Photoshop Lesson: Compositing Images

  1. Choose FILE/New. Size about 1000 x 800 pixels.
    It's best to have a big canvas to work with, and then scale it down later.
  2. Fill the background with a desired color or image.
  3. Make a new layer. Then use the elliptical tool to draw something like the semi-circle shown on both examples below. (See the previous tutorial for steps in doing this.)
  4. Type a few text items on the semi-circle.
  5. Use a search engine to find your first picture. Paste it into your files.

    - If you already have the picture saved, choose FILE/Place Embedded. Then go to the Layers palette and right-click on the layer in order to choose Rasterize Layer.
    - If picture is too large, choose EDIT/Free Transform to change the size.


  6. Using the Lasso tool, draw an irregular shape around the picture.
    TIP: Do not trim too close to the edge of the image in order to avoid boxy appearance.
  7. Choose SELECT/Modify/Feather.
  8. Choose SELECT/Inverse.
  9. Press [DELETE]. It is a good idea to hit [DELETE] again to make the picture blend better.
  10. Choose SELECT/Deselect.
  11. Repeat steps 5 - 10 to add AT LEAST ONE MORE picture to the composition.
  12. Choose one of your words and rotate it like the words "Long Live". Press Ctrl-T to begin the rotation.
  13. Make a semi-transparent shape that is similar to the one on Michael Jackson's picture. I'm just looking for the same kind of complexity and not trying to dictate exactly how you design.
    Here's how to do something like it:
    The text "Michael Jackson..." and the pink rectangle are two separate objects.
    • To make the rectangle, use the Rectangle tool -- with the default Shape Layer option.
    • One way to file with a different color is by pressing ALT-BACKSPACE.
    • From the Layer palette, change the opacity to about 60.
    • Then type the text such as "Michael Jackson...", which appears on a separate layer.
  14. TO SUBMIT: Upload to OAKS folder called: Compositing Design by 8pm Friday.

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