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Compositing in Photoshop From Start to Finish

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Make realistic image composites that catch every eye. Learn how to use Photoshop® tools to combine, layer and blend photos like a pro.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a gear list, prop-building guide and practice images
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Bret Malley
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Start compositing in Photoshop and watch your wildest image ideas come to life alongside digital artist Bret Malley. Begin by learning how to use the Quick Selection, Magic Wand and Refine Edge tools for accurate, clear composites. Then, gain complete creative control over your images by working with masks and adjustment layers as you clip your curves, color and saturation edits. Move on to uniting your images with cohesive global adjustments such as dodging, burning and vignettes. Once you can edit composite images, get Bret's tips for setting up a photo shoot that will make compositing so much simpler. Finally, learn how to combine your new skills by working on a fun, surreal composite project.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Selection Tools
Meet your instructor, Bret Malley, and begin your journey to seamless composites. First, you'll master selections by learning how and when to use your tools, from Quick Selection to Magic Wand and more. Then, fine-tune your selections with the Refine Edge tool.
2. Mask & Heal
3. Adjustment Layers
4. Finishing Adjustments
5. Shooting Composites
6. Building Composites

Recommended with this class

  • DSLR camera
  • Tripod and lighting kit
  • Adobe Photoshop (instructor uses Photoshop CC)

Taught by

Bret Malley
Bret Malley
Bret Malley is an award-winning digital artist with experience in documentary filmmaking, 3-D photography and music composition. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches photography, design and Photoshop to all levels of university students. To share his knowledge of digital arts, he wrote the book Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Photoshop.

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