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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Composite Shoot #3- Blending Composite Elements

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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50. Editing Composite Shoot #3- Blending Composite Elements


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 #3- Blending Composite Elements

for this final image. We have the ropes and I actually already chose which ones I liked, which are this image which I chose because the hair is so good, right? The hair is really moving and I love the hand position. And then I chose this one just for the other hand, Thio added on. So let's bring those in and I'm going to cheat a little bit because we already built that room out and added all the texture of the backdrop to the walls. So I'm going to use that base and then we're going to build from there. So let's take these two images in. You can see it's already there. We already built it. No need Thio build the empire again. It's it's already there. I'm just gonna drop myself into the shops. So let's go ahead and do that. And the way that I want to do that is by selecting my main shot, which is this one, and I'm gonna take the whole thing with my move tool down in. Of course, it's too big, just like the last one was, so we could take it down to an appropriate size, which I think will ...

be right about there. Just gonna go down, go down. Okay, That looks pretty good to me. So now obviously, we have to blend that background in. So let's create our layer mask and start thio lightly erase all around those hard edges that we never, ever, ever want. In a composite, we say no to hard edges, right? Yes. And we'll get rid of that. I'm gonna try a new tactic this time, which is to keep, uh, the floor in. Let's see if it works, we'll just see. And this is how we learn when we edit is we just see if it works or if it doesn't work. It's okay if it doesn't work. But if it does, then we won't have to recreate shadows. It'll already be done for us. So I'm going Thio. Just go in and get rid of the wall here. So just like we did before now my brush is too fuzzy for that. So let's go ahead and fix it. Take the hardness up and there. Okay, good. That way we have a really hard brush. I know that. I just erased myself. Don't worry, because we're going to bring it back That okay? And I'm just gonna bring back my legs where I need them. Just like that. Good. And you can see that I still have too much there. So this is just a game of erasing and bringing back and seeing how well you could do with that. Now I'm going Thio, make my best attempt, taking the hardness down at keeping this floor as much as possible. We don't want any hard edges, so getting rid of the hard edges here and the way that I'm going to do this is to take the floor. Oops. I got rid of too much There is to take the floor and try to match the color and the lighting thio the floor that exists in this room. Let's see how we dio. Okay, So selecting on the floor all around my toes, just like that and feathering mm 20 pixels. Let's say let's see how we dio we're gonna pin that curve that I just made onto the floor make it brighter. But really, it's the color that we need to fix. So we need to get rid of the red. That's the first thing that I see is that there's too much red. So get rid of the red toe, add Zion. And then now there's too much yellow. So get rid of the yellow by adding blue. Okay, this might work. We shall see. And then I'm gonna go in with a lower opacity, brush something around 50% and just keep erasing basically anywhere that you can. I don't want this line in there, so that's something that we can clone stamp out, but anywhere that you can erase while leaving the shadow and where the feet connect the better. So I think that doesn't look too bad, and it's obviously we have a lot to fix here. I cut off my heel. Perhaps you noticed, so we gotta bring that back. But aside from little tweaks like that, I think that it's not going to poorly weaken. Definitely take advantage of that floor, which is a really big help, I think so. That's something that I would be invested in keeping, and it's just gonna need more finesse, just like we've been doing just going in and lightly with no hardness on the brush, just going in and kind of blending it, lending it all around like that

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!