Sean Duggan demos a great technique to automate the cleanup of background images in Photoshop.
- [Voiceover] In this chapter, we're going to be working…with an action sequence composite that is already completed,…at least in terms of the layer masking,…and you can see that image right here.…Our focus in this chapter is going to be on ways…that you can remove background distractions from an image,…such as people moving through the scene,…as well as ways that you can totally deemphasize…a busy and cluttered background by adding a blurring effect.…Now a lot of times when you do want to blur the background,…it is useful to have a version of the image that is clean,…and by that I mean that doesn't have any distractions in it.…
I actually don't have a clean and uncluttered version…of this particular view of the scene,…because it was a very busy place and people were…moving through the scene all the time.…If I shift click on the various layer masks here…for the composite to turn them off,…you can see that if I look at each layer,…there is at least one or two people…in every one of those frames.…So, I could of course go through and retouch people…
By combining your camera's burst mode with Photoshop, you can create a composite that shows an athlete in action. In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan shows how. After mapping out a plan for lighting, composition, and more, he photographs the subjects. Then, the action turns to Photoshop, where he assembles the composite using layer masks and some careful retouching.
- Planning the composite
- Choosing a camera, exposure, and lighting
- Choosing the sequence images
- Aligning layers
- Using layer masks
- Masking images together
- Cleaning up the background