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.
Skill Level Advanced
- [Voiceover] Have you ever had to add yourself into a family portrait, or add an image of a classmate to a reunion photo, or maybe help out a colleague and add them into the office group photo? Hi, I'm Sean Duggan, and in this course I'll show you several Photoshop compositing techniques that will help you with projects where you need to add a person to a group photo. We'll look at potential challenges when you're using images that others have provided, and I'll offer tips and suggestions for how to take a group shot where you know in advance you'll be adding someone later.
These shooting techniques can help make your work in Photoshop easier, and the result more convincing. We'll even have some fun with adding a person to a historical image and matching the look and texture of the vintage photograph. As we work with these projects in Photoshop, we'll be using layers, layer masks, adjustment layers, retouching, and layer clipping groups. All the essential tools and skills for any compositing project. Let's dive in.