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Compositing in Photoshop


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Photoshop CS4 Extended for 3D

with Chad Perkins

Video: Compositing in Photoshop

Compositing is the process of blending multiple elements into the same scene and making it look like one believable cohesive scene. In this movie, I want to just show you a project that I did for a recent lynda.com title, with a program called Adobe After Effects. This is something from Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training. I actually used the 3D features of Photoshop CS4 Extended to create the composite that I used later in After Effects. So here is the basic project here. First of all, I took some video of me in front of a green screen.
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  1. 9m 8s
    1. Introduction
      44s
    2. Reviewing the Photoshop CS4 3D overhaul
      2m 16s
    3. Why work in 3D?
      2m 44s
    4. Why use Photoshop for 3D?
      2m 23s
    5. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 15m 33s
    1. Learning 3D fundamentals
      1m 31s
    2. Entering the third dimension
      2m 8s
    3. Understanding meshes
      1m 36s
    4. Understanding materials
      1m 46s
    5. Knowing the importance of lights and cameras
      2m 45s
    6. Understanding rendering
      2m 19s
    7. Reviewing 3D applications
      3m 28s
  3. 14m 41s
    1. Importing 3D files
      2m 7s
    2. Adding 3D files to existing documents
      2m 40s
    3. Reloading altered 3D files
      1m 52s
    4. Opening 3D files from Adobe Bridge
      1m 13s
    5. Saving 3D files
      58s
    6. Exporting 3D files
      1m 40s
    7. Browsing online 3D content
      1m 4s
    8. Using 3D PSD files in After Effects
      3m 7s
  4. 6m 57s
    1. Using the new 3D workspace
      1m 2s
    2. Reviewing the new 3D panel
      3m 9s
    3. Viewing mesh information
      2m 46s
  5. 30m 30s
    1. Creating 3D postcards
      1m 48s
    2. Creating 3D objects from layer luminance
      9m 40s
    3. Creating basic 3D objects
      3m 38s
    4. Creating a 3D panorama
      2m 19s
    5. Creating a 3D volume from multiple layers
      2m 21s
    6. Creating a volumetric DICOM file
      1m 28s
    7. Creating 3D scenes from photos
      6m 15s
    8. Using the Merge 3D function
      3m 1s
  6. 24m 49s
    1. Moving 3D objects
      4m 13s
    2. Rotating 3D objects
      1m 33s
    3. Scaling 3D objects
      3m 23s
    4. Customizing the 3D tool
      2m 23s
    5. Resetting objects to their original state
      1m 54s
    6. Transforming individual mesh objects
      5m 8s
    7. Viewing cross sections of 3D objects
      3m 15s
    8. Aligning 3D objects with the ground plane
      3m 0s
  7. 25m 23s
    1. Painting on 3D objects
      2m 11s
    2. Using a paint mask
      2m 55s
    3. Cloning on 3D objects
      3m 37s
    4. Hiding paint areas
      3m 6s
    5. Selecting paint surfaces on 3D objects
      3m 19s
    6. Revealing paint surfaces
      1m 29s
    7. Using paint falloff
      3m 27s
    8. Merging textures onto 3D objects
      2m 14s
    9. Editing applied textures directly
      3m 5s
  8. 39m 22s
    1. Understanding different material types
      2m 44s
    2. Painting bump maps
      4m 36s
    3. Painting glossiness
      4m 23s
    4. Painting opacity
      3m 7s
    5. Painting shininess
      2m 57s
    6. Adjusting the color of specular highlights
      2m 27s
    7. Painting self-illumination
      2m 32s
    8. Painting reflectivity
      4m 2s
    9. Painting a spherical depth map
      3m 11s
    10. Importing maps for materials
      3m 48s
    11. Using normal maps
      4m 12s
    12. Adding refraction
      1m 23s
  9. 31m 19s
    1. Adjusting existing lights
      4m 10s
    2. Creating spotlights
      1m 27s
    3. Creating point lights
      1m 12s
    4. Creating infinite lights
      1m 5s
    5. Adjusting ambient light
      2m 19s
    6. Moving and rotating lights
      2m 53s
    7. Using light guides
      2m 19s
    8. Making 3D shadows
      3m 23s
    9. Adjusting how objects respond to shadows
      3m 0s
    10. Using the Hotspot and Falloff options
      2m 25s
    11. Using light attenuation
      2m 52s
    12. Saving light presets
      3m 1s
    13. Converting light types
      1m 13s
  10. 10m 49s
    1. Using the 3D camera tools
      4m 40s
    2. Creating custom camera views
      1m 44s
    3. Understanding perspective and orthographic views
      2m 8s
    4. Changing the camera's field of view
      2m 17s
  11. 13m 37s
    1. Creating animation
      3m 23s
    2. Animating 3D objects and cameras
      3m 31s
    3. Animating render settings
      2m 3s
    4. Animating cross sections
      2m 18s
    5. Exporting video
      2m 22s
  12. 15m 57s
    1. Understanding advanced material options
      1m 33s
    2. Creating UV overlays
      2m 9s
    3. Using UV scale and offset
      3m 42s
    4. Using the Reparameterize command
      2m 41s
    5. Creating a tiled painting
      4m 20s
    6. Using the Pattern Maker
      1m 32s
  13. 25m 21s
    1. Rendering with presets
      2m 31s
    2. Customizing face rendering
      2m 36s
    3. Customizing edge rendering
      2m 46s
    4. Customizing vertex rendering
      1m 34s
    5. Customizing volume rendering
      2m 11s
    6. Stereo and lenticular rendering
      4m 45s
    7. Adjusting render quality
      2m 59s
    8. Rendering reflections and shadows
      2m 21s
    9. Rendering for final output
      3m 38s
  14. 9m 59s
    1. Adding layer styles on 3D layers
      2m 29s
    2. Adding layer masks to 3D objects
      3m 10s
    3. Rasterizing 3D layers down to 2D
      1m 44s
    4. Compositing in Photoshop
      2m 36s
  15. 2m 5s
    1. The future of 3D
      1m 39s
    2. Goodbye
      26s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CS4 Extended for 3D
4h 35m Intermediate Feb 17, 2009

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The 3D capabilities in CS4 move Photoshop into a new dimension of image creation. Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins reviews the new 3D panel in Photoshop CS4, and demonstrates how to use 3D files in other applications, such as Bridge and After Effects. Chad reviews the basic 3D workflow, and then explores techniques for using cameras and perspective, creating 3D scenes from photos, working with layers, manipulating 3D objects, and even creating 3D animation. For users who want to go a little deeper, Chad introduces advanced methods for working with materials, rendering, and layers. Photoshop CS4 Extended for 3D adds powerful tools to any designer's creative arsenal. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding 3D concepts Importing and exporting 3D objects Creating 3D objects in Photoshop Transforming 3D objects Painting on 3D objects Learning to use various new material types Creating and adjusting lights Animating in 3D space Rendering with shadows, reflections, and refractions
Subject:
3D + Animation
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chad Perkins

Compositing in Photoshop

Compositing is the process of blending multiple elements into the same scene and making it look like one believable cohesive scene. In this movie, I want to just show you a project that I did for a recent lynda.com title, with a program called Adobe After Effects. This is something from Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training. I actually used the 3D features of Photoshop CS4 Extended to create the composite that I used later in After Effects. So here is the basic project here. First of all, I took some video of me in front of a green screen.

You could see I'm sitting on a stool; I'm basically like reading a newspaper. What I did in the video program was to remove the green screen. You can see what that looks like after Shift+ Clicking the layer mask for the Video layer. You could see some green fringes here. I had to remove those in the video program as well. Now, the background that you are seeing here is a 3D subway scene. I have also enhanced the look of the subway by adding some gradients. See, by itself it looked a little bit too mechanical and sterile, so I added some gradients manually, because the shadows weren't giving me exactly what I wanted.

But the benefit of using Photoshop CS4 Extended was that I was able to bring in my video and other 2D layers to bring them altogether and composite them. I could even select the 3D Subway layer and then move the subway around until it sat just right under me. Now, when this 3D file was created, it actually was created with some transparency here in this window. This is referred to as an Alpha Channel. Then what I did is I went and drove up the Oregon Coast and I had my wife hanging the video camera out the window to videotape some scenery going by really fast, and then I composited that behind the subway.

This is the final result, after adding some color correction, getting rid of the green around the edge of me, after adding a reflection here by duplicating the layer of me with video and lowering the Opacity and Blurring a little bit. Now with the Animation panel open, we can play this and you could see I also move this subway around a little bit to create the sensation of motion. There is the video that my wife took hanging the camera out the window on our vacation. Putting this altogether, we have a fairly believable composite of me on the subway, even though I wasn't on the subway at all.

So be aware of things like animation, reflections, shadows, color correction, all these things add to a believable composite.

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