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Learn how to use selections and layer masks in Photoshop to create composite images and apply targeted adjustments. After covering the key concepts behind selections and exploring Photoshop's selection tools, Tim Grey delves into a variety of advanced techniques that will help you make accurate selections, create seamless composite images, and apply adjustments that do exactly what you want them to do.
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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