Match lighting between images to create realistic composites in Adobe Photoshop


posted Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST


Creating composite photographs is a very powerful tool, allowing photographers to combine elements from multiple images to create a final, hopefully realistic, image. For example, imagine you have a really nice portrait you captured outdoors, but you don’t like the background. With compositing, you can combine a background from one image with a subject and foreground of a different image. The challenge in a situation like this is matching the overall lighting and color tones of multiple images, perhaps captured at very different times in totally different locations.

Aaron Nace with Phlearn has published a new video tutorial showing how to easily match lighting between images when creating composites. This tutorial requires the use of Adobe Photoshop and will see us using a threshold adjustment layer in combination with a levels adjustment layer. If you’d like to follow along with the same files Nace uses, you can download them here.

(Via Phlearn