Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Photoshop Compositing Project: Adding a Person to a Group Photo.
- For this course you should have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. If you're new to Photoshop you should be able to pick things up pretty quickly, but being familiar with the essential features and functionality of the program especially techniques for making selections and working with layers will help you get more out of this course. If you need to brush up on basic Photoshop skills or techniques related to compositing, there are many helpful courses available by a variety of authors.
Whatever the reason, Photoshop offers the solution: You can simply composite the missing person into the group shot. In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan shows how. He uses Smart Objects to nondestructively resize the images, adds and refines a layer mask, and then inserts the missing person behind the group. With some simple tonal adjustments, the end result can look completely natural. In chapter 4, Seán tackles a fun bonus challenge: placing new figures in historical photos.