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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 of the project what I want to do is work a little bit on the overall color and tone of the photograph. I also want to modify it just a bit more. So here Is how I will do that. Well, now that we have the double density of both of these layers, I'm going to click in my underlying layer mask and I am going to feather these edges out a bit, just softening them up. I'm going to go to the top one as well and just soften those up as well, just looking to try to have this fall into the shadow a little bit more clearly. Well, another thing that we might want to do is add a bit of film grain or modify the color.
In order to modify color, let's say add a bit of a tone to this, we can click on our adjustment layer icon and then choose Color Balance. With Color Balance I'm going to add some reds and also a little bit of yellows here, just adding a bit of a browner tint to this. I'll go into my Shadows and I'm going to warm those up as well, trying to just remove, just a touch of the color that's there and changing the overall color palette of the image. Well, in this case it's affecting the TV as well, which I don't like. So what I need to do is copy my mask from one layer to another.
The easiest way to do that is by way of a shortcut. You may remember this one. On a Mac you hold down Option; on Windows you hold down Alt. You click in your layer mask here and then you Option+click or Alt+click-and-drag that mask up to the new layer and click Yes, you want to replace that and here it's showing us that mask. Now, to exit this strange view, Option+click or Alt+click the mask again. When you Option+click or Alt+click on mask, it just shows you a different perspective of that so you can see the actual shape. All right, well, let's take a look at this. Here's our before and then after.
So now we have some other options in regards to the overall toning. We can also lower this if we want to have a little bit less of that sepia tone in there. Again, just before and after. All right, well, the next thing I want to do is add some film grain to this area of the image. Well, in order to do that, because I have layers which are all blended together, I need to merge to top. On a Mac, you press Shift+ Option+Command+E, on Windows press Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E. Next, let's name this layer grain, and what we're going to want to do is have a mask on this.
So we'll click in our underlying layer mask, hold down Option or Alt and then click-and-drag. So, what we have here on this layer is just the TV with the blending and the toning, just the screen there. So, on this layer what we'll do then is we'll add some film grain. Just as a side note, I went to this view by holding down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and clicking on the eye icon of that layer. Whenever you do that, it will disable the visibility of all other layers just to show you the one layer, and I did that for demo purposes and also just to confirm, do I have everything right? Is my mask in the right place? Yes it is, perfect.
All right, well, what about grain? Here we'll zoom in a bit, by pressing Command+Plus or Ctrl+ Plus, and here we'll click in the image thumbnail, and we'll navigate to Filter. We're going to choose Noise and then add some noise. The type of noise that we want to add is Gaussian and Monochromatic, and here we can dial in our Amount, and all that I'm looking to do is just have a little bit of fun with film grainn and make this a little bit more all-time nostalgic and I think that's kind of fun, and then we'll go ahead and click OK in order to add that noise.
The great thing about that is that the noise has just been added to this area of the image. All right, well, let's zoom out, and when we zoom out, we can see this effect in its entirety. I'm going to double-click my Adjustments tab so we can really focus in on our layers. Now, currently we have all of these different layers. If I move one of the layers, it's not going to really work for me because you can see that something is happening here that isn't quite right. So, what we need to do is if we want to reposition this, the best technique is this.
What we need to do is to go over to our Layers panel and lock all of these different masks down so that they're connected with the image. The next thing that we need to do is to group these together. So let's click in the top layer, hold down the Shift key, then click in the bottom layer. That will select all of these contiguous layers, the layers that are right next to each other. Then we'll press the shortcut key to group these and the shortcut on a Mac is Command+G for Group, on Windows, Ctrl+G. So, let's press that and let's name this group TV.
Next thing we want to do is with the Move tool, we can then click-and-drag these around and all of these will move together in unison. So we can position this wherever we want it in the document window. Now, the next thing that we want to do before we wrap this up is just zoom in a little bit, we can do that by pressing Command+ Plus or Ctrl+Plus, and then let's open up this little group folder and in order to see the before and after, what we can do is click-and- drag through these layers. Here is the before and then here is the after. All right, well that wraps up our work on this vintage TV effect.
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