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Photoshop for Photographers: Compositing

with Chris Orwig

Video: Welcome

Essential techniques to create composites from multiple photos using Adobe Photoshop—from working around tricky exposure challenges to creating stronger group photos and crafting creative photo illustrations.
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  1. 3m 11s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Why create composites?
      1m 14s
  2. 18m 3s
    1. Combining the expressions from two images
      6m 10s
    2. Combining two frames to improve the overall image
      7m 26s
    3. Using Photomerge and masking to create a better group portrait
      4m 27s
  3. 51m 55s
    1. Combining two frames together with masking
      6m 52s
    2. Applying the finishing touches and making creative adjustments
      7m 20s
    3. Removing the subject from a location
      5m 1s
    4. Changing the scale of the subject
      2m 26s
    5. Creating realistic shadows
      8m 0s
    6. Adding a creative effect
      6m 3s
    7. Relocating the subject
      4m 52s
    8. Working on shadows and color
      5m 6s
    9. An inspirational sneak peek into the layered file of a compositing guru
      6m 15s
  4. 51m 30s
    1. Improving composition with symmetry
      7m 11s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      6m 20s
    3. Enhancing color and tone
      5m 33s
    4. Extending the background
      6m 15s
    5. Cleaning up and final adjustments
      3m 33s
    6. Masking together multiple exposures
      5m 10s
    7. Filling in the gaps in the background
      6m 58s
    8. Finishing the background
      5m 51s
    9. Making final adjustments
      4m 39s
  5. 38m 26s
    1. Painting in light
      4m 54s
    2. Brightening up the exposure
      3m 40s
    3. Adding interest by masking in exposure
      4m 50s
    4. Correcting overexposure
      4m 53s
    5. Correcting overexposure with Color Range
      4m 57s
    6. Adding candlelight and enhancing color and tone
      6m 8s
    7. Combining interior and exterior exposures of an office with windows
      4m 38s
    8. Masking in multiple light sources in an interior
      4m 26s
  6. 21m 39s
    1. Combining two exposures for the foreground and sky
      6m 2s
    2. Filling an ordinary, plain blue sky with interesting clouds
      6m 2s
    3. Experimenting with different cloud options
      4m 47s
    4. Using advanced masking to create a more subtle look
      4m 48s
  7. 32m 52s
    1. Blending a sequence of images together
      9m 30s
    2. Cropping and finishing the image sequence
      4m 51s
    3. Starting an action-sequence project
      4m 16s
    4. Building the background
      4m 34s
    5. Masking in the action
      4m 48s
    6. Cropping and finishing the image sequence
      4m 53s
  8. 1h 7m
    1. Cleaning up the background
      3m 50s
    2. Cleaning up the light bulb
      6m 29s
    3. Adding the tree
      7m 31s
    4. Creating reflections
      5m 22s
    5. Sharpening and final adjustments
      3m 19s
    6. Masking the subject into the scene
      4m 42s
    7. Building shadows
      6m 22s
    8. Making final color and tone adjustments
      4m 3s
    9. Positioning the subject and adding rope
      6m 47s
    10. Connecting the rope to the can
      5m 49s
    11. Creating a reflection and shadows
      6m 36s
    12. Adding the final shadows and sharpening
      6m 31s
  9. 47s
    1. Goodbye

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Photoshop for Photographers: Compositing
Video Duration: 0s 4h 45m Intermediate


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Discover the essential techniques to create composites from multiple photos using Adobe Photoshop. Author and photographer Chris Orwig demonstrates how to work around tricky exposure challenges, create stronger group photos, craft creative photo illustrations, and more. This course also covers multiple compositing scenarios, including portraits and architectural photos, and illustrates the process of selecting the images, blending photos with layer masks and blend modes, and resizing and sharpening the results. Along the way, Chris shares his insights for making photos look more dramatic and interesting.

Topics include:
  • Combining facial expressions from two images
  • Creating a better group portrait with Photomerge
  • Removing a subject from the background
  • Changing the scale of a subject
  • Enhancing the color and tone of a composite image
  • Masking together multiple exposures
  • Filling in background gaps
  • Correcting overexposure
  • Replacing the sky in an image
  • Creating reflections
  • Building in shadows


Hi! My name is Chris Orwig. I'm a photographer and a teacher and welcome to this course; Photoshop for Photographers Compositing Projects. In this course, we are going to take a look at how we can composite multiple exposures together, and then how you can combine expressions together from different frames. We will look at how we can take a subject from one environment, then place that subject in a different environment. We will look at how we can improve composition with multiple exposures by extending the background and changing the overall composition of a scene.

We will also look at how we can change the sky or the background of a photograph. We will take a look at how you can capture an action sequence, and then how you can combine all of these frames together in one image, and we'll make some imaginative composites as well. We are going to cover all of these topics and more. So without further delay, let's begin.

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