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Portrait Compositing from Start to Finish

with Matt Kloskowski

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About The Class

Techniques for making realistic composite photographs

Capture and create a realistic portrait composite that allows your subject to be anywhere. In this session, Matt Kloskowski will show how to successfully set up a photograph for a composite. He’ll discuss lighting, angles, and some tips and tricks you can use to set yourself up for success right from the start. Once we have our portrait, we'll bring the photo in to Photoshop®, Matt will show how to make a detailed selection (including hair), and then add the person to a new background. You’ll learn how to make great selections, but you’ll also get some techniques for helping people “fit” into the background so they look like they were really there.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.1.1

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Composite Examples

  3. 03

    Set-Up for Photoshoot

  4. 04

    Live Shoot: Model Placement

  5. 05

    How to Choose Images for the Composite

  6. 06

    Introduction to Selections

  7. 07

    Selections Q&A

  8. 08

    Start Post Processing in Photoshop

  9. 09

    Advanced Selections with Hair

  10. 10

    Composite Portrait to Background

  11. 11

    Composite Blonde Hair into Light Background

  12. 12

    Color Grade the Composite

  13. 13

    Add Styles to Transform Composite

  14. 14

    Quick Composite Steps A to Z

  15. 15

    Composite Tools Q&A


Meet Your Expert

Matt Kloskowski

Matt Kloskowski is a Tampa-based landscape photographer who loves teaching and photography (in that order). Because he feels that enjoying photography, Photoshop®, and Lightroom® can get way too complicated, his personal mission is ... read more

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  • Lael


    May 2017

    Matt is just so easy to listen to and follow, this course was particularly good to give you a well prepared framework to create a composite. Really fine step by step details on unifying the composite, creating lighting & atmosphere. His tips are clever and give great results.

  • Justin

    May 2017

    The class was good for me as a beginner in this field, it covered the studio shot well and the use of photoshop, lightroom is clearly very powerful. I would have liked a segment on shooting the background particularly getting the angles correct so that the subject fits the background, just the pitfalls and must do's would have been nice. But overall I learnt a lot. Justin

  • Creativelive Student

    December 2017

    Not a big fan of this class...didn't offer much

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