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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Masking multiple images together


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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

with Chris Orwig

Video: Masking multiple images together

At this stage I want to explore how we can bring the two images together. In particular, how we can add this layer where we have the hand holding the apple so that it doesn't look like the stick is propping up the apple here. In order to do that, let's turn On the visibility of the original Hand layer. Next, let's take the Blending mode to Difference. Whenever you're trying to line things up, Difference can really help you out because you can see through the layer. And if you have areas which are similar what you can do is you can see that when they line up there won't be any highlight there.
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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

Masking multiple images together

At this stage I want to explore how we can bring the two images together. In particular, how we can add this layer where we have the hand holding the apple so that it doesn't look like the stick is propping up the apple here. In order to do that, let's turn On the visibility of the original Hand layer. Next, let's take the Blending mode to Difference. Whenever you're trying to line things up, Difference can really help you out because you can see through the layer. And if you have areas which are similar what you can do is you can see that when they line up there won't be any highlight there.

And in this case, we can just position this just right, so that we can see the hand there kind of holding the apple. We can try to get this so that it looks good and so that we have a nice spot for that. Okay, well the next step is going to be to take this back to the blending mode of Normal. All right, well here on that Normal blending mode, what we want to do is we want to add a mask but we want this maskto be filled with black. So to do that, hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, then click on the Add Layer Mask icon.

That will create a mask which is filled with black, in other words concealing the entirety of the hand layer. Next step, grab the Brush tool. You can do so by pressing the B key or by clicking on it. Choose white as your foreground color. You can flip these two colors by pressing the X key for exchange. Next we want to make sure we are painting at 100% opacity. In regards to the brush, we want a brush without a Hardness, so I have nice soft edges there, I'll go ahead and just start to paint this in. And I am going to make the brush bigger by pressing the Right Bracket key.

I am just going to go through and bring in the hand here, and also some of this background that we can see here. And make my brush a little bit smaller to get into these areas over here and also this area over here. And we will just bring in as much of this hand as we can, so that it looks good. What we want to do is bring this so that it lines up really nicely with this apple and we have this same kind of reflections and whatnot. And the apple here is just a bit darker and it kind of looks nice there so I am just going to go ahead and paint through that. Here you can see the before and then after.

Now, in this case, the hand is actually pretty close up to the top. Qe could move it down, grab your Move tool, and you could use the arrow keys, if you wanted an apple which was a little bit taller. You can see how it's affecting the height, and that might be kind of nice, just to have a bit more height. And then click back in your mask and with your Brush tool paint with black or white. In this case, I am going to paint with black just taking out some of that darkness there. Press 2 on the keyword to go to 20%. I felt like there was a little bit too much density with the apple in that area and let's evaluate.

Here we have before and then after. Kind of nice. Just a few little areas I want to modify here. Again, before and then after. I think that's looking really nice. If we Shift+Click the mask you'll see what this looks like with or without this mask on. I think we've done a pretty good job lining things up. We still have good detail there on the apple. Now the next thing that we need to do is we want to work on the bullet, perhaps a little bit in regards to its speed. The background obviously needs to be extended and cleaned up pretty significantly.

We also need to work on brightness value of this area and make this image come to life. So now that we've combined these layers together, next let's start to work on some of the elements which will help make this composite really come to life.

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