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Girl on a Swing Photo Composite

This is our next course from Guest Instructor Rikard Rodin—Creative Director and photoshop guru. In this course he takes you through the entire process of creating a photo composite of a woman sitting on a swing, overlooking a city—from cutting out and masking, to rebuilding entire parts of an image using existing elements.

Details & Requirements

Length: 1 Hour 13 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


13m 31s

Lesson 1: Cutting with Paths

Learn to use the pen tool to make accurate curve-based paths which can then be used for masking and selection.

5m 27s

Lesson 2: Refining the Selection

Selecting with color range, the select and mask tool, the refine edge tool and directly painting masks with brushes—it’s all covered here.

4m 39s

Lesson 3: Isolating the Dress

Creating smart objects, combining selections and isolated objects for further compositing are covered in this lesson.

4m 38s

Lesson 4: Designing the Dress

How do you create something that was never in the original photo? In this lesson we recreate the bottom of the dress with the pen tool, lasso tool and transform tools.

7m 17s

Lesson 5: Integrating the Dress

Finally, how do we make it convincing? The clone tool, curves, gradients and feathering are all covered in this lesson.

8m 41s

Lesson 6: Putting Woman into Background

With our main subject cutout, we start combining the two images—matching lighting and extending the ropes using masks, the transform tool and gradients.

6m 30s

Lesson 7: Integrating the Two Images

Learn about modifying selections, using the “soft light” blending mode to cast color and channels to add highlights to hair.

14m 27s

Lesson 8: Color Grading

From gradient ramps, layer blending modes, color balance and curves to vibrance and mask-isolated adjustments, here are tools to make your composite artistic and beautifully colored.

8m 19s

Lesson 9: “One” Last Thing (Final Touches)

These are the final touches that will give your photo composite the professional look it needs to really sell it! Includes adding film grain, blending adjustment layers and using the Camera Raw filter.

Source Files

All source files for the course.

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