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Protector Photo Composite

Creative Director and Photoshop Guru Rikard Rodin takes you through the workflow and process of creating a beautiful composite—The Protector—out of 9 different images. The course is filled with Photoshop techniques that are useful for any photo compositing work you may want to do—including advanced masking techniques for cutting out hair, how to create realistic shadows, reflections and how to creatively color grade a composite for maximum visual impact.

Details & Requirements

Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Tags: Most Popular Specialties 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


6m 56s

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.

10m 52s

Lesson 2: Masking Techniques Part I

Using the quick selection tool to create complicated cutouts.

10m 9s

Lesson 3: Masking Techniques Part II

Here you learn how to use channel information to create masks for fine details, such has fur and hair.

14m 6s

Lesson 4: Layered Compositing

In this lesson we start our actual compositing and through the use of masks, we layer the composite so that the two elements (girl and leopard) look well integrated.

10m 11s

Lesson 5: Background Replacement

Use two different images to create an entirely new background—and then integrate these using gradients, horizon lines and mist.

14m 52s

Lesson 6: Adding the Details

In this lesson we add cracks to the foreground and clean up color cast on the original image in preparation for doing the color grading.

12m 29s

Lesson 7: Realistic Reflections

Here we add reflections to the ground using transforms and smart objects—and then make those reflections realistic through blending modes, blur filters and the displace tool.

11m 4s

Lesson 8: Composite Color Grading

In the final lesson, learn how to color grade composites to create an artistic and integrated final look. Learn to use gradient ramps, color balance and other color adjustment tools in your composites.

Source Files

All source files for the course.

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