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Make a "Sweet Dream" Composite Come True

Hey guys!

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

Hey guys,

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

Hey everyone,

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

Hey everyone!


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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The COOL Boy - Clean And Colorful Gradient Tutorial

photoshop basics Mar 25, 2020

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For this tutorial, I wanted to make this cool little boy stand out even more by brightening this image. I did this by just making some basic adjustments and mainly using gradients for color toning.

The curves layer is a neat tool to make quick adjustments to any of your images. In this image, I used it to fix the bottom of the model’s pants, to make them an even tone. Also, I used it to change the color of his lips. You can find out how I modified this image exactly by signing up for my premium membership and getting access to the full video.

Cleaning up the image not only means making adjustments to the model, but making sure that any background distraction is removed. As I said previously, I really wanted to make this beautiful little boy the center of attention by getting rid of unnecessary items. You can use the spot healing tool to make these changes. Whether you are a beginner or pro, this is an excellent tool to alter your images to the way you've always...

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Gone Fishing - A Compositing Tutorial

Uncategorized Mar 18, 2020

Hello everyone,

I recently started recreating a couple of tutorials that I had previously done. It’s always great to see the progress of your work and compare the original to the more updated one. There were a lot of requests to recreate these tutorials from almost three years ago. I’m working with what I have now but, since I now know a little bit more about stock, I added higher quality stock than the one previously used.

Before starting any tutorials, I always show where I got the stock I used in the tutorials to make it easier for anyone to follow along. It’s important, when you download stock, to read about the licensing for the stock. For this tutorial, I didn’t have the original image of the model but I had them cut out which worked just fine.

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When you’re adding all the stock images together, not...

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Compositing Tutorial

Uncategorized Mar 11, 2020

Hey friends,

I really love how this composite came out!

This is an example of one of those composites that I kind of created from what I already had. I didn’t have this planned when I shot this image. I figured the hot air balloon image would be perfect because it would look a lot better if the subject looks a lot smaller in the frame. The hand gesture she made completely herself and even looks as if there should be a butterfly sitting on her hand. Become a premium member today to watch the full tutorial.

For the stock images, the labyrinth came from Adobe Stock, the butterfly hot air balloon came from Depositphotos and the extra butterflies came from PixelSquid.

Cutting out the butterfly hot air balloon did take some time and was probably the most tedious part of the tutorial. When you have a lot of busy patterns you really have to pay attention to all the little details, you don’t want to end up with chunks missing from your image. If you would like to see the full...

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How To: Submerge a Room in Water

photoshop basics Mar 04, 2020

Hey everyone,

I recently did a tutorial on how I flood a room or submerge it in water using photoshop. You can view the full tutorial by signing up for the premium membership.

This can be a really cool effect if you want to add people floating around, objects or if you’re just looking to add water to fishbowl or a vase. The same techniques would be applied to any of these.

I got my image from Adobe Stock, I thought it would be a cool image to submerge in water. Even though this image was amazing, there are a few things in the image that makes me not want to use it for a real composite only because there does appear to be a door with light coming in on the side and two open doors in the background. If we’re being realistic, I wouldn't choose a room that had open doorways or windows.

In my tutorial, I showed three different ways to submerge a room in the water. Sign up for my premium membership to watch the full tutorial.

For the first technique, I flooded a portion of the...

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Birds And Brushes: What Do They Have In Common?

hand edit Feb 26, 2020

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I’ve been seeing images similar to this several times before in different types of setups. I always wanted to do one myself. In the full tutorial, I created my own custom brushes to make this a really cool, whimsical image.

Some of the textures and overlays I used are from Florabella. They have really cool textures and overlays you can use that I really love. Before I started creating the brushes, I made sure to have the base of the hand edit done. If you haven’t seen any of the previous tutorials where I demonstrate how to make brushes, I do a quick overview on this one. Are you interested in watching the full tutorial? You can access this one and dozens more by signing up for the premium membership!

You’ll be surprised how easy it can be to do the custom brushes of the birds. The only challenging part was selecting and defining the birds with more details. When you watch the full tutorial, you’ll see how I overcame this little obstacle....

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