Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Combining multiple files together, part of Portrait Project: Changing a Sky Background.
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I think you are going to enjoy this project. Because in this project, we're going to look at a situation which is a bit more straightforward. And also very common. We'll take a look at how we can work with this photograph here, and how we can take this image, and how we can change the background, or the sky that we have in this portrait of this surfer walking down towards the ocean. Now this is an image which I captured for a commercial client. They really liked the overall photograph, yet they wanted me to give them a few different options where we had, different cloudscapes here in the background.
Well let's take a look at how we can begin to do that. You know the first step, of course, will be to select the photographs that we want to work on. And then to open up those images into a single document in Photoshop. Well the files that we'll be working on are this portrait of this surfer here. Then these two images here, which I captured of some clouds, when I was out on a camping trip in the desert. Well let's select these files by clicking into the top image. Then hold down the Shift key. And click into the bottom image of the set.
Next, we'll navigate to the tools pull-down menu, and then, choose Photoshop, and then next, we'll select Load Files into Photoshop Layers. When we click on that menu item, bridge will send over the files to Photoshop, and Photoshop will create a single document. And in that document, we will have these three different photographs. Now before we get carried away with working on the background in this portrait, what we need to do is to save our project out. So let's do that by navigating to the file, pull down menu.
Choose File and then let's select Save As, so that we can determine where we'll save this project. I'll save it to the same folder here, and I'll just name this one, surfer.psd. We want to save the layers, of course, and also, embed the color profile. Alright. Well, let's click Save in order to save this document. Now, in this dialogue here, Maximize compatibility. If you're working with Photoshop documents that you know you may bring into Lightroom, which is a tool that I use all the time. You want to leave that checkbox turned on.
If you don't use Lightroom, you can always turn that off. Alright well here I'll click OK in order to maximize the file compatibility, so I can read and work with this file in Lightroom later. Alright well next, let's view this project in fullscreen mode. Tap the F key to take this document to fullscreen mode, then press the spacebar key and click and drag the photograph to the top of the screen. This will ensure that you have good posture so that you're looking up rather than sort of hunching over and looking down as we're working in Photoshop.
Alright, well now that we have all of these images together here in Photoshop, and that we've saved the document, we're ready to begin to work on replacing or changing the sky. So let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.