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 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 want to make sure you don’t go too overboard because then they start looking like blobs. I played around with the curving, but you can use color balance, selective color, hue saturation or whatever your preference is.
This tutorial shows that you don’t need a studio with all the props or a specific location to create the vision you have for your photograph. This Maleficent composite began on a tennis court! It’s amazing to see the transformation of your photograph.
I originally did this tutorial at a live workshop and everyone really enjoyed seeing this composite come together.
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