In this tutorial, I’m going to share 5 tips that will help you combine photos to make composites and collages, so fast and easy. These new tools are so subtle, maybe you missed some of them.
I have included Video and written steps. Please watch the video first, as there are some gems in there, not included in the written steps.
Lets start with a 2 layered image
In the properties panel, click Remove Background (Make sure you are on a layer or you won’t see this)/.
Instantly the background is removed!
Its not perfect, but its usually a great start and you can refine the mask to make it perfect.
The other option is Select Subject. Which will make a selection. In this case we will do this because I like the model’s braid and I’m sure she does too.
Use it in Lasso mode for cleanup work.
Hold down Shift to add to the selection, make a rough selection around the braid and Object Select grabs it perfectly.
Hold down Alt/Option and make a selection in the gap between her head and arm. Alt/Option removes from selection.
Click the Mask button in the layers panel
This isn’t new in 2020, but worth mentioning to get rid of the edge fringing (the fine black outline).
Click on the layer mask.
Choose Filter Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter 3
Press Cmd/Ctrl+L for levels.
Push the black and the gray triangles to the right and watch the outline vanish.
Before I show you the tip, let’s make a brush.
I opened an image of water splashes and made a selection around it using the rectangle marquee tool.
Choose Edit>Define Brush
Create a new layer
Choose white as the foreground color and press the B key to active the brush.
Click/tap once in your document to stamp the splash with the brush. (See the video for this in action step by step)
But now I want to do splashes on both sides. The means the brush needs to be rotated (and here comes the tip… )
Press the arrow keys on the bottom right of your keyboard to rotate the brush. Also hold down Shift to rotate it faster.
Stamp once 90 deg.
Rotate another 180 and stamp again. (I do a few more things in the video that are hard to show in written format).
Drag the layer underneath our model for a cool splashy effect.
When you are making composites, you usually end up with a bunch of windows open and lots of tabs in Photoshop. You need to close them all, except for the one you are working in, where everything is combined.
Right click in the tab and choose Close Others. All the windows close except the one you are working in.
To make things a little easier to see, I added a curves adjustment layer to the background and to the model How to use curves
See how quick and easy it is to make quick composites in Photoshop? I hope these little tips help you speed up your work. Buy the way, if you are making any composites, we would love to see them. Share them on our priviate Facebook page HERE
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