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Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites

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If you're interested in getting better at Photoshop compositing, one of the things that you might want to do is start to explore and discover other people's work. Sometimes I find that by evaluating and kind of deconstructing how other people put together images, it can give you some really fascinating ideas in order to learn how to do this on your own. Well, here I simply want to share with you a handful of different web sites that you can visit in order to pick up a bit of inspiration. Well, the first one is ralphclevenger.com.

Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites

If you're interested in getting better at Photoshop compositing, one of the things that you might want to do is start to explore and discover other people's work. Sometimes I find that by evaluating and kind of deconstructing how other people put together images, it can give you some really fascinating ideas in order to learn how to do this on your own. Well, here I simply want to share with you a handful of different web sites that you can visit in order to pick up a bit of inspiration. Well, the first one is ralphclevenger.com.

Here we can see this photograph of the iceberg. This image is made up of four photographs. One with the sky, one of the iceberg above the water. This iceberg below was above, he just flipped it upside down, and then also we have an underwater shot. In this particular composite, it works well because it communicates something. It has a strong message and the Photoshop work is really nice. All right! Well, let's go to another site, we'll go to sugardigital.com, and when you navigate to this site, one of the things you want to do is go to the Retouching section.

I always appreciate it whenever different sites show before and after. here you can see the before and then the after. One of the things I've found is that by looking at the before and after you can start to reverse engineer how they do things and how they think about postproduction work. All right! Well, let's move to another site. This one is called fatcatdigital.com. Here, you may want to go to Case Studies, because in case studies what you can do is you can click through these little movies where they show you how they build different types of photographs, and again it's fascinating to see how these images come together in order to lead to the final result.

One other site you may find to be helpful is called rocketart.com. Once again, if you go to the section here where you view their portfolio work, you can see some of the original files. What I'll do here is simply click on See original images, and we can see all the different photographs that they took, and that they then combined together in order to create this final composite for their client. Another site that you might want to visit is fiscusphoto.com, and here we'll find some images which are a little bit more edgy, a little bit more dramatic.

And again it may give you some creative ideas in regards to how you want to work on your own photos. The next site that I want to highlight is erikalmas.com. Erikalmas approaches commercial photography from a fine art perspective. Therefore I find that it gives his overall composites and his retouching a really interesting perspective. He does some great work not only with compositing, but also with color and tone, and mood, and emotion. So be sure to check out his site. Again, erickalmas.com. All right, just a few more here.

Next one I want to highlight is glenwexlerstudio.com and here we'll find some images which are a little bit more surreal. Especially if you click on the section Impossible Realities. Here, he's pushing the envelope even further but nonetheless he's doing so in a really effective way. The next site I want to highlight is jameystillings.com and Jamey Stillings is a really successful commercial photographer, and as you click through his site, you'll find some really simple but also poignant composite work and also portraits and other work as well. All right! One more site for you.

This one is saddingtonbaynes.com, and again what's fascinating about this is as we click through this site, you'll find areas where you can see some of the original elements. Now, they took a pretty ordinary photograph and then combined it with a few other frames in order to create something rather stunning. Well the last site I want to share with you here is chrisorwig.com/retouching, and if you click on the section for Retouching Links, you'll find a wide range of links that range from fashion retouching to architecture to conceptual work.

Make sure you scroll through those, and if there are any that you haven't visited, you may want to check those out, because what I've found is that by visiting other people's work, it can really give you a bit of inspiration and it can also help you sharpen your overall technical approach to Photoshop compositing.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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