Capturing and Manipulating Images: Composing and Image Optimization

Today In Capturing and Manipulating Images we learned some Photoshop techniques using some previous tools in our first introduction to Photoshop.

First we were asked to downloaded the images ‘Long-road-ahead.jpg’ and ‘Balmain-full-fashion-runway-model.jpg’ from Moodle.
I then opened them in photoshop We were then next asked to set the resolution to 300 ppi, We were also asked to crop the image. After that the background layer was renamed ‘Long Road Ahead’ The color balance was adjustment.
Select menu>coloring and selecting the bluer portion of the sky. Once more color was added to the sky we repeated the technique with the landscape.
I used colors that I thought fit the scene we were creating well. After doing all this we were ready to open the file for the model. File>Open ‘Balmain-full-fashion-runway-model.jpg’ We dragged the image of the model onto the image we had previously been working with entitled ‘Long-Road-Ahead’. renaming this new layer ‘Model’ we then moved it to the top of the layers palette. `The Quick Select Tool’ was used to select the model. The next tool I used was the ‘refine edge’ option so the edges of the model were not so jagged. Before I was able to save the layer I had to save the output onto a layer mask. The selection was then applied as a layer mask onto the ‘Model’ layer.
After this we selected the thumbnail of the layer mask, and used the paint brush tool to remove unwanted lines from around the model. When we use masking we can edit images in a non-destructive way. The next step was to create a shadow. We did this by right clicking on the layer making a thumbnail and choosing ‘Add mask to selection’. A  selection of the area was made of the mask outlining the character.
Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid color and naming it ‘shadow.’ Making sure black was selected from the color picker, clicking on the layer in the layers palette we dragged it underneath the model layer.
Selecting the shadow layer, we clicked edit>transform>distort and manually dragged the shadow down so it was in front of the model placed onto the road.
Clicking on the Layer Opacity, we were suggested to reduced it to 30%.
To create a nicer effect we blurred the shadow by going Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and The final step of this tutorial was to add a Lens flare Filter>Render>Lens Flare. I saved my image as a JPEG. File.

This lesson taught me several techniques about combing images together as well as adding in lighting effects.image95-1

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