Creating a Composite Photo Using Photoshop CS6

Creating a Composite Photo Using Photoshop CS6

December 7, 2019 2 By Peter Engel


** Music** Hi I’m penny carlson and welcome to
another segment of topics in digital photography in our last segment you learedn how to use a selection tools
in photoshop and practice them by creating either creating a veggie man veggie woman or veggie animal I love seeing all the creative things you could do with vegetables in this section we’re gonna
could those selection tools to work and we’re going to create composite
image now you can do a lot of things with
selection tools creating a composite image is just one of them other things you can do with selection tools are select subject just selectively sharpen that or change the
exposure or change the color select your background and blur it I make
make background black or white keep be subject to a color so think about these things whenever using
Photoshop and think back to a different creative
ways that you can use those selection tools to
create a picture that you want to create I’ve got some of my tools here that i like doing serious Photoshopping I have a surface pro and I like the surface pro because it runs the so a full version of Photoshop with no problem and I can actually use a stylist trace out my shapes right on the screen and that that’s really nice when we’re doing fairly intricate selection This is a gaming mouse for Photoshop and the nice thing about it
gaming mouse is that you can program a lot of the shortcuts that
use all the time into your gaming mouse and it’s just a little nicer feel to it works fast you can slow down how fast or how slow your mouse so you can slow it down if you want to
work on really in its lands although the pen is the best thing for
doing this elections and I got mine full-size me here surface Pro is served up to so i cant
see my phone full-size now touch screen computers are pretty easy to combine its if you still
have it all shooter you can use wanted these graphic tablets in the graphic tablet isn’t quite as easy use because you have
to look at the screen up there and you can’t just race selection great on your touchscreen but it’s still easy anymore inch its
elections with that graphics Pat and stylists and is with just seizing reagan’s you
get a spree in extensive thing way coming slather waco also makes
latter really nice stylists tens k let’s get
started and put our newfound skills to work by using the selection tools to
create a composite image my open Adobe Bridge you get three
pictures and any use maker composite image here I’m gonna select of three and now what I want to do is open these photos in Photoshop as layers easiest way to do that is
start out in Adobe Bridge select your photos that you
want to use go up to schools Photoshop load files into Photoshop layers it always takes a little bit a time
before your photos load into layers rate we now have our 3 photos up in
Photoshop noticed the photo at the CAC is a little
bit smaller then the other photos well that’s okay
because you can resize it don’t think that photo my background
layer so I’m gonna put the hand tool on I’m gonna move that the bottom must make
the other way around not visible K moon select are cap layer and name it kak know what I would do is resized this phone us it’s the same
size as the other two do that I go up to and it Free Transform and we can see a little bit of a problem
here as I a move it around to make it larger
it actually deforming the image well is a trick to that if we go to free
transform now and this time hold down the shift key is
we resizer image and that’ll make sure that our
proportions stay exactly the same game worked perfectly this time so remember that hold the Shift key down
we’re going to apply the free transform holy Shift key
down works for other functions in soda shop as well anything that’s changing your image in
Photoshop you want to keep the proportions the same if you hold the Shift key down it’ll do
that let’s work on these other photos now and i actually took these photos using a remote shutter release the idea that I
was going to create this final com posit picture let’s name our
other layers rider now call this one on grounds select the slaying work with this one
first and some pictures you actually find a slot easier to select your background out it
its uniform then is to select your subject and easy enough to do that so let’s
start with this image by selecting our background and truthfully for almost all my
selections I use the quick selection tool make sure that you’ve got it on add to
selection and using a really large Brashear when I
want to change my brush size I’ll just hit you did right bracket
key to increase it oil left bracket he did decrease it my screen capture software wasn’t really
good at showing that changes in the brush size so sometimes the brush low either be a lot larger are a lot smaller then it appears on the screen you wanna
know what brush size I’m using you can look at brush size up on the
corner and and subtraction image you get the
idea with the selection tool so let’s speed this up every make a selection Photoshop you can
inverse that selection so if you’ve got a very uniform
background it’s often easier to slept at your background inverse it to select a subject timber
she selection is simply go up to select and then inverse and now we’re working
on the subject rather than the background getting there the more detail gary is
I’m gonna increase my size by hitting controller
command plus take eastern time do the intricate
details on the selection thanks said the special effects in my
video software you know have to sit through the whole
selection process wanted got a reasonably good selection I wanna
be fine a little bit more by using my quick mask up cook on my
quick mask and I’m going to use a rounds medium
hard brush me now and got it so I campaign at the
background and make that press release mall to get into intricate areas like between my fingers
I miss which I mass a selected area and pain in a recent the selection that
I missed brushing uses a lot smaller than it
appears on my screen capture software go back to
my hands full so I can check out the rest my selection
go back and forth with that quick mask between the background in the
selected area couple times three find my selection I’m using the right left bracket key to
make my rush size slowing larger as needed much
easier to make the smart intricate selections for the stylist in
is with the mouse she got a steady hand now so we’re time
the fast forward in a bit my selection is looking pretty good
right now right i think im ready to use a he spent a lot of time working on a
selection so it’s good to save your selection so you can reload it at some point in time she won might call
this me on floor and the only part I really needed this
picture is me I wanna put this layer into the layer with the cash before I talking
this is a new layer let’s lets you find our selection a
little and and this can help your selection a blend in with your picture so I’m going to go up to my slack and used that we find edge option now bring up a dialog box got a whole bunches sliders here my age
is pretty good at and on shifted if we had some issues
where maybe you were outside an alliance debt n you wanted to
bring mortgage subject and there are less than the subject in you could shift your edge usually algis
uses smoothens feather a little bit and it gives you a viewer how your
selection looks as you move does in entering really
helps blur the edges little bit on your
selection so maybe they’ll look to harsh in your final picture decontaminate colors probably isn’t
doing much on this selection but it can really hell if you’ve got flying detailed selections such is
someone’s hair I’m gonna and check that off since it
may help take some time I’m background-color: %ah out it had left a
little bit in you can see that as he made the sliders
around you can get an idea what things look
like by looking at subject once I’m gonna done I’m going to output to a new layer and click OK now got a new layer it’s just me lying
and I can put it on the ground under the cap hoops it’s a little bit too big what’s let’s
just look at the layout me and I see another issue I wanna take
care a couple little spots on my jeans let’s take them off
misusing the spot removal tool and that should be sufficient sis fairly
easy fix k that works better on had dirty jeans while the cats jumping on me just in case a mess something up
unmanned duplicate my layer never hurts the singer caplinger visible one you cheer know what myself to be under the cat so cocaine use the Free Transform again remember hold down
SHIFT key to keep the proportions the same as your original picture and
I’m gonna put myself right about where that now houses these
pouncing on took myself up just a tiny bit and head apply killer steak there are let’s clean up our layers a little bit
and get rid of some new ones and I’m not going to use and now we’re gonna work on our writer
photo Mees the quick selection tool make sure it’s on add to selection and
this time I’m going to select the subject taking photos with
the idea that you going to use them for calm
posit image later it is good if you have a lot out
contrast between you background in your subject that you want
it cut out and put into the other picture few colors are very different it’ll make
it a lot easier to select or use using the same process on this picture that we used on the other one I’m not
gonna select that back leg there because when I put myself
on the cat is a rider you don’t wanna see that and we can go
through this process pretty fast will go back and forth
between my quick mask in my knee selection tool remember that
brush sizes that appear on the screen I really
accurate because my screen capture software just doesn’t get it quite right and got
a soft brush here a feather your age is a little bit could
make you brush a little harder by moving the hardness slider over to the right a bit but since I’m
making myself pretty small we don’t really need fine detail
in this and the softer brush fantasy ages and
make your selection blend in with the batter using my right
and left bracket key to change my brush size most the
time but if you wanna change your price: size
or your brush April fresh harvest can also simply right-click why you
painting you want to use a round brush for something like this k things pretty good and I say my selection in case they need
to reload it for some reason and now just like we did last time I
need output my selection to a new layer so we
got to select if I H no bring up my dialog box move it over so I can see my images I’m change things said on the edges said the
edges debt and I’ll decant tammany my colors in case I have a little bit
and green on my edges I’m going output my image to a new layer k there we go nonstop my other self in the picture to give the
perspective because I wanted to me said be around the same size I’ll go up to
the Free Transform again hold the Shift key
down to keep mine proportions the same and make myself about the right size to
ride back my placement that right photo where I
was riding a horse been a little bit better for this photo
cuz the position would have been right but I was stuck taking these photos in
my dining room free chance for can only take you so far
when you’re manipulating image with this image my position just isn’t
quite right well there’s another tool in
Photoshop gives you a lot more leeway in moving your image
around and ending it and letting you shape it
the way you want to shape it it’s called Puppet Warp to get into up
at work I’m gonna go up to edit include camp up
at work I’ve got my rider layer selected so that’s the
one at the pump it works going to be applied to what you want to do with puppet warp
wildebeest Heenes anyone put the pins into the areas that
you wanna stay stable really want to and basically the rest your photo around
those teens you may have to put tenzin she places to
keep your image in place except for the part you wanna
once she’d done that’s you hold down your left mouse key and
you move the party the image that you want to move you see it
put the pins in any so as I move my leg it rotates around my
knee scam wrote 800 bitten Kylie get it right pens in different places on a stretch my hand out a little bit
more here some gonna put some pins in Al now and sometimes things don’t look quite
waiting to get him so needed to take pans out or add more
pins Canucks pretty good on the plight now I
think I have a pretty good see had some text or picture so want to
create a new layer to and text and to do that I’m just going
to go down to icons on the bottom there second icon next to the trash can what
you add a new layer just click on that I want my text layer
to be on top I accidentally made to do so let’s get weird about rated wanna I can
you do track into the trash can alright can
simply you right click on it and hit delete we can actually just hit
the delete key Sunday select a new layer I created
which had moved to the top Winslet to T two UL over here on the
left which is your text too low struck boxes the taxol sedan you can see that text boxes
over here in the upper left hand corner not something that looks cool
hand-written notice there’s a black box in and it’s the color right now and then
a taxes black I wanna make it white be
make it in Cali what text right now I was really little sign
make it bigger saltus select what I wrote you can go up and change my font size
touch looks good but i wanna hi some affects to it so to
do that I’m going to go down to little affects
thing on the bottom and I want to put a drop shadow on at
least one i click one of those will bring up a dialog box moved it over so I can’t see mine tax cuz you’ll be able to see the
effects and a step forward the sliders and see
what looks good and you can check of some these boxes
and see what looks good to you if you want to be able to use his son next text box she is she clipped to make
it you defile and hit OK I missed and that same text layer so
much Hans same and put a little text over me lying on the ground me help is
appropriate so we see our fun since actor the same
but it didn’t apply the affect to that text so in order to do that need to make sure
that that taxes selected go down to our fax sex again and because
I’d quit done last make it the default we simply have to hit the OK you can see
it looks exactly the same at school but I want a little text
bubbles around these Kimmy’s pencil for this because the one
nice hard-line right a money changed mind pencil color
white and I can actually do that by just
flipping my boxes down here what’s your
foreground and background but I could also bring up the color
chooser and use whatever color I wanted and okay so there’s a hand-drawn test level hunts try another one down here let’s say I decide that I wanted change some I waiting but
maybe for one version I wanna use we’re going one way and for another version I want to use it
another way says saying help I wanna say Zeus now well I wanted to be exactly the same is
that where with help some dissent duplicate
that layer and then when changed tax in the text
box miss select the hell and this can change
it this candy essays use that same my cat since not go in my move tool and move it and it fits perfectly I have to delete
my other way because maybe I want come back at some
point and do a version works as hell kid that looks good I can come back and
use whichever away I wanna I think we’ve done with say sammich and let’s go back and look at our final
moments there it is an FAA selected and hit the space key it’ll
give us a full screen view you have a lot of fun with these comp
opposite pictures the comp has it teaches that we produce
so far very simple and in fact you guys are really only
touched on a functions I’ll Photoshop got a star but there’s so much more to learn you
can always keep learning in Photoshop and next last class would not do is put
together some reference videos and articles that can help you
explore Photoshop and become even better at
using but at this point I think you have the
basic tools the star having fun with your
photographs and improving you create a process on the on