Family photo ideas: make a striking family portrait from individual faces in profile

Family photo ideas: make a striking family portrait from individual faces in profile

Family Photo Ideas – step-by-step how to combine your images into one portrait (1-4)

Family Photo Ideas: how to combine your images into one portrait - step 1

01 Set whites and blacks
Open Bridge and go to the ‘family-profiles 01-04’ DNGs (or select your own images). Hold down Cmd/Ctrl and click the thumbnails to highlight them all, then right-click and choose Open in Camera Raw.

In the Basic Panel, use the Whites and Blacks sliders to set white and black points for each. Hold down Alt while dragging to see clipped pixels. We used these settings: 01: Whites +15, Blacks -14. 02: Whites +27, Blacks -15. 03: Whites +28, Blacks -18. 04: Whites +14, Blacks -15.

 

Family Photo Ideas: how to combine your images into one portrait - step 2

02 Order the layers
Click Done, then back in Bridge, make sure the four files are still selected and go to Tools>Photoshop>Load Files into Photoshop Layers.

Once opened, go to Window>Layers and drag the layers around so that they are all in order with the furthest person on the lowest layer and the closest person on the top layer. We’ve reordered our layers here, to run 3, 2, 1, 4.

 

Family Photo Ideas: how to combine your images into one portrait - step 3

03 Blend the layers
Click the eye icons to hide all but the bottom two layers. Highlight the second layer then go to the Blend Mode drop-down menu at the top of the Layers Panel and choose Lighten.

Next, grab the Move tool and make sure Show Transform Controls and Auto-select Layer are checked in the Options bar, then highlight the bottom layer, click the bounding box and drag it to the right.

 

Family Photo Ideas: how to combine your images into one portrait - step 4

04 Position the heads
Use the box to rotate or resize the bottom layer (hold down Shift while resizing) and hit Enter when you’re happy. Next, highlight the layer above and again use the bounding box to position the layer, then hit Enter to apply.

Reveal and highlight the layer above, change the Blend Mode to Lighten and use the Move tool to position and transform the layer, then repeat for the top layer.

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