Compositing in Photoshop From Start to Finish
Start compositing in Photoshop and watch your wildest image ideas come to life alongside digital artist Bret Malley. Begin by learning how to use the Quick Selection, Magic Wand and Refine Edge tools for accurate, clear composites. Then, gain complete creative control over your images by working with masks and adjustment layers as you clip your curves, color and saturation edits. Move on to uniting your images with cohesive global adjustments such as dodging, burning and vignettes. Once you can edit composite images, get Bret's tips for setting up a photo shoot that will make compositing so much simpler. Finally, learn how to combine your new skills by working on a fun, surreal composite project.
Bret Malley is an award-winning digital artist with experience in documentary filmmaking, 3-D photography and music composition. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches photography, design and Photoshop to all levels of university students. To share his knowledge of digital arts, he wrote the book "Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Photoshop."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, Bret Malley, and begin your journey to seamless composites. First, you'll master selections by learning how and when to use your tools, from Quick Selection to Magic Wand and more. Then, fine-tune your selections with the Refine Edge tool.
Once you know the secrets to perfect selections, you're ready to unlock the true power of Photoshop masks. You'll learn to create and paint in masks to reveal exactly what you want, and nothing you don't. Then, use the same principles to retouch images non-destructively.
The next step to creating seamless composites is learning to work with adjustment layers. By clipping your curves, color, hue and saturation adjustments to specific layers, you'll gain complete creative control over each element of your image and make them fit together flawlessly.
A critical part of creating realistic composites is making finishing adjustments. In this lesson, Bret will explain how to use these adjustments, from dodging and burning to vignettes and color, to unite your images and take them to the next level.
It's time to take everything you've learned and set yourself up for a successful shoot. First, Bret will walk you through creating a simple game plan. You'll see how consistent lighting and point of view can save you hours in editing, and even get tips for working with models.
In the final lesson, you'll work alongside Bret to unite all the pieces of a fun and surreal composite project. Learn how to fine-tune selections, alter lighting and make finishing adjustments. Then, try making your own; all the files you need are in your class materials.