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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.
Well, now that we've gotten the feet in a decent position, let's go ahead and zoom back in and let's work on some more of the little details here. With the left foot, what we want to do is create a layer mask. So here let's hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on Windows. Then let's click on the Add Layer Mask icon. That will create a mask filled with black, concealing the new foot. Next, press the B key to select your Brush tool. Again, we're just going to paint in what we need here again, so we don't modify the background in any unnecessary ways, just bringing in the shoe and a bit of that shadow there, so that this comes in really nicely.
All right, well, now that we have that in the mix, let's go ahead and work on that little edge right there. Next thing that I want to do is just start to work on this dividing line that I'm seeing. I'm seeing a problem in a few areas. So here, let's click in the topmost layer. Then let's press on the New Layer icon. We'll name this new layer clean up. Next step, I'll press the S key to grab my Clone Stamp tool. Here at a relatively high opacity, we'll go ahead and just paint some of this area in. Option+click or Alt+click and then I'm just going to go ahead and paint over a little bit of the jeans there.
I'm also going to paint over a few of these highlights, Option+clicking or Alt+clicking, sampling a few little areas and just modifying what I'm noticing in regards to this edge. I just want to start to take this out. We can do that in subtle ways. Then eventually, once we've gotten that line out, we'll press the J key. That will take us to our Healing tools. Let's go straight to the Spot Healing Brush. Here, we'll use the option of Content-Aware. Next, press the Right Bracket key to make your brush a bit bigger.
Then we can go along this little line, this edge of the frame here. We can just simply click and drag across that. What this will do for us is it will remove that line and really start to blend these two images in nicely. Here, watch as I go across that scene there. Again it rebuilds that in some really nice ways. So we'll just work through this, working out this little edge, which is dividing things up in an unnatural way. We'll make our way through this photograph, just cleaning that up there, nicely, blending things together a little bit more effectively, also clean up some of the small blemishes we're seeing on the wall.
Again, just to enhance this image a touch, not that that's needed, but it's a nice way to go about doing this. We'll just rebuild some of these little lines and retouch some of this background content here as we go. All right, well down here, I need a little bit more help in regards to this edge. So I'll go to my Clone Stamp tool. This case, we'll take our opacity back up. Here, we'll make or brush nice and big. We'll hold down Option or Alt. Then we'll reposition this, so that we can bring that edge in. Now we just can start to bring down a little bit more of a defined edge.
The reason we need to do that is just because what happened was it wasn't quite right in regards to the overall position there and it just looked a little off. So here, we're just going to click and drag to extend this. All that that's doing for is just finishing off that edge there, so that that's a little bit nicer. All right, we'll go through and just modify any other area that needs it. In this case, I think we're going in a pretty good direction in regards to our clean up work. Our background is looking nice. A few more little areas that might be good to clean up, couple of little blemishes here I'm just going to take out.
Then I'm going to go back actually with my Healing Brush. With the Healing Brush, it's nice to work on some of the areas that you've already dealt with because this brings in really good texture. It also does a great job with blending tones. You can see that I'm just painting over some of these areas I've already modified, but by doing this I can cover my tracks even more effectively and that can make for a more simple and sometimes more compelling photograph. I like the texture of this warehouse look here, but I just want to remove some of that.
Just take a little bit of the texture out there and make my brush a little bit smaller. Again, all of this detail work is just that. It's just details, details, details. All of these details matter because your eye goes to areas of brightness and also goes to areas of contrast and by reducing or removing some of these areas will help make for a stronger image. All right, just a little bit more detail work here. I'm going to work on the concrete and the texture and tone there of the concrete.
The way that I'm doing this is just with this Healing Brush, sampling different areas and then painting this in. All right, well of this detail work almost always pays off. It's always a good idea to put on some good music when you're doing work like this, so that you can get this going in a good direction and so that you can kind of get in the mode for working on those small little details. All right, well so far, so good. We've worked on our details. Let's take a look. Here is that before and then after, really cleaning up those edges and some of the details in the frame.
All right, well at this juncture, we're ready to work on the overall color and tone. We'll do that in the next movie.
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