verb [ with obj. ] (usu. as noun compositing)
combine (two or more images) to make a single picture, esp. electronically: photographic compositing by computer.
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There’s no escaping the fact that compositing is all around us; from amazingly detailed posters advertising the latest Blockbuster Movie to simply moving someone from one picture into another it’s something more and more people are becoming interested in trying.
The skill in compositing lies in making the final image look realistic and believable and that requires a thorough understanding of the whole process from setting up the right lighting and taking the initial photograph, making selections/cutouts and then finally combining all the elements together using Photoshop.
Now this may all sound like hard work and you may be thinking you just haven’t got the time to learn the skills necessary but stick with me because I’ve a feeling that you may well have a change of mind pretty soon…
Hot off the press is ‘Compositing Secrets’, the new book by Professional Photographer and Photoshop Guru Matt Kloskowski…
Now I’ve had my own copy for a few days and I can honestly say that I feel this is going to quickly become ‘the’ book on compositing; let me explain…
I can’t even begin to guess how long Matt must have taken to put this book together. You see the book covers 15 seperate and completely different composites but more than that Matt takes you through every single step involved.
Starting at the photo shoot Matt not only covers the lighting techniques and lens choices but also covers the all important but often overlooked details that go a long way into making the composite … wait for it … realistic!
Have you ever found yourself looking at a composite image, say a movie poster or maybe a bit of advertising on a bill board and thought “Something just doesn’t look right” ? … Well 99% of the time that’s going to be down to the perspective being wrong or to put it another way…the angle that the subject and the background were photographed and the lens choice not being the same.
Matt covers this all important part of compositing in great detail talking through his lens choice and how he makes sure that everything is photographed the same way…
The book is made up of 16 Chapters with 15 different compositing projects so there really is something for everyone…
- Chapter 1: Selection Secrets
- Chapter 2: Basic Composite
- Chapter 3: Creating Motion
- Chapter 4: Senior Portrait
- Chapter 5: Professional Office
- Chapter 6: Family/Group Portrait
- Chapter 7: Studio Sports Portrait
- Chapter 8: Live Concert
- Chapter 9: Multiple-Exposure Photo
- Chapter 10: Movie Poster
- Chapter 11: Unltra-Grungy/Edgy HDR Background
- Chapter 12: Sports Template
- Chapter 13: Single-Photo Composite
- Chapter 14: One Person, Multiple Poses
- Chapter 15: Adding Illustration
- Chapter 16: Advanced Commercial Compositing
Not only does ‘Photoshop Compositing Secrets‘ equip you with the skills you’ll need to go on and make up your own realistic, eye catching composite, it covers so much more within it’s 408 pages.
You’ll learn how to make perfect selections/cutouts using Photoshop’s built in tools such as Refine Edge; how to use Photoshop’s HDR Toning to create grungy, dynamic backgrounds; learn techniques to bring out detail in your images, give them unique looks and so much more…this book really is full to the brim!
Regular readers of this blog will know that a big part of my work involves Photoshop and indeed compositing images so yeah I’m pretty confident in what I can do however one thing I’ll never do is stop learning from others, and Matt is certainly one of them!
In the few days I’ve owned this book I’ve learned heaps of new techniques but I’ve only scratched the surface because as I’ve already said, this book is absolutely full to the brim with hints, tips, techniques and golden nuggets of information that will take your Photoshop skills to the next level!
I could go on and on about how good this book is but I’ll simply say this … “At some point you’re going to find yourself needing/wanting to do a composite and that I guarantee you; to do so you’re going to need some skills and ‘Photoshop Compositing Secrets‘ is where you’re going to find them!”
Photoshop Compositing Secrets: Unlocking the Key to Perfect Selections & Amazing Photoshop Effects for Totally Realistic Composites by Matt Kloskowski
Paperback: 408 Pages
Currently priced at £26.09 from Amazon UK