Studio compositing is a balance between lighting, camera angles and Photoshop. This tutorial teaches all three, making the entire process simple. In this section, follow Aaron as he plans out all each of the composites.
02 - Ocean: Part 1
Learn how to composite your subject into any background, first by importing your image into Photoshop using Adobe Camera RAW to begin on the right foot.
03 - Ocean: Part 2
Learn how to cut out your subject and remove green screen color spill.
04 - Ocean: Part 3
Aaron reduces redness in the subjects skin tones and add a natural glow to the image.
05 - Ocean: Part 4
In this final section of the Ocean composite, follow Aaron as he color corrects his image, adds natural blur, and puts on the finishing touches to this studio Photoshop composite.
06 - Pier: Part 1
In this section, Aaron imports his images into using Adobe Camera RAW. Then he cuts out the subject and removes green screen color spill.
07 - Pier: Part 2
Aaron cleans up his background and creates a shadow for his subject from scratch.
08 - Pier: Part 3
Learn some tips and tricks for matching your subject and background color and follow Aaron as he retouches and color tones his composite.
09 - Door: Part 1
In the most advanced composite of the tutorial, Aaron composites two images of the subject together and then cuts the subject out of the background, including a complex hair cut out.
10 - Door: Part 2
Learn how to dodge and burn, adjust your colors and levels, and even composite the original shadow of the subject into the scene to seamlessly blend your subject and background.
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3 complete composite tutorials.
Each composite image is different and comes with its own set of challenges. We include three composite image tutorials to go over the majority of techniques you need to create a successful studio composite. Learn to create shadows, match color, cut out hair, and match lighting on 3 different images.
Studio lighting explained.
One of the biggest challenges you will face in studio compositing is matching the light from the studio to the background image. If the light doesn’t match, your image will look out of place. Learn how to match multiple lighting conditions with the included 3-d lighting diagrams and lighting explanation video.
Learn to master the Pen Tool.
When it comes to cutting out your subject – there is no better tool than the Pen Tool. The accuracy, control and flexibility of the Pen Tool makes it the perfect companion for studio compositing. Learn to cut-out your subject from head to toe using the Pen Tool.
Copy shadows perfectly.
When it comes to compositing – the shadow is as important as the subject. Without a realistic shadow, your subject will look as if they were floating. You will learn how to use the exiting shadow from the studio image over-top of the composite, making your shadows perfectly real.
Mask hair flawlessly.
One of the hardest parts about studio compositing can be cutting out hair. Each hair needs to be removed from the background, and with detail that small, it can be difficult to capture. In this tutorial you will learn to cut out hair perfectly – that means every single strand. Check out the full size image to see for yourself.
Learn to shoot on green screen.
Photographing your subject on a green screen or “chroma key” background is a great technique for studio compositing. Ideally you can select out the green in Photoshop and remove it from the image, leaving just your subject. While this technique does work well, you are often left with some green color cast on your subject. In this tutorial we show you how to remove color casts and how to match color to your environment.
Stock backgrounds included
We provide you with everything you need to follow along with your tutorial – including the stock image backgrounds. These high-resolution images are carefully selected to make great composite backgrounds, they are simple and feature your subject nicely. Practice photographing your own subjects and placing them on the included backgrounds.
Create realistic shadows.
In order to make a composite image look real, your shadows have to match the background perfectly. Learn how to take an existing shadow, make it a selection, then copy shadows from the background image into that selection.
Match background color
Environmental color plays a huge role in the color of a person’s skin. Outside on a sunny blue-sky day, your skin will take on some blue color. Sitting in a dimly lit restaurant, your skin will look more orange. When compositing your subject into a new environment, matching color is very important. You will learn how to analyze and color correct your subject’s skin to match the background.
RAW images included
Intro to studio compositing includes 16-bit RAW images of each subject – giving you more power to properly adjust color and exposure. Learn how to edit RAW images using ACR (Adobe Camera Raw). Edit RAW images side-by-side your background to match color and light perfectly.
3D lighting diagrams
3 included 3D lighting diagram videos give you an in-depth look into the studio lighting we used for each image. Experience our lighting diagrams from every angle to clearly see and understand how we use studio strobes to match background light.
Remove white edges
Halos, fringes, and white edges are a common problem for composite images. You try to cut your subject perfectly but can’t seem to get rid of those white edges. In this tutorial you will learn a fool-proof technique for removing white edges quickly and accurately.
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