Join Ted LoCascio for an in-depth discussion in this video What is image compositing?, part of Combining Images with Photoshop Elements 9.
With this video I'd like to take a moment and actually define what compositing means. You may have heard the term before in reference to photographs and working with Elements, but maybe didn't know exactly what it meant. What it means is to combine images into any type of photo creation such as a collage or a montage. It can be something very practical, like a greeting card or it could be something much more artistic, like a fine art montage. And I have some examples of different compositing projects here in the exercise files, we can view them here in the file browser.
So from the Elements organizer application I'd like to show you a few of them. One of the more common uses of compositing is to create scrapbooks. So, I'll double-click on this image here. You can see here's the cover for this scrapbook and we can click on the arrow buttons in order to scroll through the various pages throughout the book. See, we have pictures of my kids here. Okay, so that's one common use of combining images here in Element. Just to create scrapbooks. Double-click this again, go back to the file browser. Here I have a basic collage of three images taken at my son's birthday party. You can see him here eating the cake.
Okay so this is a nice, simple collage. All right, double-click on that. A more artistic use of compositing is down here. We have this Buddha trees final image. We'll double-click that. You can see we have something much more artsy here. We have the image of the Buddha here surrounded by these very tall bamboo trees. You see how you can kind of see through the Buddha to the trees behind, so it's almost like a Buddha ghost? (LAUGH) Okay. So more of a fine art type of montage. Double-click that, we also have some other examples down here. Here's one called City Dancers Final, double-click on that. Again.
A little bit artsier. You can see we have the dancing couple that's merging, fading into the Time Square image here in the background. Okay? Here again, combining images together into any type of photo creation be it more artistic or more practical. Okay? I think the only other one I have here is a wedding montage. That's down here. These are common so this is, although it's somewhat artsy, it's also very practical. You can see these kinds of things all the time. Wedding photographers put these things together, a wedding montage.
So we've got picture of the bride, picture of the champagne glasses, some flowers, and then we also have the vow book and the rings in the background, all blended together into one composite image. Okay, so now that we have a better sense of what compositing is and what that means to users of Photoshop Elements. We can go through the various training movies in this course and learn how to create each and every one of these projects that I just showed you.
- Making difficult selections quickly and easily
- Saving and loading selections
- Working with adjustment layers, clipping masks, and layer masks
- Using the Straighten and Crop tools
- Adjusting layer opacity
- Applying blend modes