Seven Reasons Why Your Composites Aren't as Good as They Could Be

In this video tutorial, watch as Abbey Esparza shows you seven reasons why your composites may need work in Photoshop. If you feel like something is holding you back composite-wise, this video is for you.

As the video starts, Esparza lets us know that she will teach us these tips by blending a group of pandas into a background. Jumping into the first tip as she is creating the background, we find out that using an overall color grade to blend all the pieces together is essential. It is the first step in visualizing the end product. This does not mean you still will not have to color match all your elements, though, so be warned.

Esparza's next tip is to work non-destructively. And if you have read any of the previous articles, I have mentioned this many times. You are making your editing life incredibly difficult for yourself if you still work destructively. Photoshop is set up now so it is easy to work non-destructively so your workflow is more efficient, so make use of it. I remember how I leveled up once I went from an old workflow to editing non-destructively. As the video moves on, we get another five great tips from Esparza, but I do not want to spoil the surprises for you, so make sure to watch the whole video. You are in good hands.

This video is great for anyone who feels like they have plateaued in Photoshop or feel like they are missing some vital tricks in their composite editing.

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2 Comments

Pan daBear's picture

Like many people on this site, I plan to comment on this video without watching it. It is clear from my cursory review of the subject matter that my photo composites aren't as good as they could be due to a complete lack of pandas.

Thank you. My photographs henceforth will all contain multiple pandas.

Sourov Deb's picture

I have not watched the video because,
1. There are more than 100 reasons why My photos are awesome.

2. These "1-100 reasons why" videos are being made over and over again. It's tiring.