Composite image masking and channel techniques

This was a task to place two very different images together one on top of the other to make them appear as if they belonged together.

This was done using the magic box of tricks in photoshop. Using the mask tool you can hide parts of a layer of an image, delete the finer details, tidy up the edges and after adjusting the brightness and contrast the final image appears as if it was always meant to appear this way; and the really cool thing is that anything you do with a layer mask is not permanent so you can be as flexible as you like.

I struggled with this technique initially but the more I practiced trying to work the mask I finally managed to layer my caution sign on the brick wall.

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The next step in this process was to place this indian head dress on  a motorway. This required more patience and technique because of the finer details of the head dress e.g. the feathers and attachments. Managed to do this quite well in the end because of the previous practice with the caution sign. The imagination does run wild at the possibilities of using these techniques on different images and backgrounds.

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