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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Layer blending and shortcuts


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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

with Chris Orwig

Video: Layer blending and shortcuts

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.
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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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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing
4h 41m Intermediate Sep 02, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Extending the canvas
  • Combining multiple frames
  • Cleaning up the background
  • Modifying color and tone
  • Masking images together
  • Removing a model from a background
  • Blending graphics with photos
  • Illuminating eyes
  • Adding texture and film grain
Subjects:
Photography Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Layer blending and shortcuts

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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