The process of creating composites – the mixing one or more different images to create a single new image, has really taken off over the last couple of years. You see them everywhere, from magazine ads, to posters, and they have even made their way into portraits. Clients and customers are asking for more and more creative things to be done with photos, and the ability to composite an image is becoming more important.
With the power of the latest version of Photoshop and the inexpensiveness of the digital medium, the ability to composite an image has become easier than ever before. The goal of Photoshop Compositing Secrets is to give you all of the tools that you need to create great composites. Photoshop Compositing Secrets is 408 pages in length and is contained in 16 chapters.
Chapter 1, "Selection Secrets," looks at one of the biggest keys to composting – that of making selections. When Photoshop CS5 came out, a new feature, the Refine Edge dialog, was added and this chapter takes a look at using it to make selections. Here you will learn how to select, adjust the selection, extract hair, and what makes the best background for selecting and extracting.
Chapter 2, "Basic Composite," next looks at a simple composite of putting a guy, shot in as studio along with a background of an alleyway together. Here you will see how to plan ahead, prepare the background, prepare the portrait, and create the composite.
Chapter 3, "Creating Motion," through the use of a studio shot motorcycle and a background of a tunnel. Again it is all in the preparation of the background, the studio shot, and putting them both together to look like there is motion in the scene.
Chapter 4, "Senior Portrait," will show you how to create a portrait of a high school senior basketball player from a studio shot and one of an outdoor basketball court. This adds a set of ominous clouds to the sky for additional effect.