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Difficulty: Advanced , Length: 2:40 HR
• Select Hair Perfectly
• Learn to blend exposures
• Light Flare Textures Included!
• Master the Pen Tool
• Create Custom Brushes
• Composite Action Included!

In this 2:40 HR very advanced Photoshop tutorial we cover every detail in creating a realistic composite from advanced selections, exposure and color blending to stylization and creating custom brushes.

BONUS: Free included brushes, compositing action and light flare textures!

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Creating a Believable Illusion

Rollover the image below to see a before and after with the room. Looking at the before image you can clearly see that it looks like a normal sized room. Creating these illusions will allow you to place any subject in any environment you can imagine!

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Every Little Detail

You would not guess from looking at this frame that the girl was originally photographed sitting in a small plywood box. We go through special lengths and techniques to make sure that every detail is taken care of so the image will remain true at any scale. Here you can see that each and every hair is accounted for and they all glow with light from behind, just as though they were lit with the chandelier. Even though that is impossible.

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Make Amazing Hair Selections

You are going to be amazed when you learn how we make the selection for our subject’s hair. This is an exact representation of the layer mask used to cut out the girl from her background. You can see every single hair is accounted for!

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Light Glows

Not only do we cover how to make this composite believable but we also go over stylizing the image using techniques such as adding light glows. We also include bonus textures that you can use to add flare to any image!

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Managing Reflections

One of the hardest things to get right when making a composite image is reflections. In this image we are taking into account not only the reflections of the wall onto the floor but also from the heel of her shoe.  We go over a unique method of combining and blending layers that will make pulling this sort of thing off much easier!

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Making Perfect Selections

In order for this composite to come across as realistic, the girl had to be cut out of her background perfectly. We cover in depth some great techniques on how to do this from the pen tool to making custom brushes.  You can see here how important every little detail is in making these composites come to life.

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Creating Interaction Between Subject and Environment

One of the big things that will help to make a composite more believable is to create some sort of interaction between the subject and their environment. In this image we use the table on the left side of the frame as a place for the subject to rest her arm. We go over what is important in making this interaction seamless.

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Matching Color and Light

There are millions and millions of colors that are made up of hue, saturation and value. It can be very hard to match color ranges from one image to another, especially when you are creating a composite like this. A slight change in either hue, saturation or value can make the difference between a good and great image. We don’t like to leave that sort of thing to chance, so we have developed a special action that will help you to analyze color in a new way and allow to you make more believable composites!

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Matching Lighting

We take special care in matching lighting during a photo shoot because it makes the compositing job a bit easier as well as makes it more believable. You don’t always get it perfect, and that is where photoshop comes in. We go over a great technique for taking care of your edges to make  sure they match the rest of the scene.

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  • Eddie Sebastian

    Wow…In the middle of half the tutorial and I think it’s a fantastic Pro, Aaron. Really wish you put out the Dollhouse Pro, tho’. I’m waiting for that one as well. Peace and Love!

  • Isaiah

    whats the dollhouse pro?

  • Eddie Sebastian

    There isn’t……… Yet. I hope….. Just watch this one:

    http://phlearn.com/bts-video-a-dolls-house

  • Paul Frocchi

    Aaron this tute is outstanding. So many great techniques. And the checker is excellent! Thanks for that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1132600042 Ken Wallace

    Really enjoyed this as my first PHlearn tutorial. Great information that I can’t wait to try. One question: why didn’t you comp the wall area in the triangular area between her back and arm? Seemed like you just forgot about it!

  • Andrei Oprinca

    The matching relative hues and value totally blew mi mind, awesome technique, much better that doing it by eye only. Also the hair masking stuff was clever. I usualy do the same technique on masking grass but how stupid I am that I didnt try it on hair hehehhe. Thanks aron, you make this classes funny. This was my first purchase. I think I’ll get some other pro tut
    Good luck

  • William Psolka

    Aaron,
    This is a great tutorial and one that I may actually try with my class. However, I would like to know one key piece of information. Can you please elaborate on how you matched both the angle and focal length from when you shot the actual room to shooting the scaled down room?

    Many Thanks.

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More I am currently a graduate student in Art and Design and Phlearn is my number one resource for Photoshop and Photography tutorials. When comparing Phlearn to other training sites, the first thing which stands out is Aaron's passion for the subject matter and teaching it to others. When I was in Chicago I stopped by to check out their studio. The staff at Phlearn couldn't have been nicer to take the time out of their schedule to give me a tour and talk to me.

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More I met Aaron at B&H in NYC for a free lesson on retouching a portrait and I was completely blown away by his skills, his style and -of course- enthusiasm! Then I follow the guy on twitter and he announces that he's launching "something" called Phlearn! I give it a try and I became addicted to "phlearn" something new almost every day. Then, he launched the first Phlearn PRO and I became addicted once again. Nothing is left out, he tells you EVERYTHING he knows while he's doing it! You see him doing the stuff step by step, explaining it to you and then you do it and magic happens!! I actually keep notes with the minutes and seconds of the videos of stuff I like to keep for future references (like how to apply some make up or how to put light on a fairy's wings) :D

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More Newbie to Phlearn. But with these first two purchases, I'm confident Aaron and Phlearn will be added to my list of 'e-Mentors' who have helped me grow. I just purchased Vintage Action.

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More Muchas veces pasaba por mi mente el deseo de encontrar una página en la que pudiera encontrar tutoriales distintos, fáciles pero de gran ayuda... necesitaba que alguien me dijera: "Abre photoshop sin miedo, eres capaz de crear todo eso que imaginas" y entonces encontré Phlearn, el lugar que brinda todo tipo de conocimientos sin ninguna restricción, un libro abierto con todos los tips necesarios para crecer en el arte digital junto con miles de personas más.

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More A few weeks ago, Jeremy Cowart tweeted about how great of a Photoshop teacher Aaron Nace is. So I checked out a few free videos on Aaron’s Phlearn site, and I was immediately hooked. I bought a Pro Tutorial and I swear I learned more about Photoshop in 3 hours than I have in the past 3 years.

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