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Increasing drama and visual interest

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Video: Increasing drama and visual interest

With this photograph, we are going to explore how we can combine multiple exposures together in order to increase visual interest and drama. Well, here you can see we have a number of different images. In our Layers panel, you can see we have one exposure for the overall ambient light. The light is pretty even, but it's also pretty uninteresting. Well underneath, we have another exposure where the lights are turned on. It's dark out. We have these nice yellows and blues. Next we also have another exposure, just before the lights came on.

Increasing drama and visual interest

With this photograph, we are going to explore how we can combine multiple exposures together in order to increase visual interest and drama. Well, here you can see we have a number of different images. In our Layers panel, you can see we have one exposure for the overall ambient light. The light is pretty even, but it's also pretty uninteresting. Well underneath, we have another exposure where the lights are turned on. It's dark out. We have these nice yellows and blues. Next we also have another exposure, just before the lights came on.

We have some pretty beautiful clouds and also some great texture here in the lake. So what we want to do is explore how we can combine these different exposures together. All right, well, let's start off by working on the top layer. What I'm going to do here is use my Quick Select tool. I want to make a selection of the roof. So I'm going to zoom in a little bit. I'll go ahead and simply paint across the roof with this Selection tool. Once I get a decent selection here, I'll then go back and fix it up. In this case, I'm just painting along the edges, so I have those.

Next, I'll hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and paint away these windows areas here. Bring back a little bit more of the roof there and also over here. Then next, we're going to create a mask and we're going to create a mask which is just this area of the roof. So let's make this selection as good as we can. Then click on the Add layer mask icon. Well, all of a sudden, once we do that, we can see that primarily we have this selected area which is the roof. We can light that roof up with this layer.

Now if our edge isn't perfect, we can always go back to the view where we can see everything and go to our Mask Edge. Here we can modify this. We can increase the contrast of that, smooth things out a little bit as needed or feather it. In this case, I think that roof selection's okay. Let's click OK. Well, now here of course this looks unnatural, surreal, not interesting, but if we lower our opacity, what we can do is just bring some light back into the roof. So here I want to bring some of that texture and detail back in there.

I'm just going to brighten that up a bit. Next, I'll grab the Brush tool. I'll paint with white with a pretty low opacity, 10% or 20%. I'm just going to paint in a few other areas, few areas where it might be nice to have detail that were trapped in the shadows over here, a little bit on this side over here and also over here along the edge of the lake and the path, just bringing in some subtlety and a little bit of light there. Again, just combining these exposures, make the brush bigger, take my opacity down and just start to brighten up the forest a little bit too.

Now we're able to do this because we have this nice exposure that we captured and we're then combining these exposures together. All right, well so far, so good, adding some nice light there. Take a look. Here is before and then after. So in this way, we're getting the best of both worlds. It would be impossible to capture this on camera, but here in Photoshop we can combine these two together in order to get a really nice and interesting looking photograph, before and then after. All right, let's click in the lights layer. Well, the lights layer is beautiful, right? I mean the bright yellows and all these tones are really interesting, but the sky and the water aren't the best.

So let's click on our Mask icon. Here we want to paint with black. I'll go ahead and crank up our opacity. What we're going to do is simply paint across these areas to bring in what's sitting underneath this layer. In other words, we are concealing this area of this layer. In this case, we can then bring in these interesting clouds and also I want to bring in the water. Yeah! I like that texture there. I like how that really comes together by having a bit more of the texture. So what we're able to do then is combine all of these together simply by using masking.

The great thing about this is we have so much flexibility. In other words, if we don't like this adjustment, if we've gone too far, we can modify the mask. We can lower the opacity there. We can continually work on our edges. We can change this however we want to. Also with this layer, again if we don't like the lights, we could change that. Dim this, modify it and then the same thing with this clouds layer where we're bringing in those clouds. We can continually work on these different masks and layers in order to combine them together to get the best results.

All right, well the last thing I want to do here is straighten out their horizon a bit. So I'm going to click on the Ruler tool. It's underneath the Eyedropper. Here we'll just click and drag across something that we think should be straight. Then we'll go ahead and choose Straighten. That will just rotate that a bit. There we have it, our overall before and then after, working with different layers to modify the image and to work on different areas in order to create an image that has more visual interest and a bit more drama.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30727 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 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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