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Assemble an ECLIPSE SEQUENCE in PHOTOSHOP | Compositing 2017 solar eclipse + lunar eclipses

September 4, 2019

Hey, Cafe Crew, it’s Colin Smith here from
Photoshop Cafe. And today, I am going to show you how to create
a sequence from an eclipse. So the same technic works for a solar eclipse
and it also works for a lunar eclipse. I’ve just got back from Casper, Wyoming
where I got to shoot the full solar eclipse. Now, this was a life changing experience. It was incredible like you just kind of imagine
it like you are sitting there, it is daylight although the light looks kind of little ere,
a little different and then, all of a sudden it is like, someone takes a dimmer switch
and it just goes like that. And just in a few seconds, it just fades into
darkness. Then you look up at the sky and you just see
the sun up there, just black, this black circle with this glow just around it, just blazing,
it is an incredible sight and I am going to take you guys behind the scenes on that entire
journey on another video. I am going to have that edited in the next
day or two and I am going to put it up. Check it out! So until then, let’s jump in and look at
processing these images right now and creating a sequence from the time lapse of the entire
eclipse from the beginning. And if you want to see some of my photos,
just check them out on Instagram at Photoshop Cafe. So anyway, here are some of the photos that
I have taken. Actually I took a lot more than this but I
have just kind of isolated them down to this so that I can kind of show you the steps without
of that being overwhelming. So, I am starting in light room, you could
start a bridge if you want and what you are going to do, is just essentially find the
best photo that each part of the phase as we can see here. Coming into the eclipse and then going out. I want you to take all the photos, hit Ctrl
+ A, to select them all. And then what we are going to do is, we are
going to right click here and we are going to choose edit and Photoshop and then we are
going to get down to ‘Open As Layers’ in Photoshop. Alright so, this is what you want to do, so
you are just going to click this and then what it is going to do is it is going to go
to Photoshop and it is going to load all these into layers. Alright, and then once you have everything
in here, you are going to notice that we are going to have everything stacked up in layers
here. Now if we click through here, we can see each
one of the phases in there. Alright, so I am going to show you couple
of tricks that’s going to make this so easy. All we need to do is click at the top and
go to the bottom and what I have done there is I just held down Shift and then now it
is selected all layers. Now all we are going to do is change the blend
mode to lighten and once we hit lighten, look at that, we can see all of our suns right
there. Okay, so one of the things we are going to
find here is that probably do not have enough space. So I am going to zoom out here. Alright, so let’s crop this and we can actually
do it with the crop tool here. Just make sure, you hit clear, get rid of
any presets and then just hit the Alt or the Option key and then we are going to drag from
the middle and we can widen that out and if you want to make it a little taller, you can
also do that. So, just hit enter and what we can do is,
yes we can actually crop-out image a lot larger. So we need to put some kind of a background,
so we are just going to create a background and make sure it goes on the bottom. So we just click new layer and then we have
got that background. And we want to fill it up with black. So hit the D key, that resets the foreground
and the background to black and white. Now to fill this with black which is now the
foreground on Mac. Grab the option key on Windows, grab the Alt
key and hit Delete and now we are going to fill it with black and we have got all our
objects on there. And then what we want to do is we want to
kind of organize the left from the right. So the way to do this is to click the top
layer and then we can see this totality. And we are going to make sure we set that
as the center. Well how do you find the center, well, it
is quite easy. You grab that and hit Ctrl + T.
See that is the background layer and now we see those little grids. So if we hit Ctrl + R for rulers then we just
click and drag out and then we click to drag out there and then just hit the Escape key. What we have done is that we have now found
the center of the document. Okay, so let’s put Totality right into the
center and I am just going to nudge up with my Arrow keys. Perfect! Okay, so now we are going to hide it and we
are going to start on the top. Okay, where are we, okay, we have got an image
there. Then we grab the next one. Okay, we are going to put that one on the
other side. Let’s just kind of find wherever things
are going. Okay, so those are all on the left side, so
I am going to hit Ctrl + G to group them and just double check, yup, everything on that
side is there. So we are going to call this one ‘Left’. And let’s grab the ones that are on the
other side, Ctrl + G and we are going to call that ‘Right’. And let’s have a look. Okay, yup, all the images are on the left
and all the images on the right. So what we want to do is just make sure we
have got these organized just in order of how they appear to make life a little bit
easier. Alright, so we have got the left and the right
and on Totality. Now, I see a little bit of white around there. So we can fix that, I am just going to select
and hit Ctrl + L for levels and if I just grab the shadow a little bit, see that, bam! That cleans that up. Alright, so what we want to do is we nicely
want to arrange these and we want to space them on the edges. So how many have we got, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
and 1, 2, 3, 4. 5. 6. So two sixes are twelve and this one makes
13. So we have got 13 spaces that we want to set
up. Okay, this is the quick and easy way to do
it. We get on to the view menu and we go down
here and we go to ‘New Guide’, and what we are going to do is, we are going to create
‘New Guide Layout’. We want 13 columns and that’s set up and
how much space do we want in between them, we want to, the gutter right now is 20. Let me drag that out a little bit more and
we want to get it pretty close to the width of one of our suns. So what I am doing is I am just looking here,
just kind of messing the gutter, so that we get a pretty close and now, we are just going
to click Okay. So what we have done now is that we have created
guides that we can use for our Totality. So I am just going to click on here and I
am going to get to the very top and I am going to click on here and I am going to go to the
bottom. So what we have done is we have just created
spaces. Now if you wanted these to be further apart
or closer, you have to just change the gutter size. So let’s start on the right side and I am
going to click on the very top and the first one I get is right there. Alright, so there we go, so make sure on the left hand side,
you have got these aligned with the bottom and on the right hand side, make sure that
these are aligned at the top. And so the eclipse went from the top left,
all the way down to the bottom right, so this is literally seeing there’s the moon travelling
across to Totality, it keeps moving left and down and so there we go. So the last thing we need to do is just go
under the view here and choose to ‘Clear Guides’ and it gets rid of them. Now, if you wanted you could have added a
couple more columns or you can actually just re-crop this to fit now. So let’s go down here, maybe want to re-crop
this a little bit because we have got some stuff on the edges. So hit the Alt key or the option as we pull
out, that will give us the same amount of space on both ends. Hit enter to nicely finish this off. And make sure you fill that with black. And there we go! We have created our eclipse sequence. So you can see using these different techniques
that really saves a lot of time. So, I hope you have enjoyed this video. Don’t forget to check out my other video
which might be up now if not, it will be up in a day or two of the behind the scenes journey
up to Casper, Wyoming to shoot the solar eclipse. We would join with the Cannon Team, Russel
Brown, we have got a good little group of us of about 15 of us, had this exciting adventure. So I would love you guys to check it out and
see how we shot all of these. So anyway, if you liked this video and you
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  • Reply Warhorse26 August 24, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    you didn't explain how to remove the haze around the images to get a crisp sun

  • Reply Graciela Pierre August 25, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Great tutorial!!!

  • Reply William Maxey August 25, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for the video!
    We were West of you in Rigby Idaho.  Crystal clear beautiful skies.  Our son was South of Omaha and had heavy overcast that clear just as Totality started.
    Canon 7D Mark II with a Sigma 150-600mm (C) at 600mm and a 6D Mark II with a Canon 16-35mm f4 at 24mm.  
    I used silver Mylar filters and will have to edit to get yellow/orange suns.

  • Reply Joshua Brown August 25, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Awesome video. I had figured out some of these tricks myself but this will help my spacing so much. Working on my sequence from viewing the eclipse in Concordia,MO. I'm a subscriber now!

  • Reply Cristina Candy August 25, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Great vid. We covered the eclipse in Hopkinsville KY and I can't wait to put together our own sequence using your tutorial. Will let you know how that works out.

  • Reply Tyler Thies August 25, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Great video Colin!!

  • Reply Rod Shelley August 25, 2017 at 4:48 am

    My house sits about 3 blocks into the path of totality (Kansas City), so we got about 20 seconds. I didn't have the gear to get photos of the actual eclipse, but I had my Mavic up about 170 feet to catch the darkness coming across the landscape. It turned out pretty good, and the whole experience was great!

    Love the tutorial – I can think of lots of ways to use it.

  • Reply suruha2306 August 25, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Awesome! You did a wonderful job with this AND on all the shots you took! Thank you!

  • Reply Sandram Pillay August 25, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for the excellent presentation. Will be trying it out.

  • Reply Rick Henry August 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for this video. I am a Photoshop newbie and I have been driving myself crazy trying to get my eclipse photos aligned. Do you have any suggesting (or other videos) for cleaning up the image borders that are not 100% black. (you can see the lines of the different images in several of your photos and several of my own)

  • Reply William Julian August 30, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Great video. I was trying to figure this out on my own for hours then broke down and googled it and found your video. Bam, now done.

  • Reply Dolores Lowe August 30, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Really excellent tutorial! Thank you so much

  • Reply C. Renée Martin September 3, 2017 at 3:08 am

    thank you so much! this was so what i needed to pull all my images together. Very well demonstrated and easy to follow.

  • Reply nolan zadra September 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Great tutorial but I cannot get by an initial problem. I only have used Lightroom sparingly so no matter what I do when selecting a number of files to drop into PS6, it selects all my eclipse photos, not the 10 or 15 that I want to import as layers into photoshop. I can select the specific ones by holding the control button but then when I right click, it again selects the 100+ photos in the file. If I hit Control – A, same result. Any suggestions as to what I am missing or doing wrong?

  • Reply nolan zadra September 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    OK – somehow trying it with just Control again and right clicking without Alt or A, it worked, Now the problems I am having is having made the back ground black, my actual images are in a lighter gray black color. SO how do I make the filled background and my actual image background all the same color?

  • Reply Tyler Donati February 5, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Thanks! I learned some good tips and shortcuts from this tutorial.

  • Reply carlos gomez January 21, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks you very much for the video!, with the help of this Great tutorial!!! i made my sequence of the moon eclipse of Jan 2019.
    thank you a lot Colin.

  • Reply Sainath B January 22, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Thank you. This video helped to merge last nights Lunar eclipse photos..

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