How to make a composite image in Photoshop Elements: steps 13-18
13 Another quick crop
As you’ve moved the top layer’s stump to the left, you’ll need to hide the edge of the frame at the right to lose the hint of blurred Background layer. Use the Crop tool to crop out the shot’s blurred right edge and the distant turret. You now have a composite shot with sharp foreground and background details.
14 Merge layers
Click on Layer 1. Press Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E (or Shift+Cmd+Alt+E on a Mac). This performs a Stamp Visible command, creating a flattened version of the composite scene as a new layer (Layer 2). The other layers are still available in case you decide to fine-tune the layer mask at a later date.
15 Select the sky
As we’ve merged our two layers together, we can select and hide the blue sky more easily. Grab the Magic Wand tool. Set Tolerance to 32. Tick Contiguous. Click to select the blue sky on Layer 2. The ‘marching ants’ selection marquee will cling to the edge of the sharply focused cathedral and tree stump.
16 Add the sunset
Choose Layer>Layer Mask>Hide Selection to see a black and white mask. Go to Layers03 _before.jpg. Choose Select All then Edit> Copy. Return to the layered document and choose Edit>Paste. Click the sunset layer’s thumbnail (Layer 3) and drag it below Layer 2. The sunset will now be behind the building.
17 Move the clouds
Take control of the sunset by changing Layer 3’s position. Grab the Move tool. In the Options bar, untick Auto Select Layer and click on Layer 3’s thumbnail to target it. Drag the layer’s contents upwards to reveal more of the vibrant orange clouds from the lower part of the sunset layer.
18 Adjust lighting
Click on the top layer thumbnail. Choose Layer> New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. In the Photo Filter panel, choose Warming Filter (LBA). Increase the Density slider to 44%. This gives the building and tree a warmer colour temperature, which helps make the lighting in all the layers match the sunset.
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