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Sally Composite Tutorial

compositing tutorial Oct 04, 2019

Hey Guys! For this spooky tutorial we will be making a fun Nightmare Before Christmas themed composite. I will provide you with the background, and we can build from there.

The image we’re going to use for our subject was already edited. Most times I use a RAW image, but in this situation I wanted to show you how we can still use an already edited image in a composite piece.

We’re going to cut out our subject and paste her onto our background and resize her. You’ll notice just how out of place she looks right away! Not to worry, we’ll blend her in by using several background layers and filters! To see exactly how I do it, you can check out my full tutorial, available through my premium membership.


After we finish blending her, we’re going to use “Match Color” on our subject using our background as the source to make her luminosity a little more like our background.

Since we want her to look like she’s sitting in the grass, we’re going to mask her and brush some of her feet and dress off. That way she looks like the grass is popping out from around her.


We’re going to use our mask to clean up some of the haziness from her hair. After that, we’re going to go back to our grass and add in some more grass using our PixelSquid plugin. We’re going to make some adjustments so that our grass looks more like the grass we already have and looks like it actually belongs in our image.


Once we have our grass nice and dark, we’re going to hop back on our PixelSquid plugin and bring in some spooky creatures! I brought in a few bats and went in and made adjustments to them so that they match our mood.

We’re going to play around with her skin now, giving her a blue-ish tone and a tad more contrast and pop. Using a solid blue layer, we’re going to brush on our blue onto her skin, making sure to avoid the hair, lips, and eyebrows. Then I’ll create her highlights and shadows. To see exactly how I do this, you can watch my full video tutorial available through my premium membership.

I’m going to add a gradient to create a moonlight effect. Then we’re going to add a warming filter to bring back some of our colors. To wrap everything up, we’re going to run the painterly action because it brings out so much detail in my image.

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and definitely looking forward to seeing all your own creations on the Facebook group and Instagram! For a step-by-step walkthrough of this tutorial and dozens of others, check out my premium membership!



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