Learn the step-by-step process of creating a stunning conceptual composite in Photoshop. From cutting out subjects with precision to matching colors and lighting across multiple images, organizing complex composites, and adding realistic details, this tutorial covers it all!
If you’re ready to take things to the next level, in our bonus section, we’ll dive into the world of After Effects, where you’ll learn how to transform your Photoshop creation into a dynamic 3D scene.
We’ll show you why it’s important to start with a rough composite. This will allow you to easily position and outline the relationships between objects, saving you time by avoiding unnecessary attention to minor details.
Cutting Out Subjects
We’ll introduce you to the fastest, most efficient methods to remove both simple and complex subjects from their backgrounds. You’ll explore automatic tools like the Select Subject feature, and more traditional tools like the Object Selection Tool, the Magic Wand Tool, the Lasso Tool and the Brush Tool.
Matching Color Like a Pro
Matching color and lighting across multiple images is essential for creating convincing composite images. We’ll show you how to use the Levels Adjustment Layer and the Color Balance Adjustment Layer to unify images taken at different times of day under diverse lighting conditions.
Get ready for an awesome learning experience! This tutorial includes 15 sample images and a detailed PSD file, all available for download. These assets are your guide, so you can follow along step by step and create your very own masterpiece.
Go at Your Own Pace
Enjoy a smooth learning experience and become a pro at your own rhythm! Dive into easy-to-follow, step-by-step sections that allow you to absorb the material comfortably. Whether you tackle one section or multiple in one sitting, you have the freedom to learn as it suits you best.
Advanced Compositing Learning Path
If you love compositing, we recommend exploring our Magical Compositing Learning Path. From mastering light and color with stock images to exploring mind-bending creations by guest artists, and even discovering some of our most classic composites, this learning path empowers you to bring your wildest visions to life. Follow this link to access the Magical Compositing Learning Path.
Bring Your Composite to Life
Create a Parallax Effect from Scratch
Whether you’re creating a simple animation or a complex visual effect, Photoshop and After Effects have the tools you need to make it happen.
GET CREATIVE WITH AFTER EFFECTS
Stunning Moving Scenes
Combine Photoshop and After Effects to create stunning moving scenes. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to export assets from a Photoshop project, bring them into After Effects, and then create silky-smooth motion and parallax effects.
After Effects Basics
Are you a Photoshop pro who’s never used After Effects? This course is for you! We’ll teach you the basics of After Effects, including how to organize projects, and work with a wide variety of images and assets.
Create with Ease
We’ve got everything you need to dive into the world of animation. Included in your downloads you’ll find both 18 PNG images needed and the After Effects Project File. And guess what? Our easy-to-follow tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a truly mesmerizing animation!
ORGANIZE YOUR FILES EFFICIENTLY
BLEND IMAGES SEAMLESSLY
Organizing Your Assets
We’ll teach you how to manage complex Photoshop compositions with multiple layers, groups, and adjustments. You’ll learn how to segment your images into foreground, mid-ground, and background, and how to maintain a high level of organization. You’ll also learn advanced Photoshop organization tips that will help you work more efficiently and facilitate future changes.
Blending Images Together
Compositing images can be a bit tricky, but we’re here to help! We’ll show you how to use techniques like the smudge tool to add depth and cohesion to your images, so that the viewer’s eye is drawn right to the subject.
Adding the Final Touches
Adding the finishing touches to a composite image can truly elevate its beauty. We’ll guide you through the process of enhancing your subject with captivating details, such as achieving the appearance of realistic backlit hair in an underwater setting.
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
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.