Posts tagged "Compositing"

October 25, 2018

Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Photography – Live on LinkedIn |

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Photography course is now live on LinkedIn Learning and on

Course Description:Whether you’re an experienced creative professional or someone who has just recently purchased a camera, learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is a hugely valuable investment that can help you get the most out of your pixels. Photoshop CC 2019 is loaded with tools and features that can help photographers quickly get the image results they want. In this course, Julieanne Kost gets you up to speed with Photoshop and shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including retouching, creatively using adjustment layers, and combining multiple images. Along the way, she shares how to work with type, Smart Objects, and artistic filters; create custom brushes; use the libraries to store content; quickly export and share images; and more.

Topics Include:

  • Dodging and burning with Curves
  • Tinting and toning techniques
  • Using color lookup tables
  • Brightening eyes and lightening teeth
  • Using the Healing Brush
  • Combining multiple images
  • Creating a double exposure effect
  • Creating a panorama in Photoshop
  • Creating a soft glow with grain
  • Creative blurring effects
  • Painting essentials
  • Type and layer effects
  • Working with artboards and libraries
  • Quickly exporting images
  • Sharing images to social media
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April 7, 2016

The Art of Photoshop Compositing Course on

Even if you’re not a member of, a portion of each of my video courses are available for free. If you’re interested in Learning about Compositing, here are four free videos from my The Art of Photoshop Compositing course:

What makes a good composite?

A compelling story

Compositional considerations

Creating your own image bank

The complete course is available for paid members. Click here for more information or to start your free trial.

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April 5, 2016

Introduction to Photo Compositing Course on


2014-11_LDCIntroLREven if you’re not a member of, a portion of each of my video courses are available for free. If you’re interested in Learning about Compositing, here are two free videos from my Introduction to Photo Compositing course:

Unifying images through subject and theme 

Unifying images through composition

The complete course is available for paid members. Click here for more information or to start your free trial.


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January 28, 2016

Unifying Images Through Color in Photoshop

When creating composite images, I am often trying to unify multiple elements that were photographed at different times, in different locations, under different light conditions. One of the techniques that I use to establish consistency throughout the disparate elements is to use one of the source images as a color overlay for the entire canvas. In this example, I wanted to use the color from the wings layer to unite the other elements (such as the overly saturated table).



First, I selected the wings layer, duplicated it, and repositioned it at the top of the layer stack.

First, I selected the wing layer, duplicated it and positioned it at the top of the layer stack.
To resize the layer, I selected Edit > Free Transform > Scale (so that it would cover the entire canvas).

To resize the layer, I selected Edit > Free Transform > Scale so that it would cover the entire canvas.
On the Layers panel, I changed the Layer’s blend mode to Color.



I selected Filter > Blur > Gaussian to remove detail, while still maintaining the color.



Then, I chose Edit > Free Transform, to flip the layer and reposition and resize the layer as needed.



Finally, I added a Layer Mask and used the Brush tool to paint with black to hide the color from areas such as the figure.


Note: If you want to use more than one layer as the source for your “color”, select the desired area (using the marquee tool or whatever tool works) and choose Edit > Copy Merged to copy the information to the clipboard. Then, choose Edit > Paste. Photoshop will create a new layer that you can reposition, resize, etc. as needed.

Before and after unifying eh composite using color.

Before and after unifying the composite using color.

For more information about compositing images in Photoshop, be sure to check out my two training courses on

Introduction to Compositing

The Art of Photoshop Compositing

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November 26, 2014

Announcing “Introduction to Photo Compositing” with Julieanne Kost on

I’m excited to announce my new Introduction to Compositing course on! 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.


Topics include:

• Unifying images through subject, theme, and composition

• Creating diptychs in Lightroom and Photoshop

• Using layers and masking to blend photographs

• Applying textures with blend modes and opacity

• Blending nighttime and daytime images

• Creating unity with color and tone

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February 18, 2014

“The Art of Photoshop Compositing” Now Live on!

I’m really excited to announce that my new class: The Art of Photoshop Compositing is now live  on! 


“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.”

Topics include:

  • 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

I look forward to hearing your feedback!

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February 3, 2011

Video Tutorial – Using Color to Add Emotional Impact to a Photograph

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.

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November 25, 2010

Video Tutorial – New Digital Composite: Hindsight

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!

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November 5, 2010

Video Tutorial – New Digital Composite: Hindsight

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.

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September 8, 2010

The Creative Composite – Isostacy

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.

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November 4, 2008

Video Tutorial – The Creative Composite “Twilight”

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”.

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