Skip to main content

Watch Trailer


Fine Art Compositing

with Brooke Shaden

Log in or Sign up for FREE and get full access to these and thousands of other Open Lessons in our catalog! Watch 2 Lessons For Free

  •   Trailer

  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   13 Basic Photoshop Tools for Compositing Part 1


Class duration: 15h 23m

See all 41 lessons
  • 56K students

    100% satisfaction guaranteed

  • 93% recommended

    60 student reviews

  • Access anytime


Get the Pass

starting at $25 $13/month*

$299 $149/year or $39/month

Unlock this class plus 1500+ more >

Watch Now

You already have access!

Buy Class


About The Class

combine visual elements to create one incredible image.

Compositing doesn’t have to be daunting – simple techniques can remedy slight imperfections in a photo or allow you to place your subject in a fantasy world. In Fine Art Compositing, fine art photographer Brooke Shaden will teach you an approach to compositing that will help you enhance – or transform – your images with minimal effort.

Compositing allows you to combine visual elements from multiple sources into one single image. In Fine Art Compositing, Brooke will share easy compositing skills photographers can use every day, like swapping out a blinking eye in a group shot or replacing a hand in a fashion shoot. She’ll also show you more artful applications for compositing – teaching you how to create the illusion of levitation and how to transform scrap fabric into a flowing dress. Brooke will also discuss fine art compositing and how you can create and market composite images that are, despite the use of stock elements, uniquely your own.

In this class, you will learn effective and inspired compositing techniques that will help you create more polished and believable images from an artist who has mastered the craft.

Topics Covered

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Why Composite ?

  3. 03

    Logic Checklist

  4. 04

    What Not To Do When Compositing

  5. 05

    Shooting for Composite

  6. 06

    Changing Backgrounds and Light

  7. 07

    Shoot: Simple Swaps Part 1

  8. 08

    Shoot: Simple Swaps Part 2

  9. 09

    Practical Ways of Lighting for Composite

  10. 10

    Shoot: Matching & Creating Consistent Light Part 1

  11. 11

    Shoot: Matching & Creating Consistent Light Part 2

  12. 12

    Shoot: Stock for Composites

  13. 13

    Basic Photoshop Tools for Compositing Part 1

  14. 14

    Basic Photoshop Tools for Compositing Part 2

  15. 15

    Compositing Simple Swaps and Group Shots in Photoshop

  16. 16

    Lighting in Photoshop

  17. 17


  18. 18

    Vignettes and Lighting Effects

  19. 19

    Compositing Clouds

  20. 20

    How to Create Shadows

  21. 21

    Removing Subjects from Backgrounds

  22. 22

    Shoot: Comparing Backgrounds, Light, and Angles

  23. 23

    Compositing Backgrounds: Blending & Background Eraser

  24. 24

    Composting Backgrounds: Refine Edge

  25. 25

    Compositing Backgrounds: Blending Modes

  26. 26

    Creating a Levitation Image

  27. 27

    Shoot: Levitation Poses

  28. 28

    Shoot: Creating a Dress

  29. 29

    Levitation Examples

  30. 30

    Editing Levitation Shoot

  31. 31

    Building a Dress in Photoshop

  32. 32

    Dollhouse Shoot Overview

  33. 33

    Dollhouse Shoot: Model in Water

  34. 34

    Dollhouse Shoot: Book Pages and Dollhouse

  35. 35

    Editing Dollhouse Shoot Part 1

  36. 36

    Editing Dollhouse Shoot Part 2

  37. 37

    Editing Dollhouse Shoot Part 3

  38. 38

    Photoshop Critique

  39. 39

    Marketing and Selling Composited Images Part 1

  40. 40

    Marketing and Selling Composited Images Part 2

  41. 41

    Process of Creating a Composited Book Cover


Meet Your Expert

Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden was born in March of 1987 in Lancaster, PA, USA. She grew up near the "Amish Country" until attending Temple University. Brooke was photographically born in December 2008 after graduating from Temple with bachelor degrees in film and ... read more

See instructor's Classes

Bonus Material

Access your course materials here!

Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf Logic Checklist
  • pdf Must Have Shots
  • pdf Favorite Photoshop Tools
  • pdf Lighting Effects
  • pdf Practice Files - Cutting out Hair from Background
  • pdf Practice Files - Building a Dress
  • pdf Practice Files - Swapping Hand
  • pdf Practice Files - Levitation
  • pdf Adorama Gear Guide

93% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Logan Fox

    Logan Fox

    December 2014

    I'm so thrilled to have come across this course and to have been introduced to Brooke Shaden. As a bit of background I do photography as a hobby, and always had an appetite to composite my work. It's only after watching this course that I can finally put a name to a craft that I love, that being 'fine art photography'. Through my own personal journey I've read various books, followed online tutorials both paid and free. When I came across this course I did hesitate. I wondered 'is it going to teach me anything new'... 'would the standard of the course be up to scratch'. Well, I can honestly say with hand on heart that this is by far is one of the best courses I've come across to date. As a solo photographer myself I've found it difficult at times to be both photographer and subject at the same time. From the outset what became clear was that Brooke is just like me in this respect which made the course so 'relevant' to what I do. Brooke shows throughout the course what can be achieved with a little planning and some creative approaches to situations that can be difficult to pull off when on your own. She is such a joy to watch and listen to, I loved her sense of humor and great how the audience were involved in some of the shoots. All I can say is, if you're in to photography and interested in compositing your work, you should give this a go, you wont regret it!

  • Totoo


    November 2014

    I'd like to show my gratitude and gratefulness to Ms Shaden and other wonderful people at CreativeLIVE for sharing your vast knowledge without making a fuss. Not everybody has a super computer and a top-notch camera, not everyone has a studio to work in and not everyone needs to know everything as perfectly as some instructors and professionals do. I, for one, have gained so much insight and have been intrigued by Ms Shaden's present and past lessons, she makes the most difficult and surreal subjects unfold so easily and effortlessly. Ms Shaden has made me believe no matter where I be and no matter what i have, as long as i have a good story to tell, and the right vision, I should be able to handle it with a working camera and any version of Photoshop. Unlike many other instructors who kill us every 5 minutes to buy their flashes or gear and support this or that company and agency, Ms Shaden has spent the whole time teaching and teaching and teaching and I am sorry I cannot be there to thank you in person, but you, Ms Shaden, are awesome and nobody can unawesome you :)

  • lulgi


    November 2014

    Brooke has a wonderful way of not only making it all look so easy, but actually be easy. In a plain and down to earth manner, she can make both beginner and advanced pro comfortable with the material covered in this class. From a simple starting point to a polished post-production finished work of art, she takes us on a relaxed and joyous journey. I am a former professional commercial photographer returning to the art after a 30 year absence. When I left, there was no such thing as digital photography. Now, to be able to embrace such concepts and techniques as taught by Brooke, without any difficulty to me, says that this course provides great value and time well spent. Well done Brooke! Well done Creative Live!

    Similar classes you might like

    You know who’d love this class...?

    When gift-spiration strikes, grab it. Give this class to a friend who’d love it. For their birthday or just because. (Or just because you missed their birthday.)