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Compositing for Beginners, Chapter 01 2 Videos (6:52m)
  • 01 - Introduction to Compositing for Beginners
  • 02 - How to Choose Great Photos for Compositing
Compositing for Beginners, Chapter 02 20 Videos (5:15h)
  • 01 - A | WALL ART | How to Choose the Right Images and Smart Transform
  • 02 - B | How to Remove Backgrounds and Create a Shadow
  • 03 - C | How to Match Subject and Background Color Accurately
  • 04 - A | CASTLE ON THE ROCKS | How to Choose Images that Match Perspective and Light Quality
  • 05 - B | How to Remove Backgrounds and Match Light with a Custom Brush
  • 06 - C | How to Match Light Levels and Color
  • 07 - A | MAN IN CITY | How to Choose Images that Match Perspective and Light Quality
  • 08 - B | How to Remove Backgrounds and Edit the New Background
  • 09 - C | How to Match Light Levels and Color
  • 10 - A | MOUNTAIN WALKWAY | How to Choose Images that Match Perspective and Light Quality
  • 11 - B | How to Remove Backgrounds and Cut Out Hair
  • 12 - C | How to Match Light Levels, Color, and Add Details
  • 13 - A | FLOATING HOUSE | How to Choose Images and Extend a Sky with the Brush Tool
  • 14 - B | How to Remove Backgrounds and Recreate Part of a House
  • 15 - C | How to Create the Bottom of a House from Scratch
  • 16 - D | How to Match Light Levels, Color, and Add Details
  • 17 - A | WOMAN IN FOREST | How to Choose Images that Match Perspective and Light Quality
  • 18 - B | How to Remove Backgrounds and Match Light Levels
  • 19 - C | How to Create a Shadow and Cut Out Hair
  • 20 - D | How to Match Color and Add Details
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CREATE STUNNING EFFECTS WIH PHOTOSHOP COMPOSITING

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Intro to Photoshop Compositing for Beginners

Description

From high-end product photography to wild conceptual scenes, many of the pictures we see are actually two or more photos combined in post-production. If you’ve been searching for a great entry point into the fun and challenging world of image compositing, look no further!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to analyze light, perspective, and camera settings to predict how well two photos will merge. Then we’ll take you into Photoshop and break down the compositing process step-by-step, covering tips and techniques for making selections, finding great composition, and unifying light and color.

What’s Included

22 Video Tutorials   |   25 Sample Images

Instructor

Aaron Nace
Aaron Nace is the founder of PHLEARN and has spent the last 8 years teaching the world Photoshop.

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PLACE PEOPLE IN NEW BACKGROUNDS

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What is Compositing?

Image compositing has a very broad and easy-to-understand definition. When you make a composite, you merge two or more photos together to create a seamless final image. This usually involves several steps to ensure that everything looks like it was all captured straight out of camera.

Why Combine Photos in Photoshop?

There are countless reasons that learning to blend photos together can help you both creatively and professionally. Whether you’re working with products, landscapes, weddings, or you just want to create stunning visual effects, the ability to merge two or more photos together will often help you solve a number of creative problems and get the most out of your images.

A Beginner’s Guide

If you’ve ever come up with an idea for a great image but weren’t sure how to capture it in camera, this tutorial can help! Compositing images in Photoshop can help turn your imagination into reality. Whether you plan to merge two images or 200, this is a great place to start.

CREATE REALISTIC FANTASY ENVIRONMENTS

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Easily Blend Multiple Images

Compositing is one of the most challenging skills to master. It requires knowledge of countless tools within Photoshop as well as a strong understanding of how to find and capture images that will blend together well. Starting your compositing journey has never been easier with our simple approach to the basics of combining pictures in Photoshop.

From Beginner to Pro

We start with the basics, but this tutorial is designed to help artists at every level. We teach the fundamentals and expand upon it by adding in powerful tools, tips, and techniques that can take your blending to the next level.

Our Secrets to Realistic Composites

Image compositing starts with finding and capturing the right photos. We start this tutorial by helping you develop the eyes of a compositing artist, teaching you how to analyze pictures in a way that will help you determine how well they will fit together. Learn the fundamentals of light, perspective, camera settings, and more!

LEARN TO MATCH LIGHTING & COLOR

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Match Light

Photos are all about light, which is why being able to identify light quality and direction is so important for creating great composites. Learn the differences between soft light and hard light and how to determine the directionality of light to help make sure your subject fits naturally into an environment.

Match Perspective

In order to make everything appear like it was captured in the same environment from the same camera, you’ll want to make sure that the camera height and angle is similar across each photo. We’ll show you some tricks to help you find the vanishing point and horizon line in each image so that you can quickly and easily line up multiple photos in the same scene.

Match Focal Length & Camera Settings

A wide angle lens will exaggerate space and will stretch things out the closer they are to the camera. A telephoto lens will compress space and will typically result in more natural-looking dimensions. Learn to identify differences in focal length, perspective distortion, and depth of field to make sure all of the photos you’re compositing will fit together beautifully.

MATCH PERSPECTIVE AND ANGLES

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Step-by-Step Tutorials

Like many things in Photoshop, compositing is a process. We’ve created a simple guide to walk you through each step, from determining which photos you should use, to making cut-outs and selections, and tying it all together by adding additional light and color.

Photo Analysis

We don’t just show you how to merge images together, we show you why certain images will work and why certain images won’t. See several examples that demonstrate what happens when the lighting, perspective, and focal length don’t match while we try to find the right photo for the job.

Compositing Tips & Techniques

Compositing has been a staple of PHLEARN education for a long time. Over the years, we’ve developed tried-and-true methods to making the process of blending images as efficient and effective as possible. Once you have mastered the basics, move on to some our favorites like Photoshop Compositing: Essential Tools & Techniques, How to Change and Remove Backgrounds in Photoshop, and The Beginner’s Guide to Levitation.

START LEARNING WITH SIMPLE COMPOSITES

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Light, Color & Check Layers

We can’t always trust our eyes in Photoshop. That’s why we teach you to use tools that will help help interpret things like color and luminosity. Learn to match light levels and color saturation between any number of images faster and easier than ever before!

Family Portraits to Creative Concepts

Compositing isn’t just for ultra-conceptual, sci-fi, and fantasy images. Being able to realistically blend multiple images together will help you solve problems like fixing someone’s blinking eyes in a group photo or placing a bride and groom in front of a more romantic scene. Once you’ve mastered the ideas and techniques in this tutorial, you’ll be ready to put your compositing skills to work in a way that’s best for you and your images.

Simple Examples for Advanced Results

There’s no secret to high-end composites. We use simple examples, each blending two images in Photoshop, that will have you feeling confident enough to start combining a dozen photos in no time.

Reviews

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Having watched several PhLearn compositing tutorials, this one encapsulates all the essential guidance and techniques. I would say it’s the most efficient one in terms of getting the information across in the amount of time. Excellently done, and is the one I would use a reference guide. Not sure about the “for beginners” in the title given the use of masks and blending modes, but hey if there’s a future one for intermediate/advanced users then count me in! Love the inclusion of the Fog Brush, and it would have been nice to include an action similar to the “Bakster Check Group” .. perhaps a short additional bonus segment? Thanks Aaron and team PhLearn for this most excellent tutorial.

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