Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Improving the brightness, part of Portrait Project: Changing a Background for Dramatic Effect.
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…This movie is all about layer masking and brightness.…What we're going to do in this movie is…work with the top layer, which is titled Bright.…Go ahead and click on the visibility of that layer, and then click into it.…Now one of the things that I like about…this layer is that we have this nice, bright…exposure, but it's almost too intense, and I don't…really like the edge detail that we have here.…So what we need to do is to figure out how we can mask in just certain elements…of this layer.…Now if we go over to the mask for a moment, and if…we shift click on the mask, here we can see the original environment.…
Shift click again and then we can see the image with that environment removed.…Well I definitely don't want to bring in any of the original background.…So before I actually begin to paint in the brightness, what we're…going to do is something which is called apply the mask to the layer.…What that will do is it will delete anything which is black, ie the…background, and keep anything which is white on the mask, which is the subject.…
- Combining multiple exposures in one Photoshop file
- Selecting and removing the subject from the background
- Using masking to combine images together
- Improving color, details, and tone