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Up Your Compositing Skills by Learning How to Realistically Blend Your Subject Into the Background

There's a lot more to compositing than just getting a perfect cutout. Here are some golden tips by Unmesh Dinda of Piximperfect on how to get a seamless blend.

When first getting started with compositing it's easy to overlook some slight exposure or color differences because, at first, getting the selection spot on takes a lot of practice and trial and error of different techniques. When one wants to progress and bring their A-game to compositing, however, one has to learn how look a bit deeper to really make the image believable. In this video, Dinda does a great job at explaining how to get around some of the trickier problems.

Starting with getting a good selection using various techniques, he then moves through exposure and color matching to get a basic but fairly accurate blend. He then takes it further by adding some blurring effects which makes his subject stand out a bit more but make sure to add the effect to some of the subject to take away the distracting sharp edges. To bring it all together he adds a Gradient Map layer to tie everything in together, and to finish it off, he adds some contrast and a vignette. The last piece of advice is very useful and should be applied to any post-precessing work: take a break. Taking a break, and coming back to the image after 10-15 minutes helps one to look at it with fresh eyes so it's easier to notice any discrepancies.

Have any of our readers got some tips on compositing? Is there anything you would have done differently? 

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Mike O'Leary's pictureMike is a landscape and commercial photographer from, Co. Kerry, Ireland. In his photographic work, Mike tries to avoid conveying his sense of existential dread, while at the same time writing about his sense of existential dread. The last time he was in New York he was mugged, and he insists on telling that to every person he meets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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