5 Assignment: Compositing

Last week we assembled at the Pickled Herring Pub for a huge photo shoot, thank you for your help! The images and videos have been posted to the VCP233 Student Server folder under “PH Shoot”

This week I’ll show you some techniques on how to composite images together in Photoshop. We’ll talk about straightening images, proper masking techniques, and burning/dodging for effect. Your goal over the next week is to filter through the various actor takes and lighting approaches to assemble your idealized interpretation of how the story should be presented in the photographs. You have all of the images to choose from. How will your image turn out?

In addition to the essential files and layering techniques, you also have the full arsenal of Photoshop post-production at your disposal to introduce stylistic interpretations after you have finished the masking.

Two images are due next week. Upload your unflattened PSD files into your “wk 6 scene_interpretation” assignments folder. We’ll review them in class.

IN BRIDGE:

1. select the images you’ll composite together

2. Tools > Photoshop > Load Files Into Photoshop Layers…

IN PHOTOSHOP

1. Select all layers by shift > clicking starting from the top

2. Edit > Auto Align Layers > Automatic is fine > click OK

3. Start working w/ layer masks with the top image

BURN AND DODGE IN PHOTOSHOP (ADAM’S TRICK)

1. Layer > New > Layer

2. Mode > Overlay

3. click the box: Fill With 50% Gray

4. Brush tool > use 10% opacity + 100% fill > feather brush to 100% > works better with a bigger brush

5. Burn in areas using Black as foreground color

6. Dodge areas using White as foreground color

7. EXPERIMENT!

Andy’s Video Tutorials

Video Tutorial: Masking in Photoshop

Tutorial: Auto-Align – Photoshop

Tutorial: Dodge and Burn with Curves

Here’s the actual assignment for this week:

This week, we are building a scene as a class in downtown North East. We will be creating it very similar to how your most recent assignment was built, except with the addition of a few more people involved, plus the random variable of pedestrian and vehicle traffic occurring throughout the frames.

At the conclusion of the shoot, we will head back to the lab and disperse all of the RAW files to each of you. Your goal over the next week is to filter through the various actor takes and lighting approaches to assemble your idealized interpretation of how the story should be presented in this photograph. You have all of the images to choose from. How will your image turn out?

In addition to the essential files and layering techniques, you also have the full arsenal of Photoshop post-production at your disposal to introduce stylistic interpretations after you have finished the masking.

This image is due next week. Upload your unflattened PSD file into a “scene_interpretation” assignments folder within your folder on 233, and make a print for us to view in class.