Moonlight Composite


One of the tasks that I’ve set myself to learn is composite work.  Yes, I add textures to images, but I’ve never in Photoshop taken two images and then used different elements from each image to create another.

In this image (Image A), I like the driftwood in the foreground and texture of the sand.

However, in this image (Image B), I like the darkness of the sky and the light on the water.

Now to combine the two images together and add a moon, with texture in the clouds. And for that, I used this image that I found on the internet which was free to use.

Full corn .jpg

Processing Technique

  1. In Lightroom – In opened Figure A and B as layers in Photoshop.
  2. In Photoshop – Once the layers were open I created a new layer and increased the canvas size to 125%.
  3. I dragged Figure B to be above that new layer and then I dragged figure B to be above the New Layer and I then dragged Figure A to be above the New Layer and Figure B.
  4. The transformation was next so using the command Control+T I transformed Figure B so that it completely covered the new layer.  I wasn’t really worried about keeping perspective as I was also going to free transform Figure A.
    After transforming Figure A and B to the perspective I wanted my next task was to remove the sky from Figure A.
  5. Using the quick selection tool and on the Figure A layer I just selected the sky and pressed delete.  And created a layer mask just to tidy up the edges.
  6. Now with the basics of my composite finished, I needed to darken the sand in Figure A.  To achieve this I created a clipping mask to Figure Add and added an exposure adjustment layer.
  7. My next task was to place my moon.   I added the moon as a new layer and selected an opacity and blending layer so I could see the moon and the sand.  I then moved the moon and increased its size, using free transform, until I achieved the size of the moon I wanted.
  8. I then used a layer mask on the moon layer to remove some of its texture in the sand and water..  using a very low opacity and flow soft brush.
  9. When I was satisfied it was time to save the image which was imported back into Lightroom.
  10. Once back into Lightroom I added a couple of graduated filters to the sky and then some radial filters to the moon, water and sand.

I hope you like my first composite.

Have a good day everyone!!

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Written by Bren (Ryan-Photography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Ryan Photography which showcases the places they've visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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