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Fine Art Compositing with Rob Woodcox


Rob Woodcox is a fine art and fashion photographer whose work explores identity, human interaction, and his own personal experiences. Follow along as Rob recreates four of his most extraordinary images in Photoshop!

Learn detailed portrait retouching, background retouching, and how to seamlessly blend multiple images together. Along the way, Rob gives valuable insight into his photographic process and how to run a successful creative business!


  • 66 Sample Images


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 | Introduction
  • 01 - What You'll Learn
  • 02 - Get to Know Rob Woodcox
  • 03 - Building a Business with Fine Art Photography
Chapter 2 | Desert Spirits
  • 01 - Creating Desert Spirits
  • 02 - Merge Backround
  • 03 - Clothing & Background Retouching
  • 04 - Color & Contrast
Chapter 3 | Heavenly Creature
  • 01 - Creating Heavenly Creature
  • 02 - Merge Backround
  • 03 - Background Retouching & Gradient
  • 04 - Skin & String Retouching
  • 05 - Dodge & Burn
  • 06 - Color & Contrast
Chapter 4 | The Wave
  • 01 - Creating The Wave
  • 02 - Merge Background
  • 03 - Cut Out Models for Composition
  • 04 - Compose Models
  • 05 - Color & Contrast
Chapter 5 | Human Tetris
  • 01 - Creating Human Tetris
  • 02 - Merge Background
  • 03 - Background Reconstruction
  • 04 - Cutting Out Models
  • 05 - Composing Models
  • 06 - Color & Contrast

Fine Art Compositing in Photoshop

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Fine Art Compositing

Rob Woodcox is a photographer that strives to put meaning and intention into every image he creates. Learn about his process for developing ideas and then see how he pulls all the pieces together in Photoshop using professional compositing techniques.

Blending Images in Photoshop

Learn how to use compositing to solve problems and create surreal scenes. Rob demonstrates his compositing techniques for merging multiple photos together to create a full-frame look and for placing subjects into a new background or environment.

Professional Retouching

As a portrait and fashion photographer, Rob excels at subtle retouching that reduces distractions while highlighting a subject’s natural beauty. Through 4 examples, you’ll learn techniques for retouching clothing, skin, hair, and even backgrounds!

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Workflow on-the-go

As a traveling photographer, Rob needs a workflow that helps him complete projects quickly and while using as little hard drive space as possible. See his tricks for working more efficiently on-the-go while preserving precious storage space on the computer.


Composition is one of the key ingredients to making powerful images. Now you can learn the art of composing a frame from one of the best. Analyze locations, shapes, and model poses to create the perfect composition in Photoshop.

Reconstruct Backgrounds

Photoshoot locations aren’t always perfect, but that’s why we have Photoshop. Follow along as we work through several examples where backgrounds need to be cleaned up, extended, and even have sections completely rebuilt!

Creative Retouching & Compositing

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Follow along with step-by-step instruction

Learn from pro photographer Rob Woodcox

Art & Business

Learn how to turn your creativity and passions into a way of life. Rob Woodcox shares his professional experience, creative process, and how he brings it all together in Photoshop.

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Become a Professional Creator

If it’s your dream to travel the world and create fantastic images, this tutorial is for you! Learn from Rob Woodcox, a professional photographer who has worked to turn his passions into a lifestyle.

You’ll Learn:

  • Retouching
  • Compositing
  • Photoshop Skills
  • Workflow
  • The Business Side
  • Photography Tips
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Color & Contrast

Color is a powerful tool that can help you tell better stories with your photos. Learn the art of making color adjustments in Photoshop, while taking full advantage of the natural colors already present in an image.

From Passion to Business

Turn your creativity and ideas into a full-fledged photography business with the skills and advice offered in this tutorial. Learn a professional’s approach to coming up with concepts and bringing them to life in Photoshop.

Photoshoot Overview

Rob sits down with Aaron Nace to discuss some of the photoshoots and some of the challenges involved in capturing these images. Hear great advice on planning, overcoming obstacles, and how to be as resourceful as possible when bringing an idea to life.

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Warp & Liquify

Rob loves to work with interesting shapes and geometry. And oftentimes he needs to reshape a subject or environment to fit the form that he’s looking for. Learn how to use the Liquify and Transform tools to make subtle changes to shapes and perspective to create the perfect composition.

Creative Inspiration

If you’ve been looking for some inspiration to spark your next project, you just might find it here! See how Rob takes simple captures of models and locations, then combines them in Photoshop to create stunning scenes.

Meet Rob Woodcox

From subtle retouching to surreal compositing, learn how Rob creates stunning works of art in Photoshop. Best of all, we sit down with Rob to discuss his life, his business, and how he captured each of these amazing images.

Class Instructor

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Rob Woodcox

Fine Art & Fashion Photographer – InstagramWebsiteArt Book

Rob Woodcox is a fine art and fashion photographer currently splitting time between Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York City. Rob’s passion for photography has developed into a dedication for advocacy and making strained voices heard. Rob has produced projects raising consciousness and conversation around the US foster system and adoption, queer identity, body positivity and racial diversity. Having been adopted as a child and interacting often with the foster care system, Rob creates from a unique perspective, finding hope in the human connection and the will to overcome negative constructs within our complex societies. Rob has taught thousands of students in over 15 countries and 25 cities worldwide- he has taught over 80 workshops to date. He has worked for clients such as Universal Pictures and Capitol Records and has been published in many top level media outlets internationally. Rob’s main passion is sharing creativity and inspiration with others, he is thrilled to be a part of the Phlearn community.

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  1. This was very instructive. Got a lot of ideas on how to use PS in a faster and easier way. You are the born teacher, making complicated actions so easy.

  2. So amazing!! Thanks Rob for sharing your knowledge!

  3. Amazing! Thank you!

  4. Really great tutorials !!!! The content is very well explained and Rob made every tiny detail easier to be handled. Thank you for sharing!!!

  5. Really enjoyed this. Great techniques, very well explained and excellent results.

  6. What a great set of tutorials!! I found Rob so engaging and his love for his art and for humanity shines through in everything he contributed. So inspiring! Hanging out with Aaron & Rob would be so much fun. 🙂 Rob’s extraction techniques are really interesting, of course, they take a little longer than photoshops more automated processes, especially with recent improvements in the select and mask tools. However, the incredibly precise and clean results are clearly worth the effort when the image requires it. I would really like to mention Rob’s workflow because it is so different from my own. Like many who have followed Phlearn for years, I am pretty anal about non-destructive editing. Rob’s approach works so well because of his incredible attention to the small details. There is definitely something to learn for us all in his approach. The most enjoyable tutorials I have seen for quite some time. (Y)

  7. I loved this tutorial. He is easy to follow along with and gives great tips!

  8. Rob is very straightforward and easy to understand. Learned quite a lot from his tutorial

  9. Rob is very articulate in sharing his creative design process and this is a wonderful tutorial and insight into the artistic process. Thanks to Rob, Aaron, and the PhLearn team for making this available.

  10. This was exceptional! Rob was great in his explanations and made all his techniques look easy. I loved his love of his work/art. He rivals Aaron as a great instructor. (I will not comment on which is better!) . I would also recommend that everyone look up Rob’s on line photos. They are amazing.

  11. What an amazing tutorial!! Learnt so much and now I feel super inspired!! Thank you Rob and the Phlearn team for making this possible!

  12. Wonderful tutorial. Rob made the difficult tasks easy. I like how he does not follow conventional and heavily structured norms, and goes on to demonstrate some ‘free-hand’ techniques, especially with masking out subjects.

  13. love the tutorials with rob woodcox I have larn a lots thank you

  14. Incredible tutorials! It’s so valuable to see how different artists edit. Rob was able to demystify his techniques and show how a few tricks can make things beautiful.

  15. Great tutorial. Learned some great new techniques. Liked the presentation and build up of the several parts of the class. A thumbs up for Rob and the Phlearn Team

  16. Wow! One of the most inspiring and well put together tutorials I’ve ever seen! Great collaboration PHLEARN and Rob Woodcox!!!! I learned a lot of new ideas and techniques, and learned about the importance of interconnections in art and life. Thanks for this!

  17. Fantastic tutorials, thank you!

  18. Loving this already, great use of the colour techniques Rob, thank you.

  19. Wow these look amazing! Thank you!

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