Seán Duggan shows techniques for retouching the main image and includes methods for copying detail from an image and blending it into the main portrait image. He shows how to convert layers to Smart Objects so they can be transformed nondestructively, and also shows how to use a layer mask to control what parts of the retouching layer are visible, as well as how to use a blur filter to disguise noise and mismatched image textures.
- [Voiceover] Now that we have the background retouched…and extended, it's time to address the fact…that the girl's sleeves are cropped off…in the center image.…To fix this, we'll reconstruct the edges of the sleeves…using detail from another image.…So the first thing I'm gonna do here is hide my guide…'cause I don't really need those any more,…I'll just choose command + ; or control + ; to hide those.…And I'm gonna come over here to…another image that I have open,…from the same portrait shoot,…where we can see the detail…on the sleeves of her blouse.…The problem is, this is a much smaller image…than the close-up shot,…where the photographer was obviously closer to the subject.…
And so, what could happen is that…in scaling this up larger, it's gonna get soft…and lose some of its detail.…But, it's the only image we have to work with here,…so let's dive in and see how it's gonna work out.…Let me get my lasso tool…and I'm just gonna make a…loose lasso selection…around the central part of…the girl's blouse there,…including all of her sleeves.…
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