Seán Duggan demonstrates ways to refine a layer mask and composite effect, including techniques for how to fix a light fringe or halo on the edge of a layer. He uses the Clone Stamp tool with a blending mode to easily and selectively remove the light edge-fringing around a subject. To deal with flyaway hair, he shows how to modify a layer mask with the Brush tool, as well as how make a backup copy of a mask before editing it.
- [Voiceover] With a basic layer mask…for the center image in place,…now we'll direct our attention to some mask touch-ups…and filling in the sky above the girl's hat.…Speaking of the hat,…first we will deal with this light fringe…that appears around the edge of the hat there.…Now, sometimes you can fix this…by modifying the mask,…but there is often a quicker way…that I sometimes like to use, so let me show you that.…What I'm going to do is make a lasso selection…of just the hat, just this area right here.…
With the center layer active,…I'm going to float that up onto a new layer,…choose command + j, or control + j on Windows,…and actually what I'm going to do is…I'm going to lock the transparent areas of this layer…so that I can't edit the transparent areas.…I'm going to get my clone stamp tool,…and in the blend mode for the clone stamp tool,…I'm going to set the blend mode for that tool to Darken.…Let's zoom up close so we can see this a bit better.…
Then what I'm going to do…is I'm going to option or alt click on these dark areas…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Seán Duggan steps you through the process of using Photoshop to combine a set of portraits into a collage. He uses the compositing features of Photoshop, including layers, selections, masks, and Smart Objects, in combination with the transform and tonal styling tools for maximum creative impact. These techniques will help you build a new portrait collage from scratch and discover some new tricks in Photoshop along the way.
- Choosing images
- Arranging layers
- Retouching and masking
- Blending layers
- Pulling it all together