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Learn how to use selections and layer masks in Photoshop to create composite images and apply targeted adjustments. After covering the key concepts behind selections and exploring Photoshop's selection tools, Tim Grey delves into a variety of advanced techniques that will help you make accurate selections, create seamless composite images, and apply adjustments that do exactly what you want them to do.
A composite image, by it's very nature, consists of multiple images. And so the first step in creating a composite is to bring multiple images together into a single document. One of the easiest ways to accomplish that, in terms of Photoshop, is to utilize Adobe camera raw. Let's take a look at the process of assembling that basic composite. I'll start off by switching to Bridge. I can do that by choosing File, Browse, and Bridge, for example. And then I can select the images that I want to combine. In this case I want to take this cathedral and replace the sky with this red sky image.
Just to have a little bit of fun. And so I need to first select those two images. So I'll click on one of the images and then hold the control key on Windows or the command key on Macintosh. And click on the other image. And in a similar way, of course, I could click on additional images. Using the control key on Windows or the command key on Macintosh. In order to toggle the selection of those additional images. But in this case, I only need two images for my composite. And I now have them selected. So, all I need to do at this point is go to the Tools menu, and then choose Photoshop, followed by Load Files into Photoshop Layers. When I choose this option, Bridge will send both of these images, both of the selected images, over to Photoshop.
And they will be combined into a single, new document. So you can see I only have one document open, and it contains two layers, the cathedral layer, as well as the sky layer. And you'll also notice that the layer name coincides with the original file name, so it will be very easy if I need to go back and find that particular image again, for example. But at this point, I've created the starting point for my composite image. And as you can see, the process is incredibly simple thanks to the combination of Bridge and Photoshop.
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