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Fairy Specimen Photo Composite

In his longest course so far, our guest instructor—Creative Director and Photoshop Guru Rikard Rodin—will take you through the full workflow of creating a fairy in a mason jar composite. Here you'll learn numerous selection methods, free transform, the displace tool, frequency separation and much more. As each tool is used, you will also learn the shortcuts so that you can become a master at Photoshop.

Details & Requirements

Length: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Tags: Most Popular Specialties Rikard Rodin Workflow

Required Software: Photoshop CC

Read these instructions to get started with the course: Read Me 1st on Training

Read these instructions for help on installing presets: Read Me 1st on Presets

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Combined Composite After


21m 56s

Lesson 1: Photoshop 101

Learn the most used shortcuts in Photoshop—and the shortcuts that will drastically speed up your photoshop compositing.

11m 12s

Lesson 2: The Background

Learn how to remove objects in photoshop and recreate backgrounds from existing elements.

13m 35s

Lesson 3: Adding a Candle

Selections with paths, free transform, warp and more—here we add the foreground candle into the scene.

18m 26s

Lesson 4: Frequency Separation

The most effective—and fast—method for skin retouching covered from top to bottom.

15m 40s

Lesson 5: Fairy into the Jar

Here you'll learn how to cut someone out of a background, including hair, for realistic compositing.

12m 45s

Lesson 6: Giving Her Wings

Learn how to use the color range selection tool and how to transform, add shadows and manipulate the wings into the scene.

6m 36s

Lesson 7: Into the Glass

How to use the displace tool to create realistic glass distortion—and how to use blending modes to add reflections on top of an image.

9m 33s

Lesson 8: Flame & Smoke

Go further with blending modes and masking to realistically add flame and smoke into the composite.

10m 27s

Lesson 9: Texture

How to add scratches, grunge and dust to an image to create more realistic final composite.

4m 57s

Lesson 10: Color Grading

How to use a single gradient map adjustment layer to color grade an image and how to use Camera Raw to give the whole composite a kick.

Source Files

All source files for the course.

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