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Composite project overview

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Video: Composite project overview

With this photograph, we are going to explore how to create a realistic composite. Many times, realistic composites are the result of combining two different exposures or two different frames together. And here in the Layers panel, you'll notice that we have one frame and then we also have another one where I'm holding the Apple. And the idea with this composite is to combine these two images together, so that it looks like I'm holding the Apple while the bullet is being shot through it. Now I captured this image at our ballistic setup at Brooks Institute of Photography.

Composite project overview

With this photograph, we are going to explore how to create a realistic composite. Many times, realistic composites are the result of combining two different exposures or two different frames together. And here in the Layers panel, you'll notice that we have one frame and then we also have another one where I'm holding the Apple. And the idea with this composite is to combine these two images together, so that it looks like I'm holding the Apple while the bullet is being shot through it. Now I captured this image at our ballistic setup at Brooks Institute of Photography.

And as you can imagine, our students have a ton of fun with this setup. They shoot bullets at so many different types of things, it's amazing. Well here we have something pretty simple. And in this case, the apple is being held up by a stick, and we can see that the bullet has gone through the Apple so we have a pretty good capture, except there are a few problems. For starters, the background really needs to be cleaned up, and also the bullet started to rotate. Because as it tore through the apple, it kind of ricochet off of something and then here we can see it's rotating. So one of the first things I want to work on is the bullet.

To do that, let's go ahead and click in this background layer. Next we'll use our Selection tool. Let's go ahead and just use the Rectangular Marquee tool. And let's make a nice generous selection of this bullet and copy it to its own layer. On a Mac, press Command, on Windows press Ctrl, and then the J key. Think of "jump" to jump that content of that selection to new layer. Next, let's double-click the layer name. We'll call this bullet. All right, well if we turn the visibility of this layer off for a moment, we now have the bullet on the original background layer. I want to remove that.

One easy way to remove it is to click- and-drag with the Marquee tool over this. And then press Shift+Delete. That will open up our Fill dialog. And what we want to do is we want to fill this with Content-Aware. In other words, what this will do is it will evaluate the surrounding area and then remove the bullet from this layer. Let's deselect. Navigate to the Select pull- down menu and then choose Deselect. All right, well if we turn on the visibility of the bullet layer and target that layer, we can see that we can now control this.

And in this case, I can reposition this bullet, put it in new spot, or I could rotate it. Let's rotate this by free transforming it. Navigate to Edit and then choose Free Transform. Here we'll simply approach one of the corner points and click-and-drag in order to rotate this, and then press Enter or Return. All right, well, I want to go ahead and get this in a nice spot, perhaps a little bit closer to the Apple there. I think that's kind of fun and again, we can play with this and really change its position however we want to. Well the next thing we need to do is to remove the background, because you may notice that it doesn't line up perfectly in regards to the overall brightness value. It's too dark here.

So in order to fix this up, let's turn Off the visibility of the background layer, and while targeting the bullet layer, I'll choose a different Selection tool. This time we'll use Quick Select. And here, I'll make my brush nice and small by pressing the Left Bracket key, and I'll just make a selection around the bullet here. And the selection isn't perfect, but that's okay. Just want to have a pretty close selection there, and then we'll click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Well now this case, it created a mask and it really removed a lot of the edge.

If we want to paint away more, grab our brush tool and then with black go ahead and just paint around those edges, and you can remove more of the background if you find that you brought too much of that in. Press the X key to bring back a little bit of bullet there, and just go back and forth until that looks good. All right, well let's turn On the background layer and see how we're doing. Here is that before and after, then with the Move tool, we should be able to move this around and we shouldn't see any background really distracting this. But we have a pretty good looking bullet there, and we're ready to move to stage two.

Let's zoom out a little bit and evaluate what stage two will be. Well in this case, now that we have the bullet in position, the next thing I want to do is really bring this hand into the image. Somehow we need to combine those two frames together. Well let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30603 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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