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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 composite images obviously involves taking a little bit of artistic license. Creating a scene that didn't really necessarily exist, and that might even be impossible to happen in reality. But that doesn't mean that we don't want the two elements to blend together smoothly. Part of that involves creating a high quality mask that perfectly defines the subject. But part of it also means making sure that the subject looks like it fits in its environment. In this case, for example, I have lots of very warm colors and yet the turn appears to be slightly coolish. It's color doesn't seem to match the environment and, so, I'd like to change the appearance of the turn.
I'll go ahead and add a photo filter adjustment, for example, to warm things up. So, down at the bottom of the layer's panel I'll click on the add adjustment layer button. And from the pop up that appears I'll choose Photo Filter in order to add a photo filter adjustment layer. You'll see that I can add a warming filter for example, or a cooling filter. But as I apply these changes, you can see that I'm affecting the entire image. I'm affecting both the bird. And the background. I only want this adjustment to affect the bird.
The whole point here is to change the bird so that it better matches its surroundings, not to change the overall image. In this case, I think I want a warming filter, so I'll go ahead, and choose, for example, the 81 warming filter. I can then adjust the intensity of that effect, but still you'll notice that I'm effecting the entire image. Instead I want to put this adjustment layer, my photo filter adjustment layer into a clipping group with the turn layer. So with that photo filter adjustment layered directly above the turn layer On the properties panel I can simply click the first button at the bottom of the panel, in order to add that photo filter adjustment layer into a clipping group with the turn layer.
You'll see that I have an icon indicating that this layer is in a clipping group with the layer below. And now as I adjust the intensity of the effect, you'll notice that only the turn is being affected by this adjustment. The background is not. So I'll dial in a little bit of a stronger adjustment here. So that we get a bit of an orange glow on that turn. And now while it might be a completely fake scene created from two different images, at least the overall color is matching up.
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