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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Composite Shoot #2- Global Adjustments

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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49. Editing Composite Shoot #2- Global Adjustments


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3 Your Timeline is Nonlinear Duration:05:37
5 What Factors Dictate Growth Duration:08:24
7 Niche Branding Duration:04:57
11 Idea Fluency Duration:10:33
12 How to Represent an Idea Duration:07:01
13 How to Innovate an Idea Duration:07:07
22 Shooting for a Fine Art Series Duration:05:45
24 Wardrobe and Texture Duration:04:54
25 Posing for the Story Duration:05:32
26 Choosing an Image Duration:01:23
28 Posing for the Story Duration:04:17
29 Creating Backlight Duration:02:37
33 Shooting the Background Images Duration:06:14
54 Oil Painting on Prints Duration:05:41
55 Encaustic Wax on Prints Duration:03:09
56 Failure vs. Sell Out Duration:05:14
58 Branding Yourself Into a Story Duration:05:40
59 The Artistic Narrative Duration:05:26
61 Get People to Buy Your Story Duration:11:36
63 Pricing For Commissions Duration:06:43
65 Class Outro Duration:01:00
66 Live Premiere Duration:16:14
69 Live Premiere: Q&A Duration:16:10
70 Live Premiere: Photo Critique Duration:47:33

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Editing Composite Shoot #2- Global Adjustments

Okay, so we've added all this hair. So what are we gonna do to the room now? Okay, let's think about that. We're going Thio, perhaps dark in this area down here because it's still quite bright. But now I'm going to start to work on top of all the layers instead of tea, each layer individually. So from the top, I'm just going Thio say, Okay, you're too bright. Book. Let's darken it all down and feather it. We'll say 150 pixels, right on top of all the layers. We're going in and darkening, darkening that area. Now let's say we want to brighten up this area just like that and what we're doing is choosing where the light's gonna go. You're choosing if you want to look at the feet are at the head. And typically we don't wanna look at the feet unless that's the point of it. So we'll start there. I did a nice big 300 pixel feather and just brightening it up through that area. Now we can finesse this more. Of course we will, but let's go in and do one overall adjustment and see how that looks ...

just adding Maybe some darkness, some contrast to the image. And now you can see when we start to add contrast, where it doesn't look quite right. For example, here we just have this strip that's a little bit bright. Let's darken it. It doesn't have to be any more complicated than that, right? You see something wrong? Fix it. No big deal. So I'm going in and feathering 100 pixels. Then we'll just darken it down if it doesn't look quite right there. Perfect. Now we'll go over here. It's too bright. It's too bright. So let's dark in it. No big deal, right? Like that. Okay. And feather it, 90 pixels. I don't know. I'm making this up and darkening that down so much better, right? Oh, so much better. Okay. And wherever you see there's a problem. Fix it. So I'm gonna add a vignette through there because I think that that wall is still too dark. I'm gonna make that really big 400 pixels. He only did 90 pixels, so we'll do it again. Just dio there 300 pixels to compensate and darken it down just in that area. You know, we'll keep going like that. You know, you just keep going. Wherever you see, it's kind of wrong or something is up. Just fix it, fix it as you can. Selecting and darkening or brightening whatever it calls for at that moment. I think this looks pretty interesting. At this point. I wanna actually darken my subject. So I'm gonna go ahead and do that by clicking on, uh, curves layer pinned to my subject on Lee. And just take those highlights down because I do think that that was a little bit much. And this is where we're having problems with color specifically because my skin is pretty orange and my hair is also pretty orange. So I'm gonna take the color away from this. And as I do that, I'm going to focus on making sure that I neutralize what's happening here. So I'm just going into hue saturation. We're gonna take the saturation down, but I want to keep it on the dress. So on that hue, saturation layer, let's bring back the dress by just coloring black and bringing it back, and I'm leaving it a little bit. I'm only going 60% on this because I wanna make sure that it doesn't stand out too much. I like the antique look here. So I'm gonna try to keep that antique look, and I think that looks good. I did say we would go back to the shadow, so let's create a little bit more of a harsh shadow coming out to that side and feather that about 40 pixels and bringing that down. Okay, there shadows extended a little bit more, So that looks nice. There definitely issue still in this edit. We have this straight line here that's driving me nuts, but it's okay. It's not a big deal. It's something that you can find and fix. You know, it's right there. That's where it is. You click the layer on and off to see if you can find the problem and then go in and fix it. Definitely gonna do that at 100% opacity to make sure that the line goes away for good, and I can see that there's the same problem on this one. So always turning your layers on and off is extremely helpful to figuring out what needs to happen in terms of cleaning up your edit and making sure that it's really flawless. So that's where I'm going to stop with this edit right now so that we can edit the ropes. And I think that once we edit the ropes, it's gonna bring everything together, so that's what I'm gonna jump into next.

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!