I’ve recorded numerous Photoshop Workbenches and even a complete Video Tutorial Series covering the techniques necessary to produce a convincing photo composite, yet until now, I’ve talked very little about the planning process. In Part One of this two-part series, we’ll explore how to approach a composite and gather assets. In Part Two, we’ll sit down to build a composite…complete with a “no-mask” blend mode technique, a method for adding warm glowing lights, a non-destructive dodging and burning trick, and a few finishing touches with Nik Color Efex Pro. The resulting surreal and melancholy scene will be part photo, part texture, and part drawing.
Note: The images used in this Workbench are from the Shutterstock website. If you have a need for great quality high-res stock at extremely affordable prices, Shutterstock is definitely worth checking out.