Creative Photoshop Techniques

Creative Photoshop Techniques

3 Seasons

The limits to creating images is only bound by the imagination. In this tutorial, Renee Robyn shows her effective techniques for creating dream-like images while maintaining a feeling of realism. Her advanced post-production methods are the central element to creating her highly polished looks.

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Creative Photoshop Techniques
  • Building a Composite

    Episode 1

    In this second part of Creative Photoshop Techniques, follow retoucher Renee Robyn in building a composite from start to finish. Build an amazing composite image - the Ice Warrior. Follow methodical and procedural processes for compositing while learning to experiment without a firm creative guid...

  • Creating a Background

    Episode 2

    Adapt to creative inspiration, scrapping one background element for something better. Build a composite background from multiple elements for a more dynamic perspective, story, and mood. Reposition elements, manipulate blend modes, adjust scaling to refine and push for the best combination of ele...

  • Masking
    33:15
    Episode 3

    Masking

    Episode 3

    For this section, learn to create a precise and clean subject extraction, creating a professional mask for the Ice Warrior. Using channels, curves, and brushes create a custom mask as you build up the elements of the composite artwork. Blend edges, build transitions, preserve detail - and even le...

  • Lighting & Textures

    Episode 4

    With a clean subject extraction, begin compositing focusing on lighting and texture. Manipulate hue and saturation, leverage your knowledge of flow and opacity, layering the independent image elements into a more cohesive whole. Dodge and burn, considering perspective, dimension, and the shape of...

  • Cloak Adjustments

    Episode 5

    With the main elements of foreground and background beginning to blend, begin to hone in on more specific details of the composite. Examine reflections, color relationships and transitions between subject and background into a more realistic harmony. Leverage the power of paint brushes, completel...

  • Wardrobe Adjustments

    Episode 6

    With the Ice Warrior's cloak transformed, focus on more targeted areas of the hero's wardrobe. Create smoother transitions and integration into a new color palette, comparing each wardrobe component to each other, as well as the environment and overall composite. Learn the art of compositing focu...

  • Atmosphere

    Episode 7

    Shift your focus from subject back out to the global elements of the composite. Focus on one of the most important elements of compositing - atmosphere. Begin blocking in plates of snow textures with a dimensional approach across the foreground and background. Manipulate blend modes, opacity, pai...

  • Snow Elements

    Episode 8

    With atmospheric snow elements integrated across the environment, follow retoucher, Renee Robyn, as she experiments with snow elements that interact directly with the Ice Warrior subject, to create more grounding realism within the scene.

  • Additional Elements

    Episode 9

    After finalizing the targeted snow elements on the Ice Warrior, focus on the subjects eyes to create mood and story elements for effect. Watch as retoucher, Renee Robyn, iterates and improvises to create a burning, fiery ember element to the Ice Warrior's eyes. Follow the creative path, developin...

  • Color Adjustments

    Episode 10

    Expand back out to a wider perspective of the entire composite image. Shift from working in target areas to move the composite towards the final touches. In this section, focus on manipulating color across the environment. Open the composite image into Adobe Camera RAW for clarity manipulation. L...

  • Cleanup
    10:31
    Episode 11

    Cleanup

    Episode 11

    For this final stage of the composite, use frequency separation, high pass filtering, and sharpening to enhance and embellish details across the image. Finalize lighting direction, reflection and specularity for a finishing pass of detail to complete this fantasy composite image - the Ice Warrior.

  • Recap
    09:05
    Episode 12

    Recap

    Episode 12

    Congratulations on successfully completing Creative Photoshop Techniques with retoucher, Renee Robyn. We encourage you continue practicing these techniques. Try, fail, and create. We want to see your artwork. Share your progress with our community and reach out with questions and feedback. We loo...