Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Creating Photo Composites on Smartphones and Tablets.
- To get the most from this course, you'll want to have a good understanding of the basics of how to use your mobile device, whether it's an iOS or an Android device. If you need some help with that, there are several excellent courses in the lynda.com online library that cover the essentials of using mobile operating systems. For this course, I'll be using iOS devices to show the compositing techniques and workflow that I use. If you use an Android device, you can take the basic concepts and strategic approaches that I'll be showing and adapt them to apps that are available on that platform.
Even though the apps that you use may be different, the essential concepts of what features to look for in an app and how to composite images together are relevant no matter what platform you use. The actual details of how to accomplish a specific effect may be different, depending on the app you use, but the overall conceptual strategy will be very similar. The three primary compositing apps that I'll be using in this course are Image Blender, Juxtaposer, and Adobe Photoshop Touch. Image Blender and Juxtaposer are both 2.99 each, and are only available for the iOS platform.
Photoshop Touch is available for both iOS and Android. It costs 4.99 for the phone version and 9.99 for the tablet version. To use the Creative Cloud synching capabilities of Photoshop Touch, you would also need to have a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. You don't need a Creative Cloud subscription to use the app for your photo projects. For additional image styling or pre-compositing preparation, I'll also be using Fixel, Snapseed, Diptic, and LensLight.
Diptic and Snapseed are available for both iOS and Android, but Fixel and Lenslight are iOS apps only. Snapseed and Fixel are free. Diptic costs 99 cents, and LensLight will set you back 2.99. Finally, for all of the demos in this course, I'll use an iPad, simply because there's a lot more screen area that fits better to the video format, and it's much easier to see what I'm doing. But all of the compositing projects that I'll be working on were originally created on an iPhone.
So even if you don't have a tablet device, with the right apps, there's a lot that you can do on the small screen of a camera phone.
- Choosing which photos to use
- Stacking apps
- Combining two photos in a basic collage
- Using Juxtaposer's masking brushes
- Working with layers in Photoshop Touch
- Adding finishing touches with LensLight and Snapseed