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Project Photoshop: Compositing

Learn how to photograph, extract subjects and create believable composite images
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Created by Dave Cross
Published 10/2012
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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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Photographers and designers who want to make believable composites
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What Will I Learn?
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
View Curriculum
  • Good knowledge of Photoshop and Layers
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:59:54
1 Lecture 01:28
Things to consider as we get started (and don't forget to download the course files)
Getting Started
3 Lectures 09:02
See how have a plan of attack and thinking "backwards" can help you.
Preview 02:33

Some ideas for lighting your subject to make things easier to composite in Photoshop
Lighting and Shooting

Tips on photographing your own backgrounds
Finding Backgrounds
Green Screen Photography
2 Lectures 10:15
Pros and Cons of using a Green  Screen, and tips for success.
Preview 02:57

How to extract off a green screen background, and how to make an Action to automatically extract
Extracting off Green Screen
Taking Advantage of Camera Raw
2 Lectures 07:42
Learn the advantages of using Camera Raw Smart Objects to make it easier to select your subject
Using Camera Raw Smart Objects

See how Adjustment Layers can be a possible alternative to using Camera Raw Smart Objects
Preview 02:05
Selection Techniques
5 Lectures 25:30
The basics of using the Quick Selection tool.
Quick Selection Tool

The Secret to Saving Time

Learn a few more ways to bring your subject into a new background
Preview 03:11

Learn the ins and outs of the very powerful Refine Edge Command
Fine-tuning the Selection

A great way to deal with challenging subjects: make your selection (and mask) in separate pieces
Selecting in Pieces
Masking Secrets
2 Lectures 09:19
Quick and accurate ways to improve the edge of your mask
Fine Tuning the Mask

A more effective way of feathering than the "traditional" way
What about Feathering?
Finishing Touches
4 Lectures 23:57
Adding realistic shadows to your image
Adding Shadows

Add paint (in a specific way) to match the highlights in a background
Matching Lighting

A simple but very effective technique to hide color fringes
Dealing with Color Fringes

A great way to make the hair in your image look even better
Adding Hair
2 Lectures 32:10
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.
Project 1: Soccer Player

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
Project 2: Senior Portrait
Final Thoughts/What's Next
1 Lecture 00:31
What's next?
Wrapping up & Your Homework
About the Instructor
4.5 Average rating
476 Reviews
47,294 Students
6 Courses
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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