How to Make a Dreamy Composite in Photoshop | Adobe Creative Cloud

Transform images and add them to a composite using your iPad. Featured artist: Vanessa Rivera. Check out more of her work here:

Start from scratch, or download practice files [] for a head start. Steps below.

Prep your files:

1. Save the Photoshop document to Creative Cloud Files or your preferred cloud service that you can access from your iPad.
2. Open Adobe Photoshop on your iPad and choose Import and open to open the PSD file.

Transform an image:

1. Tap the image icon and select Files to import the fish photo.
2. Select the Flip Horizontal icon then drag the fish to the lower left corner.
3. With the fish still selected, use the transform options to rotate, scale, and position the fish. Press Done.

Blend the image with the scene:

1. With the fish layer is selected, tap the Layer Properties icon.
2. Choose Add Clipped Adjustment, then Hue/Saturation.
3. Decrease Saturation to make the colors of the fish more subdued. We liked -65 for this effect.

NOTE: The Hue/Saturation adjustment layer created a mask over the fish layer.

Add light:

1. Tap and hold the Brush tool to select the Soft Round brush.
2. Adjust the brush size, hardness, and opacity, and set the color to black.
3. Brush along the nose, eye, and orange spots on the adjustment layer to hide those parts of the mask to reveal areas of the original fish layer below it.

That’s it!

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