Sean Duggan explains some simple background retouching techniques to eliminate distractions in the background and keep attention on the subject of the sports action sequence.
- [Voiceover] Now it's time to start doing some retouching…to deal with some of the problems…that we have in this image on the…top edge, and also the bottom edge.…Let's start out with the top edge.…We have this big gap here in the roofline,…and obviously we're missing some sky.…Now before I actually go in and try to do stuff…with the healing brush, or the clone stamp tool,…or bringing in detail from another image,…it's always good to pause and see if there's…any detail that may be hidden by…any of the layer masks that you're currently using.…
Let me turn off the visibility for that top layer,…and we can see that it extends…quite a bit more to the right than the…rest of those layers, but let's look at the layer mask.…If I hold down the Shift key and click on…the thumbnail of the layer mask, that'll temporarily…turn it off, and I can see that there is…all the detail I need to complete that roofline there,…and even some more detail for the sky.…My first step is just modifying the layer masks,…so let me just press B to get my brush tool,…
By combining your camera's burst mode with Photoshop, you can create a composite that shows an athlete in action. In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan shows how. After mapping out a plan for lighting, composition, and more, he photographs the subjects. Then, the action turns to Photoshop, where he assembles the composite using layer masks and some careful retouching.
- Planning the composite
- Choosing a camera, exposure, and lighting
- Choosing the sequence images
- Aligning layers
- Using layer masks
- Masking images together
- Cleaning up the background