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Removing the words from the book

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

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Now that we have extracted the book from the background, we're ready to work on the copy. Now, the easiest way to do that is going to be to select this layer and to duplicate it. To do that, we can click-and-drag this to the New Layer icon, or we can press Command+J or Ctrl+J. Next thing we want to do is press the M key to select our Marquee tool. We want to add a Feather here, maybe 1 or 2 pixels at most, and then make a selection around this text. Now, if your selection isn't good, don't let go of your mouse button.

Removing the words from the book

Now that we have extracted the book from the background, we're ready to work on the copy. Now, the easiest way to do that is going to be to select this layer and to duplicate it. To do that, we can click-and-drag this to the New Layer icon, or we can press Command+J or Ctrl+J. Next thing we want to do is press the M key to select our Marquee tool. We want to add a Feather here, maybe 1 or 2 pixels at most, and then make a selection around this text. Now, if your selection isn't good, don't let go of your mouse button.

Press the Spacebar key, click and reposition it, and then click-and-drag it out. You want it to just be on the edge of the text. Next thing we'll do is we'll go down to our Patch tool. You can find that beneath those Healing brushes. What's going to happen is when we patch this, it's not going to look perfect the first time, but things rarely do in Photoshop. So, we'll go ahead and drag that over to the clean page and then let go. All right, well, let's deselect. Choose Select, and then Deselect.

Now, for the most part, this looks good, except one of the things I'm really wishing is that perhaps there was a little bit of a different tone here. So, I'm going to make a selection of this area and then just bring it over to this darker tone, and just add a little bit of a darkness to that area of the page. We also may find a few little edges that are problematic, we can select those with different shapes, and then go ahead and click-and-drag these into the different areas. Now, in regards to making the book perfect, it's not that essential because we will be doing some blending, but I do indeed want to look out for any seams which look unnatural, or just anything where it's a little bit problematic, and I'm just going to go ahead and look to try to repair some of the colors and tones that I'm noticing, so that that looks its best.

All right, next step, we'll go ahead and choose Select and Deselect, and here we have it, our before and then our after. Now, there are couple other things that might be fun to do here in order to get this to look even better. One of them is that I'm noticing that this is really bright right here, and it's bright like this side of the page. So, it'd be kind of fun if there was a way to flip that page around. Let me show you what I mean. Here we'll grab our Marquee tool. I'll go ahead and make a selection of this page, and then I'll copy it to new layer, Command+J on a Mac.

Next, I'll grab the Move tool, and I'll reposition this over here. Now you can really see the difference, right? It's too bright here, too dark over there. Well, we can flip this by pressing Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T on Windows. So again, we selected that, copied it to a new layer. Drag it over to the right, press Command +T or Ctrl+T, and then right-click and choose Flip Horizontal. When we do that and press Enter or Return, we start to see that yeah, there are some interesting tonal differences here.

Now, were those tonal differences that dramatic? No, because it is a brighter page here, the way the light is falling on this. We can start to see that a little bit here from this page. So, the only reason I point this out, and I bring this page over is to kind of diagnose the problem. Well, I don't need this page anymore, so I'll delete it. What I do need to do though is to turn on the visibility of this layer and click in the image layer. Next, I'll go to one of my Burn or Dodge tools and what I can do here is I can go down to my Burn tool, burn down some detail.

I want to bring this down nice and low, and then go ahead and make my brush a little bit bigger, and I'm just going to go across this area, just darkening it up a little bit, and again, just looking to try to have a little bit of a darker edge there, and some subtle little adjustments, but nonetheless, sometimes these subtle little adjustments can help out. Now, it's not essential as I mentioned to get this perfect, but it can be kind of nice to try do darken a few little areas up, and it can also make this feel a bit more like a vintage book.

Okay, well, I think we're just about good. I'm just going to lower this down a little bit, and hit a couple more little edges, and kind of go to that outer edge over here, darken that up a bit more too, and also over here, just trying to add bit of, kind of, drama there, just doing a touch of burning and getting those details darkened up. All right, well, now that we've done that, we're ready to move on to our next step, where we'll take a look at this book in its context, and then we'll also start to bring in some of our other elements to really get this composite going.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30360 viewers

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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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