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Chapter 5. Compositing in Photoshop CS >  Creating a Simple Composite

Creating a Simple Composite

Now it’s time to use your selection skills, plus some other techniques we’ll pick up as we go along, to create a simple composite. This section will help you learn not only the Photoshop tools you need to create realistic composites, but also some of the visual considerations. You can follow along using the Soccer Ball and Soccer Kick images from the Course website ( www.courseptr.com/downloads ), or work with a similar photo of your own. The techniques can be applied broadly.

Figure 5.13 shows the original photo we’ll work with. It’s not razor sharp, but it’s not a bad action photo, particularly if you happen to be the parent of one of the players pictured. The chief problem is that the soccer ball is all washed out and excessively blurry, and, unfortunately, merges with a bit of light-colored background showing through the trees behind, making it look like the ball has a knob growing out of the bottom. A simple composite can improve this photo while offering the opportunity to make other changes, as well. Follow these steps to create the transformation.


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