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Forest Levitation Photo Composite

Creative Director and Photoshop Guru Rikard Rodin takes you through the workflow and process of creating a beautiful composite—Forest Levitation—out of several different images. 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. With the techniques in this course you'll be able to create any levitation photo composite you want!

Details & Requirements

Length: 1 Hour 16 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Tags: Most Popular 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

Images before

Combined Composite After


16m 10s

Lesson 1: Masking with Paths

Here we set up our file, do our first cutout and mask, and learn some helpful shortcuts that we will use throughout the rest of the project.

11m 33s

Lesson 2: Retouching & Rebuilding Part I

In this lesson we clean up the woman's hair and remove the stool by rebuilding elements of the original image.

11m 46s

Lesson 3: Retouching & Rebuilding Part II

Learn to use the clone stamp tool, free transforms and liquify to make adjustments to your composite.

5m 25s

Lesson 4: Reflections & Shadows

In this lesson we add both a shadow and ambient reflection using transform, gradients and blending modes.

8m 41s

Lesson 5: Background & Lighting

Learn how to replace a background behind your subject and integrate it into your scene and how to relight your composite using flares, gradients and blending modes.

7m 33s

Lesson 6: Color Grading

From gradient maps to color balance and curves, in this lesson you will learn how to color grade the composite—skills you can use on any photoshop art.

15m 41s

Lesson 7: Texture & Details

To give our composite a final touch, in this lesson we add dust, bokeh and texture to the image and then give the whole thing a final "kick" to bring the whole thing to life.

Source Files

All source files for the course.

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