Seán Duggan demonstrates techniques for extending the background and creating new background detail by copying parts of the image and applying retouching with the Clone Stamp, Spot Healing Brush, and Healing Brush tools. He also shows how to use Content-Aware Scale and explains where this technique might not work, as well as showing how to organize layers into layer groups.
- [Voiceover] For this portrait collage…one of the first things we need to address…is adding some detail to the background scene,…which will be created by the…two full-length shots of the girl.…We'll do this by creating non-destructive retouching layers…and adding detail to the center area between the two photos.…Once the center image is placed over them…we're not gonna see all this retouched area,…but it will be just enough to extend the background…between the two full-length portraits.…So the first thing I'm gonna do…is choose command r on a Mac…or control r on Windows to show my rulers…and I'm gonna drag out a couple of guides…to the edges of the center portrait.…
So I'll just come over here…to the vertical ruler on the left…and click and drag out a guide…and just snap that to the left edge of the portrait…and I'll come and click in that ruler again…and drag out yet another guide.…So the reason I'm doing this is that…once I start the retouching…I'm not really gonna be seeing this layer…and this is just gonna let me see how far…
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