Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Potential problems when using a provided image, part of Photoshop Compositing Project: Adding a Person to a Group Photo.
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- If you're adding a person to a group shot…for a customer or a client as part of…a commercial retouching job,…there are some issues that can come up…when you're using images…that you've had no role in creating.…Sometimes you may be able to give instructions to the client…that can help them choose an image…that is better suited for the project.…At the very least, knowing what the potential challenges are…might help you in terms of planning…how to approach the project, managing expectations,…or providing an estimate that more accurately reflects…the work that you'll have to do.…So one of the most common problems…when working with images that are provided…by a client, is that the lighting is very different…in the two images.…
For example, the group shot may be taken outdoors,…but then the shot of the individual that you have to add…was taken indoors and is not really very well lit.…Or the opposite may be the case.…The group shot may have been taken…under nice, even lighting, but the shot of the individual…that you have to add to the group was taken…
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.