June Sneak Peek, "Little Squishy" Composite

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Make a "Sweet Dream" Composite Come True

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This composite is more abstract which is a little different than what I usually do.

I gathered some stock images to create the background and to add other graphics to the composite. All stock images and the subject were already cut out which makes it much easier to place the images in the composite and saves time.

If you want to learn how to cut your images, you can sign up for the premium membership. There are dozens of tutorials where I show how to cut out stock images and subjects.

When placing images that are smaller, I made sure I zoomed into the graphics because I had a little bit more control over them. I noticed that many of the stock images came with shadows, but in the tutorial, you’ll see that I removed them to make the composite look put together.

The most challenging part of the composite was putting the subject's reflection in the mirror. Having her arm come out of the mirror and her reflection required a lot of masking. This was the part that made me...

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Rosie the Riveter Hand Edit

hand edit Apr 22, 2020

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For this Rosie the Riveter tutorial, I will be doing a dramatic type of edit. I wanted it to look like the original poster with a caricature and dramatic feel by using some liquify and dodge and burn. To give it the cartoonish feel, there will be a lot of adjustments and changes to the image.

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I had done a similar edit before but I decided to re-do it now that the model is a little older.

This is one of the more tedious tutorials due to all the adjustments being made to the image and they are going to be done in little steps to build everything up.

When photographing the subject, I didn't realize that she was facing the opposite directions so I started the tutorial by flipping the image. I did some frequency separation in order to blur and smooth out the skin. I wanted to keep the texture but blend it with all of the tones and highlights. I do show in the tutorial exactly how I did it. If you’re interested...

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A Simple Easter Composite: Bunny Kiss

composite tutorial Apr 15, 2020

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Easter is almost here!

I created this very simple composite for Easter. I used the existing background and added a little bit of stock on to it rather than cutting the subject out and adding him to a whole different background.

For some of the stock, I used PixelSquid. What I love about PixelSquid is that you can download the different file types that make it easier to edit in Photoshop. I usually always add it to the lightbox, this is basically a plug-in in Photoshop.

To speed things along a little, before the tutorial, I did some cloning to the background and blurred it out a little bit. I do this in many of my hand-edits and composites to make the subject the main focus. If you’re interested in watching this tutorial or dozens more, sign up for the premium membership.

When editing, I focused mainly on the rabbit. I did do some puppet warp because I wanted the rabbit to appear like he was giving the little boy a kiss. I added some shadow to the bunny to make it...

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Lost in the Music: A Moody and Vintage Composite

Uncategorized Apr 08, 2020

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For this composite, I wanted to create a vintage and moody image.


Before starting the tutorial, I had my stock images picked out for the composite. I picked out a kitchen for the background, a window sill, and raindrops. AdobeStock is great for stock images, it gives you tons of images to choose from. This is where I got my stock images from for this composite.

Since I wanted the image to look moody, I started the tutorial by playing around with the highlights and curves to alter the colors and darkness in the image. If you would like to see the full tutorial, you can watch the tutorial by becoming a premium member.


I did do some beauty edits on the model. I wanted this image to be a painterly image so I made some edits to give that effect. The process did seem a bit slow because of my PC. I’ve been meaning to get a new one but I’m not a big fan of change so I’ve been holding on to this one.

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Sweet Soul Hand Edit

hand edit Apr 01, 2020

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I edited this traditional image with a little bit of compositing. It did end up being a little dramatic but I intended it to. It was mostly a hand edit and if you sign up for my premium membership you can watch the full tutorial.

I shot the image with a Nikon D750 and an 85 mm lens. This was shot in studio and there was a little bit of natural light coming in from the top and I used a monolight on the side.

I started off by bringing up the shadows because, as you may already know, I don’t like to have true blacks in the image and lose any details. I brought up the oranges in the image to brighten it up a little bit. I did do some cropping to the image but if you’re doing this for a client keep in mind the size you’re printing at before you start cropping in an image.

I used one of my frequency separation actions to soften the skin. If you’re not familiar with frequency separation you can download The Ultimate Photoshop Workflow or watch my free...

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