Bret Malley

Bret Malley

Bret is an educator and professional photographer specializing in imaginative, surreal, and often magic-enhanced creations. He is the author of Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Adobe Photoshop CC and his work has been featured in publications such as Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative, and Photography is Art magazines. He is a full-time college professor teaching classes on photography, design, motion graphics, and Adobe Photoshop.

The imagination is marvelous. Our mind is a brilliant canvas, and our imagination is a master painter with limitless potential. The technique of compositing isn’t merely a process of combining various images together, but rather a kind of mind-photography—we can imagine, capture the pieces that match our unique vision, and then bring them all together into a new and compelling image that others can experience and enjoy; a picture generated straight from our mind’s eye! While appropriating the credibility of photography, compositing has the potential to allow viewers to suspend their disb...

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The imagination is marvelous. Our mind is a brilliant canvas, and our imagination is a master painter with limitless potential. The technique of compositing isn’t merely a process of combining various images together, but rather a kind of mind-photography—we can imagine, capture the pieces that match our unique vision, and then bring them all together into a new and compelling image that others can experience and enjoy; a picture generated straight from our mind’s eye! While appropriating the credibility of photography, compositing has the potential to allow viewers to suspend their disb...

Learn how to create and composite your own amazing lighting effects with Bret Malley! In this class you'll discover the techniques Bret uses to create cool lighting effects with inexpensive tools you can use do almost anywhere. Beyond the gear and tools you'll learn how to set up the shots, the importance of pre-visualizing the final looks, how to capture the lighting elements, how to review and select the pieces you'll need, and how to pull it all together in post processing. No special plug-ins are needed, just basic camera gear, a dark space, Photoshop, and your imagination.

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Learn how to create and composite your own amazing lighting effects with Bret Malley! In this class you'll discover the techniques Bret uses to create cool lighting effects with inexpensive tools you can use do almost anywhere. Beyond the gear and tools you'll learn how to set up the shots, the importance of pre-visualizing the final looks, how to capture the lighting elements, how to review and select the pieces you'll need, and how to pull it all together in post processing. No special plug-ins are needed, just basic camera gear, a dark space, Photoshop, and your imagination.

Join Bret Malley and learn how to unlock the power of curves in Photoshop! In this class you’ll gain a better understanding of the curves adjustment, how read a histogram, explore different ways curves can be used, learn different techniques for manipulating curves, and explore some of the most common use case scenarios. From global edits to localized tweaks, curves can be a powerful ally in your post production work.

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Join Bret Malley and learn how to unlock the power of curves in Photoshop! In this class you’ll gain a better understanding of the curves adjustment, how read a histogram, explore different ways curves can be used, learn different techniques for manipulating curves, and explore some of the most common use case scenarios. From global edits to localized tweaks, curves can be a powerful ally in your post production work.

Learn how to do a family portrait with a magical twist! Join Bret Malley as he teaches you all the steps, from shooting to post processing, needed to create your own fantasy fine art composite. Bret takes you through the gear he uses, his process for pre-production, how to communicate and work with the subjects, his lighting setup, how to photograph each element of the composite, and then how to bring it all together in Photoshop. The first half of the class is a live shoot where Bret creates all the pieces, and in the second half he teaches you his tips and techniques for creating a seamless composite that brings your imagination to life.

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Learn how to do a family portrait with a magical twist! Join Bret Malley as he teaches you all the steps, from shooting to post processing, needed to create your own fantasy fine art composite. Bret takes you through the gear he uses, his process for pre-production, how to communicate and work with the subjects, his lighting setup, how to photograph each element of the composite, and then how to bring it all together in Photoshop. The first half of the class is a live shoot where Bret creates all the pieces, and in the second half he teaches you his tips and techniques for creating a seamless composite that brings your imagination to life.

Realistic shadows are an essential component of a realistic composite. Join Bret Malley to learn how to create custom shadows in a variety of lighting situations from diffused overcast light to hard direct light. In this class Bret demonstrates tips and techniques for creating soft shadows, hard shadows, custom shadows with the Pen Tool, shadows on natural terrain, and finishing touches like realistic reflections to tie it all together. Nothing can ruin a composite faster than a poorly crafted shadow, so it is critical to get them right.

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Realistic shadows are an essential component of a realistic composite. Join Bret Malley to learn how to create custom shadows in a variety of lighting situations from diffused overcast light to hard direct light. In this class Bret demonstrates tips and techniques for creating soft shadows, hard shadows, custom shadows with the Pen Tool, shadows on natural terrain, and finishing touches like realistic reflections to tie it all together. Nothing can ruin a composite faster than a poorly crafted shadow, so it is critical to get them right.