Layer Masks: Hand Painted Image Collage
So what I've done for younis exercise files, I believe from this point on, especially with the last three things we're gonna go over today is you have not only the final psd file which this is what we're going to create, but you also have the two original images that I used so you can do it yourself from scratch okay without having to back too far out of it. So this is what we're going to make, ok and you can kind of see what's going on over here in the layers panel we've got two image layers one image layer has been scooted over, you can see an edge of transparency here so it's been nudged to the left and then on this one he's been nudge to the right and then we've added a layer mask so everywhere you see black, that image is being hidden on that layer, which basically means this left edge of the images being hidden so it looks like when images fading into another it's not, but it looks like it isthe so let's recreate that once now gonna go open up the two images that I made and a lot...
of times and I'm doing this all this drag and drop, I'll select the images or activate rather that I want to open up and all this drag and drop them from ah window into the photo shop environment and they both pop open or you could use the file open command and navigate teach image and open it that way so now what we want to do is we have to get these two images on separate layers within one photo shot file and we've already seen how to do that with the guitar and the hippie guy remember them so what we're going to do is we're going to use that arrange documents icon again that lives in the application bar at the top of your screen if you don't see that icon that means you have turned off the application bar and that is accessible through the window menu ok so window menu down here you can see application bar it is on automatically when you have the application frame turned on but if you've turned off application frame you may have turned off application bars well that's the case you won't see this icon so just go up under the window and you make sure these guys are on so now I can click that arrange documents tab we're going to do are two a preview again which is going to show both documents and you're simply going to drag from one document into the other so I'm gonna start with my helmet dude and I'm going to click and drag from the layers panel of one into the other documents okay now many closed this guy cause I don't need him anymore um, I'm gonna grab the move tool and go ahead and position our fearless motorcycle racer on the right hand portion of the image. Now what we want to do is we want add a layer mask and we're going to use the brush tool set to a soft edged brush set to paint with black, and we're just going to make it quick little stroke across that left edge of that image with helmet to hide it so you can see through to the layer that's underneath that's, another great way of thinking of a layer mask it's kind of like your wherever you you paint with layer mask you're punching a hole through that layer in order to see what's underneath it's another way of thinking about it. So now that we have the layer activated that we want to add the mask tio are tell mitt layer we're going toe, go down to the bottom of the layers panel and click the circle within a square icon. Given a clique, we get our layer mask it's already active because we just added it so long as you don't click anywhere else it's active now we're going to grab our brush tool by pressing b and since we're in a layer mask, if black conceals and white reveals we need to paint with black if we want to conceal the left edge of that helmet photo so over here in my tools panel at the very bottom take a picket my color chips and I don't have black on top, but I need black on top since black is the background color chip the one on bottom I can simply press the ex key to flip flop for them or you can click that little curved arrow above the color chips to do the same thing. So now that black is on top, I already know I have a soft bed brush because we set that earlier if you're not sure look up here at the preset picker and if the icon looks like it has a soft edge, you've got a soft brush now I'm gonna come over here and make my brush really big by pressing the right graphic key and I'm gonna paint that's it in. The great thing about doing this is if you mess up and you hide too much all you have to do is flip flop your color ship so that your painting with white and then paint back over that area to reveal it again okay, black conceals white reveals can you see how flexible this is? Had you deleted? Had you been using the eraser tool, you would not have this flexibility at all, okay, so now I like the way that looks the only other thing I might do is scoot the the bike shot over to the left so I can actually see the front fairing of the bike so I'm going to click to activate that layer, grab the move tool and scoot him over and I'm not allowed to skip him over does anybody know why? Because it's a locked background layer see this is the squawking that photo shop will do if you try to do much of anything to a locked background layer so go ahead and press ok, just give that locked background layer a quick double click now we can move him over and because I want that bike shot to stay perfectly horizontal I held the shift key down just to keep me from accidentally moving in upper down okay, now I'm gonna pop into full screen mode really quickly with the keyboard shortcut, which is if and that is going to allow you to see the full beauty and appreciate our collage that we just made so if you press the f key once then all of your uh you get a great background behind this this image case that puts the image in full screen mode if you press f again, then everything goes away and you're seeing the image on a black background, which is a great way to kind of take a step back from the artwork that you just created an assess it without being distracted by tools and panels and thor knows what else and then to pop out of a full screen mode, you just press f again, so if twice and then three times to get back out of it f for full screen mode someone to show you another collage here because if we're going to get with the cool kids for the motorcycles and I think we ought to give the loan more racers and shot at a collage too, don't you think so we're gonna do the exact same thing. Okay, so glenn, close this one, grab the two images that I started out with, drag them into my photo shop environment, click the arrange documents icon in the application bar and click the to a previous so you can see both windows at the same time and it doesn't really matter which image you drag into. It doesn't matter which direction you go, I can drag the biker dude or the long more dude into the law more race photo or I could do the opposite doesn't matter. Okay, so I'm gonna click and drag this guy because I do want him to be on top of my collage, so click and drag from the layers panel into the other open document now you can close that image, they go ahead and place him roughly where I want him to end up in my collage here. Take it, take it my layers, and I'll make sure I'm on the right layer added layer mass by clicking the circle within the square icon at the bottom of the layers. Panel press g to grab the, uh no press b to grab the brush tool. I thought we were going to use a great and we could use a grady into the brush. Told work better for this press b to grab the brush tool, take a peek at the color chips the bottom of your tools. Pain will make sure that black is on top. If it's not press the ex key or the curved arrow to flip flop them and that's actually, what I just did with my fingers is how I remember the keyboard shortcut for that. Because for whatever reason, I do this and it sort of looks like the top of an ex that is so lame. But there's so many keyboard shark that's. How else do you remember all these things I ask of you? Ok, so now we have black on top and they're all I have to do is zoom back out a little bit so I can see the whole image is just paying across the area you want to hide, that's it, and you could hide as much or as little. As you want, it's. A little creepy if his body is completely hidden. But that's all there is to it. So now you've got a awesome photo that use a photographer can give to the tractor mowing team for their website or there championship photo or whatever I make in front of it, that we have these in texas law. More races seriously.
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Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1