Composite Tutorial: Movie Poster Style Embers and Sparks

When it comes to compositing, more often than not it's the little things that take an image from good to great. In this tutorial I show you how to pull off a simple yet very effective way to create those small embers and sparks that are all the rage in Hollywood action movie posters. Adding details like sparks, debris, fog, dust, etc. to your composites can change the overall mood of your composites and give them that epic feel you are looking for!

This is the first of many composite based tutorials I plan to create. Ever since I released my photography series Not All Wear Capes back in 2013, I have been bombarded with requests to create some educational compositing material online. Well I have heard your pleas, and though this is a fairly simple and basic tutorial, it is only the beginning. I'm extremely honored to be a part of the Fstoppers team and grateful for the platform it has given me to connect and educate! Stay tuned for more!

I have uploaded the ember and sparks image on my Flickr page so you guys can download it and try this tutorial out on some of your own personal images. Be sure to share your creations with me here in the comments!



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Brandon Cawood is an internationally recognized and published photographer known for his highly detailed composite photography and retouching work. He has a distinctive style that sets his images apart and offers a branding solution to set his clients to distinguishing their identity. He also has a background in video production and editing.

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Thanks for taking the time out to make this video. The blurred layer is a nice touch, I like that. You do great work, and I appreciate you sharing techniques.

Thank you! That means a lot! I'm glad to give back.

Thanks for sharing !

thank you for sharing.