Tutorial Tuesday: dancing in Times Square

I have been asked how I did the photo Dance While I don’t have a tutorial just for that one I will show how I did the next in the series.

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First i opened the main image in Photoshop

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Then I opened it in Portraiture 2 to adjust skin tones and lighten the image

Once it was adjusted I opened it in Fluid mask If you don’t have fluid mask it can be done with a layer mask and brush in photoshop( I will have a tutorial on this later) but I was asked how I did it. Also it would have been easier if it was against a lighter background but as you can see it blends easier into the dark photo selected for the background. Also it is virtually impossible to do this with a mouse. I use a Wacom tablet

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Once it was open in Fluid mask the fun begins, especially around the hair This is the first auto generated cut out

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and if you zoom in you can see the work needed to finish

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Once all the tools have been used to refine the mask it is time to send it back to photoshop. as you can see there is much to work on

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By zooming in, using the eraser tool and the clone tool set to darken mode( why darken, because the it will only effect pixels lighter than the target ie. the holes in the photo)

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you slowly go around the image re-building the edges

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Using the eraser on little black bits

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Once you have finished the image it is time to insert it into the chosen background

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I have dragged the background photo onto our main image then moved it under the masked layer

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and there you have it take the blur tool at around 50% opacity and blend the edge of the dancer into the background, adjust the lighting in levels, flatten and you have it

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One Response to “Tutorial Tuesday: dancing in Times Square”

  1. The knowledge, patience, time , expertise, software, needed to create the finished product is worth way more than $100. Even knowing how you did this, I can not believe she is not on a street in New York.

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