- Working with the Layers panel
- Understanding Smart Objects
- Sharpening and grading images
- Using multiple images to remove unwanted objects
- Shooting techniques for action composites
- Shooting for a black-and-white HDR
- Scanning a large image in multiple pieces
- Creating panoramic images
Skill Level Beginner
- Hi, my name's Rich Harrington, and in this course we're going to be exploring how we can use different layers to create compelling images. Now this isn't so much about just design or post-processing, rather I'm going to show you how what you do in the field plus what you do with Photoshop can combine to create some great images. You'll learn about the shooting techniques that goes into each of these images, and then I'll show you how to put all the pieces together. This should serve as a great recipe for some compelling images. First up we'll take a quick overview of how the Layers panel works, just making sure you have the foundational skills, so you feel comfortable using all of the cool pieces of technology that are built into Photoshop.
Then we're going to immediately get creative. I'm going to show you one of my favorite techniques, which is called focus stacking. This technique allows you to use multiple layers, so you can combine them together. And each layer actually has a different focal point. So if you do macro photography, product photography, or even outdoor photography with a lot of elements in the landscape you can change the focus point and then merge those photos together to get deeper focus in an image, which looks really professional. Whether you're doing something for a magazine ad, a website, or just a landscape photograph it can really come in handy.
Next we're going to then tackle how to do multiple images together to remove unwanted objects. In this technique what's going to happen is I'll show you how you can shoot a busy area, like a street or a bridge, and then take several photos from the same location and merge them together as a Smart Object. Thanks to some internal math Photoshop can analyze all those images and look for things that don't appear in most of the photos. It then literally takes them away and makes the photo perfectly clean and empty.
So if you're shooting a busy urban environment or an area where you want to smooth out some of the details this really comes in handy. I'll then show you how to make an action composite from multiple shots. This is great for sports photography, but you can use it for dance or other creative outlooks. And it literally takes multiple pictures with the same subject and combines them into one. You'll learn about working with multiple layers and some basics of making selections and masks to pull off this cool composite technique. I'll then show you another favorite of mine, star trail photography.
Now this, of course, can be done in camera, but by shooting several shots, much like a time lapse sequence, over the course of an evening we can combine these together for a very cool effect. And I'll show you how easy and simple it is relying upon Photoshop to do all of the heavy lifting. I'll then show you one of my favorite uses for HDR photography, making compelling black and whites. And even if you're not into HDR photography, you'll truly see how all the extra depth, color, and tonality information can be used to make a great black and white photo.
I'll then show you how to take multiple scans and combine them into one image. Maybe you have a historical document or a large print or maybe a piece of artwork. And you can actually scan that in multiple pieces, load it into the computer, and let Photoshop put them all together again into a larger digital file. And then we'll tackle panoramic photography. I'll give you a quick overview on how to assemble multiple shots together to create a compelling image. Well, we've got a lot of ground to cover and this class is a lot of fun.
I'm going to show you how you can get creative with both your photography and your post-processing to make some really compelling images. Let's get started.