Match the Scene with Color

 

Using Composite Photography to Create a Fantasy World

 

Lesson Info

Match the Scene with Color

And with Alice I want to bring some more atmosphere around her and I want to bring some of the color from around her onto her dress and onto her hair, so to do that I do a thing called painting with light. And I create a new layer and again, this is usually done multiple times. So, it's not one step, I don't do it once and then I'm done, I usually do this several times on a layer and play with the opacity and the different colors and things like that. So, creating a new layer and clipping it to Alice means that I can do anything I want on that layer and it's only going to clip to Alice. So, if I zoom up here I'm going to show you at full flow. If I want to paint a color around her that's coming from the background, I can hit Alt or Option and grab it from that area with the eye dropper tool then I've got that color from the sky and I can paint it on top of her. Now obviously that's over done. I've just painted at full opacity over the top of Alice. But think about this. If you do this ...

very subtly and you turn it down, you start to have light and the color of the light come around your subject. So, I'm going to erase that and this pen, as I said, the bottom half is an eraser. So, if you didn't know that there's a little tip. Okay, so I usually dab where I think the light would spill over sections. I dab in corners, and I grab the light from around. I particularly use the light from the sky and the color of the sky because that would be the light that's casting down on our subject. And I dab around different areas. Now, the areas that I do the most of in these sort of in-between bits-- around the corner here and at the moment it's looking strange because it's full opacity, but I'll turn that down. Around the side. Okay. So, in turning it down, just to show you the effect, I do normally keep it on normal, but sometimes you can change your blending mode as well. Okay. Turn that up. Turn that on and off, okay. So, turning it down, just having subtle pink hue over the top. So, I'll do this in multiple layers and I'll bring some more light down here so if I want to have some areas that are more obvious and then some areas that are less obvious, then you can change the opacity of each. You can turn the flow down. So, I'll create a new layer. This one here is again clipped, and here I can bring in some of the color from the ground there. So, Alt, picking it up from here. Spinning ball. (laughs) And just dabbing it along here. And then turning it down again. So, bringing some of the color that's bouncing back up off the ground down here as well. Down here. And on the shoes. So, as I do it, it is taking its time, but as I do it, it's going to create that light. So, you think of light as color spilling over things. And turn that down. That I will do on both the rabbit and on Alice, but that's not the end of it. So, you do it around the edges, but then you can actually do a layer completely over the top and sort of have some light spill taking place. So, adjusting that just a touch. And leaving it on normal... Because you've got all your blending modes here. And if you could change to soft light, you can change to hard light, but when I'm trying to bring some of that color over the top, I find it best just to keep it as a solid color and turn it down until it sort of feels like it's just that soft foggy sort of light coming over the top.

Class Description


Karen Alsop is known for creating beautiful fantasy worlds through her unique compositing techniques in Lightroom™ and Photoshop™. Whether you're a wedding, portrait, landscape or commercial photographer, this class will show you how to create beautiful and distinctive images you can offer your clients to expand your business.  

Join us for this class, and you’ll learn how to: 

  • Shoot with your composite in mind: lighting, posing and angles.
  • Choose background and subject images that will work best in the composite.
  • Learn Lightroom® and Photoshop® techniques to create a fantastical atmosphere.

Karen’s emphasis on creativity and imagination in her process has helped her to make a product that competitors have a hard time recreating. Karen’s beautiful, intricate work is not simply the result of vast technical skill, but rather is the careful integration of a number of elements. She puts subjects at ease and inspires them with artful direction; incorporates them into fantasy landscapes using Lightroom® and  Photoshop®; and then effectively prices and markets the final product.  


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.1.2