I’m excited to announce my new Introduction to Compositing course on Lynda.com! If you’re interested in learning how to create new visual narratives with the power of photo compositing, then this course is for you. Here is a more detailed description:
By choosing elements that work together to form a cohesive message, Julieanne Kost is able to create a composite image that’s more powerful than its individual parts. In this course, she shares the fundamental creative and technical concepts behind photo compositing, from creating diptychs that juxtapose images in separate “frames,” to assembling multiple exposures and strengthening visual impact with textural information. With these simple yet powerful techniques, Julieanne shows how to pull together different imagery and create new, unified visual narratives.
• Unifying images through subject, theme, and composition
“Join Julieanne Kost as she walks you through her creative thought process and explains how she transforms concepts and raw images into entirely new works of art using Adobe Photoshop. Discover how to select the images you need to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Master the tools used in compositing, including adjustment layers, masking, blending, and Smart Objects, so that the technology doesn’t get in the way of expressing your creative vision. Learn how to adjust scale and perspective and manipulate texture and focus to help viewers temporarily suspend their disbelief long enough to enter your world.”
What makes a good composite?
Refining your story
Composing using the basic principles of design
Customizing your Photoshop workspace
Preparing elements from your source images
Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
Mastering the Pen tool
Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne discusses how the addition of color as well as supporting imagery can help reinforce the mood and message of a composite image that a single photograph may fail to do on it’s own. Discover how to composite images through the use of masking, blend modes, smart objects, gradients and edge effects.
Even if you’re not celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday as we do in the United States, this is the perfect time of year to reflect upon the goals that we set for 2010 – evaluating if we have been successful in accomplishing what we set out to do and if not, taking inventory on what we still can complete before the clock rolls into 2011.
Thankfully, I am satisfied with all of the career goals that I set for myself this year. And I made it through all of the practical, pragmatic, “you really need to take care of this” type of goals that one runs across in life. However, I realize now that my creative/photographic/artistic goals suffered this year.
I have not made nearly enough time for my own personal work. I traveled for Adobe, as I knew that I would, and made thousands of photographs, but haven’t spent the time I need to to turn them into the digital composites that I am holding in my imagination. Luckily, I still have time and I’m going to take the next month to really focus on making images that matter to me (my own personal projects) while learning a few new things at the same time as I try some new techniques and tools.
It feels to good (and a little bit unnerving) make that commitment to the universe. But we all know that a promise made to another person has a much greater chance of being kept.
Here is an example of an image that I have in mind to make.
This image was composited after returning from Iceland with Focus on Nature (click here to find out how you can join me next year in Iceland). The components were all shot at Jokulsarlon or the Glacial Lagoon on the south coast of Iceland - the waves at the estuary of the lagoon, the birds flying over at the shore and the ice in the lagoon itself.
Watch the video below to see how the image was composited.
Wish me luck, it’s going to take some self discipline to focus during the holidays!
In this episode of The Complete Picture, I demonstrate some basic compositing techniques in Photoshop CS5, used to illustrate the feeling and mood of Iceland. In this tutorial, you’ll discover how easy it is to combine multiple images together using Layers, masking, blend modes, and transparency in Photoshop CS5.
Somewhere between the decisive moment and moving pictures lies the world of digital compositing — where multiple images captured at different times layer together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. In this episode of The Complete Picture, I will demonstrate how to transform concepts and ideas into images by mastering the tools used in compositing.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (The Creative Composite – Twilight), follow along as Julieanne Kost uses Lightroom 2.0 and Photoshop CS4 to showcase some of the new features as she creates a digital composite based on the concept of “Twilight”.