Seán Duggan shows how to see uncomplicated areas in images as places where new images can be added in a portrait collage. He shows how to use Smart Objects to scale nondestructively, and also how to use adjustment layers, clipping groups (to control the visibility of color), and tonal adjustments so they only affect a certain layer. He also shows how to take advantage of layer blending modes to quickly and easily blend images together to create interesting collage effects.
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- [Voiceover] One of the things…that I love about being a parent,…is that time when your kids are little,…and they're so into creative play,…and dressing up in costume,…and the whole magical world of pretend.…In this demo we're gonna create a portrait collage…that shows some of that part of being a kid.…We'll use these photos of my daughter Fiona…when she was younger hanging out in a tipi…that her grandmother made for her,…dressing up as a pirate,…and enjoying playing in the surf at the beach.…As you can see, I already have the layers arranged here…in a Photoshop file,…and before we start let me just explore…the central idea behind this composite.…
When I saw this photo of the tipi,…and I was thinking about making portrait collages,…one of the first things that came to my mind…that the left and the right sides of the tipi…would be a perfect place to add in other images.…In a way the main tipi shot acts almost like a stage…where I can add in other performers and players.…And the fact that Fiona is peeking out…from the center there, creates a perfect anchor image…
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