Photography Techniques | Flash Composite - Part 2

February 18, 2013  •  1 Comment

Here is part 2 of the Flash Composite where I'll show you how to join the images in Photoshop from the first part of the tutorial. We'll start by opening Photoshop and bringing your base image. This is the image you took that doesn't have the light stand or assistant in the shot.

We'll then bring in the image with the subject lit up.

If you're using Photoshop CS5 or later, the image will be brought in as a smart object, indicated by the symbol below.

Before we continue, we need to rasterize this layer by right-clicking on it and selecting Rasterize Layer. Now that the layer is rasterized, we can get Photoshop to align both layers perfectly. To do this, select one layer, then press and hold ctrl or cmd on a Mac and then click on the second layer. 

Now select Edit from the top menu and select Auto-align layers. In the dialog that comes up, leave the setting on Auto and click OK.

Now both images should be perfectly aligned or pretty close to it. As you can see, the alignment process might cut off parts of the edges, but we'll take care of that  later with some cropping.

We're now in the home stretch. We now have to click on the top layer that that only that layer is selected and then click on the clippint mask icon to create a mask.

Now that we have a mask created, all we need to do is select the brush tool by pressing B on the keyboard and then make sure black is your foreground color as below

Now just paint over the area where your light-stand or assistant is to basically erase them out of the picture.

That's basically it, just crop the image now and you are done.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful for everyone. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll help you out.


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Alex(non-registered)
Thanks heaps this explains it perfectly!!! I have been searching for ages on how to create this effect!
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