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In Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing, Chris Orwig demonstrates how to take photographs to the next creative level by combining images in Photoshop. This course covers multiple compositing scenarios, including portraits and architecture photos, from selecting the images, to blending photos with layer masks and blend modes, and resizing and sharpening the results. Chris also covers tips and tricks design to inspire and increase the drama and interest of photographs. Exercise files are included with this course.
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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