Trying to figure out how to combine wedding photo with music image

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by leahp26, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. leahp26

    leahp26

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    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    So - I second shot (actually third shot) at a wedding yesterday. I am going through the pictures and wanted to try to put one of them on top of the music from their first dance. But it just looks blah.

    I have PS CS 3 if anyone has any suggestions as to how I can make them look more "together"

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    Ran an "old photo" filter from Nik Efex here:

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    The music isn't great quality - I used a free profile but will purchase the official download if I can make this work.

    Any thoughts? Is this too cheesy???
     
  2. What about softening the edges of the wedding pic? If you can post each separately, I can play with it and show you what I mean.
     
  3. leahp26

    leahp26

    926
    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Thank you Sandi!

    Up until now I have mostly used PS for improving my images - haven't really tried any creative stuff.

    Thank you for your offer - if you can tell me how/what you do that would be really helpful

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  4. artona

    artona

    108
    Jul 9, 2008
    UK
    Hi Leah

    Is this the sort of thing you are looking for

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    stew
     
  5. leahp26

    leahp26

    926
    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Hi Stew

    I guess I'm not really sure what I'm looking for! I want to somehoe have their first dance photo combined with the music without looking like I just layered one on top of the other (which is what I did!)

    Your image is v interesting - would you mind sharing how you did it?

    Put the music on top of the people and reduce the opacity? Or some sort of mask?

    THANK YOU!
     
  6. artona

    artona

    108
    Jul 9, 2008
    UK
    HI Leah

    It is just layering, sorry. Open up the two photographs, drag the music sheet over the dance pic. Under edit you will see free transform, use this to make the music sheet the right size.

    Then in the layers pallet make sure the music sheet is selected and drag the opacity down so you can see the couple. The select the eraser in the tool bar and start to erase over the couple. When you then take the opacity back upto 100% you will see your photograph forming

    stew
     
  7. leahp26

    leahp26

    926
    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Thank you Stew - great instructions - I will play around some more
     
  8. This is a very quick edit, I think I opaqued their heads a bit too much but it gives you an idea. One thing I did do is extend the first music bar to the far left to balance it all out. I'm sure some sheet music experts might scream, but we're creating a picture here! LOL

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    Get the eraser brush, large and set to a medium opacity. Remove the hard edges around the picture. Then, turn it to less opacity, ie 10%, I dabbed over the people in the background to lessen their impact. If you have any further questions, just holler.
     
  9. leahp26

    leahp26

    926
    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Thank you Sandi - great example and instructions

    Just one question - how did you extend the music bar? - you're totally right that it looks better - it looked kind of "off" on my version

    Thanks for your help!
     
  10. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool, select the whole bar, and then use the grab handles to drag it over to the left.
     
  11. leahp26

    leahp26

    926
    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Perfect - thank you