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Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Video: Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend

Here we are going to take a look at a great technique that you can use in order to combine multiple images or multiple exposures together. Well by looking at Adobe Bridge you can see that we have kids1.psd and also kids2.psd and the problem with both of these photographs is that my composition is off. Yet what I want to do is take these two images where the composition isn't very good because we are missing one of the kids here and then this other kid over here is too close to the edge. We are going to take these two and make one photograph out of both of these images.

Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend

Here we are going to take a look at a great technique that you can use in order to combine multiple images or multiple exposures together. Well by looking at Adobe Bridge you can see that we have kids1.psd and also kids2.psd and the problem with both of these photographs is that my composition is off. Yet what I want to do is take these two images where the composition isn't very good because we are missing one of the kids here and then this other kid over here is too close to the edge. We are going to take these two and make one photograph out of both of these images.

To do that all that we need to do in Adobe Bridge is to hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then to click on two or more images. The next step is to navigate to the Tools pulldown menu. Here we will select Photoshop and then we will choose Load Files into Photoshop Layers. When we choose this option what will happen is Photoshop will create a brand-new document and let's press F to go to Full Screen View mode to evaluate this document. Well, here in this file we now have both of these images. You can see kids2 there and then kids1 above.

All right, well how then can we combine these two, how can we get the best of both worlds? Well, what we will do here is hold down Command or Ctrl and then click on both layers. The next step will be to navigate to our Edit pulldown menu and here we are going to choose first Auto-Align Layers. Now the type of alignment that we want is Auto so simply click OK. What this will do is it will try to find the likeness in the images and we will try to overlap these and change the perspective and it did a pretty good job, take a look.

Here we have that, both of those images brought together. Yet the problem is this I want to bring these together so that I don't have this overlap here, this harsh line. Well in order to stitch these files together next we will go to the Edit pulldown menu and then we will select Auto Blend Layers. What this will do is if we choose Panorama it will stitch these two images together by creating a mask, and in this case it did a phenomenal job. Next thing we can do is click in one of these masks, for example the top layer mask, here I will grab my Brush tool, I will go ahead and paint with white, because I want to change the expression on Gracie here.

Well, all I need to do is paint that in. Now because of the Auto-Alignment I can do this with a relative amount of ease here. Without a lot of effort I can bring in this change or this adjustment pretty quickly and pretty efficiently. All right, well to finish this off all we need to do is grab our Crop tool and we will go ahead and click-and-drag and extend that over the image and then press Enter or Return. So now in this case what we have done is we have created a photograph out of two separate images and we are able to do that with a lot of ease and efficiency.

Now in this case we worked on a photograph of kids. Yet don't let that limit your creativity. You can apply this technique in so many different scenarios. It's amazing. All right, well lastly what I want to point out is that throughout the rest of this training title we will be working with a lot of exercise files, where you will find or discover that there will be two images already in one document. Now in order to speed up our workflow, I have built those documents. I have already added both layers to the document, but now you know how I did it. I started off in Adobe Bridge and I used that technique which allowed us to bring two different exposures, two different frames, two different images into one document.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30345 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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