Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Matching the texture in a historical photo, part of Photoshop Compositing Project: Adding a Person to a Group Photo.
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- Although adding people to more contemporary group photos…is probably the most common use of the techniques…that we've been exploring in this course,…for some projects, you may find the need…to add a person from a modern image…into a vintage photograph.…Perhaps you're telling a story…or creating an alternate history.…In those types of scenarios,…in addition to using selections, masking,…and layering techniques to add a person…into the group shot,…you'll also have to find ways to match the texture…from the old historical image,…so that the person from the newer photo…has the same texture and in some cases…traces of damage that are often visible in old photos.…
So this photograph here was taken between 1910 and 1915…and it shows the Minister of Ways and Communications…and his staff in St. Petersburg, Russia.…This is a library of congress image…that you can find on their Flickr stream.…And there's a link there on that image page on Flickr…where you can go to the actual library of congress website…and download a higher resolution copy.…
Whatever the reason, Photoshop offers the solution: You can simply composite the missing person into the group shot. In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan shows how. He uses Smart Objects to nondestructively resize the images, adds and refines a layer mask, and then inserts the missing person behind the group. With some simple tonal adjustments, the end result can look completely natural. In chapter 4, Seán tackles a fun bonus challenge: placing new figures in historical photos.