The Photoshop Compositing Course

with Matt Kloskowski
The Most Complete Compositing Course on the Planet!

Let’s Master Compositing!

Find out a little more about the course by watching a quick 60 second clip about the 3 key topics I’ve included.

Color and Light Matching

Matching the color and lighting / shadows in a composite is one of the most important areas.

 

SELECTIONS AND MASKING

Every project includes a selection tutorial and you’ll see the whole thing from start to finish.

FUN / CREATIVE PROJECTS FOR EVERYONE

This course is meant for everyday photographers that want to get creative and enjoy Photoshop.

compositing for everyone!

“I wanted to make a compositing course that the everyday photographer could really dive into!”

One of the biggest things I wanted to do with this course was to make it accessible to everyone – regardless of what type of photography you’re into.

So rather than include a bunch of studio / flash lit subjects, I concentrated on including subjects that were photographed in natural light.

My biggest goal was to not only show you how to create the composites that I have in this course, but also give you ideas on ways you can take what you learn here and apply it to your own photos and images.

Includes Primer / Reference guides

The Photoshop Compositing Course also includes 3 reference or “primer” mini-courses on some of the compositing basics I use.

Color and Light Techniques

13 Short Videos that cover the color / light matching, and shadowing techniques I use.

Selection Primer

9 Short Video Lessons on Selection Techniques that are used in the course.

COMPOSITING FAQ

Some frequently asked questions like “What comes first, the subject or background?”

PDF Cheat Sheets

The Premium Package includes a beautifully designed PDF “Cheat Sheet” for every project. That way you have something to follow along with or refer back to without watching the entire video again.

Step by Step Recaps

Screen Captures Too!

And Keyboard Shortcuts

Over 8 Hours of video, 17 Projects, and 417 PDF “Cheat Sheet” Pages

launch week special… time sensitive bonuses that end april 24th

Bonus #1: Personalized Critiques

This is one of the BIGGEST reasons to order before April 24th. You’ll receive 2 personalized video critique sessions by me. This is how I set my courses apart from everyone else’s. Here’s how it works… you’ll receive 2 emails in May (May 10th and May 24th) with instructions on how to upload your composite-in-progress to me. I will then post a personalized video, for each person, to let you know what’s working, and what needs some help, along with ideas to improve.

Bonus #1: Sky Replacement Images

Compositing a background often requires you to change out the sky. As a special bonus for this week, you’ll receive a sky replacement package with 16 skies in it ready to be composited. And since several of the videos cover replacing skies, you’ll have the techniques to get it done.

Bonus #2: Textures and Templates

The folks over at Photobacks.com have generously given me a texture and template pack (with a few new fonts too!) for me to share with you. Photobacks has been known by compositers as one of the THE places to get backgrounds and templates from. This pack is valued at $49 and only available as a bonus before April 24th. After that, it goes away.

My Private "Ask Matt" FB Group

I realize that inevitably you’ll have questions at some point. That’s why I have a private “Ask Matt” Facebook group for people that purchase my courses. Of course you’re free to send an email through my customer support page, but this group is a great place to jump in and ask questions if something comes up later.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This course is for Intermediate (non-beginner) users. The “Bonus” videos on this page are a great indication of skill level. If I move too fast, or don’t cover things in as much detail as you need, then you may want to beef up on your Photoshop skills first.

While there is a “Primer” section that goes over the concepts I use on selections and masking, it assumes knowledge of Photoshop. I won’t be covering the basics of Photoshop layers, filters, masking, selections, blend modes… Compositing alone is a more advanced topic, so we move at a faster pace than my beginner courses. If you don’t feel comfortable with layers, masking, filters and basic selections I wouldn’t recommend this course.

IS THIS A MASKING AND SELECTIONS COURSE?
This course concentrates HEAVILY on using masks and selections. But it’s a compositing course first and foremost. That means every selection is meant for a composite. Because of that, it doesn’t cover every single masking and selection tool possible (like Channels or the Pen Tool), only the ones I need to get the job done for a composite.
HOW DIFFERENT IS THIS FROM YOUR COMPOSITING BOOK?
Oh wow… This course is VERY different. First, that book was written almost over 7 years ago. While the basics of compositing haven’t changed much, I think its application has. In my book, about 80% of the 16 projects primarily concentrated on studio lit composites that were photographed on a simple background with a composite in mind. In this course I flipped that percentage around totally. Almost every project in this course is something that wasn’t originally photographed to be a composite, but I show you the key concepts to learn how to select the right photos and work with them to make some great looking images.
Another BIG area that makes this course different from the book is that I walk you through many of my failures on the way to success. Just as much as you’ll see what works, you’ll also see what didn’t work, why, and how I worked around it – something I wasn’t able to do while writing a book.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM YOUR PHOTOSHOP SYSTEM COURSE?
The Photoshop System was created for a beginner level Photoshop user. It kind of like a huge reference guide for Photoshop and teaches layers, masking, selections, and the tools of Photoshop for some one just starting out. This course is an intermediate level course. It doesn’t cover basics. It’s assumed you already know how to use the tools, and it moves at a slightly faster pace as it covers the more artistic and creative side of compositing.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PREMIUM PACK BONUS "2 PERSONALIZED CRITIQUE VIDEOS"
Great question! 🙂 Bonuses like this are only included during the special launch week of the course (or else I’d be doing critique videos every day all year!). But it’s something that I think sets my courses apart from other learning resources.
Essentially, you will have two chances to submit a composite image or PSD of your choice that you’re working on. I will then create a video specifically for your image that goes over what’s working and what isn’t with some suggsetions on what could be improved. These will be spread out so you have some time to work on what you learn in the course. Here are the submission dates:
1st Round:
• May 10th: Email will go out to you with a link and instructions to submit your image. You’ll have until May 17th to upload it. My personalized video back to you will follow a week or so later. There are no live events to attend for this and you don’t have to be around on a specific day or time.
2nd Round:
• May 24th: Another email will go out to you with a link and instructions to submit your image. You’ll have until May 31st to upload it. My personalized video back to you will follow about a week later. There are no live events to attend for this and you don’t have to be around on a specific day or time.
WILL THIS COURSE WORK WITH ELEMENTS, ON1, AFFINITY, LUMINAR, OR OTHER PROGRAMS?

No, this course was built for Photoshop users. I would not suggest purchasing the course if you are not using Photoshop.

IS THIS COURSE ALL ABOUT PORTRAIT AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIO COMPOSITES?

No. These projects are meant for everyday photographers that don’t have access to a studio or lighting setups. There is a mix of sports composites, wildlife, outdoor (moon and skies), as well as people composites (most photographed in natural light).

WHAT VERSION OF PHOTOSHOP IS THIS BASED ON?

The course was created using Photoshop CC 2018. However, most features used work the same in older versions of Photoshop. The biggest difference you may see is that the Select & Mask Dialog (which gets used a lot) used to be called Refine Edge. But I’ve been able to make great selections using Refine Edge and Select and Mask for years, so using an older version will work fine. Overall I’d say about 90% of the course would be exactly the same.

DO I HAVE TO START THIS COURSE ON A CERTAIN DAY OR FOLLOW A SCHEDULE?

No, not at all. When you purchase the course you’ll download it and the videos are yours to keep. At that point you can watch them at any time. The course is very project based. The main course outline contains the project difficulty level, as well as the watch time for a project. It’s one of those things that you won’t go through all at once. Instead, I think the videos will inspire you to follow along and then maybe even try a project yourself with your own photos.

this week only (ends Tuesday April 24th at midnight)

Save 50% and free extras

I always include free extras (and a big discount) during the launch week. Make sure you check out the bonuses that will go away on Tuesday April 24th and the price will go up.

Free Bonus videos

Here are a couple of free bonus videos I did leading up to the course launch. You can even download the images I use to follow along.

Got Any questions?

Who Is Matt Kloskowski?

I just wanted to let you know you’re in good hands if you want to learn compositing. The photo below is from 2011 when I wrote my Compositing Secrets book (I looked much younger then). That book went on to be named by Amazon.com in their 2011 “Editors Choice: Top 10 Books for Art and Photography“. I poured my heart into that book years ago, and I promise you I poured every bit of it again (and more) into this course to bring you something that would truly help you take your Photoshop skills and your creativity to a whole new level.

From the guy who literally wrote the book

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