iv. Basic Compositing | Blending, Layer Masks, Layer Styles and Smart Objects


-What is blending? Why do we use it in compositing?

Layer Masks:

-What is a layer mask? Why use layer masks?

-Switching between foreground/background: what it means

-Using gradients to fade in or out

-Copying layer masks, selecting inside or outside layer masks, using quick mask


-Altering the color / saturation / tone of an image using shift+command+u and blend modes (like changing the saturation of a person, or the color of a tree's foliage)

-Desaturation shortcut

-Blend modes: a look at the most used modes and what they are useful for:

  • Multiply
  • Screen
  • Darken
  • Lighten
  • Overlay
  • Soft Light
  • Hard Light

-Brush / Eraser: your new best friend

-Note that many photoshop tools can take on whatever shapes you have in your brush library (clone, erase, brush, etc.)

-Using content aware fill

-Using the clone / heal method

Layer Styles:

-How to access layer styles; run through the most useful styles depending on use

-Using color overlay

-Copying/pasting layer styles

Smart Objects:

-What are they? When are they useful? How do we use them?


-Create trees, people, cars, or cafe furniture with shadows for a site plan

-Take a tree asset and alter its light source/shading using multiple layers and blend modes

-Create a person lit from one side with a shadow; use blur and layer masks with gradient.

-Add trees and at least one person to the scene created in previous lesson; create shadow and foliage blur.