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BJBauer

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how do I combine multiple images in PS
« on: September 30, 2007, 03:29:25 PM »

 Hello. I'm sure this is simple but I'm not sure how to do it. I want to combine several images of a moving object into one image. Camera set on a tripod so everything is static except for the moving subject. lens, exposure etc. the same for all shots. I'm using Photoshop CS.
Thanks in advance.
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how do I combine multiple images in PS
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2007, 08:39:29 AM »

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Hello. I'm sure this is simple but I'm not sure how to do it. I want to combine several images of a moving object into one image. Camera set on a tripod so everything is static except for the moving subject. lens, exposure etc. the same for all shots. I'm using Photoshop CS.
Thanks in advance.
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The complexity of your background will determine the steps involved.  Here are a couple of links to tutorials, from very basic, to somewhat complex.  The idea is to use layers for each image, so that you can move them around independently.

A very basic, easy to follow tutorial:
[a href=\"http://www.lehigh.edu/~inimr/photoshop_7/photo6_fruit.html]http://www.lehigh.edu/~inimr/photoshop_7/photo6_fruit.html[/url]

A more sophisticated "polished" method:
http://www.arraich.com/ps6_tips_combine1.htm
(Written for Photoshop 6, but will still apply.)

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how do I combine multiple images in PS
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2007, 03:55:25 PM »

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Hello. I'm sure this is simple but I'm not sure how to do it. I want to combine several images of a moving object into one image. Camera set on a tripod so everything is static except for the moving subject. lens, exposure etc. the same for all shots. I'm using Photoshop CS.
Thanks in advance.
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I suguest shooting RAW. Once you capture all your images adjust files so they have same tone/WB/contrast/Sat. etc.

Open your favorites. Pick one image to drag all your other images onto. Make sure all files line (use opacity to check but the should just snap in place).

Start erasing each image with a soft brush. You're eliminating the space that blocks the moving object in the underlying layer. The bottom layer should remain fully intact (not erased).

Save the layered file as a PSD/TIFF. Flatten file and add sharpening and any other adjustments/filters--save finished as a separate file.
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