How to make a composite image in Lightroom & Photoshop

How to make a composite image in Lightroom & Photoshop

You can convey any complex idea or message with image quickly and clearly. But, making the best message does not take much time. In making such an informative and creative image, graphic designers collect a few single images and arrange them layer by layer to make a new creative picture.

Photoshop is a great tool for high-quality photo compositing, and Lightroom is also helpful in optimizing photos in a quicker way. It is a pretty complex process, but if you try properly, you can also produce quality photos.

To help you create a composite image by using Photoshop and Lightroom, we are sharing one of our experiments and its results. We are going to show you the whole making process step by step so that you can do it yourself.

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Collect Required Images

So, what you have to do first is to collect images that are appropriate for your project. It means you have to have a plan about what you want to create before starting to composite an image and then choose & collect the related images that go with your concept. Here, we are gonna show you our concept and selected images.

We have developed a concept to composite some images together to produce a lovely wedding image where the loving couple will show their love to one another on an excellent moonlit & starlit black night in touch with nature.

To create a composite image what images we have gathered under this plan are placed below:

Collect Required Images

pine tree

Process of image compositing in Photoshop & Lightroom

Photoshop and Lightroom are the two grand software that need to composite images. Photoshop, in such an intention, is used for compositing several photos together and the Lightroom is for color correction in relation to light. Working with these two tools is complex and you should have suitable skills & experience in using them to combine images. However, below we have shown step by step method of this work. Let’s head over.

1. First of all the steps of compositing images into one, we open the starry sky image in Lightroom.

 image compositing

2. To enhance the image quality, we increase the Exposure and Contrast level. We change Highlights, shadows, whites, etc. to make the background image brighter and the stars more glowing.

image compositing scenery

image compositing

3. Then, we open the image in Photoshop. We place it in the background. Anyway, during this whole working process, you have to move several times from Photoshop to Lightroom or vice versa.

4. We select the Magic Wand Tool and click on the hill shape black area. You can also select the area by Pen tool. We copy the area by pressing Ctrl+C, take a new Layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N, and press Ctrl+V to paste it. On the way, you will get a new layer with a hill track and you will be capable of placing anything behind the hill area.

Process of image compositing of CPI

Process of image compositing Layer 1

5. Next, we take the photo of a big moon in another layer and place it behind the hill track layer or set it on the background layer. See the image below. Then, we add a little bit of outer glow around the moon.

Moon Picture

Process of moon image compositing

6. In this stage, we open the image of a wedding couple and create a path using Pen tool to extract only the couple’s photo. We press Ctrl+Enter to make the path selection and copy the image by pressing Ctrl+C.

Process of couple image compositing

7. Now, we take a new layer and paste the image. See the photo below to understand the process.

couple image compositing

8. After that, we selected a tree to place beside the moon to bring a natural setting.

couple image compositing

9. We also set a barking fox on the right side. We take it from another image extract it like the couple’s picture and place it on the hill track. Look at the image.

couple image compositing

10. Finally, we got the image of what we planned at the beginning. We saved the image in JPEG format and opened it again in Lightroom for further retouching for color correction. Here, we have attached a demo for your understanding.

 image compositing

By the way, finally, we again went to Photoshop and attached a romantic quote. The image below is the final image that we have got after a little bit more retouching in Photoshop and Lightroom.

We have set glowing effects around the moon and thicken the black color on the moon. You should work on your image also according to the demand of your project.

final composite

This is all about the process of photo compositing in Photoshop and Lightroom. To create this image, the mentioned steps we have followed, but when you try DIY, the process may not be the same. Based on your concept, the steps of compositing images may differ.

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Your project may need some more primary images and works regarding retouching and color correction. But, what we have shown here in this tutorial is the basics. It is not a rocket-science; if you try cordially, you can create something new.