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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.
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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