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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Composite Shoot #3- Cleanup

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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52. Editing Composite Shoot #3- Cleanup


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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

Lesson Info

Editing Composite Shoot #3- Cleanup

Let's go ahead and clean this image up, okay? We're gonna make this our final little bit here. Let's see how it goes, and we're gonna go pretty fast. So using the lasso tool, the feet are too bright. Let's just take this whole area down and darken it. So I'm gonna feather it. Nice, big feather. This is my favorite part of any edit is the finishing. So I'm going to take it down from the highlight portion of my curve. Just a really dark in those highlights that I think are too distracting. And then we're gonna add light where we want to see it. So we're gonna add that light all through here where we have beautiful, beautiful light already cascading through and make that 400 pixels and go ahead and brighten it up because it's pretty dark. Okay, now we're getting somewhere. I also noticed that we didn't extend this wall up enough here, so let's go ahead and just clone. Stamp that up. Fix that. Okay. I like where this is going. So I'm going to do another sort of big adjustment through here ...

to add some more light, just like that. Good and we're going to keep it a pretty big feathers. Well, so maybe 300 pixels and making it brighter just over the dress a little bit and then one more right over the hands and the rope so that we can really see that. Okay, now we haven't added any contrast. So that's gonna be the next step is to create contrast overall. So let's click on the very top of the layers and we're gonna go into curves. So top of the layers curves that's going thio affect everything below it. And I'm going to pull up on the shadows to soften them a little bit and down on the highlights to get rid of some of those really intense highlights. Then we're going to create contrast in the mid tones by creating or s curve. And this is just going to solidify the fact that we have, ah, lot of contrast and brightness going on in the center and not so much on the outside edges, which draws attention to the subject, which is exactly what we want. So now for just a little bit of color to finish this off here, obviously we don't need texture because it's filled with texture. I'm going to add blew into the shadows because I think it's gonna add a real softness to this image that's going to be really beautiful and yellow into the highlights. And I actually think we have a little too much red going on, which I never thought that I would say So let's take that red and go into image adjustments. Replace color, click on the dress just like we did before and see if we want to change it to a totally new color and you might not. And that's okay. You can always play with that fuzziness to fit more or less into your selection. I'm gonna take it up to fit more, and I kind of like having the dress of different color. I think it looks really neat, so I'm gonna go with that. And even though it's not perfect, I think that it's getting toward a color palette that I like a lot better. So I hope that this was really helpful for you and you have the images at home, so please follow along and make your own edits out of them. And I hope I hope I hope that this takes away some of the difficulty of compositing, and it opens up some of your imagination to do whatever you want.

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!