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Paths, Masks And Blend Modes

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Paths, Masks And Blend Modes

  1. 1. Paths, masks and blend modes
  2. 2. Where to start ? <ul><li>Find a photo that you want to use, and please make sure it is a high resolution pictures (because you’ll need to zoom in to do some effects) </li></ul><ul><li>So for my project, I chose a picture of a random lady off the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>And open the picture in Photoshop as a new document. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Step 2: Use the Pen Tool <ul><li>Use the Pen Tool and the Path option </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to choose all the options as the graph shown above. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step 3: Zoom in & Drag <ul><li>Zoom in your photo, and use the Pen Tool to drag the shape of the edge of the photo. </li></ul><ul><li>You can always come back to fix your line later. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end, make sure you’ve completed the frame of the shape. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step 4: Rename the Path <ul><li>Go to your Path Tool on the right, and you can see the outline edge that you just Pen tool of. </li></ul><ul><li>Double click on the “Work Path”, and rename. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step 5: Refine Edge <ul><li>Load the path as a selection by clicking on the icon in the Path panel. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Select > Refine Edge and set the Radius, Contrast …etc, as the way you think the photo might look better. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step 6: Create a new layer <ul><li>Create a new layer above your original background. </li></ul><ul><li>Hold down the Alt key and click on the ‘ Add layer mask’ icon in the Layers panel. </li></ul><ul><li>Then select the layer image and go to Edit > Fill and choose black as the contents. Select OK. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step 7: Adjustment <ul><li>This step will create the effect of a backlight behind the subject that slowly fades to black in the corners of the image. </li></ul><ul><li>Press Control, and click on the layer mask to load the mask as a selection. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the ‘Create new fill/adjustment layer’ icon. </li></ul><ul><li>Select the Blue channel and drag the adjustment point sitting in the bottom left-hand corner of the diagonal line until the output value reads 90 or more. </li></ul><ul><li>Also change the Red, Green and RGB channel. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Step 8: Gradient Tool <ul><li>Select the Gradient Tool in the Tools panel. Select the Foreground to Transparent and Radial Gradient options with black selected as the Foreground color, set to Opacity to 100% (as the graph above) </li></ul><ul><li>Click and drag from a position in the center of the picture out past the top right-hand edge of the image window to create the backlight effect. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step 9: Find images to blend and drag <ul><li>Find an image that you want to blend in. </li></ul><ul><li>In my case, I choose an American Flag. </li></ul><ul><li>Open and click and drag the layer thumbnail of the blended image into your main photo </li></ul><ul><li>Hold down the Shift key as you let go of the drops thumbnail to center the image in the new window. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Step 10: Blend Mode <ul><li>Hold down the Alt key and drag the layer mask from Layer 1 to Layer 2 to copy it. </li></ul><ul><li>Set the blend mode of the drops layer (Layer 2) to Soft Light or Overlay. And adjust the opacity as you want. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Step 11: Adjustment-Curves <ul><li>After experimenting with the opacity and blend mode of the top layer you can adjust the tonality of the underlying background layer to suit the blend. </li></ul><ul><li>Select the background layer and select a Curves adjustment from the Adjustments panel. </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the contrast of the underlying layer by creating an S-curve </li></ul>
  13. 13. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, you get your finished product

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