Beginner Photoshop Compositing Part 1: Preparing Your Images - L6149a

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Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Photoshop Instructor, PhotoshopCafe


Begin your compositing journey in this introductory follow-along lab. Every day, we are exposed to a proliferation of images of people or objects placed on different backgrounds. This is what compositing is — the art of combining photos to create realistic images or surrealistic works of art. Learn how you can use Photoshop to create those seemingly impossible images that you see everywhere. Colin Smith, founder of PhotoshopCAFE, will show you the latest tools and techniques that make compositing easy. Plus, discover some tricks that improve realism and believability. In Part 1 of this three-part lab, you’ll prepare images for compositing.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Use Adobe Stock to find and add elements to your composite
  • Cleanly select objects and remove the background from a photo
  • Use timesaving one-click selection tools
  • Remove edge fringes
  • Efficiently prepare an image for a composite

Technical Level: Beginner

Type: Lab

Category: How To

Track: Graphic Design, Photography

Audience: Graphic Designer, Photographer, Print Designer