Here are five tips for realistic photo composites in only 90 seconds

Mar 25, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Here are five tips for realistic photo composites in only 90 seconds

Mar 25, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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We’ve seen some stunning work created by combining photography, Photoshop and lots of imagination. But when you start compositing images, one of the greatest challenges is to make them look realistic. In this video from Advancing Your Photography, Rikard Rodin shares five tips for raising your photo composites to a new level, and all that in only 90 seconds.

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1. Match your elements

When you’re selecting the elements for compositing, you need to make sure that they match. First, choose elements where the perspective matches. And second, make sure that the light source is relatively similar between the elements that you’re compositing together.

2. Spend time on selections

When matching elements from several photos, you need to spend time on making selections. Rikard says that as much as 80% of his compositing time is spent on making accurate selections. It can make a huge difference in the final work, so don’t be lazy when it comes to selections and cutouts.

3. Pay attention to atmospheric depth

Another thing that adds to your composites is depth, especially atmospheric depth. Keep this in mind: the further something is in the background, the less contrast it has. The closer it is to the foreground, the more contrast it has. So, when placing the elements in the composite, make sure to edit them according to this.

4. Use color to pull everything together

When your image is nearly done, use a color gradient or a gradient map to pull it all together and give the final look to your composite.

5. Put your subject in the middle

The last piece of advice from Rikard is to put your subject in the middle, between the foreground and the background.

Now that you’ve heard these five quick tips, you can expand your knowledge with the longer version of this video and see some examples. Check it out below, and then open Photoshop and have fun creating something great!

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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One response to “Here are five tips for realistic photo composites in only 90 seconds”

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    stewart norton

    Good quick tips…I’d never thought about the contrast one brfore, nice to learn a new trick .