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Simple Backdrops for Compositing

with Brooke Shaden

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    02:34
  •   03 Effectively Use Color Theory

    06:07

Class duration: 1h 26m

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About The Class

Create, Source and Composite backdrops

Learn how to source, put together and polish backgrounds for your images by utilizing everyday objects, set design, and compositing. Award-winning and fine art photographer Brooke Shaden, shares her secrets to creating the magic behind her subjects. Not having a big budget or a great location should never stop someone from creating images that look expensive and refined.

You'll Learn:

  1. How to create and use bedsheets as backdrops so that your images have a painterly background.
  2. How to effectively and inexpensively use color theory and prop placement to create a set in your own home.
  3. How to shoot backgrounds for subjects you will composite in later, and top tricks for being able to create smooth composites.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    02:34
  2. 02

    How to Use Bedsheets as Backdrops

    05:37
  3. 03

    Effectively Use Color Theory

    06:07
  4. 04

    Set Design and Prop Placement

    05:02
  5. 05

    Shoot Props and Self-Portraits for Composites

    13:41
  6. 06

    Composite in Photoshop®: Selection and Shadows

    33:25
  7. 07

    Composite in Photoshop®: Lighting and Color Adjustments

    19:43

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

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94% of students recommend this class.
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  • user-822716

    February 2019

    If you have never attempted to do a composite this course would be good just for fun. But if you have been doing compositing for any time at all you will find this course frustrating as you would most likely have other methods you feel gets the job done better. In the end, she gets the job done and the composite looks fine. But her methods would not work if the composite was complex at all. This course should be titled an introduction to compositing. Glad it was only $15.00 at that price it has value for someone new. On a positive note, her work is very imaginative.

  • Heather Lynn

    Heather Lynn

    November 2018

    I really liked this class. There are so many ways to accomplish the look and feel that you want. It's nice to see the variety of ways people use their own processes and pick and choose what works best for you. Great job Brooke. You related very well, and were very thorough with the steps your explained.

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    fbuser c20ec902

    October 2017

    I would recommend the class to anyone that has an interest in composing and learning how to blend and tone objects and how to place objects in background. I was looking more for creating backgrounds, but this was just as good. Some of Brooke's techniques are interesting to say the least as in a few i would use a different tool, but that is what makes this class different in that there is another way of accomplishing a result using another technique which I'm sure I use. I will watch this a few more times. It was well presented and explained. Thanks Brooke....

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