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Flag project: Combining depths of field

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Video: Flag project: Combining depths of field

These days digital cameras are quite amazing yet there still are things that we can see with our eyes, which we can't capture on our cameras, and in this document you can see we have two layers. One layer where I focused in on the magnifying glass and then another layer where I focused through the magnifying glass in order to make sure that a star was sharp. Now it's impossible to get both of these elements sharp at this range, due to the optics of the magnifying glass and due to the way cameras work. So what I want to do here is somehow bring in together these two areas of focus, and now while I will be working on a particular scenario here, keep in mind that this technique of bringing in multiple areas of focus can be used in a wide range of scenarios.

Flag project: Combining depths of field

These days digital cameras are quite amazing yet there still are things that we can see with our eyes, which we can't capture on our cameras, and in this document you can see we have two layers. One layer where I focused in on the magnifying glass and then another layer where I focused through the magnifying glass in order to make sure that a star was sharp. Now it's impossible to get both of these elements sharp at this range, due to the optics of the magnifying glass and due to the way cameras work. So what I want to do here is somehow bring in together these two areas of focus, and now while I will be working on a particular scenario here, keep in mind that this technique of bringing in multiple areas of focus can be used in a wide range of scenarios.

All right, well first let's turn on the visibility of the magnifying glass layer. Next, what we want to do is go ahead and click on the Add Layer Mask icon. From here we will grab our Brush tool, we are going to go ahead and paint with white. Now I want to paint with white with a nice soft-edged brush, no hardness there, a relatively small size brush. opacity, we want it to be somewhere relatively high, 70-80% or so. Next we are just going to start to paint over this area, we want to paint over this area actually with black. So I will press the x key to flip that so I have black as the foreground color.

As I do that I can slowly bring in this background. Paint over it multiple times to bring in a little bit more. You will notice that I am staying away from my highlights. I want to keep those in the mix because that's what makes this look interesting. All right, I will press four on the keyword to go down to 40%. I am just going to remove this area down here a little bit more slowly just to be careful and then I will press 2 to go to 20% opacity, and I am just going to paint through this highlight a little bit here, bringing in a touch of the star on that side and a little bit of this edge over here as well.

All right, well so far so good. Let's take a look. If we Shift+Click the mask you can see there is our before and then now our after. That's looking much better. Well the next thing I want to do is bring out the detail of the star. To do that we will click in the background layer. So let's go ahead and copy the background layer by pressing Command+J or Ctrl+J and then we will name this layer sharpen. Next step, let's navigate to our Filter pulldown menu. Here we will choose sharpen and then Smart Sharpen.

What's interesting about Smart Sharpen is what we can do is increase the overall Amount and then increase the Radius. This gives us nice edged detail, but if you zoom in even closer, check this out. If we turn on More Accurate, all of a sudden we are going to see all these little threads really come to life, and what we want to do is exaggerate this sharpness because we are photographing through a magnifying glass. We are losing a lot of detail there. We just want to find just the right spot with that Radius and also More Accurate, again just bringing out all of those nice details and texture, and then we will click OK.

All right, so far so good,. Here is that before and then after. Now that's really sharp. Well, one of the things that happens occasionally when you are sharpening photographs is that you can exaggerate noise, especially if you are working with More Accurate. So in order to compensate for that or to correct for that, we want to change this layer blending mode to Luminosity and that's something you want to do almost always when you sharpen. Therefore, it will only show you the luminance value of that layer. It won't create any exaggerated noise or any noise problems.

All right, well let's take a look at our image. Here we can see one of the layers and then this was the one where we added the mask which allowed us to see through to the star, and then finally we sharpened that up so it looked nice and crisp and that finishes our work on these images.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30437 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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