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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.
The intent of this movie is twofold. First, what I want to do is get your creative juices flowing, as we learn about creative layer blending. At the same time, there's going to be a challenge, and the challenge is going to come from learning how to work with layers by way of shortcuts. Now, this can get a little bit confusing, so you may want to watch this movie a couple of times. All right. Well, let's dive right in. Well, here you can see we have our background layer. It's an old wall. Again, a really interesting texture. And above this we have a close-up photograph of a leaf, and in the top layer is a photograph of a tree in the wintertime.
Well, we know that what we can do is we can click through ours Layers panel in order to target different layers, and a lot of times we do that. We simply click on a layer to target it and then we change its blending mode. But let's say that what we want to do is target a layer by way of a shortcut, without even using our mouse. What you can do is on a Mac, press Option and then Right or Left Bracket key. On Windows press Alt and then Right or Left Bracket key. Let me show you what I mean. So if we press Option or Alt and then Right Bracket key, you notice that I'm targeting different layers in my Layers panel.
Press that same shortcut, Option or Alt and Left Bracket key, and then I'll move down in my layer stack. So what we can do then is we can use this shortcut in order target a layer. Once that layer is targeted, we can then change its blending mode. And you may remember how to do this one. First you press the V key. We want to take this to a blending mode of Soft Light, and that one is Shift+Option+F on a Mac, Shift+Alt+F on Windows. All right, so far so good. Let's go down and target the leaf layer, and again let's use the new shortcut we've just learned. Press Option or Alt and Left Bracket key.
Well, now that this layer is targeted, let's also change the blending mode for this one. Once again, press Shift+Option+F on a Mac, Shift+Alt+F on Windows. And I told you there are a lot of shortcuts here, but it's worth it to learn these shortcuts so that we can start to integrate them into our workflow. Now of course, if you don't like shortcuts, that's fine too. You can always simply click on the layer and you can also simply click on this pulldown menu in order to choose a blending mode. All right. Well, I like the blending here, except I want to change it up a little bit.
I'm going to go back to this tree layer. I'll press Option+Right Bracket or Alt+Right Bracket. Next, thing I want to do is say, it would be really interesting if I had the opposite of this effect, if I could invert this layer. Well, there is shortcut to invert, and it's an easy one to remember. Here it is. On a Mac, press Command+I, on Windows press Ctrl+I. All right! Well, now that we have this inverted look, all of a sudden this has taken on a whole new life. Fascinating! All right. Well, the last thing that I want to do here is create an adjustment layer to modify the color.
This time, why don't we keep it simple and go ahead and select Hue/Saturation? Here we'll click on the Hue/Saturation icon and then we'll just experiment with color and see what happens if we swing this one way or another. All right. Well, I think that's kind of a fun version of this image. Let's evaluate the photograph, and this time let's look at the before and after by holding down Option or Alt and then clicking on the eye icon in the background layer. Now, whenever you Option+Click or Alt+ Click an eye icon, that tells Photoshop to turn off the visibility of all the other layers except for the layer that you clicked on.
So we'll do that here. Option+Click or Alt+ Click the eye icon in your background layer. Here we have that before and than after. So in this case, we continue to explore how we can work with blending modes, but also along the way I hope you picked up a few valuable shortcuts that you can begin to integrate into your workflow, because one of the things that I've found to be incredibly important is speed. And it's not speed for speed's sake. Rather it's becoming technical, it's getting really quick, it's learning all these shortcuts, in order to come up with even more creative results.
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