Layer Blend Mode Collage (Include Load Images as Stack)


Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive


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Layer Blend Mode Collage (Include Load Images as Stack)

How about we make this image I can see the fear on everybody's faces so let's take a peek and this is what the last portion of this class is all about what we're going to do is we're going to be creating collages okay? So continuing on that fame but instead of adding layer mass and hand painting them with the brushed will set to black what we've been doing or using the grady and tool set to a black and white radiant inside the layer mask we're going to be using those layer blin modes that we used when we colorized are gray scale this is hands down the fastest way to make a collage in the west seriously so what I'm going to do is I'm gonna back out of this and again in your exercise files I've given you the final piece and most of those say final but they're the psd so it's easy to figure out what they are but then you've also got all the pieces and parts that I used to recreate this yourself okay? So in this case since we're a little bit short on time I'm going to go ahead and keep thi...

s final one open and I'm simply going to turn off some of the other layers I made like the texts layer and turn him off I used a phil layer for this black bar of color down here someone turned that off and I'm a turn off the last of my text here nail I'm in a click to activate the rest of these layers and I'm going to delete them and I'm going to bring them back into photo shop so we can see how it was made somebody click the first layer that I want to delete shift, click the last one and gets everything in between and now I can I think I can press the delete key yes, and it will delete all the active layers. Ok, so now we're back to transparency, so now I'm going to start bringing in those other files, okay? I mean he's a different command that we haven't used yet, but we're gonna be using all day long tomorrow and it is yet another way to get an image into an already open photoshopped document. Ok, someone she's file place, so if you have an open document and you want to add other existing images to it, you can use the file place command and we're gonna talk more about that tomorrow when you choose file place, you get a dialogue bog asking where do the files live that you want to place into this open documents so you simply got to navigate to where they live, so we're going to choose the first image here, which is our little boy and it comes with a re sizing box you can choose to resize it or not I don't need to resize and in this case so I'm gonna go ahead and press return to get rid of that bound the box are the wise photo shop will squawk at me if I try to do anything else now what we want to do is we want to turn this whole boys image into a super high contrast black and white and this is a fabulous tip in its own right just this one thing I'm about to do right now so what we're going to do is we're going to create an adjustment layer that which means that the change we're going to make happens in its own space so we can get rid of it if we don't like it this adjustment layer is going to take the shadows in the image and it's gonna turn them solid black and then it's going to take the highlights or the light portions of your image and it's going to turn them solid white in there ain't no higher contrast that saw a black and white so we're gonna crease up to the layer menu and this time we're gonna choose new adjustment layer and if you forget where some of these are just remember ok I want to do this thing on a layer so I'm going to use the layer menu and just brute around until you find this adjustment layer ok, so new adjustment layer you want to go down to threshold, and I don't have any way for you to remember that one other than to memorize the word threshold to go ahead and give it a click as soon as you do push ups going to ask what you would like to name it, I'll go ahead and let it roll with threshold one click ok, and we instantly get a super high contrast black in my image, so all the shadows of the dark areas went black, and the highlights went white also photo shop opened up this adjustments panel on the right hand side of your screen automatically for you, and you've only got one real control inside of this box, and that is this microscopic slider right here. This slider determines the ratio between shadows in highlights or in our case, how much black you've got in the photo and how much you've got in the photo. So as I click and drag it to the left, I reduce my shadows, okay? And I get more white as I click and drag it to the right. I reduce my highlights and I get more shadows, so what you want to do is just dragged the slider until visually, the photo looks good to you, I want to leave a little definition in his face, but I don't want you know, a whole lot of white, so I'm gonna leave my cider about right there, ok? And now I'm done with the adjustments panel, so I'm gonna collapse it by double clicking in that gray area to the right of the tabs just to get it out of the way. Now I'm gonna keep adding more images. So back up to my file menu choose place and this time I'm gonna add this fabulous rate starburst raise that I got from my stock photo and that's. Another thing I love about having them as a resource is that if oftentimes a lot faster to purchase the art that you want rather than make it yourself if you're short on time, it's a really efficient way to go. So now the artwork has come in, and it came in with a re sizing bounding box, which is handy because this thing is honking big in fact, it's so big that I can't even see my handles on the corners in which to drag them really great keyboard shortcut for you when this happens to you, if you press command zero on a mac or control zero on a pc see photo shop will resize the window just enough for you to see all four corners okay that's, the keyboard shortcut, the command is actually in the view menu. And it's called fit on screen and there's its keyboard shortcut right there, commander control zero so as soon as that happens, if you watch photoshopped re sizes that window just enough for me to see the bounding box, so now I can click and drag diagonally inward on one of the corner handles while holding my shift key to keep my starburst raise from becoming floppy job and because I'm short on time, I want to resize all four corners at the same time at once, so I'm gonna hold shift option on a mac or shift ault on the pc as I click and drag diagonally inward on one of the corner handles, it doesn't matter which one hey, so I'm gonna stop about there and the bounding boxes showing me the edges of the artwork even though they're hanging off the document press return or enter on your keyboard when you're finished and depending upon the size that are, it may take photo shop a second or two to resize it. So now I'm gonna go back and she was view fit to screen so that my heart's bigger again so we can see so now I've got a piece of art in, but if you look in the layers panel it's covering up my little boy, my guitarist down here, we'll just like in the colorization technique if we change the layer blend mode, poppet menu at the top of the layers panel here, we can change how color on one layer affects color on the layers underneath. This time, I'm gonna click them in you, and I'm going to choose something in the darkened category, and when I say category simply mean that it's within this area, you see how there's a little hairline role here in a hairline rule here, any blend mode in this section? I call it a category it's, really, a section will create a darker image than you started out with, so because I want kind of a grungy collage, I'm going to pick one of them that's in this dark and category. Another benefit of the blend modes in the dark and category is they make quite dropped completely out, which is a fabulous way. If you've got somebody shot on a white background, and you want to replace that background with something spicier, change the blend mode of one of the layers, because, really, what happens is when I choose something in the darkened section here, photoshopped looks that the colors on one layer, and it looks on at the colors on the other layer, and the darkest colors win it's, like a war between colors, and you can remember that by looking at the first blend mode in that category is darken okay, so the darkest colors win in anything is darker than white so fight drops right out as if it wasn't there same thing in the lightened category you're going to create a lighter overall image than you started out with push out looks the colors on one layer likes the colors on the other layer in the lightest colors win that particular color war great way to drop out of black background instantly we're gonna do that here in a second so I'm going to go ahead and choose when you're burned and instantly I can see through to the little boy layer so I can go ahead and click him grab my move tool and dragged him over to the right over our collage here and I'm gonna go ahead and add another image by choosing file place and this time I'm gonna answer musical notes it also came in really, really big, so I'm gonna use my fit to screen command command zero or control zero on a pc a shift option or shift ault diagonally dragging in one of the corner handles to make that artwork smaller and I'm going to release those modifier keys and I'm gonna click and drag within the box to move it over a little bit you kind of make it look like it's emanating from his guitar press return when you're finished re sizing zoom back up and I'm gonna change that blend mode toe linear burn as well when your burn is probably my favorite blue mood in the world for collages like this, it just works great so already we've got a fabulous collage going on and I can simply turn on my other layers and I had a type player scoot way down at the bottom here small drag him up and turned him on and you've got your ad now you might want to drop the opacity of some of the other layers that you've added for texture and visual interest, so to do that let's say I want to drop the capacity of the musical news so I can click to activate that layer and then come up here to the opacity slider and drop the opacity. I might want to drop the opacity of my blue rays a little bit or not, so I kind of like the way that looks there, so you've got an awesome ad in just a few minutes he didn't have to add any layer masks or anything to that. Ok, so I've got a couple of different variations on that for you to play with and here in your exercise files, so in the layers panel here you can see the images that I used, I've got a guitar image here and let's say I wanted to create that ad but this background that the guitar was shot on is really boring, so I wanted to add some visual interest because when you're dealing with design, you've got about point zero three seconds to catch somebody's attention in an ad situation of any kind. So what I would like to do is spice up my background so that they catch your eye and hopefully you'll read the text that goes along with the thing because that's, what I want you to do. So I did this when the exact same way I chose file place navigated to this image, and this time I changed the blend mo to color dodge something in the light and category because I wanted to lighten up the existing background. Oh, ok, so if I turn these guys off and you see the original image, see how dark that is, so because I wanted to create a lighter overall image, I chose a blend mode that was in that lightened category or section and seriously, your favorite beverage on a friday or saturday night flipped through these blend modes and see what they do see how each one is a little bit different, then the other does flip through them to see what they do so that's how I created that ad, we'll see what else I can sneak in here before they make me stop talking this is another great one so here we've got two images if we look in our layers panel here we've got a puppy dog that the background has been masked out, okay? And we've got a guitar image well with a quick switch of blend modes so this is what the original would have looked like, but I wanted it to be a reflection great way to add a reflection is to choose from a category we haven't used yet, which is called starts with overlay the's do a little bit of lightning a little bit of darkening, and it just so happens that soft light is the perfect for making a layer looked like it's reflected in metal so soon as I click soft light can you see the dog reflection in the in the metal guitar? So that's another idea for creating collages there and I'll try to sneak in one more or two more feet everyone and add a fake tattoo to anybody see without the tattoo it's like he's a poser is this completely lame, but with the tattoo you can kind of get behind the image yeah guitarist so real quickly that way I created that I'll go ahead and delete that layer is I chose file place see it's the same thing kind of over and over file place navigate to where the image lives this one lives in the fake tattoo file and I'm going to navigate to the rooster in photo shops going to place it and if you get this kind of dialogue box just go ahead and say ok again the artwork comes in honking big he's our command zero or control zero to make footage shot resize it shift option or shift ault to make our rooster really small press return when you're finished zoom back in a little bit more so I can see what we're doing press the space bar and now I want to make it a little bit smaller so weaken some and free transform so command to your control t keep dragging in to make the rooster about the size of his arm and you can even rotate him a little bit if you want we call that good press return thie only problems air roosters on a white background well if you remember what I said a minute ago about how it's really a war between colors in these first two sections here dark and enlighten will any color is darker than white so that means the darkest colors you're going to hang around and why it is going to drop right out so you could experiment with any of these guys and that white background goes away instantly know selections no masking though anything now to make it look riel you need to drop the capacity because tattoos are never that bright unless they're really fresh so one more quick one because nobody screamed at me ha ha. Ok, so this image right here is a lady singing into a mop which I thought was the most hysterical image I had ever seen in my life. That's the original image and what I did was I brought in a crowd shot here, and I changed the blend mode of the lady on the white background to something that's in that darkened category. And again, you'll need to experiment with the different ones because one of them will work better than the other. And then I had a little bit of the mop showing up down here, so I added a layer mass to the crowd layer, and I simply hid that area with a black paint brush. Okay, and then last but not least, I promised you that if you choose a blend mode from the lightened category, which in the war between colors photo shot looks at the color on this layer looks at the color on this layer and the lightest colors win the war and anything is lighter than blacks, that means black is out of here. So if you look at the original image, I'll turn it back to normal. You'll see that that fire burst was on a black background. Can you even imagine creating a selection and masking the black out of that image? No way by the hour, maybe your, you know, one hundred fifty dollars an hour, it takes me months. But if we go down to anything in the light and category, black drops right out, okay, so pretty interesting stuff. Her. Any questions? Not that that's all I have for you today. I'm so excited that we got through everything, even the bonus reflection technique. So do remember, blend modes when you are creating collages, because they can save you. It was, and gobs of time.

Class Description

In this special photoshop tutorial, you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop® CS5: The Missing Manual. There is so much to cover in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 that we need almost a week to cover everything. In this special 4-day workshop you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed instructor and author. Lesa is informative yet entertaining with a unique way of explaining difficult concepts so you understand the "why" behind the "how". Get ready to spend a fun, high-energy week digging into the power of Photoshop.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1


1Introduction: Nitty Gritty Basics + Layers 2Workspace Overview 3Q&A: Workspace 4The Truth About Resolution and File Formats 5Changing Resolution Without Changing Quality 6Q&A: Resolution and File Formats 7Resizing with the Crop Tool 8Cropping with the Ruler Tool 9Resizing with Content-Aware Scale 10Resizing for Print/Web 11Layers and Layer Types 12Duplicating, Moving, and and Aligning Layers 13Q&A: Layers 14Creating Reflections 15Layer Alignment Tools 16Simple Slimming Technique (Resizing Layers) 17Colorizing a Black and White Image 18Creating a Solid Color Fade with Fill Layers 19Layer Masks: Hand Painted Image Collage 20Layer Masks: Gradient Mask Collage 21Layer Blend Mode Collage (Include Load Images as Stack) 1Using Selections Part 1 2Using Selections Part 2 3Q&A: Selection Tools 4Color Selections: Fixing Animal White Eyes 5Tightening Up Layer Masks 6Painting Selections with QuickMasks 7Using Vector Drawing Tools 8Vector Shapes: Creating an Oval Vignette 9Vector Shapes: Rounded Edges to Photo 10Use Channels to Create Selections 11Tough Selections Around Hair & Fur 12Refine Edges Part 1 13Refine Edges Part 2 14Creative Edges on Photos 15Embellishing with Vector Art 16Creative Vector Photo Frames 17Editing Smart Objects 18Smart Objects Template: Creating Dark Edge Vignette 1Smart Objects: Selective Blurring 2Smart Objects: Selective Sharpening 3Sharpening with the High Pass Filter 4Q&A: Sharpening 5Auto Color Adjustments 6Shadows and Highlights 7Using Levels 8When to Use Smart Objects 9Using Curves 10Lightening and Darkening with Blend Modes 11Enhancing Eyes and Teeth 12Changing Colors with Hue/Saturation 13Changing Colors by Hand Painting 14Faux Dodge/Burn: Reduce Wrinkle 15Color to Black and White 1Healing Brush 2Content Aware Fill 3Using Text in Photoshop 4Designing with Baseline Shift 5OpenType Fonts 6Placing Text Behind an Object 7Barely There Text: Faded and Hollow Text 8Pushing Photos Through Text 9Adding Texture to Your Text 10Convert Text to Paths 11Combine Images using Advanced Blending 12Realistic Photo Aging 13Faking HDR 14Wrapping Texture Around an Object