Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding supporting elements, part of The Art of Photoshop Compositing.
…Now it's time to add the bats and selectively blur the ones…outside of the portal in order…to reinforce this concept of selective perception.…So on the Layers panel, I'm going to select…both of the bat layers and make them visible.…And I'm selecting them both because I can…then change their blend mode at the same time.…As we can see, the bats are silhouetted against the bright sky.…So if we select the Multiply Blend…mode, we'll automatically drop out the white.…Now I'll select the bats1 file.…
Tap V in order to access the Move Tool, and reposition them inside the portal.…Then I'll select bats2, and move them over here to the right.…Now there's a few too many bats here. I might want to hide some of them.…And I'll also need to blur them.…In order to blur them in a non destructive manner, I'll right mouse click…on the bats2 layer, and choose to Convert to a Smart Object.…I could also have gone into the Filter menu and Convert for Smart Filters.…That would also turn the layer into a smart object.…
Once it's a smart object, I can select Blur and then Gaussian Blur.…
- What makes a good composite?
- Refining your story
- Composing using the basic principles of design
- Customizing your Photoshop workspace
- Preparing elements from your source images
- Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
- Mastering the Pen tool
- Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Why Composite Images?
2. Customizing Photoshop for Compositing Images
3. Composite 1: Perception
4. Composite 2: Erosion
5. Working with the Pen Tool
6. Composite 3: Two Birds
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