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Combining multiple frames in an action sequence

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Video: Combining multiple frames in an action sequence

Another fun way to take multiple images and combine them together is in an action sequence. On a case like this, you want to make sure that the camera stays in the same position and your subject matter is actually moving between the multiple frames or exposures that you make. So let's take a look at these three images. I'm going to tap the Spacebar while I am in Bridge just so that we can see them. So you can see here is one exposure, the camera was on the tripod and I'm standing in one position. If I use my arrow key and we go to the next image I've moved over to that position and in the third image I am sitting down in front.

Combining multiple frames in an action sequence

Another fun way to take multiple images and combine them together is in an action sequence. On a case like this, you want to make sure that the camera stays in the same position and your subject matter is actually moving between the multiple frames or exposures that you make. So let's take a look at these three images. I'm going to tap the Spacebar while I am in Bridge just so that we can see them. So you can see here is one exposure, the camera was on the tripod and I'm standing in one position. If I use my arrow key and we go to the next image I've moved over to that position and in the third image I am sitting down in front.

So let's tap the Escape key. I want to select all of these images and I'll choose the tools menu and go to Photoshop, and we're going to have Photoshop load these files into a single document as layer. So I'll choose Load Files into Photoshop layers. Bridge will hand off the three files that I had selected and here they are on the layers palette. We can see there's the image one, image two, and image three. As I toggle on and off these layers I can actually see there's a slight movement between this top layer and the next one down.

So even though my camera was on a tripod, something here moved. So I'm going to select all of the layers in my Layers panel by clicking on the top one, holding down the Shift key and clicking on the bottom one. And then, I'm going to use the Edit menu, I will come down to Auto-Align my layers. I will go ahead and choose the Auto option, and for the best quality we will go ahead and leave on my Lens Correction options, and click OK. We can see when I toggle on and off the Eye icon for these different layers, they are perfectly aligned.

We can do this the easy or the hard way. I prefer the easy way. I'm going to select this top layer and I'm going to add a layer mask, just a plain white layer mask. I will tap the D key to make sure that I have my default foreground and background colors. But I want to be painting with black, so I am going to tap the X key. Then, I will tap to B key to access my Brush, and let's just double-check our settings. It should be set to Normal mode with an Opacity of 100%. When I said that we could do this the hard way or the easy way, what I meant is I can either paint myself out of this image or I can try to paint myself into another image which then would require me to kind of guess where I am standing.

So it's much easier to just paint me out. Which, you might be thinking, is the exact opposite of what I want, but in fact, it's not, because once I've got myself completely painted out, then all I need to do is invert the mask in order to have myself be showing and hide the rest of the background. So my mask is selected on the Layers panel. I choose Image>Adjustments, and then Invert. So now what we're seeing, if we hide the other two layers, is we're just seeing me on this layer.

And the nice thing about doing it this way is I can also come in and check and make sure that I actually did mask myself properly. So while I'm still on the mask, if I want to make changes now, I can't paint with black, I have to paint with white. So I tap the X key and then I just make sure that we've got my whole hand there and we've got my whole foot down here and here. It looks like I missed a little area right in here, and we can paint right up there. Excellent! Now let's turn on the next layer. You can see that I've moved positions over to here, so we're going to use the same technique.

I will click on that layer. I will add a mask. I have my paintbrush, but I better switch by tapping the X key so that I'm painting with black and I will paint myself out of this layer as well. As soon as I've painted myself out, all I need to do is go to the Image menu, use Adjustments, or use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+ or Ctrl+I in order to invert that. Again, we can see that I've missed some areas, but before I start painting, I tap the X key to exchange my foreground and background color and then we paint the rest of this in.

Better I get my feet down there and make sure that everything is visible. Excellent! Let's turn on the visibility of the last layer here and you can see I have a little bit of an issue, because I've actually captured myself right on top of where I was standing. So I need to go back in and just finesse this mask a little bit. So let's zoom in. Use just Cmd++ to zoom in to 100%, hold down the Spacebar in order to reposition this, and then remember it is this layer here, the middle layer that's causing the problem.

So I need to adjust the mask on the middle layer. So I have my Paintbrush selected, and I actually need to hide more of the information on this layer. So in order to hide the information, I'm going to paint with black as my foreground color. So I will tap the X key again and then I will click and paint. But I want to make sure that I get a smaller brush here, much smaller, and I can actually paint away a little bit too much. See how painting away my feet there I'm now able to see through to the background layer and it's the background layer where my pants here and the coat is.

So obviously I have painted away a little bit too much. So I tap the X key again. A little bit smaller of a brush, and then being a little bit more careful here, I am just going to paint up along the edge of the jacket there, around the edge there, and come back here, and just paint that out. Again, if you go too far, tap the X key. The other thing that could be really helpful here is to actually get a little bit harder of a brush, a harder edge brush, and then just paint that away right there so that you can't see the scene.

Let's zoom back out by using Cmd+- and then I just need to crop this. So I'll grab the Crop tool or we can tap the C key. I will leave it unconstrained. I just want to crop a little bit off the top, and maybe just a little bit off the bottom. You can see there's the snapping behavior. It's a little hard for me just to trim a little. So if I hold down the Ctrl key, I can actually temporarily turn off that snapping behavior. Tap the Enter or the Return key in order to apply that crop.

It looks like I didn't crop quite enough on the right. So we'll pull that in as well, hit Enter or Return, and then you can see I didn't want to crop off my foot, but I have a little bit of an area here. In fact, let's tap the V key to move over to the Move tool and Cmd++ or Ctrl++ to zoom in. I need to fill in this area right here. So I can do so by just using maybe the Clone Stamp tool. So I will tap the S key and then I'll hold down the Option or the Alt key to set my sample point.

It can be a pretty small area there, but what I better make sure of is I better pay attention to what layer I'm on. So in this case, I actually am only worried about the bottom-most layer. So I will click on that layer and then making sure that my Sample is set to All layers, I will go ahead and click and paint in the area that I am missing down there at the bottom. I might need to reset my Sample Point a little bit and I can just scoot that over.

I use my Hand tool to move over to the right-hand side, and of course I access the Hand tool by holding down the Spacebar, and then again hold down the Option or the Alt to set my Sample Point, and then just click and paint to drag that in to just make up that extra information that I need there. I can reset my Sample Point as many times as I want just to make sure that I'm not getting any duplications of area. And I see one more time I left a little bit of area on the left side.

So again I will grab my Crop tool, scoot that over just a wee bit, and tap Enter or Return. So I just think this is a really fun way to create an image that would be obviously impossible to capture in real life by just making multiple exposures of the same scene, and having something change in the scene whether it's one person moving like a skier moving through the scene, or in this case, me just being kind of goofy with these pillars and repositioning myself.

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Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 58s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 13s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 51m 2s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 20s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 53s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      40s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 16s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 40s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 9s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 6s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 38s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 57s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 42s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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