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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Composite Shoot #2- Creating Rooms in Photoshop

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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47. Editing Composite Shoot #2- Creating Rooms in Photoshop


Class Trailer
1 Class Introduction 07:25 2 Overview of Brooke’s Journey 20:13 3 Your Timeline is Nonlinear 05:37 4 Using Curiosity and Intention to Build Your Career 03:26 5 What Factors Dictate Growth 08:24 6 Organic Growth vs. Forced Growth 05:18 7 Niche Branding 04:57 8 Brooke’s Artistic Evolution and Timeline 24:27
9 How Can You Get Ahead if You Feel Behind? 10:02 10 Ideation and Conceptualization to Identify Meaning in Your Art 05:54 11 Idea Fluency 10:33 12 How to Represent an Idea 07:01 13 How to Innovate an Idea 07:07 14 Creating a Dialogue With Your Art 05:48 15 Conceptualization For a Series vs. a Single Image 03:43 16 Transforming a Single Image Into a Series 03:12 17 How to Tell a Story in a Series 03:28 18 How to Create Costumes From Fabric 07:20 19 Brooke’s Most Useful Costumes 02:19 20 Using Paint and Clay as Texture in an Image 02:56 21 Create Physical Elements in an Image 10:22 22 Shooting for a Fine Art Series 05:45 23 Conceptualization: Flowery Fish Bowl in the Desert 04:08 24 Wardrobe and Texture 04:54 25 Posing for the Story 05:32 26 Choosing an Image 01:23 27 Conceptualization: Rainy Plexiglass 11:34 28 Posing for the Story 04:17 29 Creating Backlight 02:37 30 Photo Shoot #1 - Creating a Simple Composite 17:51 31 Photo Shoot #2 - Creating a Dynamic Composite 06:31 32 Photo Shoot #3 - Creating a Storytelling Composite 07:40 33 Shooting the Background Images 06:14 34 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Working With Backgrounds 24:35 35 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Retouching the Subject 04:20 36 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Color Grading 02:45 37 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Floor Replacement Texture 15:24 38 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Final Adjustments 03:21 39 Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Cropping and Editing Backgrounds 05:25 40 Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Selective Adjustments 03:55 41 Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Adding Texture + Fine Tuning 03:21 42 Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Compositing Models 06:58 43 Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Expanding Rooms 02:17 44 Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Color 02:47 45 Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Exposure 04:04 46 Editing Composite Shoot #2- Masking Into Backgrounds 10:45 47 Editing Composite Shoot #2- Creating Rooms in Photoshop 06:11 48 Editing Composite Shoot #2- Compositing Hair 05:07 49 Editing Composite Shoot #2- Global Adjustments 04:49 50 Editing Composite Shoot #3- Blending Composite Elements 05:00 51 Editing Composite Shoot #3- Advanced Compositing 08:46 52 Editing Composite Shoot #3- Cleanup 03:34 53 Materials for Alternative Processes 06:20 54 Oil Painting on Prints 05:41 55 Encaustic Wax on Prints 03:09 56 Failure vs. Sell Out 05:14 57 Create Art You Love and Bring an Audience To You 03:35 58 Branding Yourself Into a Story 05:40 59 The Artistic Narrative 05:26 60 Get People to Care About Your Story 03:36 61 Get People to Buy Your Story 11:36 62 Getting Galleries and Publishers to Take Notice 03:41 63 Pricing For Commissions 06:43 64 Original Prints vs. Limited Edition Prints vs. Open Edition Prints 02:11 65 Class Outro 01:00 66 Live Premiere 16:14 67 Live Premiere: Layers of Depth 1 04:41 68 Live Premiere: Layers of Depth 2 07:12 69 Live Premiere: Q&A 16:10 70 Live Premiere: Photo Critique 47:33

Lesson Info

Editing Composite Shoot #2- Creating Rooms in Photoshop

now, here's the natural line is well of the wall. I'm not sure that if I can, I'm not sure if I can guess where it is exactly. So let's see. Click shift. Uh, and that's where it's gonna be. No, because I've made my decision. That's the choice. And you might ask, Well, why are you even bothering? Like, why do you cut it there? Well, the wall shifts so the perspective of the backdrop has to shift as well. So that's what I'm going to do is follow that natural line, and I'm actually going to use the same exact piece. So I'm gonna copy that piece right back in. Just pasting it in. I'm gonna move it over, and I'm going thio first. Yes. Shrink it down a bit. Not gonna worry about shrinking it too much because it needs to be a little larger than the other pieces have been. And I'm going into edit transform perspective. Oh, changing the perspective so that now it fits right there. Let's move it aside so we can see where it matches up on the wall. Perfect and start to erase. So the first thing I...

'll do is go down to the baseboard and click and shift and make sure it fits. And then we're just going to find that line again wherever we think it is here, all the way up like that. And I don't know if that was quite right. Well, I'm sure it wasn't because I didn't even have the whole thing in. So let's do it again. It was a slightly bigger brush. I'm going Thio, click and hold shift and all the way up. Okay, let's see how we did. This won't always be perfect. And we have to create a a little bit of shading in the corner of the wall because it is a wall corner. So it would be naturally shadowed there. And this is so much of compositing is just figuring out what you know, what works and what doesn't work and how we can maneuver that just a little bit just moving that other piece of wall down and then noticing that this doesn't match up. So again, click and shift and just making sure it works. I think it looks pretty good. So we've got a corner of the wall, right? Okay, Now I'm gonna actually take these pieces that we just did duplicate them because we know the wall is exactly the same, right? It's exactly the same and transform them to flip horizontal wonderful. And now we can take this over here right into the corner, just like we did the other side. Now it's not perfect, but it's a quick fix, isn't it? We're able to go in there and really see if we can sort of blend this in pretty well. And I'm just taking the hardness down in bringing that back and obviously a lots going to have to happen here. This is not just blending perfectly. Of course it's not. There's gonna be a lot of work that goes into that, but it's doing a pretty good job for now. I'm gonna take advantage of having a little bit of space to work with here and clone stamp that up and out so that we can fill in that gap. So I'm just going to clone stamp here and I'm on my layer to which is the subject that we've added in. So just using that wonderful I can see where there are harsh lines, so let's get rid of those harsh lines, always very important to get rid of any harsh lines in an edit. Good and same with the side there. And I know that this is really much too bright. So let's find that layer, okay? We're gonna darken them down. So let's go ahead with our curve. We're gonna pin it, and we're going to darken it considerably on that side. If we wanna make sure that we're really creating a dynamic look in this room so that part of it is dark. Part of it is bright. It can't just be totally uniforms. It wouldn't be realistic that way. But the wall facing the light, the lights coming from the left so the right wall has to pick up more light than the other. So something to think about when you're working on the composites is where would the light naturally hit? If you don't have the opportunity to photograph it as it is, I'm going to do the same thing for the others. Keeping in mind where the light is coming from this wall would get a little bit less same with us, just a little bit less. I'm just bringing it down too much There we go. Not too bad. Okay, So what I can see is that there's a discrepancy right through here more than anywhere else. But we're going to see what happens when we start to add hair onto this picture. We also need to fix the baseboard in the fact that I am actually floating in this picture. So let's do that first, Okay? We'll go down to the room and let's see if we could do a curve layer that affect all the layers below it. Just to make it overall quite a bit darker down there. I think that already looks so much better. Then we're gonna come in and create some shading so little teensy shadows under my feet just like that. I don't know if this will look good. We're just practicing. We're just trying, saying, What's the next logical thing to happen here? I'm gonna have to have some shadows. I just did 25 pixels on that feather. I don't know if it will be too much or not enough. We're just testing, right? So it was too much right to soft. So let's make it a little bit harsher this time really gets um, good shadows underneath there, maybe even the whole way across. I'll do 15 pixels this time and see if that looks good. And this is just a game, right? We're just trying to see what looks right. What doesn't look right. And we can always finesse it later. So now I'm creating a bit of a softer shadow, which is a bigger shadow. Go 40 pixels with that. And this is why I said that shadowing is really just a lot of layers. It's just practicing to make sure that I'm grounded.

Class Description


  • Beat “creator's block” by practicing exercises to help you overcome it
  • Conceptualize a series that nails story, emotion, and connection
  • Execute a low-budget, high-impact photoshoot for your series
  • Edit your images for series cohesion and seamless compositing
  • Brand yourself and your art into a story that others can connect with


Creating a fine art body of work can be daunting when you consider that a great series has innovative ideas, cohesive editing, and an undeniable connection to an audience. During this class, Brooke will walk through the entire process of creating a fine art series, from conceptualization, shooting, and editing to branding and pricing. The success of a body of work comes from the artist’s ability to go beyond the connection to an audience; it must land in the heart of the viewer and then instill a call to action within them. Brooke will lead you through not only how to make your work relatable, but how to take that extra step to become unforgettable, and ultimately, sellable.


  • Intermediate creators who want to focus on personal work and find a deeper level of creating.
  • Creators who not only want to tighten the cohesion of their work but ensure that the full depth of meaning is communicated.
  • Artists who want to learn simple yet effective ways of creating a body of personal work.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (v21.2.4) and Adobe Bridge CC 2020 (v10.1.1)


Brooke explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears.

After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.

Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see who her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes, and experience into a representation of one's potential.

While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.

Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

*This course contains artistic nudity.


a Creativelive Student

Brooke never fails to deliver. I found this course superb from start to finish. From exercising your creative 'muscle', demystifying taking self portraits, and showing that they don't have to be perfect before you begin editing, to walking you through her editing process and how to price your work. Brooke's enthusiastic personality and excitement about the work shines through it all. Definitely recommended!

Søren Nielsen

Thank for fantastic motivating an very inspiring. The story telling and selling module was very helpful - thanks from Denmark

Rebecca Potter

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Brooke for this amazing class. Inspired and so full of practical knowledge, this is the best class I've ever watched. You have given me the confidence to pursue what I've always been afraid to do. Watch this space!