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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.
In a way I like to think of this chapter as a primer on creativity, because what we'll be doing here is looking at a few small projects. And these little projects will really get your creating juices flowing, because here we're going to explore how we can work with layers in a creative way. And one of the nice things about working with layers in Photoshop is that it's easy. And what we can do is we can come up with some really stunning results. All right! Well, let's go ahead and start off with this photograph here. It's a picture of the front of an auto mechanic shop. And I was obviously drawn to the colors and the textures.
And as I saw this wall, I was thinking about a quote that a friend of mine had shared with me. Here it is. It's by Edgar Allan Poe. "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." And I was walking down the street thinking about that, and I came upon this other scene, the Brighton Pavilion. Go ahead and click and target that layer. I was noticing that the architecture really was more of a dreamscape than anything else. And then I bought these two images together in Photoshop and asked myself how could I bring these two images together, texture and this architecture? Well, all that we need to do is to simply change the blending mode of this layer.
And we want to do this the most effective way possible, and that is by way of a shortcut. First up, press the V key. Next step, on a Mac, press Shift+ Option+F, on Windows press Shift+Alt+F. And simply by changing the blending mode, all of a sudden we've something completely new and different. So here's a tip for you. If you haven't ever experimented blending multiple photographs together, perhaps the time is now.
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