In Part One of this Photoshop Workbench series, we discussed how to approach a composite and how to gather assets. In Part Two, we’re going to build the composite… complete with a “no-mask” blend mode technique, a method for adding warm glowing lights, a non-destructive dodging and burning trick, and a few finishing touches with Nik Color Efex Pro. The resulting surreal and melancholy scene will be part photo, part texture, and part drawing. As you work on your own composites, please keep in mind that in order to craft a composite that really speaks to you, be prepared to go through multiple iterations and a long and wonderful creative process.
Notes: The following resources are mentioned or used in this tutorial…
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