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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.
At this stage we're going to continue to explore how we can work with different textures in order to enhance this image and to build up more of a vintage effect. Now one of the things that you might want to do is work with an old paper texture, or an old concrete wall or something that brings in a bit more dimension and distressed nature to the photograph. Now a lot of times it's fun to combine two different textures together. Now when we have these two textures together, all of a sudden we have something completely different. Old paper 2, we have that blending mode of Soft Light or Overlay, and it really just takes this image to a new spot.
And it's a combination of both textures together, which leads to some pretty interesting results. Another thing that's fun to do is if you choose your blending mode of Soft Light you can try inverting your textures, and what that will do is it will shift your color and here in this case it's actually making that layer blue, which you can see here. What it did to the photograph is it turned it into this really muted brown look. We can then dial in how far we want to go with that, but it can be an interesting way to add a bit of tone and texture and also modify color.
All right, well, what else can we do? Well, you'll notice I have this layer called edge and currently if we zoom out a little bit, you can see that I have this edge which has some tone in it, but also has a lot of white. And so somehow I want to get rid of the white. There are a couple of different ways that we can do this. One technique that we can use which is really easy is to click on the Add Layer Mask icon, then choose Color Range and here we can simply click on the color that we want to sample. In this case we can click on the center of this in order to select the white area and then go ahead and click OK.
Well, now here at this juncture we have everything but the frame. So let's invert the mask. Press Command+I or Ctrl+I. Well, now here this edge, this has too much for us. We don't necessarily really like the edge, because you can see all the white fringing. Here's a nice way to fix that. Command+Click or Ctrl+Click your mask. That activates this as a selection. Next turn off this layer completely. Then from here we're going to go to our adjustment layer icon and choose Solid Color.
What we can then do is pick a color, so that this edge will have a particular tone in it. So I could choose a color perhaps like a dark brown and then click OK. The next thing we might want to do is diffuse this. So we could add a little bit of diffusion there just to change that edge. So basically what we did was we created a mask. We then turned that mask into a selection and built another adjustment layer. Just to separate it from this problematic layer. And I wanted to show you that because sometimes you are going to need to make adjustments like that.
You're going to need to kind of cut the cord so to speak, so you have a little bit more creative control. Well, now here we'll change our blending mode and let's try out Soft Light. Once we do that all of a sudden we have this interesting toned edge around the photograph. We have a lot of control here. We can click in our mask and press Command+T or Ctrl+T. Command+T on the Mac, Ctrl+T on the Windows. We can free transform this. We can just bring this edge closer to the edge of the frame there, just adding a bit of a darkening effect. We can also defuse this even further if we just want a little bit more of a vignette in order to darken that up and create a bit more of that aged or weathered or aesthetic.
Well here you can see with some simple steps we've really come up with some interesting results. Well, there are a couple more things that I want to experiment with and let's take a look at those in the next movie.
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