Seán Duggan shows how arrange layers into layer groups and use the Quick Select tool for making a selection based on all layers, and also shows how to use the Refine Edge dialog to edit and enhance the original selection. The different sections and controls in the Refine Edge dialog are explained and a layer mask is added to the image.
- [Voiceover] Now, it's time to use Selections…and Masking to hide the blurry background…in the center portrait…and reveal the extended background…from the two full length layers underneath it.…So before I get started,…I'm going to do a little bit of housekeeping here…in my Layers panel…and I want to place the two layers…that now comprise my center image…into their own layer group…so that's the Sleeves layer here…and then of course our original center image.…I'm going to click on the Sleeves layer…to make sure it's active…and then Shift click on the Center layer…to add that into the Selected layers there…and I'll just drag these down to the layer group icon…in the bottom of the Layers panel…and I'll double click on that name…and I'll just rename that Center.…
Next, I'm going to open up that group…so I can see inside it…and I'm going to click on the Center layer here…to make it the active layer.…I'm going to get my Quick Selection tool…from the tool panel…and up in the Options bar…for the Quick Selection tool,…I'm going to make sure that the Sample All Layers…
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