lessons: 11 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 29min
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Adobe Photoshop CC In-Depth: Compositing and Masking Hair Made Easy
with Scott Kelby
In this class, Scott gets you up and running fast on creating realistic composite images (where you put your subject on a different background or different environment than they were photographed on), and he takes you through a host of techniques that cover the “Holy Grail” of compositing, which is masking hair and keeping lots of detail intact. He covers a number of different techniques, including using channels and blend mode tricks for easy masking. You’ll learn how to match tone and color and finishing moves that pull it all together. It’s a really solid introduction into the art of masking and compositing and the essential techniques you need to know from the start.
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)
Join Scott as he introduces the class and discusses what will be covered in the lessons that follow.
lesson 2: Simple Lighting Setup
Set yourself up for success by keeping your lighting setup simple when creating the original images.
lesson 3: Backgrounds
You can shoot your own backgrounds or find them on the web.
lesson 4: Masking Hair Trick
Scott demonstrates a variation on a technique he learned from Lee Varis to create the first composite.
lesson 5: Masking with Channels
This channel masking technique is an oldie, but a goodie, and it helps to have a few compositing techniques in your toolbox.
lesson 6: Portrait Technique
Another technique that works great for portraits shot on a gray background involves blending the background into the layer containing your subject.
lesson 7: Selecting a Subject: Part 1
This technique involves the Quick Selection tool and the Refine Edge functionality.
lesson 8: Selecting a Subject: Part 2
Building on Part 1, Scott completes the removal of the subject from the background and places it on a new one.
lesson 9: Dealing with Fringe
Scott shares three techniques for dealing with fringe around the edges of a subject.
lesson 10: Matching Tone and Color
To help sell the composite you may need to adjust color and tone of the subject to help it match the background.
lesson 11: Unifying the Image
The goal of unifying the image is to add a treatment to the entire composite to bring it all together.
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Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original "Photoshop Guy", is the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference, Training Director and instructor for KelbyOne Live Seminars, and author of a string of bestselling technology and photography books.
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