Introduction to Compositing for Beginners 2 Videos (6:52m)
  • 01 - What is Compositing?
  • 02 - Choosing Photos for Compositing: Light, Perspective & Focal Length
Compositing for Beginners | Picture Frame 3 Videos (30:12m)
  • 01 - Picture Frame - Image Analysis & Working with Smart Objects
  • 02 - Picture Frame - Removing Backgrounds & Creating Realistic Shadows
  • 03 - Picture Frame - Color Matching
Compositing for Beginners | Castle 3 Videos (54:13m)
  • 01 - Castle - Image Analysis
  • 02 - Castle - Removing a Background & Creating a Fog Effect
  • 03 - Castle - Coloring for Composites
Compositing for Beginners | Portrait 3 Videos (1:00h)
  • 01 - Portrait - Image Analysis
  • 02 - Portrait - Matching the Subject and a New Background
  • 03 - Portrait - Matching Lightness, Hue & Saturation
Compositing for Beginners | Mountain Scene 3 Videos (58:33m)
  • 01 - Mountain Scene - Image Analysis
  • 02 - Mountain Scene - Removing a Background & Cutting Out Hair
  • 03 - Mountain Scene - Matching Light & Color
Compositing for Beginners | Floating House 4 Videos (35:38m)
  • 01 - Floating House - Image Analysis & Extending a Background
  • 02 - Floating House - Removing a Background & Extending Walls
  • 03 - Floating House - Creating the Bottom of the House from Scratch
  • 04 - Floating House - Matching Light & Color
Compositing for Beginners | Forest Scene 4 Videos (1:17h)
  • 01 - Forest Scene - Image Analysis
  • 02 - Forest Scene - Removing a Background & Matching Light Levels
  • 03 - Forest Scene - Cutting Out Hair & Creating a Realistic Shadow
  • 04 - Forest Scene - Matching Light & Color
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Intro to Photoshop Compositing for Beginners


From high-end product photography to wild conceptual scenes, many of the pictures we see are actually two or more photos combined in post-production. If you’ve been searching for a great entry point into the fun and challenging world of image compositing, look no further!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to analyze light, perspective, and camera settings to predict how well two photos will merge. Then we’ll take you into Photoshop and break down the compositing process step-by-step, covering tips and techniques for making selections, finding great composition, and unifying light and color.

What’s Included

22 Video Tutorials   |   25 Sample Images

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace – PHLEARN Founder

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What is Compositing?

Image compositing has a very broad and easy-to-understand definition. When you make a composite, you merge two or more photos together to create a seamless final image. This usually involves several steps to ensure that everything looks like it was all captured straight out of camera.

Why Combine Photos in Photoshop?

There are countless reasons that learning to blend photos together can help you both creatively and professionally. Whether you’re working with products, landscapes, weddings, or you just want to create stunning visual effects, the ability to merge two or more photos together will often help you solve a number of creative problems and get the most out of your images.

A Beginner’s Guide

If you’ve ever come up with an idea for a great image but weren’t sure how to capture it in camera, this tutorial can help! Compositing images in Photoshop can help turn your imagination into reality. Whether you plan to merge two images or 200, this is a great place to start.



Easily Blend Multiple Images

Compositing is one of the most challenging skills to master. It requires knowledge of countless tools within Photoshop as well as a strong understanding of how to find and capture images that will blend together well. Starting your compositing journey has never been easier with our simple approach to the basics of combining pictures in Photoshop.

From Beginner to Pro

We start with the basics, but this tutorial is designed to help artists at every level. We teach the fundamentals and expand upon it by adding in powerful tools, tips, and techniques that can take your blending to the next level.

Our Secrets to Realistic Composites

Image compositing starts with finding and capturing the right photos. We start this tutorial by helping you develop the eyes of a compositing artist, teaching you how to analyze pictures in a way that will help you determine how well they will fit together. Learn the fundamentals of light, perspective, camera settings, and more!



Match Light

Photos are all about light, which is why being able to identify light quality and direction is so important for creating great composites. Learn the differences between soft light and hard light and how to determine the directionality of light to help make sure your subject fits naturally into an environment.

Match Perspective

In order to make everything appear like it was captured in the same environment from the same camera, you’ll want to make sure that the camera height and angle is similar across each photo. We’ll show you some tricks to help you find the vanishing point and horizon line in each image so that you can quickly and easily line up multiple photos in the same scene.

Match Focal Length & Camera Settings

A wide angle lens will exaggerate space and will stretch things out the closer they are to the camera. A telephoto lens will compress space and will typically result in more natural-looking dimensions. Learn to identify differences in focal length, perspective distortion, and depth of field to make sure all of the photos you’re compositing will fit together beautifully.



Step-by-Step Tutorials

Like many things in Photoshop, compositing is a process. We’ve created a simple guide to walk you through each step, from determining which photos you should use, to making cut-outs and selections, and tying it all together by adding additional light and color.

Photo Analysis

We don’t just show you how to merge images together, we show you why certain images will work and why certain images won’t. See several examples that demonstrate what happens when the lighting, perspective, and focal length don’t match while we try to find the right photo for the job.

Compositing Tips & Techniques

Compositing has been a staple of PHLEARN education for a long time. Over the years, we’ve developed tried-and-true methods to making the process of blending images as efficient and effective as possible. Once you have mastered the basics, move on to some our favorites like Photoshop Compositing: Essential Tools & Techniques, How to Change and Remove Backgrounds in Photoshop, and The Beginner’s Guide to Levitation.



Light, Color & Check Layers

We can’t always trust our eyes in Photoshop. That’s why we teach you to use tools that will help help interpret things like color and luminosity. Learn to match light levels and color saturation between any number of images faster and easier than ever before!

Family Portraits to Creative Concepts

Compositing isn’t just for ultra-conceptual, sci-fi, and fantasy images. Being able to realistically blend multiple images together will help you solve problems like fixing someone’s blinking eyes in a group photo or placing a bride and groom in front of a more romantic scene. Once you’ve mastered the ideas and techniques in this tutorial, you’ll be ready to put your compositing skills to work in a way that’s best for you and your images.

Simple Examples for Advanced Results

There’s no secret to high-end composites. We use simple examples, each blending two images in Photoshop, that will have you feeling confident enough to start combining a dozen photos in no time.

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace


Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so so helpful, thank you.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    A tremendous amount of practical application of tools I’ve rarely used (select > modify > contract > delete), or even knew how to use correctly. Thanks for this intense and gratifying introduction to my new found compositing future. Aaron and his polished team continue to amaze.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    You’re the best.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simply great! Thank you!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    How did you manage to squeeze so much information into those 5 hrs.. I do not know 😉 Absolutely loved it.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Solid Color adjustment layer set to Saturation or Hue is absolutely fantastic and helps me get realistic results. Many thanks from France!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Another mindblowing easy to digest and fun course from Aaron. Thanks man, u’ve helped me a lot this last 10 months.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    It was fantastic tutorial, Aaron! In particular, I admired that you showed the process of “Selecting suitable photos” for compsite, so that I could solve the problem that I always had. I think this tutorial not just focused on a technical issues, but it gives us a practical knowledge of the real world. And he also gives many Tips! How to use Threshold to analize the Lights between background & subject, How to adjust Hue, Saturation using hyper-Saturated Solid Color, How to find a Horizontal Line in the picture, Why things that are close look darker than far objects, How to draw the reflexion of the surrounding environment that permeates the subject. It’s a lecture that teaches you how to use these knowledges to make more natural composite photo! Thank you again, for your great tutorial!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Did she ever find Tony wandering around Yellowstone?

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    As someone who creates photo-composites to help clients visualise their design, I found that this tutorial helped me to elevate my skills to a whole new level. Understanding why certain images do and don’t work well together was extremely helpful. There is some really great content which makes it worth retaking this course a couple of times to help really solidify your understanding. Looking forward to pushing my skills further with future composting episodes. An excellent tutorial to upgrade your compositing skills.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved it. I feel I learned so much by seeing also what did not work and why.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have watched many of Aaron’s composition vid’s and always been impressed but he has always left me with a few unanswered questions,This course answers those questions and a lot more i never even thought of.Probably not a complete beginners course but if a complete beginner can understand this,then he/she will be a top class compositor in a lot less time.This course is THE best on composting and i have watched a lot over the years.I am no way near Aaron but i thought I knew a bit about the subject,I know now I dont really but with this course i will.This course is worth the subscription on its own.Thanks Aaron and your Phlearn team, you guys really ROCK. My very best regards Rob

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    As someone who thought they already knew how to composites quite well… I learned so much from this tutorial! I was not as good as I thought I was! I always struggled to match colour balances and now I can do so easily. I learned how to create seamless composites that the viewer is unsure if it is photoshopped or not. Thanks Aaron!!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Having watched several PhLearn compositing tutorials, this one encapsulates all the essential guidance and techniques. I would say it’s the most efficient one in terms of getting the information across in the amount of time. Excellently done, and is the one I would use a reference guide. Not sure about the “for beginners” in the title given the use of masks and blending modes, but hey if there’s a future one for intermediate/advanced users then count me in! Love the inclusion of the Fog Brush, and it would have been nice to include an action similar to the “Bakster Check Group” .. perhaps a short additional bonus segment? Thanks Aaron and team PhLearn for this most excellent tutorial.


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