Photoshop Compositing Essential Techniques (Part 1) 9 Videos (19:06m)
  • 01 - Introduction
  • 02 - How to Match Light
  • 03 - How to Match Perspective
  • 04 - How to Mask Your Subject
  • 05 - How to Use Clipping Masks
  • 06 - How to Use Blending Modes
  • 07 - How to Match Luminosity
  • 08 - How to Match Color
  • 09 - How to Use "Check Layers"
Photoshop Compositing Essential Techniques (Part 2) 13 Videos (6:42h)
  • 01 - Intro to Frame Compositing
  • 02 - Importing & Culling in Lightroom
  • 03 - Frame Compositing in Photoshop pt.1
  • 04 - Frame Compositing in Photoshop pt.2
  • 05 - How to Create a Cinemagraph in Photoshop
  • 06 - Intro to Element Compositing
  • 07 - Importing & Organization in Lightroom
  • 08 - Element Compositing in Photoshop pt.1
  • 09 - Element Compositing in Photoshop pt.2
  • 10 - Element Compositing in Photoshop pt.3
  • 11 - Element Compositing in Photoshop pt.4
  • 12 - Exporting in Photoshop & Lightroom
  • 13 - Conclusion
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Photoshop Compositing: Essential Tools & Techniques


Learning how to combine or composite multiple photos together will open a new world of possibilities for any photographer. Whether you are new to compositing or an experienced editor, this tutorial will change the way you create composite images. Follow along with the included RAW Photos and Custom Photoshop Brushes.

What’s Included

23 Sample Images   |   22 Video Tutorials   |   2 Custom Brushes
* This tutorial is part of the Photoshop Compositing Collection

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Frame Compositing

If you are new to compositing, this is the perfect place to begin. Learn to combine multiple photos from the same shoot to create stunning effects.

Combine Any Photos

A photographer has many tools at their disposal, and the more you learn how to use, the more options you have. Creativity can flow freely when you are unrestricted by gear or technique. Learn how to combine multiple types of light sources to create stunning lighting effects.

The Essential Techniques

Photoshop Compositing can be complex, that is why we start this tutorial by breaking down all the essential techniques you need to create a great composite photo. Learn the essentials, then master compositing.

Photography, Lightroom & Photoshop

Go behind the scenes into each photo shoot and learn the details of how these images are captured, then follow the images through the editing process from Lightroom into Photoshop.

Create a Cinemagraph

Give your image the magic of movement by turning it into a Cinemagraph. Learn how to animate a still photo and save it as a Cinemagraph so it displays perfectly on the web.

Learn Perfect Masking

In order to place your subject into a new background, first you have mask or cut them out of their original photo. Depending on your subject, this can be simple or complex. Learn the tools you need to create a perfect mask every time.

Element Compositing

Flex those creative muscles, it’s time to learn element compositing. Combine photos taken around the globe to bring your concepts to life.

The PHLEARN Compositing Workflow

When creating a complex composite photo, how do you know what should be done first and how do you stay organized? Learn the workflow we have developed over years of compositing.

Photoshop Composting Essential Techniques


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    A great tutorial and it was easy to follow along for me. But I guess sometimes, for users that don’t have a lot of experience, it might be not so easy.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I don’t have Lightroom installed on my computer. When I downloaded the files there were no sample images included. I am really interested in compositing and hope you guys do a revised version without the use of Lightroom.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I tried to follow this tutorial and it worked fine until the soldier part, I could follow up to level adjustment 2 for the soldier, then I could not keep up anymore. It was to many layers to remember where to darken and where to lighten, shadows and no shadows. I know that you should not copy a work but to learn I want to learn how I should think when I make own compositings. But this seems to be tough to learn.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I tried this on a own composite and in the trashhold everything looked OK, but when I looked at the image in color there where no contrast at all. I can’t find where I did go wrong.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Generally a really good tutorial, very knowledgeable and well thought out. I have one nitpick however, he goes way to fast through some fairly complex areas, and does not fully explain why/what he’s doing. Specifically when he’s matching lighting. There is a lot of “this is too dark, that’s too light” and it’s tough to look back and forth between his video and my screen. Otherwise it’s a great tutorial, highly recommended.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Awesome as usually. Learned many new things to apply to mine. Love the check points as well

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sensational tutorial, easy to follow along for any skill level. Aaron is an epic teacher, really understands the intricacies of creating art. Thank you for sharing this with us. Alldaron

    PHLEARN Staff
    Thank you!
  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Very good, overall tutorial ! Suggestions: As is, it’s difficult to refer back to these for a particular technique. A short outline with embedded links, i.e. Apply image for color matching 12:34, would make these more useful later, rather than for one viewing. Thanks

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just finished watching this tutorial it was well worth the time, I have been playing around with composites for about three years and learned a lot from this tutorial. I probably watched an hour or two over a couple of weeks. You can down load the exact same images as used in the tutorial, I just used some images of mine. You can learn a lot from the free Phlearn and other free tutorials, but if you want to take your work the the next level this tutorial is well worth the time and money.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Good one! Like the thoughts about how to blend the arctic soldier’s edges with the background. The “edge glow” Aron talks about is called fresnel (“frey-nel”). Here’s a good read on the subject from the 3D rendering world: Thanks for a great tutorial n Compositing.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    I wasn’t sure if i wanted to do this one, since i’ve already completed “Island of Morel” and “A dark force”, but i can say it was totally worth it. Especially the Arctic Soldier taught me a lot. Thanks you Phlearn!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I finished it and my photos look just like his. And that is really awesome! So stoked! Especially going through all of the check layer/threshold stuff. He is great at explaining what light does, and how to use threshold to make sure the light levels go through your image realistically. It is so nice to go through a tutorial and have everything turn out great, without getting stuck and having to give up.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    very useful tut. thank you phlearn

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    From where do you learn all these tricks??

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great stuff. Good job as always!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Updated and very useful compositing tutorial. The new bag of tricks as Threshold and Hue layers for checking luminosity levels and colors in composites made me aware of mistakes I really didn´t locate exactly in my previous work. Thanks Aaron for this top grade tutorial!!!


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