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Working with Image Composites Part II

Here is the image we are going to put together. This image is a combination of 3 images. By using the layer mask tool we can combine an image of the same person and then “paint” her back into the scene.

What you will need for this is a good Tripod.

The first thing I do is find how I want to position the camera. Once it is in place it does not move. Example 1

The I had her lye down first because I wanted to make sure that the other version of her would not be standing on her. With her on the ground first we got a visual of where to place her. Example 2

Then I had her stand over invisible self. with a good idea of where to put her feet so they would appear to be next to each other.

Shot of the enviroment

Shot of the environment

Example 2

Example 2

Example3

Example3

Once we have our 3 images. For those of you wondering these were shot with a Photogenic Powerlight 300 with an Umbrella. Bring them into photoshop as 3 separate layers.

Photoshop layers pallet

Photoshop layers pallet

I positioned the lying down girl on the top layer because I felt it would be easier to paint in the standing girl since she would ultimately overlap the girl on the ground. I have the empty room on the first layer just as a fail safe.

Add your layer masks to layer 2 and layer 3

Add Layer Masks

Add Layer Masks

Whatever the color of the layermask, in this case the default of white. Brush with black to “punch through” the layer to reveal the layer underneath.

Start to paint

Start to paint

I am not concerned with getting the painting exactly correct. The cool thing with layer masks is all you have to do is change your brush color back to white and then you can paint back the top layer which we do in the next step to bring back her dress.

Finish roughly painting

Finish roughly painting

Paint back the details with a smaller and harder edged brush, if you mess up a little just hit the “X” key and that will switch you back and forth from White to Black.

Get the Details by switchg rom a black to white color and also make the brush small and with a harder edge

Get the Details by switching from a black to white color and also make the brush small and with a harder edge

I finish up by getting some of the fist image that was darker because the flash was not firing. Make sure when you are painting that you have the layer mask selected and not the actual image. Just click on the white box next to the image and it will get a black line around it. You will also note that you can only use 2 colors, black and white.

Finished

Finished

ToniMay 14, 2009 - 8:55 pm

Amazing!!!!!

Laurel AustinMay 15, 2009 - 8:58 am

Very helpful! Bookmarking this page!

Steven SeeligMay 17, 2009 - 6:57 am

I have used a similar approach with scenes that have two different white balances. Make duplicate copies of the same RAW file and adjust WB in the two different images so it ‘right’ for a particular piece of the image, combine into one layered image and then use masking to clean up. I was amazed at how well that worked. I learned the concept from Neil van Niekerk website

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