Seán Duggan shows how to blend additional elements into a portrait collage. Additional layers and photos can add details to the story or narrative that is presented in the composite image. He uses techniques such as layer clipping groups and Hue/Saturation and Curves adjustment layers to modify the color and tonal aspects of an added element. Ho also shows how to use layer masks, Smart Objects, the Free Transform command, and different layer blending modes to make all the layers work together.
- [Voiceover] Now that we have…the pirate and the beach images…blended into the main tepee photograph,…we'll work on some localized adjustment layers,…as well as bringing in a couple…of new image elements…to add to the story of our collage.…So I feel that parts of this beach image…are a little bit too bright and saturated,…mainly in her pink shirt and also the sky.…My sense here is that if this really was,…sort of, you know,…printed on or being projected…onto the edge of the tepee, the side of the tepee,…it wouldn't be quite so saturated.…
So I'm just going to add a hue and saturation layer…above the top layer here.…And in the Properties panel,…I am going to click on the Clipping button…to clip that to the beach image…so it's only going to affect the beach image.…And let me just nudge this over here…so I can see what's going on.…And I'm just gonna lower…the saturation down a little bit.…Maybe somewhere around -25, something like that.…I think that that helps…just take a little bit of that edge off of there.…
I don't like the fact that it's affecting her blonde hair.…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Seán Duggan steps you through the process of using Photoshop to combine a set of portraits into a collage. He uses the compositing features of Photoshop, including layers, selections, masks, and Smart Objects, in combination with the transform and tonal styling tools for maximum creative impact. These techniques will help you build a new portrait collage from scratch and discover some new tricks in Photoshop along the way.
- Choosing images
- Arranging layers
- Retouching and masking
- Blending layers
- Pulling it all together