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Old 07-06-2009, 08:08 AM
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Compositing for newbies

Someone has asked me if there are any books or websites for people wanting to learn how to do compositing - and really starting off with the basics.

I was lucky enough to join a forum when I started where I could pick people's brains endlessly for advice - and it helped me enormously. Sadly that forum is now defunct.


It may be that I should suggest she gets a basic book on Photoshop, and then point out a few tools and techniques that are particularly helpful to learn about for compositing. I've got Eismann's book, but at this stage I think she just needs to get a more general picture, and have a bit of fun cutting and pasting and playing with layers.

Any ideas I can pass on re books or forums would be much appreciated (or anything else that might be useful.)
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:39 AM
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Re: Compositing for newbies

Canna, have a look at Steve Caplin's "How to cheat in Photoshop", there are different versions out for CS2, now CS4 (maybe earlier) . They are fun to workthrough...
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:30 AM
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Re: Compositing for newbies

In addition to Caplin's book, there is a companion website which includes a forum and his ever popular "Friday Challenge".
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:45 AM
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Re: Compositing for newbies

Thank you soooooo much, amica999 and Lonnie.

I've checked out the book/cd and they look fantastic, and I have decided to get a copy for myself as well as recommending it

I checked out the forum too, and that looked great as well - some people were talking about Photoshop Elements, so they obviously cover the whole range of Photoshop, not just CS4.

It looks just right for this person, and I shall pass on the info. Thank you!
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:45 PM
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Re: Compositing for newbies

Another great book for this is

Photoshop Masking & Compositing by Katrin Eismann well worth the money.
Simon
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:23 PM
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Re: Compositing for newbies

Hi Simon,

I've got Eismann's book and I think it's very good.

I've also got the Caplin book now too. Re. the latter, I must admit it's great having the back up of the forum to clear up any questions you have after tackling exercises in the book. I inevitably get stuck when I do stuff, and having somewhere to go when you get stuck is incredibly helpful...

I think if you are keen on compositing you will end up getting Eismann's book as well in the end... Both books I think are outstanding.
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