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    • 1. Promo

    • 2. Photo Compositing

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About This Class

Are you curious about how to combine pictures together ? Ever wonder how photo compositing is done ? Then this tutorial is for you!

In this tutorial you will learn how to do a complete photo compositing.

Through this tutorial you will learn the following skills:

  • Work with the pen tool
  • Multi layering
  • Use the free transformation tool
  • Adjust exposure
  • Add a pattern
  • Create a motion blur

This will allow you to be creative and realize any picture you can dream of.

This video is provided with its corresponding exercise files that you can download (Check the section Class Project).

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Joe Ghalbouni

I aim to teach in a fun and useful way!


"LearningWhilePracticing" has one of the most practical approaches when it comes to learning. Our goal is to let you be operational as quickly as possible while at the same grasping all the concepts required. Being able to work on your projects through a software while learning it at the same time, is a source of motivation that will make you go further.

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1. Promo: the concept of learning or practicing is simple. It allows you to learn there are fun project, different tools in a softer in this photo compositing tutorial, I'm gonna teach you how to use different layers from different pictures and merge them into want creative picture. The skills that you're gonna be learning are the actual selection, how to work with multiple layers, free transform, tool exposure, lighting effects and how to render them layer starts and patrons and finally, the motion. So if you really like to know how to do any picture that your mind sets its gold, too, do not hesitate to take this course. 2. Photo Compositing: Hello. Welcome to video number 12 from the floor shop. Siri's off learning while practicing today, I'm gonna teach you one of the biggest advantages off for a shop which is making the use off layers to do photo compositing. So basically, the goal of photo compositing is to create a picture that would not exist naturally. So it's like a type of photomontage. So first, we're going to start by opening the images that we have in our exercise folder that I should remind you you can download using the link below in the description. Off course, free off charge. So to do so, I'm going to select the four images at once, and I'm gonna open them. Now, let me explain what I'm gonna do. The image that I have here, all those images are pretty simple. I'm gonna make use off all of them to put them in the same context. So my idea was to have a picture of the peace a tower. Then I search for an image off a man who's pushing a wall. This man is gonna be inserted in that picture in order to appear as if he was holding the tower the's gravity over here. This beautiful art is going to be used to cover the tower to give it a more original look. And finally, this plane is just an additional object that I'm gonna add in the sky. But I have a few details to work on in order for it to appear pretty. Really? So this is the plan on which I'm gonna be working. So all the other layers have to come on top off this one. I'm going to start with the picture off the man, and I am gonna first select the man out of the background. So in order to do so, I'm going to use the pen to write there. And I'm going to define a path all over the men that I'm gonna then transform as a selection, so to proceed, I click here on the mantle and I start at any point around the contour off the men. So, for example, I'm going to zoom in and I'm going to start here with the shoe so you can see in my previous tutorials, there's, you know, a way to teach you how to use that tool in case you're not familiar. with it, but basically, it's a drag and drop thing where you can change the curve off the pencil in order to proceed on, Have the perfect selection that you want. So I'm gonna do it pretty quickly. You can off course, take all the time you want whenever you try this exercise at home. But I just want to give you the complete idea off the photomontage without also taking a lot of time. However, since it's a photomontage and it has to appear as real as possible, I have to show you all off the details in the most realistic weight. So I'm going to speed up a bit the video right there and that's it. I'm done with the path that I have done for the men. Now I'm gonna go through the path option, and I'm gonna double click here to save the path. And I'm going to call it men once. Might both. It's saved. I'm gonna now transform it into a selection by clicking on the third icon right there. Load path as a selection. Once my path is a selection, I can simply hit control and see to copy. And I'm gonna go to this image right there. First I create a new layer and I hit control V to paste the man that I have. And I'm going to rename this layer right there by double clicking on it. Men. So that's it for the picture of the man that I have Now the first thing that I have to do is obviously to invert the direction off this image, to flip it so that you can can appear to be consistent with my picture. So once I have this layer selected right there, I go to edit, transform. Um, I hit flip horizontal. And that's what we have. No. Now, of course I have to scale it. Obviously, the man cannot be flying, and since the ground is pretty low, I'm gonna have to put the man further down. Now, of course, since I want the man to appear at the first plan, I'm not gonna reduce the scaling and make it as small as these people. Otherwise, the picture would lose its meaning. I don't want the men to be completely absent from the picture. I don't want him to be blended with the people right there. So once I have the men right there at the height that I need, I'm gonna go to edit and free transform. Or I can hit control. Anti am. I am going to make sure that this line right there is completely parallel to the line off the tower. So aspergillus possible. And I'm gonna move the guy right there so that these this line coincides with the extremity off the tower and I'm gonna hit Enter. So now the man appears to be holding the tower. So as you can see, I still have some little imperfection, So I'm gonna hit control T once again. On There we go. There we go. So now it appears as if the man was holding the tower. However, I have a small problem, which is the lighting. The light from this picture here on the light from the picture that was taken off, that man seemed to be quite different. So in order to do a quick analysis off the light from this picture and from where it's coming from, I'm gonna hide the layer off the men right there. I'm going to select this layer right there, the background and I'm going to go to image adjustments and exposure. Exposure is a feature that can allow me in for a shop to raise the amount of flight in a picture or to reduce it. So once I raised the amount of flight in a picture, it can give me an idea off. Where? In the picture. The lighting has bean the most efficient wants. The picture was taken. So basically, once I have this example right there, I can see that almost all the picture saturates pretty quickly. Which means that the lighting might come from the centre right there from a central source . So I hit. Cancel. I get back to the picture off the man right there, and I selected. And then I'm gonna go to Filter. I'm gonna choose render and lighting effects. Once I have the lighting effects, it will open a spot right there, which I can change in order to define where the lighting will come from. For this man. So, in my opinion, in that picture, the most appropriate place to put that light would be somewhere right here at the center. No, If I diminish here this shape, you can see that the man starts to get darken on darker as if there was an absence off light. So since the light of the sun hits pretty uniformly, I'm going to make sure that it covers Oh, the shape right there off my layers, all the men. And once I'm satisfied, I'm gonna hit. Okay. And as you can see right there, if I go to what I had without the lighting effect and what I have with the lighting effect , it's very subtle, but the difference is there. So here you have some shadows that are now less obvious after I have worked on my lighting effects. So now, as you can see, selection could have been a bit cleaner because I still have white lines right there. So, I mean, there are ways in order to get rid off that I can use, for example, the razor right there on. Make sure that I'm using a soft edge right here on a can. For example, you raise a bit right there, but here I want to be too much. So I'm gonna undo that. So you see, once you haven't done that once, you haven't been very precise with your selection. It's a bit annoying to have to do this manually. So I advice you to be as precise as possible with your selection. And as you could see in the previous video, you can really find the edge once your selection was made. So there's always that. But here we were, a bit better. So that's OK. That's still good. Keep in mind that this is the 100% off the picture. So I mean, that's pretty OK on what you could do is that you could add a bit off blurring a little little bit off blurring here on the edges because you don't want a lot off blurring since it's in the front, off your picture. So the focus is on the men on the picture, so you'd need the edges to be pretty sharp and not blurt. But here we have something a bit better that better. Okay, so once our man is in the picture, we're gonna use now the background that we have and what we're gonna do is that we're gonna hit control A in order to completely select it, and then we're gonna go to edit and define the pattern. This is the pattern that I have. I'm gonna call it better. Yeah, Now that they have defined this image as a pattern, I don't need it anymore, so I can simply close it. I also don't need the picture of the man, so I can close it without any change. And now what I'm gonna do is that I'm going to select the tower right there in order to apply the pattern on it. So I go to the background layer, I choose the pen tool that I previously used, and I'm gonna do a quick selection right there. I'm going to define a path pretty quickly. Course, I have to be precise, but in that case is just to show you the example. And you're going to see that with the type off blending that I'm gonna use. It's okay if the selection is a bit quick and dirty, so I make sure to select the whole dollar right there. Here we go. I mostly have to select the stone parts because, like the balcony parts are not really useful. In the case of my picture on their sky behind them, I don't want to color the sky with the pattern obviously so off course, As I told you. Keep in mind, my selection is very quick and dirty. Not the best way to do that on doesn't give you the best results at all. But it's still something on. It allows me to go pretty quickly. So I mean, I'm OK with that off course. This is the picture done in order, for example, for that men to appear as if he waas in Italy. And obviously, in our case, he wasn't. So I'm gonna go around here the people as much as possible. So here it's tricky because there is a lot off people here under the tower. So I'm gonna go in a very, very, very quick Andi non precise way. And there you go. Once my path was selected, I'll go to path. I'll double click it and call it peace of our and I'm gonna load the path as a selection. Now, once my path has been loaded a selection I'm simply gonna hit control C to copy it. And I'm going to create a new layer right there on controls in order to paste that our just as it is. I'm gonna pace it over the background because with the blending option that I'm going to apply. I cannot apply to a selection. I have to apply to complete layer. So now I'm going to go to right click right there, blending options and there in the blending options, I'm gonna choose the pattern overlay now in the pattern overlay. I'm gonna choose this one. The pattern one that I have and I'm gonna choose the blend mode overly with approximately a 90% blend. And here in the scale, I can change it as much as I want. So here is 1000% scale. Well, it's going to get blurry because it cannot exceed 100% to avoid pixel ization. And here I can make it smaller and smaller, like there, for example, It's several patterns. I believe that 25% is quite OK and it's quite pretty. I could also go up to, for example, 40% which is not bad. It's the way you feel is the best. Actually, it's up to you to decide what percentage unique on. I simply hit. Okay, so there you go. I have colored my tower and now the last thing that I need to do is pick the plane right there. So I'm gonna also go with a quick selection by hitting the magic went to I'm going to go with the tolerance off 30 in order to select the whole sky right there. Once the whole sky is selected, I'm gonna go to select in verse, which will select the plane. I'm going to really find the edge in order for it to be of it broader. So I'm going to shift it right there. Positively. That's what I was talking to you about when I set for the man that you could also redefined the edge to make it smaller or bigger. And once I'm there, I'm gonna create a new layer right there and control. So I have my plane right there. I'm gonna hit control T in order to change the scaling, and I'm going to reduce the scaling to approximately something not bigger than this. And I'm gonna hit. And now that I have my plane here in the sky, there just an additional detail that I'm going to do Well, first, I rename the layer here lane on this one peace up tower and for the plane. I'm gonna go to filter Blair. And since the plane cannot hover in the sky, it's obviously in motion. I'm going to use a beautiful feature off for a shop called Motion Blur. And the motion blur allows me to define the angle of the motion. So I'm going to choose it so that it appears to be parallel to the plane right there. So my plane is going like this. I'm gonna choose an angle off, let's say 15 degrees. And here I have the pixels and the blurring of the pixels. So the more intense they have, they are. The more motion appears. So the more speed it appears that the plane had this allows me to control what I call paradoxically a static speed. It's means that what speed the plane was once I waas actually taking a picture off it. So I'm gonna go with to pixel which two pixels? Yes, or maybe three, which I believe is the most suitable. And there you go. So that's very quick and easy example off a photomontage, a photo compositing. So that's not very hard to do. That's not very tricky. And that gives you an impression off a man holding color pizza pizza tower with a plane in the background. The military plane in the background hope you enjoyed this tutorial and stay tuned for more .