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Creative Composites Using Your Own Photo Stock

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Karen Alsop

Creative Composites Using Your Own Photo Stock

Karen Alsop

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Lesson Info

12. Conclusion

Lesson Info


thank you so much for joining my Creative Live class. I do hope that you've learned a lot about capturing your own photo stock and creating amazing Photoshop composites. I'm really passionate about this work and about making the impossible possible. It really is another world when you can go out and photograph all sorts of things at any time, just pick up your camera and you can create something from that. I'd like to encourage you if you'd like to learn more and delve deeper. I have an education platform, it's www dot story art dot education and you'll find many more videos going into even greater depth on some of these topics and more. Please be encouraged to join my facebook group story at education and submit your work and share the more that you share your work, the more that you are open to feedback, the more that you will grow. Find a purpose, find a story, find a reason behind what you're creating. The deeper the story the more than it hits people in the heart. But having a pur...

pose means that every part that you're adding to your piece has a meaning. It makes sense, enjoy the process, enjoy the photography and print. Print, that finish work. There is nothing like seeing that final work in print. I believe that an image and artwork is not finished until it's printed. Find that perfect paper, take your work from conception through to something that can go proudly on someone's wall, enjoy the creative journey

Class Description

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  • Photograph textures, atmosphere and elements that you can use in composites.
  • Easily manage your own photo stock library.
  • Shoot miniatures and focus stack.
  • Supersize phone photos and use them in your composites.
  • Create photoshop patterns and brushes.
  • Photograph costumes and dress your subjects in Photoshop.
  • Find creative ways to make anything possible.


There is nothing like the feeling of creating art from your own images. Purchased stock can be a valuable resource, but it shouldn’t be the first solution when you are working on a creative composite.

Learn how to creatively photograph elements that become other elements in a composite. Turn miniatures into life sized elements. Photograph incredible costumes and dress your subjects in Photoshop. Create brushes, textures and patterns from photos that you can use over and over again. Be resourceful and creative in your hunt for elements, and take your compositing to the next level.

These techniques will open up a world of possibilities for your image creation, where anything is possible.


  • Composite Photographers who would like to expand their creativity
  • Photographers that would like to take a leap into the compositing world
  • Anyone that is looking for fresh and unique ways to bring their imaginations to life


Adobe Photoshop 2021 (22.5.0)
Lightroom CC (4.4)
Adobe Bridge 2021


Karen Alsop is an internationally acclaimed Melbourne, Australia-based photographic digital artist. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world.

Specializing in Portrait Art, her digital portraiture captures the personality and character of her subjects by placing them within a visual story highlighting their interests. Karen uses the power of Photoshop to composite multiple captures together, making the impossible possible within her art.

Karen's latest project sees her using her compositing skills to give children with severe disabilities the wings to fly. The Heart Project, a joint partnership between Story Art and The Sebastian Foundation is bringing hope worldwide to children and families through the power of photography.

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Charlene Mitchell

WOW! I'm not familiar with Karen's work so this was a wonderful surprise! Loved the detail she included in her instruction and her passion shows through in every topic! So many tips and tricks to help 'sell' the finished piece as believable - details I wouldn't have thought of. Going to check out her other class on CL and also her website!

Melissa Helland

Can’t tell you how much I appreciate all I’ve learned from this teacher. Wonderful classes here on Creative Live and her site has even more learning opportunities. Worth every penny of my Creative Live membership just for this class alone!

Cristina Menor

Karen is an excellent teacher. Her lessons are always very well explained and very easy to understand and to follow. You will learn lots of valuable tips. I absolutely recommend this class if you want to learn how to create incredible compositions very near to reality.