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Flight of Icarus Photo Composite

Join Creative Director and Photoshop Guru Rikard Rodin in creating a Greek mythology-inspired composite—Flight of Icarus. The course is filled with Photoshop techniques that are useful for any photo compositing work you may want to do—including masking techniques, retouching and cloning, color grading and texture techniques.

Details & Requirements

Length: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Tags: Quickstart In-Depth Rikard Rodin Photoshop 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


9m 40s

Lesson 1: Getting Started

Learn how to open files as smart objects and some keyboard shortcuts that will drastically speed up your compositing.

14m 32s

Lesson 2: Cutting Out Icarus

Here we use paths to cutout the model from the background and then refine that selection to include hair with the Selection and Mask tool.

8m 3s

Lesson 3: Adjusting the Loincloth

Learn how to use the puppet warp tool to adjust the shape of a cloth object.

9m 5s

Lesson 4: Replacing the Feet

Learn to use the transform tool, curves and masks to replace the feet.

15m 48s

Lesson 5: Making Icarus Fly

Here we use the liquify tool to make subtle changes to the man's posture and then add his wings.

12m 24s

Lesson 6: Birds in the Sky

Here we change the background sky and then use multiple images to populate the sky with birds.

8m 44s

Lesson 7: Color Grading

Learn how to use gradient maps, color balance and curves to color grade your composite.

10m 14s

Lesson 8: Adjusting Lighting

Here we add in the sun flare and make more fine tuned color adjustments to the overall image.

7m 1s

Lesson 9: The Final Touches

In this lesson, we give the composite image a few final touches to make the image really sing.

Source Files

All source files for the course.

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