
Photography Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Blending graphics with photos

At this stage, we're going to start to look at how we can blend in some of the other graphics that we have into this photograph. Now these graphics have come from various places. Some are photographs, some are other graphics that I've created, and you can find a lot of these out there, whether it's coffee stains or trees. All you need to do is some Google searching, and you can find these by a way of Photoshop brushes, or simply as graphics. Many of these are available for purchase, or some of them are free to use. In this case, I've just gathered a bunch of these, and put them in this document. Well, one of things that I know that I want to do is I want to blend all of these adjustments in.

I want to do that by using a Soft Light blending mode. Now here is a great trick for you. What you can do that you can actually select all of your layers that you know will need a certain blending mode, in this case Soft Light. You can group those together by pressing Command+G or Ctrl+G. We'll go ahead and name this layer, graphics. Next, what we're going to do is we're going to turn on the visibility say of one of these graphics, so we can see how this works. Well, currently the blending mode for this group is Pass Through. Well, if we change the blending mode for the group, what's going to happen is all of a sudden we now have Soft Light blending applied to the contents inside of this group.

So here we can then turn on our layers. I'll go ahead and turn on my coffee stains as well. There you can see even though the blending mode is Normal, it's blended by a way of Soft Light, because that's the group layer blending mode. Now with this coffee stains, I may want to invert them by pressing Command+I, and it's kind of fun to see what they look like, dark or bright. Let's bring the tree in. Again with the tree, we can darken that or brighten it. In this case, I'm going to go for a darker tree, and then lower the opacity. Once you lower the opacity, again press Command+I or Ctrl+I. See what looks best.

The nice thing about all of this is that all we need to do now is just dial in our opacity, because we've selected the blending mode once, we don't need to do that again. So here we can just go ahead and modify this as we make our way through this graphic. All right, well, let's zoom out for a minute. Here as we do that one of the things that I want to do is evaluate how this is looking. Well, in this case, I think this is looking pretty good except for my edge, my border. I shouldn't have included that inside of this group. Well, what I can do then, how can I bring this out of the group? Well, there are a couple of different techniques that you can use.

One is you can simply select the layer, and drag it out. Then now it's without any blending mode. Another technique that you can use rather than dragging is a shortcut. If you're on a Mac, you can press Command+Right Bracket. If you're on Windows, you can press Ctrl+Right Bracket. That will then remove that element, and put it on its own layer. All right, well, let's zoom back in on the image, so that we can evaluate this with all of these different textures. Well, it's really starting to take on a new life here. What's important to see at this stage is that with these graphics on this layer, it's really essential that we brought the eye detail back.

Let me show you what I mean. If we hadn't have brought those in, what we would see is we kind of lose the eyes there, especially because we're building up contrast, but by sparkling those eyes, adding that sharpness there, a bit of brightness, and also contrast, it's now starting to work much more clearly. Now keep in mind that one of the goals with this photograph is to change the overall Color palette. So here at this juncture, things feel a little bit muted, they feel a little bit strange. That's because we haven't worked on our color. So the next step of course is going to be work on and modify color.

Yet before we that, I want to go back to my graphics. With the tree, I'm going to invert that by pressing Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on Windows. I'm going to lower the opacity down even further. I want this to be a little bit more faint. I also want to take down the grass here in the foreground. I'm just looking for a bit of texture there. I don't want that to be quite so strong. I'm going to invert that as well. All right, well the coffee stains I think I'll leave those as is, but lower their opacity. Again, all of these elements, I'm just looking to add a bit of texture, a bit of erosion.

Then change the overall mood in the photograph. Now a lot of times what happens, when you get to a stage like this in a project, you think you know what, this isn't worth it. This doesn't look very good. But the trick is don't give up. Keep progressing. See what else you can do, because a lot of times you'll find that it's that last 10% or 15% that makes all the difference in the world.

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