Composite Workflow Pt 1: Creative PS Techniques

Composite Workflow Pt 1: Creative PS Techniques

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.

Composite Workflow Pt 1: Creative PS Techniques

19 Videos

  • Flow & Opacity

    Welcome to Creative Photoshop Techniques with Renee Robyn. Dive right into this creative retouching tutorial, establishing a solid foundation and understanding of Photoshop's brush tool. Differentiate and define the functions of flow and opacity, using examples to setup proper workflow.

  • Morphing Tools

    Follow retoucher, Renee Robyn, as she explores creative and practical examples using Photoshop's powerful morphing tools. Examine warp, puppet warp, transform, and free transform to enhance your compositing and retouching capabilities. Enhance your practical skills for blending and disguising tex...

  • Revealing Tools

    In this section, explore some of Renee Robyn's early compositing work. Dissect mistakes that she identifies in practical examples and how to avoid them. Learn to create solid methodology, using native tools within Photoshop, to identify disparate elements in an image. Develop an eye for what make...

  • Smart Objects

    For this example, listen as retoucher, Renee Robyn, discusses her career in photography. Hear how she almost quit the industry and what ultimately helped her to reignite her creative spark. Learn how smart objects create a non-destructive, flexible workflow in retouching, particularly as it relat...

  • Brushes

    Unlock the power and efficiency of Photoshop brushes. Understand how a brush works, how it relates to transparency, and creating effective masks for compositing work. Learn to create a custom brush and save it as a preset for your retouching workflow.

  • Color Adjustments

    Continue to build a toolset for compositing, focusing on editing color. Manipulate Image Adjustments, blend modes, shadow and highlights, masking and painting to create compelling color work for your images.

  • Manipulating Color

    Transition from learning a variety of techniques to direct application inside of a workflow. In this section, follow retoucher, Renee Robyn, as she uses different example images to manipulate color, atmosphere and textures, building on the knowledge you have been building across each stage. Shift...

  • Building a Composite

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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