Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video About the course, part of Photographing for Compositing in Photoshop.
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- When I think about creating composites, I see it as a multi-step process. For some composites, there's an imagination and a planning stage that takes place before any images are captured. Then there's the part that involves your camera, creating the images that you'll use in a composite, whether it's a planned one or you're just photographing a landscape, or person, or an object with the idea that you might you use it one day in a composite. For unplanned composites, there's also the browsing phase, where you look through images that you've already shot and you try to see the possibilites for how they might work as elements in a composite.
These might be images that you photographed specifically for use in a hypothetical future composite, or they could any of your photographs, where you only see the compositing possibilities long after the shutter button was pressed. Finally, there's the actual software part of the process, where you're using Photoshop to combine the images together with layers, layer masks, blend modes and a variety of other techniques. In this course, we'll be taking a look at both the front-end of the process. The part that takes places before Photoshop, when you're shooting the images or looking through your photo archive and following the imaginary paths where certain images may lead you.
As well as techniques to create composite images. Along the way we'll deconstruct some Photoshop composites and discuss how the needs of the composite might affect how you shoot the images. We'll finish up by diving into Photoshop to put together a composite from some of the photos created during the course. In addition to Photoshop technique, we'll be concentrating on developing the skills to help you see composite possibilities in a scene and photographing images to make the compositing process faster and more efficient.
- Types of composites
- Using blend modes to create composites
- Creating an image library for compositing
- Photographing location elements
- Using props
- Photographing in the studio
- Composite projects