Compositing Portraits using Photoshop
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Compositing Portraits using Photoshop

Cut people out, and bring them somewhere new!
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Created by Rob Sigler
Last updated 3/2017
English
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  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • -identify the tools Photoshop provides for selections
  • -choose the proper selection tool for a specific situation
  • -use the Quick Select tool to make complex selections
  • -use the Select and Mask module to refine a mask
  • -use the Select and Mask module to view a selection against a variety of backgrounds
  • -move layers between two Photoshop documents
  • -use the Color Balance adjustment layer to match the color of two different layers
  • -paint in shadows to make a subject look like they are really in a scene
  • -create 'fake' reflections to make a subject reflect off a reflective surface, such as ice
  • -use adjustment layers to adjust the color and contrast of a layer
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Requirements
  • Students who wish to take this course should have a basic understanding of Photoshop. This includes a brief knowledge of layers, layer masks, and brushes. No "selection" knowledge is needed.
Description

Have you ever wanted to "extract" a person from a photo, and place them against a different background?  Have you tried this, only to see results that looked fake?  In this class, I'm going to show you exactly how to cut people out of an image, and move them to a new background.  No selection knowledge is needed.  I'll start at the very beginning.

Now, you're probably asking, why in the world would I would I want to subject myself to this type of tedious work?  Well, let me give you a few reasons:

  1. This process make your images look REALLY COOL!  Your clients will love this look, and will be amazed at how you did this.
  2. This will set you apart from your competition.  With the cost of DSLR camera so low, there are more "professional" photographers than ever!   These techniques will give you the edge you need to stand out.
  3. It's easy and fun!
  4. This technique will allow you to take event portraits in a school gym, a dull room, or a dance studio.  If you have a blank wall to work with, you've got everything you need (except for the camera and a light).
  5. Please re-read number 1.
  6. Your clients will remember you, and you'll be a topic of conversation to anyone who sees your work!

This is a basic compositing course.  You'll need Photoshop, preferably the latest version (Photoshop CC 2017), and a brief knowledge of layers and layer masks.

I love compositing, and I hope you will too after taking this class.  If you have any questions, I'm more than happy to help!

Who is the target audience?
  • This class is for anyone who wishes to learn how to extract a person from a photo, and then place that person against a new background.
  • This class is also for anyone looking to refine their knowledge of selections.
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
01:08:15
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The Gymnast
7 Lectures 22:35

Image Downloads
00:02



Placing the subject and cropping the image
03:12

Blending the new subject and fixing the mask
02:02

Adding text to personalize the photo
05:20
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The Dancer
6 Lectures 26:04
Image Downloads
00:02

Introduction to the Ballerina
00:36

Retouching the dancer and liquifying the tutu
02:48

Extracting the dancer
05:24

Placing the dancer into a new background and adding shadows
06:43

Changing the background, and adding foreground lights
10:31
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The Hockey Player
5 Lectures 19:36
Introduction to the Hockey Player
00:40

Image prep and selection
07:45

Placing the subject into the new background and refining the mask
03:58

Matching the color of the background with the color balance adjustment layer
02:03

Adding reflections on the ice
05:10
About the Instructor
Rob Sigler
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Professional photographer and retoucher

Rob Sigler earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from West Virginia University. Rob has won numerous awards and accolades, including awards from the Wedding Photo Journalist Association (WPJA) and Digital Wedding Forum (Wedding Image of the Year).

Rob’s work has been featured on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition” and has appeared in print around the world (Newsweek Magazine, First Magazine for Women, the Buffalo News, and The Guardian, U.K.)

Rob’s portrait studio photographs hundreds of high school seniors and children each year from the Western New York area.

When a camera is not in his hands, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jamie, and three crazy kids…12-year-old Matthew, and bubbly 5-year-old twins, Sarah and Gracie.