Samurai: Full Length Composite using Photoshop

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: December 13, 2010

Category: General

Hi All.
Following on from Friday’s Samurai ‘Walk Through’ post, here’s one final edited image from the shoot…

As you can see from the images below this is a composite, with the original shot of Mike being taken against a grey seamless and this is one of the full length shots I mentioned about in which I had to pay particular attention to the shadows cast for the final composite image to work.

With the new Refine Edge command in Photoshop Cs5 the time and effort it takes to extract parts of one picture to place into another to create a composite has been made considerably simpler and quicker. However when it comes to making the composite believable by including the original shadows cast in the studio shot is where an understanding of Blend Modes and how they react to different layers is essential.

Later this week I’m going to be recording a short video tutorial to show how to use blend modes to include shadows in your composite images and I’ll be sure to post it here on the blog and on my YouTube page as soon as it’s put together, so be sure to check back for that soon.

In the meant time, as always any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. DaveT

    Spot on Glyn – the devil is in the detail, and that is what professionalism is about.

    Looking forward to seeing the video.


    • Glyn

      @DaveT…Absolutely mate and that’s where slowing down is so important.


  2. Claudio von grubens

    hi glyn!

    simply a great job! did you had all the ‘ancientish’ style in your head after the first talking to mike? a bit of grain and these shots may also be taken thousands of years ago!

    i really like this project!


    • Glyn

      @Claudio…Thanks again for the kind words. With this project i went into it knowing what it was I wanted to get at the end so I researched the backgrounds etc and then in the studio put the lighting sets together that would match in.

      Thanks again,



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