Unleashed Edit: Enzo's Background Extension

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Don't you hate it when the shot with the best expression of your doggy subject also has the worst framing?

Have you ever been so focused on catching the dog’s attention (so you can get that all-important awesome expression) that you've completely missed the mark on the framing?

The good news is, if you’ve been taking a bunch of photos in close succession with slightly different framing, you can use the technique in this tutorial to save the day, with a little help from one very handy feature of Photoshop.

With an expanded master file to work with, it also gives you the flexibility to crop nicely for various uses - like square for Instagram. Win, win!

Instructor: Charlotte Reeves

Video length: 18 minutes

Software: Lightroom and Photoshop

Skill level: Beginner

What you'll learn

Lightroom

  • What to look for when selecting the best expression of your subject
  • Staying true to the light the image was captured in to create a warm, backlit edit
  • Identifying potential donor images for performing a background extension
  • Syncing edit settings quickly and easily for seamless combining in Photoshop

Photoshop

  • Combining and aligning two images perfectly
  • Using masking to show and hide parts of the donor image
  • Best brush settings for smooth masking and blending of two layers
  • Overview of custom keyboard shortcuts for speeding up your editing
  • How to open up your cropping choices for sharing your image in different ways
  • Using tidy-up tools to remove the evidence when you’ve combined images or edited heavily 

Lightroom

  • Back to Lightroom to explore cropping options for various usages of the image

Unleashed Edit: Enzo's Background Extension

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Your Instructor

Charlotte Reeves

Charlotte is an award-winning Australian pet photographer based in Brisbane. Addicted to creating lightbulb moments for students, Charlotte has been teaching pet photographers since 2013. She relishes simplifying tricky concepts, and helping people achieve their goals by making the learning fun, practical, and positive.

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