Project Photoshop: Compositing

Learn how to photograph, extract subjects and create believable composite images
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2012 English

Course Description

One of the hottest trends in photography continues to be compositing: shooting a subject on a plain background and adding them on to a different photo. This course will show you the secrets to making believable composite images, quickly and easily.

What are the requirements?

  • Good knowledge of Photoshop and Layers

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to plan ahead to save time later
  • How to light and shoot subjects for best results
  • Learn secrets to compositing - quickly - in Photoshop

Who is the target audience?

  • Photographers and designers who want to make believable composites

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Things to consider as we get started (and don't forget to download the course files)
Section 2: Planning/Shooting
See how have a plan of attack and thinking "backwards" can help you.
Some ideas for lighting your subject to make things easier to composite in Photoshop
Tips on photographing your own backgrounds
Section 3: Green Screen Photography
Pros and Cons of using a Green  Screen, and tips for success.
How to extract off a green screen background, and how to make an Action to automatically extract
Section 4: Taking Advantage of Camera Raw
Learn the advantages of using Camera Raw Smart Objects to make it easier to select your subject
See how Adjustment Layers can be a possible alternative to using Camera Raw Smart Objects
Section 5: Selection Techniques
The basics of using the Quick Selection tool.
The Secret to Saving Time
Learn a few more ways to bring your subject into a new background
Learn the ins and outs of the very powerful Refine Edge Command
A great way to deal with challenging subjects: make your selection (and mask) in separate pieces
Section 6: Masking Secrets
Quick and accurate ways to improve the edge of your mask
A more effective way of feathering than the "traditional" way
Section 7: Finishing Touches
Adding realistic shadows to your image
Add paint (in a specific way) to match the highlights in a background
A simple but very effective technique to hide color fringes
A great way to make the hair in your image look even better
Section 8: Projects
In this follow-along project, see the entire start-to-finish process of taking a soccer player shot in a studio and placing him onto a background.
In this follow-along project, you'll see the start-to-finish workflow of turning a studio portrait into a composite image on a new background
Section 9: Final Thoughts/What's Next
What's next?

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Instructor Biography

Dave Cross, Photoshop Educator Since 1990

Official Bio:

For 25 years Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creatives get the most out of their Adobe software. Dave has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught at Photoshop World (25 times), the Texas School of Photography, the Santa Fe Workshops, and has traveled across the country teaching for Kelby Training. He runs the Dave Cross Workshops in his own studio/workshop space in Tampa, FL. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.


From Dave: Take advantage of my experience of teaching thousands of Photoshop users like you how to be more efficient and creative.

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