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:
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
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
Understanding concept of layers is very important to compositing techniques.
How to link layers in photoshop. How to setup parent-child relations.
Overview of native filters in Photoshop
Learn about adjustment layers and non destructive workflow.
What is overlay and how use them. Different blending modes.
Advanced retouching techniques. You can use provided PSD (photoshop format) file for your study.
Full workflow for frequency separation retouching.
How to mask in Photoshop. You can use provided PSD ( Photoshop) file for your learning.
Non destructive workflow in Photoshop with smart objects.
Selecting, adjusting fonts in Photoshop
Introduction to brushes in Photoshop. How to load new brushes.
How to create new brushes in Photoshop. Brushes properties.
Example of using quick selection tool to create alpha mask in Photoshop.
How to use : select by colors, to create alpha mask.
How to use Photokey 8 Pro to create masks in Photoshop.
How to create automated action in Photoshop to isolated model from green screen background.
How to use layering to stack masks in Photoshop. Creating soft edge.
Using mixed masks to get best result. How to use vector and raster based masks together.
Looking at different type of background that you may use in photoshooting.
How to setup lighting in photoshoot. Principals of lighting for compositing in Photoshop.
Benefits of using high resolution images, RAW format.
Workflow for processing RAW files in Camera RAW application and Photoshop.
Why you want use deep DOF. Selecting photo of model with sharp edges.
How to find right photo in stock library.
Changing model shape with scaling and liquefy tools in Photoshop.
Cleaning image with out destroying textures. First step in frequency separation. Separating shapes and textures.
Non destructive workflow to cleanup images.
Adding deeper relief to model shapes with dodge and burn techniques.
Adding HDR look with softlight and shadow mapping workflow.
Overview of different type of digital compositing.
How does shadows casts. How to replicate shadows in digital art.
How perspectives work in composition.
When you should use 16 bit images and when 8 bit.
Why correct shadows are important for photo realistic compositing.
Matching perspectives by matching horizontal lines between model and background.
How to match colors between backdrop and model.
How to match contrast between digital compositing elements.
You can use this assets for this section tutorials, or you can use your own.
Creating short, hard shadows.
One of the most undertook shadow, renderosity, color reflective shadow.
How to create realistic directional shadows.
How to create edge anti aliasing on smart objects with masks.
How better to integrate model with dodge and burn techniques.
How to use lens flares overlays to blending multiple layers together.
How to creative embedding signature to your work.
Creating your own backgrounds with 3D applications, this is optional section.
How to import model in to Vue application and initial setup.
How to setup materials in Vue for best render result.
How to setup creative lighting in application, adjusting camera and render settings.
Creating HDR images, adjusting them in Photoshop for best texture and lighting.
Short overview of what you will be learning in this section
What is double exposure and how to use it in Photoshop
Using pen and color select tool in Photoshop to create mixed masks.
Using dodge and burn techniques to add deeper shapes to model
Mixing textures with overlay modes and shared masks.
Using localized mask for better blending
Adding tonal and color mood the the final compositing
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.
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See you in the course!