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Adobe Photoshop Compositing: Essential Techniques

with Aaron Nace

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  •   01 Introduction to Compositing

    19:38
  •   06 Compositing Fantasy Background Part 1

    33:26

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About The Class

produce complex visual masterpieces.


Compositing allows you to bring the vivid images of your dreams to life. Join Phlearn’s Aaron Nace for an exploration of the artistic and technical skills that are essential to creating stunning composite images.

You’ll see Aaron’s core techniques in action, from start to finish – beginning with a green screen photography shoot and ending with an elaborate post-production compositing session. Aaron will shoot a sports-themed action shot and a model in a flowing dress. Then he’ll teach you how to build a background out of multiple images with a focus on making the new background dynamic and believable. You’ll also learn lighting techniques for matching your photo shoot light to the light in the alternate backgrounds. Finally, you’ll explore the best ways to use Adobe® Photoshop® to assemble your images so they match your unique, creative vision.

This course will teach you everything you need to know to conceptualize and produce complex, visual masterpieces driven by your imagination. What will you create?


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction to Compositing

    19:38
  2. 02

    Composite Build-Ups

    26:26
  3. 03

    Fantasy Composite Shoot Setup

    24:00
  4. 04

    Fantasy Composite Shoot Setup Part 2

    31:45
  5. 05

    Shoot: Fantasy Composite

    27:42
  6. 06

    Compositing Fantasy Background Part 1

    Aaron Nace shows you how to composite stock images to create a background for a photo taken from a live shoot.

    33:26
  7. 07

    Compositing Fantasy Background Part 2

    47:16
  8. 08

    Compositing Headdress and Details

    25:43
  9. 09

    Compositing Special Effects

    28:40
  10. 10

    Compositing Finishing Touches

    25:46
  11. 11

    Recap of Fantasy Image

    09:37
  12. 12

    Soccer Shoot Background Overview

    23:59
  13. 13

    Soccer Shoot Studio Prep

    15:25
  14. 14

    Green Screen Q&A

    15:08
  15. 15

    Soccer Shoot: Lighting Test

    21:10
  16. 16

    Soccer Shoot: Test Shots & Rough Composite

    38:39
  17. 17

    Soccer Shoot: Jump Shot Part 1

    19:28
  18. 18

    Soccer Shoot: Jump Shot Part 2

    26:11
  19. 19

    Soccer Shoot: Shirtless Jump Shot

    16:30
  20. 20

    Soccer Shoot: Additional Elements

    31:53
  21. 21

    Soccer Shoot: Portrait

    22:12
  22. 22

    Sketching for Composites

    31:52
  23. 23

    Compositing Soccer Image Background Part 1

    25:00
  24. 24

    Compositing Soccer Image Background Part 2

    24:44
  25. 25

    Compositing Soccer Stadium Lights

    19:33
  26. 26

    Compositing Soccer Player Part 1

    22:44
  27. 27

    Compositing Soccer Player Part 2

    22:58
  28. 28

    Compositing Additional Elements Part 1

    38:43
  29. 29

    Compositing Additional Elements Part 2

    29:06
  30. 30

    Compositing Brightness and Light

    13:01
  31. 31

    Working with Color

    28:41
  32. 32

    Lighting Effects

    25:58
  33. 33

    Compositing Soccer Portrait

    18:01

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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96% of students recommend this class.
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  • Kim

    August 2014

    This was the Best Creative Live course I have had the pleasure to watch. Aaron was so informative and explained each technique very well. He was so pleasant to watch because he was so humble and was so happy and excited about what he was creating. What an excellent teacher. I hope he does more seminars.

  • Curtis

    Curtis

    August 2014

    Fantastic Course! I've watched (and purchased) many courses from Creative Live, and there are many good instructors; excellent instructors, in fact. Aaron's course on compositing essentials is one of the best. In addition to being a technical expert, he is a great teacher; a real talent. Great information and good illustrations/explanations. He does go a little fast when using Photoshop, and while I was trying to find the short-cuts keys, I would find he was three more points down the trail ahead of me. (That's part of why I bought the course ;-) )

  • AJ Photography Ireland

    AJ Photography Ireland

    August 2014

    I purchased Photoshop Compositing Essentials after watching the course on live, from start to finish here in Ireland. I was so impressed with the teaching style of Aaron in this course ( I have also purchased an earlier course by Aaron), that I just had to purchase this course too. I have always had an interest in Compositing - having tried and had reasonable success.. however Aarons way in which he passes on his knowledge and expertese in this subject is pure Mastery to watch and absorb. This is indeed a complex skill and there is so much to learn.. but,Aaron's manner in which he teaches comes across as almost " one to one" in nature and so enjoyable and absorbing to learn from. Having purchased the course and once again on a personal One to one' teacher pupil experience I cannot recomment Aarons courses enough . Learning through Creative live is such a joy.. ( Im 57 and been into photography since my teens and working as a Professional photographer here in Ireland for the last ten years -- As an ex Cop in London for thirty years and now supposed to be retired ( ! ), I can now experience my Love of photography in a working enviroment and continue to learn my Craft with Creative live. Thanks C.L !!! Andy Jay - Cork Ireland. www.ajphotography.ie and WWW.andyjayphoto.COM

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