The Perfect Composite

The Perfect Composite 3 Videos (2:32h)
  • 01 - Part 1
  • 02 - Part 2
  • 03 - Part 3

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Discover the secrets to making a perfect composite in this Phlearn PRO Tutorial. Learn every process and detail to take an image that was photographed in a studio and blend it seamlessly into a new background. Including creating accurate, rich shadows from scratch.

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Skills You Will Learn

  • Coloring
  • Compositing

Dream it. Then do it.

Bring your studio photography to new destinations. No longer will you be restricted to taking boring images on plain backgrounds. Learn an amazing technique developed specifically for this tutorial on sizing your subject perfectly every time!

Match Highlight and Shadow

Create stronger composite images by matching the subject highlights and shadows to the background. Learn how advanced selections can keep the rest of the subject intact while only editing the highlights.

Color Correction

Remove the complexities from correcting colors in shadows, mid-tones and highlights. At times, highlights are too warm or too saturated and need to be treated separately from other areas of an image. Learn how to correct color and restrict your changes to specific areas.

Perfect in every way.

Follow along step-by-step and learn how to match lighting between your subject and background. Discover how to use channels to accurately color your image. You will also create incredible shadows and edge glow to ensure your scene comes together perfectly.

Add Edge Glow

Learn how to analyze the image background and determine where light needs to be added so your subject will appear actually to be in the scene. Master techniques for properly adding edge glows to your subject to accomplish this.

Create Movement

See how to build additional detail and effect to the model’s scarf so that it appears to be moving within the new background. This method of rebuilding and blurring the scarf will come in handy for future images.

Perfect Light

Analyze light like never before. Placement, as well as type of light, is extremely important. In this tutorial, you will learn how to match the light sources on any image.

Perfect Shadows

Explore different techniques in this tutorial that will allow you to create perfect shadows in your composites. There are many factors to creating a perfect shadow, and we show you how.

Perfect Perspective

Become a master of angles and horizon lines. Build your composite images to the correct perspective using this exclusive technique. By creating a plan and keeping true to real life perspectives, your composites are guaranteed to be more amazing.

Perfect Cutouts

Follow along as we explain the correct tools and techniques to cut out the subject for this image. Create incredible selections and speed up your background cleanup.

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  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    I have not seen this, but I’ll gladly pay the price if it really shows how to cut out dark hair from a dark background. I have yet to find software that does a decient jobs of it. Can I get some feedback?

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial. I adore your work. It’s very helpful.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial … thanks Aaron! … and of course your team 😉
    I am happy with the results

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Another fantastic tutorial and I think I got a great result. This was more advanced than the other tutorials I have done – but the techniques build on one another and they have all come in useful for my own projects.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial! It covers a lot things and explains what you have to take care about to make a realistic and believable composition. At first it semeed to be easy but it started getting a little bit harder as it advanced and also when trying to apply the same skills in photoshop. Anyway I think it´s more near to be a beginner/intermidiate level than intermediate/advanced. Finally I replaced the background with an ocean using the learnt skills.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    This tut was a ton of fun. It is tailored to someone who already has working knowledge of Photoshop, but it teaches new concepts and ideas I haven’t seen in the other Phlearn tuts. However, there are the usual corollaries from other tutorials, so it isn’t completely new. Don’t be intimidated. As usual, Aaron makes it easy to follow and learn.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a fantastic tutorial and is clearly aimed at an intermediate photoshop skill level – (i.e., NOT a beginner), which I absolutely love! There are plenty of tutorials available that cover the basics but as your photoshop skill level advances it becomes increasingly harder to find high quality tutorials that teach and challenge you. Most of the intermediate videos (not phlearn videos) that I have encountered spend 80% of their time on the basics and maybe 20% of their time on intermediate skills. Phlearn has a great set of truly intermediate level videos and this is one of them! Please keep it up – thank you!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent tutorial on compositing. There are so many techniques that you will learn from this tutorial. Matching colors, saturation, and learning how to incorporate someone into a completely new background. You will learn the essentials of creating shadows and how to blend them so they will fit your image. You will also learn so many things to look for in your images that just make the images work together so much better. This is a must have for anyone that is interested in learning how to do excellent composites.

    You won’t master these techniques in one sitting, but you will learn how to apply them to every image you work on. My attached image is from my first run through. I plan on revisiting this when I get more practice.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love Photo Composites and this was the one Tutorial that taught me the correct way to do it. You will learn how to match Perspective the right way, hand paint shadows and match foreground and background luminosity and color.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    im so glad i got the beginner package with this tutorial.

    not only do i learn about blending models to their surrounding but i also learned that shadows are not just black and grey.

    it took me a few hours to get a handle of the blending but after 3 or 4 tries i got it down to 15 minutes.

    Phlearn does an amazing job of explaining step by step how blending like a pro can be easily achieved.

    very happy with how i can do this with any pic now.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    hello, I am delighted with these sales, but there is something I am very interested and is a tutorial to teach me how to give a color, atmófera, how to give color, ambience, my composition, please if you could help me and make me a tutorial with these steps, I would be very grateful and would buy of course.
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