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Compositing 101

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About The Class

artfully combine elements.

Compositing is about making complex, visual masterpieces driven by your creative vision. Through mastering compositing, you will deepen your understanding of color, light, and movement — vaulting your photography skills to the next level while bringing more value to your clients and your pocket.

Instructor Aaron Nace has taught millions of photographers at every skill level how to construct vibrant images through photo manipulation. This course will teach you everything you need to know about compositing — from basics to mastery.

During this in-depth workshop, Aaron will show you how to conceptualize the idea, plan out your composite, photograph and light each piece of the puzzle, and artfully combine the many parts using Photoshop.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Lightroom 5

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction to Compositing

  2. 02

    Lighting for Compositing

  3. 03

    First Photoshoot with Model

  4. 04

    Developing New Ideas On-Set

  5. 05

    Matching Lighting and Camera Angles

  6. 06

    FreePreview: Testing Composite in Photoshop

    Aaron demonstrates shooting and editing techniques to make compositing easier and more efficient.

  7. 07

    Shooting Second Image with Model

  8. 08

    Adjusting Lighting and Angles for Composite Image

  9. 09


  10. 10

    Pre-Shoot: Love at the Wash-n-Suds

  11. 11

    Test Shoot with Models

  12. 12

    Creating Levitation Effects with Compositing

  13. 13

    Shoot: Love at the Wash-n-Suds Part 1

  14. 14

    Shoot: Love at the Wash-n-Suds Part 2

  15. 15

    Culling the Images

  16. 16

    Wash-n-Suds: Lightroom Culling and Exporting

  17. 17

    Compositing: Wash-n-Suds Part 1

  18. 18

    Using the Pen Tool

  19. 19

    Compositing: Wash-n-Suds Part 2

  20. 20

    Swimming in Cereal: Culling and Exporting

  21. 21

    Compositing: Swimming in Cereal Part 1

  22. 22

    Compositing: Swimming in Cereal Part 2


Meet Your Expert

Aaron Nace

For over five years, Aaron Nace has been teaching photography and photo manipulation to millions of users across the world at every skill level. Initially a hobbyist while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design from North Carolina ... read more

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70% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    May 2013

    Great moment i Won't miss. 2 of my favourites learning web sites in one !!! Thanks Aaron for all you bring to me including lessons of English...(don't understand every joke but...when you smile , i do too... ) Best regards from Brittany (France)

  • Mohamed Rasoon

    August 2014

    i'm amateur photographer.i had a hope move on as professional, this is great lesson and CreativeLive motivate my self step by step to fulfills my hopes.

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    Creativelive Student

    February 2016

    I had high hopes for this class and thought I'd buy it, but fortunately I watched it live and realized it was not at all what I thought it would be. Way too much time was spent on setting up shoots and precious little time on actual compositing. I agree with another student that said the title was misleading. It may be fine for people interested in specifically setting up shoots for composites, like for advertising, but for someone just interested in learning compositing, it's not the class to purchase.

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