Learning digital compositing with Photoshop, from A to Z
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Learning digital compositing with Photoshop, from A to Z

How to create professional composting work. Learn all steps and secrets. Create work that sell.
4.7 (36 ratings)
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Created by Vladimir Chopine
Last updated 6/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Develop creative skill to produce professional level digital compositing art. Solid understanding of digital composting techniques and workflow
  • Create commercial level digital compositing.
  • Learn new skill to get new clients and keep existing.
  • basic and advanced principles of digital compositing for commercial production.
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  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop

This course is continually updated, future new projects and new Photoshop compositing techniques will be added ongoingly.

This is the fullest course on compositing in Photoshop. It also includes additional sections about creating 3D backgrounds in other applications, how to setup lighting and photoshoot models in a studio, and how to design and layout posters. New sections will be added in time, to cover a wide range of skills.

The structure of this course is based on several years of experience in teaching online students. For only a one time fee you can get a Lifetime access to this growing course and its digital assets.

What Will I Learn?

How to create commercial level compositing that you can sell. 

Improve your photoshop skills and techniques to professional level. 

Learn how to optimize your workflow and produce mastery level work in the shortest time possible.

Basic and advanced principles of digital compositing for commercial production.

This course is separated into modular sections based on your level of Photoshop knowledge and compositing skills. I do recommend to follow the designated order of the sections and tutorials, but don't feel locked up to it. Please just be sure to view the “Tips before starting on Projects” before your proceed to next section.

This course is designed to be hands on, project based with more projects being added on a continuous basis. All of them will include project materials, but you can always use your own.

Introduction to Photoshop section:

If you feel a little bit “rusty” in your current Photoshop skills, then watch this.

Masking in Photoshop:

Different techniques of masking in Photoshop. The different pros and cons and recommendations.

Masking - one of the essential steps in the compositing workflow.

Finding characters for your compositing, from Photoshoots to image stocks:

Lighting setup, posing, and camera settings for those who want take photos by themself and resources for stock photography.

Retouching. Preparing a model for the compositing step:

Important steps in retouching techniques, valuable for any digital artist who works with models. Even if you aren’t creating composites, this is a must to know section. Includes advanced techniques.

Introduction to Digital Compositing:

What is compositing and the different types of compositing.

Compositing essential skills:

Each tutorial in this section introduces different techniques that are used in blending components. This includes an understanding of shadows, lighting, perspective and their importance in photorealistic compositing.

Creating 3D background for compositing work:

Optional section.

In many projects we are using digital photos, or compositions of several digital photos, for the background. But if you want to bring your creative environment to the next level, then you can start using 3D application to bring your own imaginary worlds to life. In this section we are looking into how to use other applications besides Photoshop to achieve that, as well as where to find free and inexpensive 3D programs.

Resources for compositing work:

Where to find and how to manage it.

Tips before beginning working on projects:

A fast refresh on what we’ve learned about compositing.

Creating movie poster:

Basic principals in creating movie posters. How to prepare background and an integrated model as well as positioning texts and credits.

Robot and the Boy, project:

Step by step going over the workflow in creating this compositing. You can use either your own assets or those provided with this project.

Note: A bonus pack with this course includes a growing collection of digital assets that you may use for your personal or commercial work, royalty free. No reselling.

What are the requirements?

  • Mac or PC with Adobe Photoshop (CC preferable) installed.

  • Access to digital assets of this course. Download them.

  • Optional software for the 3D section.

  • Some knowledge of Photoshop principles, you can always watch the “Introduction to Photoshop” section if you feel that your knowledge needs a little refresh.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn concepts for digital compositing

  • Recommended workflow

  • Gain an excellent general knowledge on how to blend different components together in Photoshop

  • Types of masking to extract model from backgrounds

  • How to make model realistically blend into different backgrounds

  • How to create professional digital compositions

What is the target audience?

  • Digital artist who want improve their skill in Photoshop

  • Photographers with a creative soul

  • Artists who want take the next step in becoming professional

  • Those who want to create compositing work that sells

  • Hobbyists or professionals looking for their next creative challenge and personal growth
Who is the target audience?
  • Enthusiast and professional digital artists
  • Digital photographers
  • Concept artists
  • Professional digital artists
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Curriculum For This Course
111 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 05:30

Course overview, what will you learn.

Preview 05:30
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
13 Lectures 01:01:04

Fast look over Photoshop interface.

Preview 04:39

Understanding concept of layers is very important to compositing techniques. 

Preview 02:11

How to link layers in photoshop. How to setup parent-child relations. 

Clipping layers

Overview of native filters in Photoshop

Introduction to Photoshop filters.

Learn about adjustment layers and non destructive workflow.

How to control luminosity and colors with adjustment layers

What is overlay and how use them. Different blending modes.

Introduction to overlays concept

Advanced retouching techniques. You can use provided PSD (photoshop format) file for your study.

Introduction to Frequency Separation techniques.

Full workflow for frequency separation retouching.

Frequency Separation, workflow for 8-bit image

How to mask in Photoshop. You can use provided PSD ( Photoshop) file for your learning.

Introduction to masking in Photoshop.

Non destructive workflow in Photoshop with smart objects.

Introduction to Smart Objects concept.

Selecting, adjusting fonts in Photoshop

Fonts in Photoshop

Introduction to brushes in Photoshop. How to load new brushes.

Brushes in Photoshop.

How to create new brushes in Photoshop. Brushes properties. 

Creating custom brushes in Photoshop.
Masking techniques in photoshop
7 Lectures 36:05

Introduction to essential compositing skill.

Preview 04:58

Example of using quick selection tool to create alpha mask in Photoshop.

Masking using quick selection tool.

How to use : select by colors, to create alpha mask.

Masking by selecting colors.

How to use Photokey 8 Pro to create masks in Photoshop.

Third party masking tools.

How to create automated action in Photoshop to isolated model from green screen background.

How to green screen background in Photoshop.

How to use layering to stack masks in Photoshop. Creating soft edge.

Stacking masks in Photoshop.

Using mixed masks to get best result. How to use vector and raster based masks together.

Mixed masks.
Finding characters for your compositing. From Photoshoot to image stocks.
6 Lectures 27:40

Looking at different type of background that you may use in photoshooting.

Setting up backgrounds.

How to setup lighting in photoshoot. Principals of lighting for compositing in Photoshop. 

Lighting model in photoshoot.

Benefits of using high resolution images, RAW format.

Why you should shoot in RAW format.

Workflow for processing RAW files in Camera RAW application and Photoshop.

Working with RAW photos.

Why you want use deep DOF. Selecting photo of model with sharp edges.

Importance of depth of field.

How to find right photo in stock library.

Sources for stock images.
Preparing model for compositing. Essential retouching techniques.
9 Lectures 41:20

Changing model shape with scaling and liquefy tools in Photoshop.

Preparing global shapes. Liquify and selective scaling.

Cleaning image with out destroying textures. First step in frequency separation. Separating shapes and textures.

Retouching with Frequency separation. Separating frequencies.

Non destructive workflow to cleanup images. 

Frequency separation, second step.

Adjusting eye color and tones.

Adding highlights to the hair.

Smoothing skin.

Adding deeper relief to model shapes with dodge and burn techniques.  

Adding shape with dodge and burn.

Adding HDR look with softlight and shadow mapping workflow. 

Shadows and highlights on shapes.
Introduction to Digital Compositing
8 Lectures 29:19

Overview of different type of digital compositing.

Preview 02:21

How does shadows casts. How to replicate shadows in digital art.

Understanding shadows.

How perspectives work in composition. 


When you should use 16 bit images and when 8 bit.

Image resolution. 8bit vs 16bit.

Why correct shadows are important for photo realistic compositing.

Creating correct shadows. Keeping model feet on ground.

Matching perspectives by matching horizontal lines between model and background.

Matching horizontal lines.

How to match colors between backdrop and model.

Matching colors.

How to match contrast between digital compositing elements.

Matching luminosity and contrast.
Compositing essential skills
18 Lectures 01:19:10

You can use this assets for this section tutorials, or you can use your own.

Resources for this section.

Shadows overview

Creating short, hard shadows.

Short shadows.

Large, soft shadows.

One of the most undertook shadow, renderosity, color reflective shadow.

Reflective shadows.

How to create realistic directional shadows.

Directional shadows.

Matching colors.

Matching contrast.

Creating light spills.

Fog and smoke layers. Creative Overlays.

Creating light rays to focus on character.

How to create edge anti aliasing on smart objects with masks.

Anti Aliasing on smart objects.

How better to integrate model with dodge and burn techniques.

Edge dodge and burn.

Global shadows and highlights.

How to create reflections and ripples on water.

How to use lens flares overlays to blending multiple layers together.

How to add lens flares.

Nondestructive vignetting.

How to creative embedding signature to your work.

Embedding signature.
Creating backdrop for compositing in 3D application
6 Lectures 35:20

Creating your own backgrounds with 3D applications, this is optional section.

Introduction to this section.

Exporting models presets from Poser.

How to import model in to Vue application and initial setup.

Setup model.

How to setup materials in Vue for best render result.

Material adjustment in Vue.

How to setup creative lighting in application, adjusting camera and render settings.

Setup lighting inside Vue.

Creating HDR images, adjusting them in Photoshop for best texture and lighting.

Touch up rendered images in Photoshop.
Compositing with Double exposure
8 Lectures 35:37

Short overview of what you will be learning in this section

Preview 00:38

What is double exposure and how to use it in Photoshop

What is double exposure compositing

Using pen and color select tool in Photoshop to create mixed masks.

Preparing model for compositing

Using dodge and burn techniques to add deeper shapes to model

Adding shadow and highlight volume to model shape

Mixing textures with overlay modes and shared masks.

Mixing with backgrounds

Placing multiple segments of background

Using localized mask for better blending

Adjusting blending modes

Adding tonal and color mood the the final compositing

Final adjustments, color styles
Resources for compositing work
1 Lecture 03:54
Where to find resources for your compositing work.
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About the Instructor
Vladimir Chopine
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Vladimir Chopine

Certified trainer, Published and award winning digital artist and photographer.

Adobe Users Group leader of my area.

Hi, I am Vladimir Chopine, owner of Geekatplay Studio, who has provided training for many years to professional digital artists all over world. I currently have over 3000+ individual video tutorials and printed tutorials, as well as published books and magazine articles.

My digital art speaks for itself with unique compositing techniques and photography style.

I began as an artist over 35 years ago as a traditional cartoon animator and camera man. Later, I acquired multiple degrees equivalent to a Masters, in Computer science, Marketing and other areas. I have received multiple awards for computer animations, digital art, matte paintings, and photography and have been published in many magazines and books. I even published my own book about creating your own 3D environments with Vue.

I’ve created hundreds of commercial digital compositions, and during all those years I’ve developed and polished various techniques in Photoshop and have hosted multiple workshops and live classes. I am happy to share my knowledge on my web site and my youtube channel,  

and now bring this popular teaching style and my skills and experience with students to Udemy!

I hope that these skills help you discover new creative outlets, to grow at your work, find new clients, and sell your art for more money.

Start learning now!

See you in the course!