Seán Duggan applies final color and tonal adjustments to the portrait collage image. He shows how to use layer masks to fine-tune the background extension, move layers for a better visual effect, and use the Crop tool in a way where you can choose to either delete or not delete the cropped pixels. He shows how to use the Clone Stamp tool on a separate retouching layer and also uses different adjustment layers to unify the color balance between the images and apply a color toning effect to the background images. H also uses layer clipping groups or clipping masks to restrict the effect of an adjustment layer to a specific image layer.
- [Voiceover] To finish up this collage, there are…a few things on the background layers that I wanna fix.…I still need to crop off the transparent edges,…and I also wanna apply some color styling with…a few adjustment layers,…so the first thing I'm gonna do…is deal with the issues on the background.…I'm gonna click on the right side layer group…and open that up, and I notice that on this fence post here,…there's a little bit of distortion cause of course I…extended it and stretched that out using content aware fill.…If I turn that layer on and off you can see…how it's kind of being spread out a little bit.…
It's not that noticeable and it's possible that,…you know, nobody would ever notice that except me,…but I'm gonna fix that.…I'm gonna click on that extend right layer.…I'm gonna add a layer mask.…I'm gonna get my brush tool and get a big, soft, fuzzy brush…and just paint with black on that area at 100% opacity…to hide that distorted fence post…and just bring back the original fence post,…and there we go, that's all we need to worry about for that.…
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