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Project 1: Combining multiple photographs

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Video: Project 1: Combining multiple photographs

Now that we've extracted the model from the environment, we're ready to combine this image with the other image. So in order to do that, let's click on this widget up here which allows us to lay out our images in this two- up mode, so that we can see these two images side-by-side. Next, we'll select the Move tool and simply click in this layer and drag this into the other document titled books.tif, and then we'll press F to go to Full Screen View Mode. Now here we can start to see how we can bring these two images together. We can also evaluate if our photography was good.

Project 1: Combining multiple photographs

Now that we've extracted the model from the environment, we're ready to combine this image with the other image. So in order to do that, let's click on this widget up here which allows us to lay out our images in this two- up mode, so that we can see these two images side-by-side. Next, we'll select the Move tool and simply click in this layer and drag this into the other document titled books.tif, and then we'll press F to go to Full Screen View Mode. Now here we can start to see how we can bring these two images together. We can also evaluate if our photography was good.

One of the things that you want to do when you're creating composites like this is you want to take a number of different photographs with different postures and really keep in mind, the lines, the angles of perspective, so that you can bring your images together. Let's move this layer around and see if we're going in a good direction. Well, I think we are. I think we can start to see we could have her hand sitting on the corner of that book there, her foot on top of it, leg kind of dangling down in front of the books, and that could really work. Except proportionally, I think she is a bit too big. So let's Free Transform this.

Press Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T on Windows. Hold the Shift key and click-and-drag one of your corner points, I think it would be fun to have for even a little bit smaller here, have her blend into this environment even a bit more. So again, I'm just going to look to try to find a size which I think will help work with this composite. Seems to me to look even perhaps a little bit more interesting to have her scale down there a bit, and then we'll press Enter or Return. Now this of course is simply a stylistic decision, so you'll get to make that decision.

One of the things that you might need to do as well as you start to bring images into other context is to free transform it, press Command+T, and then to rotate it. Sometimes what you can do is change this registration point, say to the hand here. If the hand is in a good spot but the shoe isn't, you can then rotate around that. See how we can really bring that shoe down to the edge of the book there. Or maybe we want it a little bit up, I don't know. But you want to really get the angle just right. Other times what you might need to do is hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and drag one of the corner points.

You can kind of see how I'm stretching or changing the perspective. Now, this image doesn't need them but occasionally when you bring a model into a new context, your perspective might be a little bit off. So in those cases, just experiment with holding down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then clicking-and-dragging the corner points. Or here with this image, all that we needed to do was to relocate the registration point, and then just modify this a bit just to get that foot a little bit closer to the edge here, so it makes her feel like she's a little bit on the edge of things.

All right, well let's press Enter or Return. All right, well what's the problem now? Well, the problem is, if we zoom in, is it looks like she's floating. We also have this light that's coming in behind the hair, we don't have a light source behind the image over here. We also need to work a lot on color and tone in order to get the two images to really fit together, and also to kind of execute the idea of creating this imagination type of an image. So we're going to want to have some really stylized color which adds the overall aesthetic.

Well before we get to our color and our tone, one of the first things I think that we're going to want to do is to work on shadows. So let's explore how we can work on shadows in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30333 viewers

Chris Orwig
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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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