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Photoshop Compositing Secrets: Unlocking the Key to Perfect Selections and Amazing Photoshop Effects for Totally Realistic Composites [Paperback]

Matt Kloskowski
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29 July 2011 0321808231 978-0321808233 1

Unlocking the Key to Perfect Selections and Amazing Photoshop Effects for Totally Realistic Composites


Compositing is one of the hottest trends in Photoshop and photography today for portrait photographers, designers of all walks of life, and even retouchers. Everywhere you look, from group photos, to school graduation or sports portraits, to magazines, movie posters, and DVD covers, chances are, you’ve seen compositing.

In Photoshop Compositing Secrets, Matt Kloskowski takes you through the entire process behind creating convincing, well-executed, and captivating composites. You’ll see how to create images that run the gamut from real-world portraits for corporate, graduation, or group photos to sports portraits, templates, and collages, and even the surreal, dramatic composites that clients clamor for.

You'll learn:

  • One of the most important secrets to compositing: how to master selections in Photoshop (yes, even wispy hair),
  • What background color, and camera and lighting setups work best for compositing,
  • How to move a subject from one background to another, and the Photoshop lighting and shadowing techniques to make it look real,
  • And all the Photoshop tips, tricks, and special effects you need to pull off a convincing, professional composite.

No matter if you're a professional, an aspiring professional, or a hobbyist, Photoshop Compositing Secrets will sharpen your skills and open up a whole new avenue of photographic expression in an easy-to-understand way that will have you creating your own composites in no time.


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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321808231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321808233
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 20.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matt Kloskowski is the Education and Curriculum Developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. He has published numerous books on Photoshop and is the author of the Lightroom Killer Tips blog. In addition to being an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and an accomplished photographer, Matt is a regular contributor to Photoshop User magazine, a speaker at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the co-host of two popular videocasts, Photoshop User TV and The Grid.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 7 Sep 2011
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I thought I knew my way around Photoshop CS5 pretty well with good use of many techniques I'd learnt over the years. I bought this book thinking I might be a little disappointed at its content but because it was written by Matt Kloskowski ( I have some of his other books) I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did. Not only did it highlight some of my bad habits, it also showed me that I'm wasting a lot of time doing it the way I was. The book has a link to a download site for files and videos etc for all the chapters totally over 3.2GB if I remember correctly so you can practice with the actual images used in the book. I feel the book is slightly overpriced but still worth the money as its already saved me a lot of time in only 2 days! A good read and worth having in my opinion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another brilliant book from this publisher 11 July 2012
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The author is one of the leading educators/lecturers in photography and the use of Photoshop; Scott Kelby is the other and they have sometimes written in partnership and run courses together, perhaps in person but certainly as DVD-based CBT.

One reviewer has down-rated this book because he claims that it does not mention that it is specifically for Photoshop CS5 users; in fact that phrase appears on the first line of the first chapter, so could not really have been much clearer. Perhaps it should have appeared on the cover but there is little that could be achieved in CS5 that was unachievable in CS4. Admitted, a few menu items were moved and some things modified slightly but most would remain valid, as it probably will in CS6 which I have yet to see or to use.

Do not confuse Compositing with Composition as the phrase is generally used in photography and art. Compositing involves taking elements from two or more images and merging them into something new. Composition concerns itself with the arrangement of the major components of an image so that they draw the viewer's eye to where you need it to be or away from where you do not. An example of compositing may be to remove the sky from one image where there is clear cloud structure, a good sky colour etc and to add it to another where the sky is ill-defined and featureless.

Although it is Photoshop that is the medium here, similar techniques can be employed in other photo-editing software, but Photoshop happens to be the software of choice for the author and most serious users.

This is a book for the more advanced Photoshop user as it employs layers, masking and other more complex techniques for many of the examples and tutorials.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CS5 27 Nov 2011
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Great book. Nowhere does it say that it is for photoshop CS5 users only. If you don't have CS5 then don't buy it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent instruction book 24 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
Matt Kloskowski is one of my favourite writers and broadcasters about all items photoshop. This book is a very good instruction on this popular but sometimes difficult technique. All images in the book are available to download from the web, and so you can use them to perfect the different techniques explained, and compare your efforts with his.

A basic working knowledge of photoshop is required, but you do not need any more than that. It is well laid out as a book to read, or to dip into for ideas and advice. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS5 and above - Good quality book! 2 Nov 2013
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Bought this as I don't do much compositing work, but I find I need to have this skill for some client work. Usually when shooting buildings and the weather isn't perfect, or photographing people.

This book excels at teaching you how to work with composites involving people. Packed with varied examples, and covering everything from shooting/sourcing images to combining them in photoshop, it is my go-to reference for any work of this nature.

It is really only compatible with CS5 and higher (e.g. the Creative Cloud version of photoshop). Shame this wasn't made more clear in the book's description, but the author couldn't have feasibly made a book that gave a comprehensive overview of how to use CS5 features and also gave a similar level of quality instruction to users of older software.

More pertinent is the fact that the book doesn't really deal with non-portrait situations where you might want to composite images. A classic area where this technique is used is in adding different skies to landscape/building photographs. Depending on the weather, this can look very natural or completely fake. It would have been great if Matt had included a small chapter advising photographers on how to get the best results in this kind of situation - i.e. how to make sure the lighting works, and/or how to judge the limits of what backgrounds could realistically be dropped in. Nothing like seeing a low-contrast flat looking building with a bright and saturated blue sky behind it to know that this area of photography could be much improved upon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great projects - should mention CS5! 15 Nov 2011
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A great book with projects that really inspired me to go out and do composites. The only negative is, that it utilizes a lot of features that are only available in CS5. I think this should be mentioned in the cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A great book for learning techniques for planning and carrying out composites. But in doing so, it teaches you other great techniques that cover many other aspects of Photoshop.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay..
Hi, heard huge rave reviews about this book but honestly. if people want to get a real handle of Ps, get on YouTube. I find these much more useful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. Crowley
3.0 out of 5 stars compositing
thought it might have been more advanced.- I felt it was pretty basic stuff.- good as an introduction to the subject.
Published 10 months ago by Francis Kernow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This was a great book with basic techniques explained in detail at the start and then applied to real projects with all the resources available to follow along. Read more
Published 11 months ago by N. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Extremely good book from anyone looking to get into compositing. I covers all the basics from setup in the studio or on location, practical tips for planning how to shoot a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars hours of fun!
This is the second book I have purchased by this author, and I really like it. I have more comprehensive books on photoshop, which go into massive detail about how to do... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tescodirect
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I learned so much from this book, my understanding of compositing has reach new levels, clearly written and understandable for anyone new to this art, highly recommended.
Published 16 months ago by G. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Top class! Informative, easy to understand with only a basic knowledge of PS.
A lot of "ahhh so that's how it's done! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Tricks of the trade...
Excellent examples, easy to read and follow. Don't know what to say really... this book along with Voices That Matters - Layer's is a winner combo. Get it.
Published 17 months ago by K3ntFIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow, quick to learn
I have learnt at a faster rate than any other book I have bought to help me get the most of CS5. Others have said it, but I will say it too, this book is for CS5 users. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ChrisD
5.0 out of 5 stars User friendly and very helpfull book.
Easy to use by anyone. Comes with images you can use to practise.
Step by step instructions.
Worth the money.
Published 18 months ago by Sophia Z.
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