Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Moving a person closer to the group, part of Photoshop Compositing Project: Adding a Person to a Group Photo.
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- [Voiceover] Overall, I'm pretty pleased…with how this composite is coming along.…The one thing that I think could be better has to do…with the spacing between Britney and Steve.…Once, we added Catlin into the group, Britney looks like…she's a little bit too far off to the side.…Now, in some cases, you may be able to move a person…a little bit closer to the others in the group.…It's not a process that's guaranteed to work…and in some images, it may not work at all…but knowing when it might be possible…can help you make those decisions.…
So let's check it out with this composite and see how we do.…So in terms of moving Britney here…a little bit closer to the group,…there are several challenges in this image.…This is not all an easy image to do this with.…Let me just turn off all the top layers so we can see…the kind of the base layer of just the initial group photo.…So the big challenge is that the background is really busy…and complicated with this sort of really fine matrix…of tree branches in the background here.…
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.