Digital Compositing Photoshop and Photography Masterclass
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Digital Compositing Photoshop and Photography Masterclass

Learn Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 and photography by designing levitation digital art composites from four photoshoots.
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use effective layering, selections, masking, and other tools to edit photos using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Take effective photos using appropriate backgrounds, props, and poses.
  • Exercise creativity in photography and digital art.
  • Adjust color, lighting, and other effects in Adobe Photoshop for better photos and digital art.
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  • You should have access to Adobe Photoshop, preferably Creative Cloud.
  • A camera is required if you want to take your own photos for the final project.

Learn Photoshop and photography by designing levitation digital art! 

In this course, you will learn industry-standard editing techniques in Photoshop and learn the fundamentals and beyond for effective photography, all while having fun producing digital art.

You'll learn from our four photoshoots for levitation digital art: a vintage studio, a sand dunes scene with smoke, a university architecture scene, and a rundown building with sparklers.

Each of the four sections has two projects to follow along with, after learning from the photoshoots. This course comes with 16 JPEG images to produce the levitation effect using a variety of techniques, 36 PSD Photoshop files to learn from, and helpful handouts, including a PDF on common Photoshop shortcuts, a PDF on Photoshop file types, and a 21-page PDF on photography fundamentals.

After learning from the four photoshoots and multiple follow-along Photoshop projects in each section, you put what you learned into practice by producing a final project of levitation digital art with your own photos.

Check out the sample videos for more information on the course and our bios for information on our qualifications!

See you in the course!

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Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone new to photography and Photoshop or those who are not new but want to learn more about digital art techniques and principles.
  • Anyone who wants to create amazing levitation digital art composites using photography and Photoshop!
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
Introduction and Overview
3 Lectures 22:37

In this introduction, we introduce ourselves and you learn about this course on photography and Photoshop.

Preview 01:27

In this video lesson, you'll learn from the overview of the course as well as follow along with a few quick wins using some of the support files. This course has four sections after the introductory section and then a final project section, and each of the four sections have two projects each to follow along with.

Preview 14:03

In this lesson, you'll learn the fundamental photography terms in the context of digital art in this course, in case you are not too familiar with shutter speed, aperture, film speed, focus, white balance, and modes.

Quick Overview of Relevant Photography Terms
Project 1 - Vintage Studio Scene
8 Lectures 01:00:57

Christine describes the setup for the photoshoot in this video lesson.

Preview 03:41

You'll learn from helpful tips in this video lesson on taking photos for levitation digital art project.

Vintage Studio Photoshoot Part 2 - Coaching Model

Learn considerations for adding props to the photo.

Vintage Studio Photoshoot Part 3 - Adding Props and Wrap-Up

Learn the foundational technique for layering the photos in Adobe Photoshop for the levitation effect.

Project 1.1 - Getting Started Layering

Learn the selection and masking techniques in Adobe Photoshop for levitation technique.

Project 1.1 - Selections and Masking

In the second project of this section, learn how to stack multiple files easily using a script in Adobe Photoshop and then mask for the levitation effect.

Project 1.2 - Stacking and Masking

Follow along and add and mask props layers in Adobe Photoshop.

Project 1.2 - Adding and Masking Props

Review the additional PSD Photoshop files to learn from more examples.

Preview 02:10
Project 2 - Dunes and Smoke Scene
6 Lectures 38:14

In this video lesson, learn from the setup and overview of the sand dunes and smoke scene photoshoot.

Dunes and Smoke Scene Photoshoot Part 1 - Setup and Coaching Model

Learn from the sand dunes photoshoot using special effects.

Dunes and Smoke Scene Photoshoot Part 2 - Smoke Effect

Use a photomerge action in Adobe Photoshop to combine photos that are slightly not aligned and then layer and mask photos for levitation effect.

Project 2.1 - Compositing Globe Photo with Photomerge

Learn how to adjust lighting and color in photos once they are layered and masked.

Project 2.1 - Adjusting Light and Color

Composite photos and then use Camera RAW Filter to adjust color, lighting, and other effects.

Project 2.2 - Compositing Smoke Photo and Camera RAW Filter Adjustments

Review the additional PSD Photoshop files to learn from more examples.

Learn from Other Examples
Project 3 - University Architecture Scene
5 Lectures 25:55

In this overview, we introduce the university architecture photoshoot. Using a unique background and taking photos from a lower angle can help with the composition for levitation photos.

University Architecture Photoshoot Overview

Learn how to use layer blending modes and masking in the levitation photos for improved color and lighting.

Project 3.1 - Compositing Architecture Photo and Layer Blending Modes

Learn the Select and Mask technique while compositing a levitation photo.

Project 3.2 - Compositing Architecture Photo with Select and Mask Tool

Learn how to sharpen composite photos.

Project 3.2 - Sharpening Composite Photos

Review the additional PSD Photoshop files to learn from more examples.

Learn from Other Examples
Project 4 - Rundown Building Scene
4 Lectures 12:15

A few considerations are included for this overview of the rundown building scene photoshoot.

Rundown Building Scene Photoshoot Overview

Learn how to add color overlays for added interest in composite photos.

Project 4.1 - Composite Rundown Building Scene with Overlays

Learn how to fix lens distortion in composite photos.

Project 4.2 -Composite Rundown Building Scene with Lens Correction

Review the additional PSD Photoshop files to learn from more examples.

Learn from More Examples
Final Project
9 Lectures 48:27
Camera Operation Principles for Final Project, Part 1

Camera Operation Principles for Final Project, Part 2

Learn a few composition considerations when taking levitation photos.

Composition Considerations

If you take photos in RAW instead of JPEG, be sure to apply any effects consistently before layering.

Opening RAW Files and RAW Adjustments

In this lesson, learn from tips on props, poses, clothing, and backgrounds, for effective levitation photos.

Tips on Props, Poses, Clothing, and Backgrounds

If you print your digital art photos, then be sure the resolution / pixels per inch is sufficient. I also go over how to preset crop images if there are specific dimensions for the printers.

Printing Digital Art Considerations

These are the instructions for the final project in this course.

Final Project Instructions

Congratulations on completing the course!


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About the Instructor
Dr. Chad Neuman
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Professor / Designer / Developer / Photographer 20+ yrs exp.

I love seeing students succeed in their designs, writings, productions, and careers!

Do you want to learn become a better designer or communicator? Do you want to learn industry-standard editing and effects in Photoshop? Do you want write for magazines or web sites? Do you want to learn new skills that are in demand in the new digital economy?

Welcome! I'm passionate about communication, writing, and design education, and I'm currently a full-time professor of graphic design and digital journalism at Southeastern University. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past eight years. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers. And now, you can learn from me as well!

Get started by enrolling in my courses, learning new skills and knowledge, and asking me questions in the discussion boards.

About the instructor:

By combining my professional in-the-field experience (both full-time and freelance), formal education, and experience in education, I've been able to produce top-notch courses that maximize learning and enable students to become better graphic designers, logo designers, photo editors, and writers.

Professional Experience:

I've worked as Webmaster and Advertising Designer at a regional newspaper (The News Chief), Internet Development Director at an award-winning advertising design firm (Reed Advertising Design, now merged with Brand Madden), Technology Librarian at a city library system, and Managing Editor at two international graphic design magazines at Kelby Media Group. I've also written for publications and designed web sites and other promotional work for clients on an on-going basis for the past 20 years.


Besides relevant marketplace experience, I also have a B.A. in Communication from Southeastern University, an M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University. My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the mythic branding of Apple's Macintosh/Mac in their primary commercial campaigns (1984, Think Different, Switch/Real People, and Get a Mac).


My combination of professional real world experience, formal education, and experience in teaching have all enabled me to produce quality courses that help students become better graphic designers, photo editors, writers, and illustrators.

I'm the founder of Good Creative Academy, the premiere online school for learning and creating. If you're looking to learn more about graphic design, writing, and new media entrepreneurship, you have arrived at the right place!

Fun tech-related facts about me:

I taught myself QBasic when I was 13, and later used that programming language to write a program that simulated the DOS prompt, to fool my high school graphic design teacher into thinking the computers had been hacked.

I used web banner advertising on my web sites in high school and during my freshman year of college, which brought in about $750 a month in income.

Christine Wozz
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Christine Wozz Photography

My name is Christine, and I am a wedding / lifestyle photographer located out of the Sunshine State of Florida.  I am currently enrolled in Southeastern University as a Graphic Design major (It's my senior year- Hooray!) Along with going to school and running my photography business.

As of right now, I have been successfully running my own photography business for six years.  I am primarily a natural light photographer.  I love to capture radiant, luminous light everywhere I go.  I photograph events, portraits, engagements, senior pictures, maternity images, lifestyle shoots, product shoots, weddings, and more. Everything under the sun!  My work has been published in Angelic Magazine, as well as showcased in the Sarasota- Bradenton International Airport, the Ringling Museum, and Southeastern University. I am very fervent about my art, putting my effort and passion into all aspects and feeding my desire to trying new things. Check out my website to learn more about me!