Recent Composite Articles

Think Outside the Box With Luminar Neo

Now in its seventh year and incarnation as Luminar Neo, Skylum's editing software can fit the needs of some photographers as a standalone app or as a plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom. But what if you want to push the limits of your creativity with it? That's when you have to think outside of the box.

We Review Oniric Glow, a Digital Artist's Dream Plugin

There are many ways to create a glow effect in Photoshop using layers and blending modes. What if you could do it in a fraction of the time and get even better results? Would you be interested?

Are Photos Supposed to Show Reality?

In this video, MIT Associate Professor Ramesh Raskar says that photo-realism is dead. They're discussing machine learning and technologies working to give us evenly exposed night-time images on our mobile phones. If these technologies are not available in professional cameras today, will they ever be, and would you want them as a professional photographer?

Optics Allows Photographers to Add Particle-Based Effects to Their Photography

As the artificial intelligence race intensifies among photography software companies, Boris FX is filling a completely different niche with their editing software Optics. With their latest release, Optics users now have access to their powerful Particle Illusion generator, which can create thousands of useful emitters like explosions, smoke, fire, and other particle effects. Today, we take a look at the new Optics 2022 release which is available as a plugin for both Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as a standalone application.

Turning Day to Night in Adobe Photoshop

Whether you couldn't shoot at the time you wanted or you just want to experiment with composites and heavier editing, this video will show you how to make a complete transformation.

How to Create a Realistic Coin in Adobe Photoshop

With many countries still experiencing different degrees of restrictions, arranging photoshoots can be difficult. If you want to keep learning, Photoshop techniques are a decent substitute.

How to Convert Low-Res Logos to Sharp, High-Res Images

Have you ever needed to use a logo or image that just isn't high enough resolution or doesn't have clean enough edges to use? Here's how to quickly and easily convert a low-resolution image to a more useable high-resolution image in Photoshop.

The Art of Digital Imaging

Do you consider this an art form separate from photography, or do you consider this an extension of photography?

The Reality Bending Tool in Adobe Photoshop That Gets Overlooked

Adobe Photoshop has had so many features added in the last few years that it's easy to miss some that could be helpful to your work. The Puppet Warp tool is one that I regularly forget exists, but for compositing and more artistic post-production, it can be superb.

A Quick and Easy Way to Turn Day Into Night in Adobe Photoshop

Making drastic changes to an image used to take a lot of know-how and time to complete. Now, with the use of LUTs and this tutorial, you can turn a daytime image into a nighttime image quickly and simply, with great effect.

10 Steps to Incredible Landsape Composites in Photoshop CC

Capturing a great landscape photograph is extremely rewarding because a lot of things have to come together in order to nail it. But sometimes no matter how hard you try there's just a little something missing. In this walkthrough, I'll show you how to enhance your landscape images with a composite in Photoshop CC.

How to Get 55 Free Skies From Photoshop’s Latest Update

Adobe has been ramping up its AI features in the last couple of years, including its sky replacement functions. With the latest update to Photoshop, Adobe offers you 55 free skies to download. Here's how to get them.

AI Is Everywhere in Photography. Should We Just Learn To Love It?

The floodgates for artificial intelligence’s interference (or improvements, depending on your point of view) in digital photography have opened up since Apple and Google made it mainstream, with advancements such as Portrait Mode and Night Sight. Adobe took it another direction when it added an A.I.-powered “enhance” feature that enabled the enlarging of photos beyond what’s naturally possible. But is this making photography less real than it should be?

Create a City Glow With the Oniric Plugin

Oniric, from Composite Nation, is a plugin I've been looking for for a long while. Last year I caught an advert for it on Instagram and I haven't looked back since.

Five Tips for Mastering the Pen Tool in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, watch as Dean Samed shows you his top five tips on how to use the pen tool in Photoshop. It is the sharpest and most precise way to cut out anything.

How to Create a Simple Composite in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, watch as I show you how to create a commercial composite portrait in Photoshop. This is a full tutorial showing the process from beginning to end in real-time.

How To Cut Out Figures in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, watch as Dean Samed shows you how to cut-out figures for composite in Photoshop. This is Samed's preferred method which he says gives the sharpest results.

How To Create Snow in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, watch as Redouane Naouri shows you how to create snow in Photoshop. There are many ways to do this, but this technique is one I have not seen before.

Photo Manipulator's Guide To Adobe Stock

In this video tutorial, watch as Dean Samed gives you the low down on all things stock image related. The video is from the perspective of a photo manipulator.

Use Photoshop's Select and Mask To Extract Hair in Seconds

In this video tutorial, watch as Abbey Esparza shows you the best ways to use select and mask in Photoshop. Using select and mask can be tricky, to select hair, but this tutorial will show you how to do it in seconds.

How To Turn Skin Pale and Hair Gray in Photoshop

In this video tutorial watch as I show you how to turn skin pale and hair gray in Photoshop. I have used these two techniques on many images now, and this way is far more adaptable than simply using a desaturate filter.

How To Create Supernatural Eyes in Photoshop

In this video tutorial watch as Abbey Esparza shows you how to create supernatural eyes in Photoshop. This is a great tutorial for anyone who wants to create creepy conceptual images.

How To Create a Doll Effect in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, watch as Abbey Esparza shows you how to create a doll eye effect in Photoshop and why you need to use them. This is a great tutorial for anyone who works within the fantasy genre.

How To Create This Cyberpunk Noir Image in Photoshop

In this video walkthrough, watch as I show you all the steps it took to create this black and white cyber noir composite in Photoshop. This is a full walkthrough showing my process from beginning to end.

How This Artist Created an Evil Santa Image in Photoshop

In this video walkthrough, watch as Dean Samed shows you all the steps it took to create this evil Santa composite portrait in Photoshop. This is a full walkthrough showing Samed's process from beginning to end.

How I Created This Neon Synthwave Design in Photoshop

In this video walkthrough, I will show you all the steps it took to create this neon homage to Synthwave in Photoshop. Synthwave is a genre of music that has striking conceptual imagery to accompany the albums.

Top Three Hacks for Cutting Out Hair in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, watch as Dean Samed shows you how the top three hacks for cutting out hair in Photoshop. Each one is a great way to get those tricky hair cutouts mastered.

Smart Objects and Why You Need To Use Them in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, watch as Abbey Esparza shows you all about Smart Objects in Photoshop and why you need to use them. This is definitely a good tutorial for those who still work destructively.

How To Paint Fantasy Skin Tones in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, watch as Abbey Esparza shows you how she creates fantasy skin tones in Photoshop. This is a very versatile trick that can be used on a number of different types of images.

Attack on Titan: Hyper-Real Photoshop Homage

In this video tutorial, watch as Dean Samed shows you how he created a homage to Attack on Titan in Photoshop. This is a full walkthrough of the entire process and definitely worth the watch to see another photo manipulator's workflow.

How To Create Digital Face Paint Effect in Photoshop

In this video tutorial watch as Abbey Esparza shows you how to create a digital face paint effect in Photoshop. There are many ways to do this, but this is one way I have not come across before.