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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here we're going to take a look at some valuable techniques that you can use when you need to combine multiple frames together. Like with these first two images, I was photographing these family friends down at the beach, and they wanted to do this photograph where they were all jumping in the air. Well the problem was that I didn't get a frame where they were all airborne at the same time. I have one picture where two people are in the air, and then another photograph where one is in the air. So what I want to do is combine these two images together. Well to do that, first in Adobe Bridge select both files.
You can select two or more files by holding down Command or Ctrl, and then clicking on those images. Next navigate to the tools pulldown menu, and here we're going to select Photoshop and then choose Load Files into Photoshop layers. This will open up a new document and it will include both of these layers. Well now here let's evaluate what we have. I've to go to Full-screen mode, and then I'm going to zoom in a little bit by pressing Command+Plus. When zooming in, we can see in this top frame we have the subject on the right, the mom she's in the air, but then in the bottom frame the two girls, her daughters are jumping.
So we also notice that the horizon line isn't level. I was hand holding this. I wasn't really thinking about trying to combine these frames after the fact, so I wasn't using a tripod. Well if ever you have a situation like that, it's actually pretty easy to fix. Just click in your topmost layer, then hold down Command or Ctrl, that's Command on the Mac or Ctrl on Windows to select both layers. Then you can either navigate to your Edit pulldown menu, and here you can choose Auto-Align layers, or perhaps even more easily is you can select the Move tool, and here you have some options in your Options Bar in regards to aligning.
The last one allows you to open up the Auto-Align layers dialog. So that's my preference is just to click on the icon there. In Auto-Align, we're just going to choose Auto. This will then change the overall perspective of these pictures in order to align everything up. Now if we click on the Eye icon, we see the before and after. It's almost like just the subjects are moving, and really nothing else is. Photoshop figured it out how to tweak these images, so that they're perfectly aligned. Well the next step of course is to do some masking.
What I want to do is I want to mask in the subject from this top layer here. So I'm going to click on the Add layer Mask icon. To do so, just click on this icon here and you'll have this little mask. Next let's double-click the Mask in order to open up our Masks dialog because here I want to Invert the mask. I want a mask which is filled with black, which we now have. Well now that we have that, we can then choose our Brush tool, and with the Brush tool we're going to paint with white. So we'll go ahead and we can click on this little icon right here to select white, and then I want to choose an appropriate brush Size.
Make this a little bit smaller and also a nice soft brush. Paint with 100% Opacity, and then just go ahead and paint over the person that you want to remove, and paint in from the other frame. By painting with white essentially what we're doing is we're bringing in another version of the subject here from a different frame, and by being careful to take a look at the edges and all the detail, we have successfully brought this person in. Take a look, here's that before and now here's after.
To finish off this project, we'd want to zoom out a little bit, and then next we would need to crop, because you can see that in order to change the perspective, it had to change my overall canvas size. That happened when we did that Auto-Align function. We'll next grab our Crop tool, and with the Crop tool we'll use the Original Ratio and then just click and drag in, and I'll recompose here a little bit in order to add a bit more drama. If you have a lower angle and have them up near the top of the frame, can seem a little bit more exciting and than I'll press Enter or Return in order to apply that crop, and then we can zoom in a little bit on this picture.
And here we have it, our before and then now our after.
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