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Creating a selection of the TV glass


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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

with Chris Orwig

Video: Creating a selection of the TV glass

In the next couple of movies we'll look at a brief technique which will allow us to add an image to this vintage_ tv set and make it look realistic. Well, over here on the Layers panel you'll notice that we have a background layer, just a white background, we have the vintage TV, and then we have this photograph of my daughter Annika meeting Cinderella. You can see that she's showing Cinderella her glass slippers, and it's just kind of this really sweet moment. Here, in this first movie what I want to do is just talk about selecting the area of the TV. So, let's turn off the visibility of the Annika layer, and then click in or target the tv layer.
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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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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing
4h 41m Intermediate Sep 02, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing, Chris Orwig demonstrates how to take photographs to the next creative level by combining images in Photoshop. This course covers multiple compositing scenarios, including portraits and architecture photos, from selecting the images, to blending photos with layer masks and blend modes, and resizing and sharpening the results. Chris also covers tips and tricks design to inspire and increase the drama and interest of photographs. Exercise files are included with this course.

Topics include:
  • Extending the canvas
  • Combining multiple frames
  • Cleaning up the background
  • Modifying color and tone
  • Masking images together
  • Removing a model from a background
  • Blending graphics with photos
  • Illuminating eyes
  • Adding texture and film grain
Subjects:
Photography Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Creating a selection of the TV glass

In the next couple of movies we'll look at a brief technique which will allow us to add an image to this vintage_ tv set and make it look realistic. Well, over here on the Layers panel you'll notice that we have a background layer, just a white background, we have the vintage TV, and then we have this photograph of my daughter Annika meeting Cinderella. You can see that she's showing Cinderella her glass slippers, and it's just kind of this really sweet moment. Here, in this first movie what I want to do is just talk about selecting the area of the TV. So, let's turn off the visibility of the Annika layer, and then click in or target the tv layer.

Now, there are a couple of different ways that you can make the selection of the tv. One technique that you might use is to create a path. To do that, press the P key to select the Pen tool and then click on the second option, which will allow you to create a path. Next, what you want to do is go to one of the corner points and click and drag. You want to click and drag in the direction that you're going, in this case clockwise, and also up in a little bit away from the corner. Move to the next corner click and drag. Then you are going to go back and hold down the Option key and you're going to sweeten this path or curve up by holding on the Option key on Mac, Alt key on Windows, and then moving these points.

Now, creating a path isn't always the best way and it may be difficult for some of you to work with paths. But nonetheless this would be a good chance to experiment with these, because they're really a powerful way to make good selections. Okay, we'll go down, here we'll simply click and drag away, hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, then move these points to get that right along the edge and then over here click and drag, again, hold down Option or Alt and just get this right along the edge of the TV there.

Then finally click and drag up here and once again Option+Click or Alt+Click in order to get this going right. Well, when you get near the end of this, one of the things that you are going to want to do is Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, click on the square or the anchor. That will remove that little point. Then hold down Option or Alt again and click on the original point, so kind of finish it off there. This will then close things off so that we have this nice path. From, here what we need to do is go to our Paths panel.

So, we'll go look over here and we'll save this out as tv and click OK. Well, now that we have this nice path we can use this or turn this into a selection. We could turn that into a mask in order to limit the area where the photograph will be displayed. Now, as I mentioned previously some of you may be thinking, "gosh! Paths those are so difficult, I don't want to work with those." Well, fine. Another technique that you could use would be to click off your path. I'll go back the Layers panel and target the tv layer.

And then go to the Quick Select tool here. You can do so by pressing the W key and next what you want to do is simply click and drag across the TV. Now, as we do that you notice that it finds the outer edge of the TV. That's not what I want. So, hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and click and drag around the edge. Now, as you do this it will build up this quick selection knowledge and this will get better and better as you move along, so that we have really a nice selection inside of this area.

Now, when you're working with selections you can either have a selection like this and create a mask out of it or if you want to save this, you could save it as an alpha channel or as a path. Just because I introduced this topic of paths, so let's go ahead and save this one out as a path, just to compare. Here, we'll go back to our Paths tab, so we'll go ahead and click on this icon here which will then convert that into a Work Path, and then we can double-click this and call this tv 2. Now, the path isn't perfect in this case, you can see there are some wobbly lines here and there but for the most part it's a pretty good path.

All right, well now that we have this path, what we need to do next is we need to use either tv or tv 2, convert that into a selection, which in turn will become a mask, so we can blend the image into the TV set. Well, let's take a look at how we can continue with this and how we can do that in the next movie.

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