Join Tony Harmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Sourcing reference materials, part of Creating a Photo Composite Illustration with Adobe Apps.
- [Voiceover] When you're working on your own projects you're going to need to source different images to use, of course, in creating your composite. And there are a few different places you can get them from. You can get images from the web, of course, but you need to check that those images are okay for you to use, and some search engines actually support you being able to search that to some extent, but I'll talk about that as we do it. So if I just start here at Firefox in the search bar, maybe I'll search for an image of a tiger, like so, so I'll just go through to the Image Search there, and I can refine the search by tapping Search Tools over on the side here, and then going to Usage Rights and choosing Labeled for Reuse with Modification.
If I was to just believe this itself, then you'd think I'd be able to use any of these things here. But that may not be the case. My recommendation to you is to actually look at where the image comes from, so if I for example liked this image here from Wikipedia, I could see that it comes from there. Generally, images from Wikipedia come from the Wiki media set, and they are also allowed for reuse, but it's always worth a check.
So if I revisit this particular image, and then click on it, I'll see what the usage rights are in either this screen, so you can see that there's credit commons licensing just there, I can view the terms of it, and I can get that as more details, in which case it will open, in this case, as I mentioned, at Wiki Media. So I can find out some detail about permission for reusing. So do check that out if you're using things from the web. Don't just use anybody's image, because you'll be infringing their rights, and nobody wants you to end up in hot water doing that.
You might also decide to use a stock library, and there are several of those, including the library owned by Adobe, which is Adobe Stock. So if I just do Stock.Adobe.com here, like so, and just link to that. Whichever one you use, it makes no difference. The one advantage I will point out that you do have with using Adobe Stock is that you can actually start off with a comp inside of the whole process that we'll be going through in this movie, pretty much, and then license the image at a later point.
That is entirely possible, with a couple of small catches in there, depending on what you're doing to the image, of course, in the applications. But you can see here that there's a lot of content. Around about 40 million, I believe images. But there are plenty of others, there's iStock, Thinkstock, Getty, and so on. Wherever you get them from, make sure that you're using the image properly and that it is properly licensed for reuse.
- Sketching out your ideas
- Assembling the rough composite in Photoshop Mix
- Color tuning
- Editing and healing with Photoshop Fix
- Sending the composite to the desktop
- Refining the illustration in Photoshop