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July Sneak Peek, "Fire Goddess" Composite

 

Hello, fellow creators!

This week's live streaming tutorial in the premium membership is also July's sneak peek offered to the public titled "Fire Goddess." A fierce fantasy image edit with fire and smoke overlays, various blend modes, and layer styles. 

Geared towards intermediate to advanced Photoshop users, but as a newbie, I found the broken down step by step sections easy to navigate and valuable on where to obtain viable stock for practice and clients.

Background LayeringFirst, we want to use the rectangle marquee tool to click and drag and select our whole volcanic background.  Then control or command C to copy, followed by control or command V to paste.

Quick Tip: To keep your same dimensions when resizing your background, be sure to hold down the shift key.

Adding a rock from another piece of stock, we use the quick selection tool to select all around the rock then control or command T to grab it and paste to our volcanic background...

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A simple summer edit that makes a big splash!💦

Hello, fellow creators!

I had a Whale of a good time with this edit...( see what I did there?)

In this week's live streaming tutorial, "Roadblock Whale" found in the Compositing Hand edits category. Tara shows us a fun, surreal-vibe edit using only two stock images from Deposit Photos.

Deposit Photos is a premium site Tara personally uses. It is required to pay for each image or packages. But don't worry. There is a TON of free stock sites available.

Pixabay and Freeimages.com are just a few from the list.

Setting the scene

You can choose any scene or other aquatic creature you wish. Maybe a field of flowers, emerging from the surface of the moon or even a backcountry road verses payment?  The techniques learned in this tutorial have a wide range of uses.

Make a Big Splash! 

Here you will select around the whale to pick up the splash and background water around the whale. Copy (command C) and Paste (command V) the...

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Shoot! I shot in JPEG.

Hello fellow creators!

Nothing says summer like bathing suits, and beaches, right?

In this week's live streaming tutorial, "Summer Buddies" found in the Artistic Hand edits category Tara shows us how to achieve the perfect Americana vintage postcard feel using an original JPEG image. 

Even Tara admits at least once a year accidentally shoots in jpeg while she meant to shoot in-camera raw.  I was glad to know my noisy jpeg images still had hope!

Oops, I did it again

Starting in-camera raw we bring up the shadows and bring down the highlights due to the cool tones of the original image. To counteract that, Under the luminance of the HSL greyscale, bring the oranges up just a bit to give it the warmness it needs to feel vintage.

NOTE: Remember all of the adjustments are going to be more extreme if you are working with a jpeg image.  Just make adjustments according to your own edit.

Toes in the sand

By opening up curves to bring up the...

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Combining Reality and Fiction: Creating a Sea Monster Composite

 

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Bringing the real and the fictional together was not as challenging as expected!


I created this sea monster composite to show how easy it was to edit this with the techniques applied. This is one of the easiest composites available in the membership because the stock graphics already have such an illustrative feel, eliminating much of the work like editing lighting, shadows, color tones or things like that. The final image looked much more like an illustration or a painting.
In the video tutorial, I include exactly where I was able to get the stock images and filters used. Sign up for the premium membership to find out where.


Different techniques like adjusting shadows and tones, adding warmth, warping some images and using contrast and exposure were applied. Using the soft brush tool, I was able to take out any harshness in the composite. In most of my tutorials, you’ll see that the subject is the center of attention but for this one, since the boy is so tiny,...

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Dreamy Effect an Artistic Moody Hand Edit

Hello Fellow creators!

In this week's tutorial, Tara uses 3 edits to show us how to quickly master the dream-like photography style otherwise known as the Orton Effect Photoshop technique easily, even if you're a beginner!

This powerful editing tool will lend a dreamy glow to your portraits that can be the difference between a good photograph and an unforgettable one. 

Butterfly GardenFirst, copy your background layer with control or command J on your PC or Mac.

By clicking filter, blur, then Gaussian blur, we can achieve a stunning blur effect that doesn’t make the subject blurry.  Switching the blend mode to screen, allows just the soft background blur around your subject to have the heavenly glow.

The amount you are going to blur will depend on your image and your taste. Play with your radius to see the effect in your own edits!

Head in the bubble clouds

Sometimes soft light looks good as well, so...

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June Sneak Peek, "Little Squishy" Composite

Hi Everyone!

This mermaid composite image showcases a gorgeous fanned mermaid tail, perfectly tailored to our tiny subject, highlighted in her aquatic paradise using the LightBox plug-In.

One of the first steps is to subject capture with the Quick Selection Tool. Selecting the subject with this tool allows us to embed her directly into her new pedestal within her tank. Tara explains Resizing and cropping options to simplify her image use in the full tutorial.

 Trading Legs for Fins, PixelSquid Mermaid TailLearn to warp the tail and use multiple tail images to create a flawless transition that looks completely natural.  Liquify portions of her tail to blend her body and stock images with the background and then change the perspective and scale of the tail to display the beauty of her fantail flip.

Mermaid hair, don’t care! This is the creative portion where we can really play with our editing style and viewpoint. Deviant Art supplies multiple...

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Fly to Neverland with this Peter Pan Composite

composite tutorial May 27, 2020

Hey everyone!

This Peter Pan Tutorial was so fun to do, even though it was very meticulous but it’s definitely worth it!

 

When creating composites, it’s always best to start off with the work that will take the longest and is most detailed so the rest comes easier. I started off with stock placement. What took me the most time in creating this composite was to cut out the background of the room that you could see through the windows. I wanted to make it a nighttime scene and the other provided with the stock was clearly daytime and had a tree covering most of it.

In the tutorial, I show exactly what technique I used to edit out the background. Sign up for the premium membership to access the full tutorial!

 

Once the windows were edited, I started doing some stock placement in the image before adding my model. The little details in the composite are what make the image stand out. Just by placing a teddy bear and candle into the composite, it looked like a...

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From Tennis Court to Moors: Creating a Maleficent Composite

What I love about being able to create composite portraits is that I don’t have to be at a specific location to create the background I want for my photograph.


For this tutorial, I shot my model at a tennis court! To create the background and atmosphere I used stock images and manipulated them to my liking.


In the tutorial, I’ll show you how to extract your subject from the original photograph, masking and refining the subject so they fit right into the composite. To view the tutorial, sign up for my premium membership here.


I began by placing the stock images together and creating the background. There was some refining on the stock graphics to make sure everything looked put together. Using the liquify tool, I was able to manipulate the stock graphics to look like they were all part of one image.


Once all of the stock was placed, I focused on making individual adjustments. As you can see the images were not blurred at the beginning. When blurring images you...

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Creating a Real Life Belle Beauty

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For this shoot, I used several different cameras since I had the subject doing several twirls and running around.


Since my original image was asymmetrical, I used the crop tool to straighten the image. I have such a bad habit of shooting a bit crooked. Usually, I have to straighten my images a little more often than I would like to!


There is a workflow action that I have created that will help you with this edit and make things much easier, you can find it here.


It was a very cold day out and you could tell on the girl's skin there was some blotchiness and goosebumps. I used my saved actions along with some further edits to focus on perfecting the skin and making it even.


You can watch the full tutorial on this Belle Beauty by becoming a premium member.


This edit was all about adjustments. With my workflow actions, I saved a lot of time making the essential edits.


I used dodge and burn to add contrast and go over the shadow areas. I especially focused it on the eyes of...

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The Fairest Edit of Them All: A Snow White Hand Edit

hand edit May 06, 2020

Hey guys!


This image was taken at my compositing workshop in November 2018


For this image, I shot with a Nikon D750 and a 200mm F/2. I shot at an aperture at two, which contributed to the blurry background that I was aiming for. It was very close to sunset when I shot this, so the sun had gone down quite a bit. There is still a bit of backlight and I will be emphasizing it during the tutorial.


Become a premium member to watch the full step-by-step tutorial.


This was not a simple, clean edit. I really wanted to go dramatic with the edit and have fun with it. I wanted the final image to have a painterly look but definitely very dynamic. I will be bringing in tons of color, warmth, and light.


It was a little tough shooting because there were ten photographers shooting at the same time so I did not get the exact angle I wanted. I made some edits to make the image look more symmetrical.


If you’re interested in the step-by-step process, become a premium member to watch the full...

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