Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Examining the montage, part of Photoshop Artist in Action: Steve Caplin's Day for Night.
Now that we've finished our Montage, let's quickly run through all the steps involved so we can see how it all came into being. We started with this view of a house in France shot on a sunny day. The first step was the take out the sky and then we added a new background. We then added an Adjustment Layer to darken up the whole of the foreground. And we cut out the windows from this Adjustment Layer using the Lasso tool.
We added a second Adjustment Layer to brighten up those windows. And then we added a Lamp to the scene. We added some light to the Lamp by painting it in. And at the same time, we painted out the light on the ground on the original Adjustment Layer. We placed a woman in the scene and we added a shadow behind her. And we will reduce the Opacity of that shadow so we can partially see through it.
We added some shading to her, to darken her up and to make her look as if she was lit by the lamp. We added some rain to the scene and we added a mask to the rain. To limit the effect. We then added a reflection and we did this by building up in stages. We first reflected the face of the building, then the sides, then we added the reflection of the woman. Under the lamp.
Finally we merged all the elements of our reflection together, reduced the Opacity, and added a Layer Mask so we could paint out the reflection where we didn't want it. We painted some water to run out of the house into the gutter. And we added a refractive view seen through that water. In the course of this Workshop we've discussed a wide range of Photoshop techniques. We've looked at several different tools. I hope you found it useful and that you've learned some tricks you can now use in your everyday working life.
- Removing and replacing the sky
- Turning the scene into night
- Painting in a lamp
- Adding shadows
- Making it rain
- Creating a building's reflection
- Adding puddles and streams