The Beginners Guide to Compositing

$49.99
4.74 out of 5
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The Beginners Guide to Compositing will provide you with a solid understanding of compositing fundamentals. Learn necessary techniques to compositing images together at the professional level with step-by-step, start-to-finish instruction for 2 amazing image tutorials.

Tutorial Instructor: Aaron Nace

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Complete composite for 2 images.

Learn every step used to create 2 stunning and unique images. Achieve a greater understanding of compositing fundamentals and become a master of the pen tool with a special video that’s included with this tutorial.

  • Blend and Composite

    Learn the secrets to compositing and blending multiple photos together to create seamless, stunning effects. From start to finish, you will see how each image is adjusted and combined using Photoshop.
  • Align Layers

    Use Photoshop’s auto Align Layers tool to make sure that all of the images line up well. This is an essential tool to know when combining images for a strong composite.
  • Composite with Color

    Take pieces from different images and bring them together to create amazing effects. Add more details to your image and then color them so they fit within your new color palette.
  • Sharpen the Details

    Learn how to selectively sharpen different areas of the image to draw attention to where it’s needed. Usually, the subject of the photo should be a bit sharper than the rest of the image to catch the viewer’s eye. The most subtle details can make the greatest impact.
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Achieve better results with Phlearn.

This Phlearn PRO Tutorial gives you the creative edge you need to succeed. Use the provided tools and instructions to become a better photographer and an incredible retoucher. Your knowledge and success is our top priority.

  • Start to Finish

    This tutorial takes you step-by-step through the process of taking a photo straight out of camera and turning it into a dark and dramatic image. Learn how to alter your image to help draw attention to your subject, and what the best practices are along the way.
  • Liquify Tool Best Practices

    Make your subject look their best without looking unnatural using the liquify tool properly. Use what you learn to dramatically alter the shape of the model’s clothing, hair and body bringing attention to the right places.
  • Custom Photoshop Brushes

    Create your own Photoshop brushes so you’ll always have the right brush for the job. Custom brushes are excellent for advanced retouching and adding special effects to your images.
  • 3D Lighting Diagram Video

    Go behind the scenes to see how and why each image was lit. The included 3D Lighting Diagram Video explains all of the lighting and camera angles in detail so you can recreate this look easily.
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Everything you need to know.

When it comes to Photoshop composite techniques, this Phlearn PRO Tutorial is it. Whether you are new to image compositing or you have been doing it for year, get ready to master multiple tools and techniques.

  • Plan Your Vision

    Every Photoshop project should start by creating a plan of action. Understanding your goals for retouching will help you to outline your editing process and ensure you don’t miss anything.
  • Make Advanced Selections

    Sometimes the best way to create advanced selections is on your own using the Pen Tool. This Phlearn PRO Tutorial includes a Bonus Pen Tool Video with in-depth instructions.
  • Advanced Layer Masks

    Learn how to mask out vital areas of each image to make the composite appear realistic. Capture perfect detail in your layer masks, allowing you to keep the original hair even when replacing the background.
  • Replace Any Sky

    Use advanced selection techniques to add a new sky to any of your images using Photoshop. Learn how to cut your subject out from their original background and composite in a new sky on any image.
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Included in Your Download

Our goal is to provide you with the most comprehensive learning experience possible. When you purchase The Beginners Guide to Compositing Phlearn PRO Tutorial, you’ll get more than just videos. We provide everything you need to learn and practice at the same time!

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  • 4.5 hours of step-by-step Photoshop instruction
  • 2 complete Photoshop tutorials
  • Original images to follow along
  • Tips to make your photo shoots more successful
  • Phlearn Custom Photoshop Brushes
  • Lighting diagrams so you can recreate this look easily
  • Bonus Pen Tool instructional video

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  • 4 out of 5
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    As always Aaron guides you precisely and with phun trough raw images to a beautiful composition. so many hints so many techniques.
    After watching this, and phlerning what i could do, my mind started wandering beyond my previous limits and create new ideas
    and now I’m off to work on my first project!
    thanks Aaron and all the Phlearn team

  • 5 out of 5
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    Always wanted to learn how to make things float, and now i do.

  • 5 out of 5
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    This is such an amazing tutorial. Aaron is a little faster moving than I am right now, but that is what the pause button is for. He explains every step and even adds in some jokes. I know mine didn’t come out as good as his, but I do really like how they came out.

    The is a MUST for anyone that wants to learn how to composite. It opens a whole new world of being able to CREATE images and not just take them.

    (I don’t think I can figure out how to add two photos at a time. I will try to upload my other finished one in a separate comment.)

  • 5 out of 5
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    Great Stuff

  • 5 out of 5
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    I’d actually watched this lesson a few times over the past few months to let it all just kinda seep in before I finally took the dive into making it happen. Safe to say you’re an amazing teacher Professor Nace. Keep on keepin on.

  • 5 out of 5
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    Have only done the first tutorial so far, but i managed to pull off a bit more than I was expecting.

  • 5 out of 5
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    Great tutorials. Easy to follow – Aaron is such a fantastic teacher. From a complete novice i’ve learnt so much. Itching now to try out these techniques on some of my own photos. Aaron – thanks!

  • 5 out of 5
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    Thank you for this amazing tutorial !!!! My first try…

  • 2 out of 5
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    If your like me, you found Phlearn on YouTube and he knows what he is doing. The problem is that he is not good at doing very detailed step by step instructions. He wanders and talks about other things and if you buy this, you will be first be watching about 45 minutes of him telling you how important it is to get a good photograph. Even beginners will find this repetitive and far from the main point of learning layers, masking, and composing in Photoshop. I would stay away because it is not worth the money. If the offer, I would certainly want my money back for this waste of time.

  • 5 out of 5
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    Just starting out learning how to composite photographs, and have found Phlearn’s youtube channel to be very helpful in developing skills in Photoshop, and progressing onto the pro tutorials is for me the next step in putting in some practice. And I cannot think of anyone I’d rather have tutor me than Aaron Nace.

  • 5 out of 5
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    Thanks for this fantastic tutorial Aaron!!!

  • 5 out of 5
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    I consider myself an intermediate in photoshop, but I think there is a lot I can learn from this. I found this tutorial insanely inspirational, awakening and truly helpful.Thanks for sharing..

  • 4 out of 5
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    Wow really nice tutorial i love it ,,,,, thanks you are my roll model ///////

  • 5 out of 5
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    First of all, Ignore what mark9 says about this tutorial. Included with the pro tutorial is a separate video in which Aaron explains about compositing – it is a beginners tutorial after all. Aaron explains how much easier your composite will be if you get your photos right in camera. He doesn’t repeat this for 45 minutes at all. Aaron merely states if you want a good composite make it easier on yourself and get it right in camera. That said, the separate pen tool tutorial alone, to me, is worth the money. I’ve watched loads of free videos on this tool, including Phlearn’s free one, but still struggled, however after watching the tutorial with this tutorial, I get it! Phlearn and Aaron have put together a great tutorial for beginners on compositing and by watching, practicing and re watching and more practice, I’m sure I will become more confident with my photoshop skills. Mr Nace, you are a complete Pixel Wizard!

  • 5 out of 5
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    Here is a condensed version of my full review (found here: http://tinyurl.com/pvgzuru – that’s not a shameless attempt at self promotion [well not entirely 😉 ], just I think it’s a bit too long for here).

    “Value for money? Pretty darn tooting good. I’m not a fan of people / companies wanting hundreds of dollars for video tutorials – no matter how famous in New York they are. I much prefer the high quality, moderately priced, easily accessible products…I think the Phlearn products fall into this category…considering their length and how much information is packed in.

    How good is it? Pretty darn tooting, once again. I went into this knowing very little about compositing…I find myself quite surprised by the amount I have picked up so far, having only done the pen tool tutorial and the frame compositing section (the Floating Books image)…Considering I still have the final stage to work through, I find this quite startling.

    Any other points people need to know? Yes. The pen tool tutorial is very close to being worth the price alone. If, like me, you have always struggled with this tool, then I highly recommend this tutorial. In a very short time I went from a confused user to being quite capable with the pen tool. Also, both image tutorials contain retouching sections, which was an unexpected surprise…This is a compositing tutorial and the folks at Phlearn didn’t need to add this information, and the fact that they did shows both how complete and how generous their approach is.”

    So, thanks for all the good work. Really helpful.

    Dean

  • 5 out of 5
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    I’ve just completed the Floating Books tutorial and it was excellent! Aaron’s explanation of how the photo shoot took place, lighting and all the other aspects of the tutorial were outstanding and very informative. Plus he’s a great teacher. The Pen Tool video was great too. Starting on the Going Home tutorial today.

  • 5 out of 5
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    Outstanding!! I’ve just completed my Going Home tutorial and I’m telling every one i know how great Phlearn tutorials are. Free advertising for ya. My brain is fried after this last one…lol I even changed the colors a little in my version and added a headstone.

  • 5 out of 5
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    This beginners tutorial pack is a very useful guide on how to use Photoshop for learning how to composite images. I have found the video on the pen tool to be most useful (particularly for converting into selections!) and I really have enjoyed learning *how* to use photoshop in ways I might not have intuitively understood by following Aaron’s instructions but also experimenting a little with them and seeing for myself what I can achieve.

  • 5 out of 5
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    So what a weekend, i have been unable to walk away from the MAC with these tutorials! The description on this tutorial is incorrect, you get SO MUCH MORE! Aaron explains the concepts behind each of the images and how the images where produced also shares some extremely valuable knowledge on photoshoot set ups and the difference between frame compositing and element compositing and how things to think about when producing these yourself.

    The tutorial has really given me not only some fantastic techniques on how to get certain effects from photoshop, but some real insight into the thinking and understanding of what runs through Aarons head (scary! I Joke)

    This tutorial takes your from little understanding to full understanding by the time your done with both images, i really can’t wait to execute my own images my creative juices are going mad!

    Thank you much much Aaron and the team and really can’t wait to get stuck into the next set of pro tutorials!