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Extending the canvas and adding elements

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Now that we have merged these two images together, let's work on cleaning up the background. To do that let's create a new layer, and let's create a new layer by way of a shortcut. This is a handy one. Press Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+ Control+N on Windows. This way we can name the layer while we create it. We'll call the layer cleanup and click OK. Next step, press the S key to grab your Clone Stamp tool. All that we are going to do here is simply Option or Alt+Click and then paint in the background over this transparent area, just to fill that in a bit.

Extending the canvas and adding elements

Now that we have merged these two images together, let's work on cleaning up the background. To do that let's create a new layer, and let's create a new layer by way of a shortcut. This is a handy one. Press Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+ Control+N on Windows. This way we can name the layer while we create it. We'll call the layer cleanup and click OK. Next step, press the S key to grab your Clone Stamp tool. All that we are going to do here is simply Option or Alt+Click and then paint in the background over this transparent area, just to fill that in a bit.

Make the brush a touch bigger there, Option or Alt+Click, and then just go ahead and paint that in. We are just painting in the background. This background isn't perfect but this will be a nice starting point for us. Over here, I'll Option or Alt+Click far away, and that way I can then click and bring this in to paint over that background there. Nice! Make the brush nice and small, Option or Alt+Click, and just work on this little area, just clean up some of these little details at the bottom of the hand. Also Option or Alt+Click here and just clean up that little blemish that we're seeing. We're just looking to reduce and simplify anything that's distracting.

Next step, let's grab the Healing Brush. And with the Healing Brush we'll do the same thing where we Option or Alt+Click in order to set our source area. And then we just go through and we try to reduce any blemishes that we think are distracting. A lot of times there is a good idea to heal on top of the areas that you've cloned because that can bring in some nice texture and just help this look really good. All right, well so far so good. Our background is nice and clean. Let's evaluate. There is before and after. Well, the next thing I want to do is I want to have some flexibility with this highlight.

I might want to remove that. So let's create a new layer. Press Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+ Control+N on Windows and let's name this new layer highlight. Next step, click OK. Here what we'll do is use the Healing Brush once again. And with the Healing Brush we're just going to go and make sure we have all layers turned On so we can Heal or Clone to these new layers as we're doing this, and I'll make my brush a little bit smaller, Option or Alt+Click, and just look to try to bring out some of this highlight that we have here.

The great thing about this is because this is on a separate layer, it's not on our cleanup layer, we can then have some flexibility with this. Let me show you what I mean. Well we can remove this or bring back the highlight. We can also lower the opacity just to kind of take the edge off the highlight a little, in this case, maybe just tapping that down a bit or for that matter removing it all together. We can make that decision at any stage of our progress. All right, well here, we've accomplished our cleanup work. There is our before and after.

We're ready to now make some enhancements, in regards to the bullet, the overall color and tone. And we'll take a look at how we can do that next.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

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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 in Photoshop
      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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