This is our next course from Guest Instructor Rikard Rodin—Creative Director and photoshop guru. In this course he takes you through the entire process of creating a photo composite of a woman sitting on a swing, overlooking a city—from cutting out and masking, to rebuilding entire parts of an image using existing elements.
Length: 1 hour, 13 minutes | Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate | Required Software: Photoshop CC
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Learn to use the pen tool to make accurate curve-based paths which can then be used for masking and selection.
Selecting with color range, the select and mask tool, the refine edge tool and directly painting masks with brushes—it’s all covered here.
Creating smart objects, combining selections and isolated objects for further compositing are covered in this lesson.
How do you create something that was never in the original photo? In this lesson we recreate the bottom of the dress with the pen tool, lasso tool and transform tools.
Finally, how do we make it convincing? The clone tool, curves, gradients and feathering are all covered in this lesson.
With our main subject cutout, we start combining the two images—matching lighting and extending the ropes using masks, the transform tool and gradients.
Learn about modifying selections, using the “soft light” blending mode to cast color and channels to add highlights to hair.
From gradient ramps, layer blending modes, color balance and curves to vibrance and mask-isolated adjustments, here are tools to make your composite artistic and beautifully colored.