Seán Duggan discusses photographic image qualities that lend themselves to the collage or compositing format. He covers concepts such as anchor shots, framing for flexibility, background, areas of light or dark that can work well with blend modes, and simple or uncomplicated backgrounds that lend themselves to background or sky replacement.
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- In addition to identifying the shots that will work…as the primary and secondary images,…there are also other image qualities…that lend themselves to the collage format.…Let's take a look at some of the things to keep in mind…when you're browsing through images from a portrait shoot…or even when you're actually out taking the photos.…When you're shooting images that may be used…as the primary or anchor shots in a portrait collage,…the first recommendation is to not frame the shot too tight.…Tight framing or a close crop…may work well for a standalone image,…but it can sometimes make things more difficult…when trying to create a collage…from multiple portrait images.…
For instance, in these shots of the young woman,…the framing is really tight,…and the outer edges of her arms and sleeves are cropped off.…It would be much easier to work with these shots…if we could see all of the sides of her upper body,…and they were not cropped.…Extra room around the subject is always useful…for compositing the anchor images…
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