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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Adding Texture + Fine Tuning

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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41. Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Adding Texture + Fine Tuning


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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 Samsara Shoot #2 - Adding Texture + Fine Tuning

I think that I'm going to add texture because that's one of the hallmarks of the Siri's. So I'm making sure Thio keep that consistent. So I'm going to find my textures. And now I'm thinking, What's the best texture for this? So let's just take a look at some of the options here. I'm quite a fan of this one, and what I'm really going for is either a dripping effect because we have so much water dripping or kind of a painterly, clouded effect for the background. And I think I'm gonna go with this one. I'm really inspired by that texture. So let's bring that one in, see if we can add it to the background because we're creating a lot of abstraction in this image. So this texture is gonna really help make it abstract. I think it's gonna be beautiful again. I like the bottom better than the top, so I'm gonna flip it to where the head is. And that way you're gonna pay more attention to that area that I want you to pay attention to. So I flipped it vertically again. We'll try, lighten, lower t...

he opacity on it, and I think this just made it next level. So I'm very excited about this. You know, if you wanted it to take on the same properties, the texture as the color that you've already added, you can always just move that layer down so that it does have those same color properties. So that's what I'm going to do there. Let's try changing the contrast and the darkness on it because it's taking up a lot of your eye right now, and I want to make sure the darkness fits. I think that's pretty phenomenal. I am so happy with how this is turning out and makes me want to just zoom in a little bit more so we can see the details. As we zoom in, you can see that there is so much to look at, and I want to really highlight where the eyes are and especially the edge of the lip. And this is just another step right. We're pulling back, saying What happens next zooming in saying, Where can I add detail to the Siri's to create visual interest and where I can add that detail right now is in the facial features, so I've clicked back on my background layer where the subject is, and I'm going to use the burn tool to do this. Right now, I am just going to make it pretty tiny. Take the exposure into the 20 to 30% range and I wanna add wherever there's a shadow. I want to exacerbate that shadow on her eyes on the lip so that your I really, really goes to those areas. And it's very, very clear where I want you to look when you reach the mouth and the eyes in this image. So you see what that just did. If I just click that on and off, you can see on the I adding in adding in where I want you to look. So I think this looks phenomenal. I'm so excited. I'm going to do one more big curve layer just going to take away the black point. I'm going to make it overall a little bit darker, added a little bit of contrast and I think that that looks wonderful. So let's hit save on that and we're going to move on to the composited images that you have as well

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!