Learn creative compositing techniques for combining images in Photoshop.
What you'll need
Learn techniques for adding images to a composite, blending images together using layer masks, and changing the shape of an image by transforming a smart object.
Add a central element
Add a central element to your composite using a layer mask with selections and the Brush tool.
Add dreamlike elements to the composite
Add some clouds to the composite for a surreal effect, and paint on a layer mask to shape the clouds. Then learn how to use the Blend If sliders to blend a photo of a sailboat into the scene.
Add depth to the scene
Increase perspective in the scene with additional layers that suggest foreground and background elements. Paint on a layer mask to interlace clouds with other objects. Then use a layer Blend Mode to knock out a white background on a layer.
Add color to the image
Color is an important element in composite. Learn techniques for using fill layers, layer Blending Modes, and clipping masks to control color. Finally, polish your fantasy composite by adjusting lighting and contrast with Curves.