Sean Duggan shows how to add a new layer as a Smart Object and then use the Free Transform tool to non-destructively scale an image smaller. He uses the Brush tool to create and edit a layer mask in a composite image. Color differences between the original image and the added element are addressed, and corrected, using a Color Fill layer, a blending mode, and a layer clipping mask. He shows how to use an adjustment layer for final tonal and contrast enhancements.
- [Voiceover] Along with selections, layer masks…are also a vital component of compositing.…Selections can be turned into layer masks, of course,…but you can also create layer masks in other ways…that do not involve selections.…In this demo, we'll explore…using the brush tool to modify a layer mask…and add a medieval arched door into a desert canyon.…I already have the two images here in the single file,…you can see I have the door layer on top there…and then the canyon's in the background.…And the first that I wanna do is…I need to scale the door image a bit smaller…because I don't it to be quite so huge.…
I'm gonna temporarily turn off the visibility for the door…and I want to take advantage of structures in the rock…that might help me at creating a more realistic blend…of the door into the rock.…So let me show my rules by using…the command r or control r shortcut.…Gonna move my toolbar out of the way here…so I can get access to the vertical ruler on the left.…I'm gonna click inside that ruler and I'm gonna drag…
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 01/11/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: smart selections. In addition, new videos were added that cover combining a precise mask with a gradient, and using blend modes to create a composite.