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Layering images manually

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Video: Layering images manually

Creating a composite image involves taking two or more images and combining them in some way. And that means, of course, that the first step in the process needs to be bringing the images together. Specifically to create multiple layers from the individual images that you'll blend in some way. In this case, I've opened up two images already. I have a lakefront scene. And I have a similar scene, but with a lamp in it. And I'd like to take this lamp and move it into the other image. And that means I need to combine these two images into a single document, and since I've already opened them, I can do that right here within Photoshop. I'll start off by arranging the images so that I can see both of them. So, from the Window menu, I'll choose Arrange, and then I'll simply tile all images vertically in this case.

Layering images manually

Creating a composite image involves taking two or more images and combining them in some way. And that means, of course, that the first step in the process needs to be bringing the images together. Specifically to create multiple layers from the individual images that you'll blend in some way. In this case, I've opened up two images already. I have a lakefront scene. And I have a similar scene, but with a lamp in it. And I'd like to take this lamp and move it into the other image. And that means I need to combine these two images into a single document, and since I've already opened them, I can do that right here within Photoshop. I'll start off by arranging the images so that I can see both of them. So, from the Window menu, I'll choose Arrange, and then I'll simply tile all images vertically in this case.

Now you can see that I have the two images side by side. So I'll choose the Move tool from the toolbox, and then I'm going to click first on the lamp image because I want that image to be on top. So I'll move that image over into the lake front And then I'll click and drag in order to drag that image over into the other image. And what I'll be doing in the process is copying this image, essentially creating a new layer that is an exact copy of the image itself. But before I release the mouse button, I'm going to hold the Shift key, because that will cause this image that I'm dragging and dropping to be centered in the destination document. And that will give me a good starting point for my overall alignment. I can always move the image layer later.

But initially I'll want it centered. So holding that Shift key I'll go ahead and release the mouse button. And at this point, I now have two layers. You can see that there's the layer with the lamp, and then the layer without the lamp. Both in the same documents so that I can create my composite. So at this point I can close my original lamp image and now work with this multilayer document to create my composite.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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