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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.
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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