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...
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.
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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...