I have been thinking about doing a bare bones compositing tutorial for a while now, but was hesitant that I could whip something together in under 15 minutes.  I say 15 minutes for 2 reason, I don’ t have the attention span to watch a 15 minute tutorial (therefore you shouldn’t either) and I think that is all I can record on YouTube without going YouTube pro or something of that nature. I did, however, find some subject matter that would work and actually looks pretty good for a quick demo.

I have to throw out a quick caveat, compositing can take hours!  This tutorial was meant to get you thinking outside the post processing box.  Simply planting the seed!  If you want some great books on layering and compositing check out Matt Kloskowski’s Layers  or Photoshop Compositing Secrets.  However, if you want the quick run down, check out my bare bones Compositing tutorial below.

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Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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