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Introduction to Fantasy Compositing

Lesson 8 of 10



Introduction to Fantasy Compositing

Lesson 8 of 10



Lesson Info


Class Description


  • Master Skin Retouching
  • Composite in Photoshop
  • Create Masks
  • Replace Backgrounds
  • Color Grade in Adobe Camera Raw


Sometimes the worlds we want to create are only accessible in our minds. Studio photography and costuming is only part of the visual story. This class is an introduction to creating composite portraiture with fantasy models and designers.

Using Adobe Photoshop you will learn how to retouch skin and remove wrinkles in fabric to remove distractions, mask intricate costuming for clean extractions, and blend backgrounds together, create beautiful color grading with Adobe Camera Raw and learn to save the presets for future artwork.


  • Beginner and intermediate Photoshop users.
  • Studio portrait photographers who want to learn compositing.
  • Fantasy and fine art photographers of any level.


Adobe Photoshop 2019
Adobe Camera Raw


Growing up surrounded by the vast prairie of the Canadian north and tales of faraway places, Renée Robyn has chased the perfect backdrop around the world. Approaching photography like a treasure hunter, her compositions are uniquely cinematic, often becoming pieces of a bigger world represented beyond reality. Renée’s style is easily recognizable and distinctly her own. Expertly blending fact, fiction, and a little digital alchemy, she has worked with industry-leading brands like Wacom, Viewsonic, Corel, Capture One, and Intel.

Comfortable facing down gale force winds, climbing fog-shrouded mountains or fast pace commercial studios, her work is impressive and committed. An expert retoucher, Renée applies the same level of commitment to post-processing, leveraging her mastery of color theory, editing, light, and shadow in the digital realm of Photoshop.

She has presented lectures around the world, including PhotoPlus, WPPI, Photokina, CreativeLive, ProEdu, and more.


  1. Class Introduction

    Quick introduction and overview of the class.

  2. Aspect Ratio Change and Hair Clean Up

    Change the crop of the image and clean up excess hair from the hairstyling.

  3. Frequency Separation

    Use frequency separation to clean up some of the costuming, skin texture and additional hair clean up.

  4. Dodge and Burn, Fabric Clean Up

    Use dodge and burn techniques to add shape to the model and costuming. Learn techniques to clean up wrinkles in the fabric.

  5. Masking

    Mask the model and complicated headdress with a variety of techniques for smooth extraction.

  6. Blending Background Elements

    Blend multiple background elements to create a convincing and eye catching environment.

  7. Color Grading

    Work with smart objects to color grade cleanly and simply in Adobe Camera Raw.

  8. Saving

    Save your documents properly for the size of the files.

  9. Wrap Up

    Overview of work completed from start to finish.

  10. BONUS: Premiere Live Kickoff


a Creativelive Student

An excellent workthrough of Renee's compositing process. Thoroughly recommended, with lots of really specific, pragmatic and useful tips, along with pointers on style and considerations for working with artists, models and the whole team - Great!

Alvin Lipscomb

She is awesome, This is a great lesson using Photoshop. Seeing the different brushes she used on her mask was an eye-opener and will definitely use for working on a mask's layer. Right there is a reason to watch this lesson. 🔥 Do yourself a favor and watch this lesson.

pat cash

love her I got all her workshops - she is intense and inspiring