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PRO The Perfect Composite
Difficulty: Intermediate , Length: 2:00 HR
• Match Lighting
• Included Action and Brush
• Color Perfectly with Channels
• Scale Your Subject Perfectly
• Create a Perfect Shadow
• Create Edge Glow

There are some secrets to making a composite perfect, and that is what this photoshop tutorial is all about. We go over every detail on how to take an image that was shot in a studio and put it in a new background seamlessly.

You will learn an amazing technique developed specifically for this tutorial on sizing your subject perfectly every time.

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Creating the perfect composite will allow you to take your images to anywhere you dream. No longer will you have to travel, and no longer will you be restricted to taking boring images on plain backgrounds.

There are some secrets to making a composite perfect, and that is what this tutorial is all about. We go over every detail on how to take an image that was shot in a studio and put it in a new background seamlessly. Including creating a shadow from scratch.

This 2:00 Hr long tutorial is focused on one thing – getting your compositing skills perfect.

pro photoshop tutorial Composite Process

The Secret to Size

One of the hardest things to do when making a composite is sizing your subject. It many not sound that hard, but moving them 10 pixels up or down could mean the difference of them appearing much too large or small.

Getting the angle and horizon correct are also very important, if all these things don’t match up, a composite will never look believable.

You will learn an amazing technique developed specifically for this tutorial on sizing your subject perfectly every time.

photoshop tutorial pro composite grid

Movement

In the original photo (which can be seen at the bottom of this page) the scarf is cut off and has no movement in it. We cover how to place it back together and dynamically add blurs to give it movement.

pro photoshop tutorial Composite Scarf

Match Light Direction

Light has to come from  a light source. All of it. One of the most important things to learn is how to analyze light in a background photo and compare it to the light in your image to be composited.

Placement as well as type of light is very important. In this tutorial we cover how to analyze and perfect matching the light sources.

pro photoshop tutorial composite light

The Perfect Shadow

Shadows are just as complex as the light that creates them. Anything less than a perfect shadow will result in an image that doesn’t look real at all.

This is no easy task, but we cover many different techniques in this tutorial that will get you to the perfect shadow.

photoshop tutorial pro composite shadow

Matching Highlights

Light is more about how bright an image is, it also completely defines the color of your image. Matching the highlights at every part of your image will inure that your composite will come out perfectly.

If a dress touches a floor, it can’t be much brighter than the floor if both have specular highlights.

photoshop tutorial pro Composite Highlights

Edge Glow

Making an object appear three-dimensional and lit by the scene you put them in means you will have to take into consideration all of the light sources. In this image for instance, there is a small amount of light coming from behind the model from the door.

We cover some great techniques for creating this glow of light.

pro photoshop tutorial composite edge glow

The Original

Congrats to Dave for winning our Phlearn PRO contest! This is his image, and as well as having it put into the new background, he won $100!

The background image is a download from istockphoto and legally we are not allowed to re-distribute it. We do provide a link to where you may purchase it if you decide to, or find your own for a new challenge!

pro photoshop tutorial composite before

Final Detail

pro photoshop tutorial Composite After

Enjoy Your Tutorial!

Please let us know what you think of your new PRO Photoshop Tutorial. We are always working to give you the best Photoshop & Photography knowledge on the internet.

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  • http://Beatbass.com Nguyen Tien Thanh

     Always buy PRO Photoshop Tutorial, I found his level more advanced purchase and use.I wish I could you do my teacher about PTS.

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    if you want some more good info on adding edge lighting check this tutorial out using inner shadow

    http://www.psdbox.com/tutorials/dont-leave-me-photoshop-tutorial/

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WYO2JQV7BH22LWZDQ5ZGBKDSJE Wayne Denny

     Absolutely incredible tutorial. You’re not charging nearly enough for this information, but I’m perfectly alright with that. The whole section with the curves & channel mixer makes me feel like a blindfold has been taken off!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alain.pilon Alain Pilon

    Do you need PS Extended to do the 3D stuff or the normal version works? It is not clear from the products descriptions.

  • http://twitter.com/vosloo vosloo

     Just finished watching this Aaron. LOVED it! thank you for all the work you put into your pro-tutorials. Edge lighting is huge!

  • Adrian Bialasek

    just downloaded and will be on it soon!

  • Jerry

    Trying to purchase this tutorial at $14.99 but coming up at $24.99 in basket.

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    It should come up with the full price, then the discount right below! :)

  • remzter

    Completed my version of The Perfect Composite.

  • Réjean Brandt

    I just downloaded this tutorial and noticed that you also included the iStock image. *tisk tisk* lol

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