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Using Composite Photography to Create a Fantasy World

with Karen Alsop

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About The Class

Learn to Use Photo Compositing to Bring A Surreal Fantasy World to Life.


Karen Alsop is known for creating beautiful fantasy worlds through her unique compositing techniques in Adobe® Lightroom® and Adobe® 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 Adobe Lightroom and AdobePhotoshop 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 Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop and then effectively prices and markets the final product.  


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:01
  2. 02

    Adding Fine Art Compositing to Your Business

    24:28
  3. 03

    Background Plate Workflow

    22:54
  4. 04

    Setting Up Studio for Shoot

    09:04
  5. 05

    Photograph the Rabbit

    05:09
  6. 06

    Mock Up of Rabbit in Photoshop™

    08:56
  7. 07

    Photograph The Rabbit Costume

    34:34
  8. 08

    Setting up the Studio to Shoot with a Green Screen

    03:41
  9. 09

    Photographing the Child in Segments

    27:22
  10. 10

    Photographing Hair in Motion

    29:46
  11. 11

    Getting a Great Costume Shot

    11:21
  12. 12

    Use Lightroom to Choose the Best Images

    13:07
  13. 13

    Make Selections in Photoshop™

    15:08
  14. 14

    How to Use Photoshop™ Brushes to Mask Out Images

    22:36
  15. 15

    Crop Out & Add Costume to Rabbit

    27:41
  16. 16

    Warp Techniques to Fit Costume to Rabbit

    20:31
  17. 17

    Shading & Shadows on & Under Rabbit

    31:50
  18. 18

    Change color of Rabbit Costume

    12:00
  19. 19

    Remove Green Screen from Child Image

    08:22
  20. 20

    Background Plate Workflow

    21:40
  21. 21

    How to Create a Brush

    11:25
  22. 22

    Add Layers to Create Full Looking Hair

    27:49
  23. 23

    Add Shadows to Image

    05:57
  24. 24

    Workflow: Group Rabbit & Child Images

    10:47
  25. 25

    Match the Scene with Color

    05:31
  26. 26

    Spill Light: Painting with Light to Blend

    09:46
  27. 27

    Levels Adjustment Layers: Shading & Rim Lighting

    04:59
  28. 28

    Finalize Image Workflow in Lightroom™

    08:36
  29. 29

    Export Image in Different Formats

    15:44
  30. 30

    Marketing Composite Photography to Clients

    17:13
  31. 31

    Presenting Image to Client

    23:06

Meet Your Expert

Karen Alsop

Karen Alsop is an internationally acclaimed Melbourne, Australia-based photographic digital artist. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world. ... read more

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  • pdf The Story Art Journey eBook
  • mp4 Planning a Composite Video Tutorial (Large download - 1.2gb)
  • zip Photoshop Brushes
  • abr Photoshop Hair Brush

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Judy Mitschelen

    June 2016

    I've found many great instructors at CreativeLive and Karen ranks right up there at the top! With her relaxed, thoughtful manner of presenting, I was immediately hooked. Her organization, clear explanations and demonstration, and on target response to questions are superb. This course covers an amazing range of skills and tricks of the trade. Whether you're interested in getting better shots to work with, better workflow at the computer, or better output at the end, Karen covers it all.

  • Endigo Rae

    Endigo Rae

    June 2016

    This was such an amazing class! Karen is so talented, inspiring, and such an amazing teacher. Very forthcoming and open about all of her techniques. I'm so looking forward to jumping into compositing, I feel like this is definitely something my soul desires to explore and Karen has made it so easy and accesible through her beautiful course! Thanks so much Karen and CreativeLive!

  • Kim

    June 2016

    Karen is very talented and a great teacher and I enjoyed every minute of the course. But what I found to be the best part was seeing what an amazing person she is. The video of compositing the disabled children to make their dreams come true had me in tears. It has inspired me to use my talents to help others and not learn photo manipulation for self enjoyment. God bless you Karen.

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