5. Blending the subject into scene

Once the subject is cut out, the next step is to work on blending the different elements together, which is what Viktor does in this class. He uses a number of different tools to colour grade the subject and also shares a number of professional tips and tricks to help match the contrast and tones throughout the image.

Class objectives:

  • Show how to blur selection edges to blend objects into a scene
  • Demonstrate how to match image quality by adding noise
  • Show professional tricks for colour grading objects
  • How to use levels adjustment to match shadows, midtones and highlights
  • How to use curves adjustments to match contrast and tones

While many people focus on cutting out the different elements, knowing how to blend everything together is just as important to ensure a pleasing final result. Here you’ll see Viktor’s method for doing this as he shares some valuable tips. From converting to black and white, to rotating the image, this class provides a number of useful tricks for blending your subject into the scene.

Blending the subject into the scene:
Blending objects together in Photoshop

When blending the subject into the scene, it’s important to consider the subject as a whole as well as look a just particular aspects; as was done with the helmet and face here.

Converting to black and white for depth, contrast and highlight adjustments:
Compositing in Photoshop

Desaturating images can help with matching the depth, contrast and highlights throughout the composite.

For more tips on creating composite images in Photoshop, read our ‘Top tips for compositing‘ article.

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.?

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