Sean Duggan demos how to create layer masks to seperate out the moving subject from the background in a series of images.
- [Voiceover] Now it's time for the fun part,…adding the layer masks to start building…the motion sequence composite.…With the right type of shots,…mainly shots where the moving subject…does not overlap with itself,…this type of composite is actually pretty easy to make.…So before we get into the layer masking part,…let's review the position of each layer in the layer stack,…relative to the position of the moving subject in the image,…just to get a look at what we've got going on here.…So what I'm mainly looking at here again,…is trying to see if I'm going to have…any issues with overlap.…
Does the subject overlap with itself in terms of position?…I'm also watching to see how…the alignment of the building shifts,…because again, the angle that I was shooting at,…and also the fact that I inadvertently started to pan…the camera to follow the skateboarder…means that there are some potential…alignment issues with the building,…but nothing that we can't deal with.…So the shot should already be arranged sequentially,…
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