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Time to get better at compositing...need recommendations.

 
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Dec 31, 2011 21:41 |  #1

I searched a bit through the archives and found this book as a potentially good starting point:

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1325386​701&sr=8-1 (external link)

I'm going to purchase it; the reviews seem to indicate that it emphasizes a hybrid studio/environmental approach and that's definitely something I am interested in learning. Specifically:

=]The majority of this book is about how to set up and light your subjects in a studio against a seamless background so they'll look right when you mask them out and put them into another shot...

I'm looking for other good learning references for compositing work that might dovetail nicely with this book. I'm an advanced PS user and photographer so I'm looking for the technical stuff...no "my first Photoshop book."

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Jan 01, 2012 21:47 |  #2

I've been compositing for a while and I've been wanting to pick up that book, just haven't gotton around to it yet. Matt has some skills for sure. It's definitely harder to find more advanced photoshop material out there.


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Jan 02, 2012 00:34 |  #3

Well, I haven't looked at the book, but if Matt Kloskowski wrote it, I'd definitely recommend it. He wrote one of the "Classics", the book Layers, and if you are serious about Photoshop, it's pretty much a must-have!


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Jan 02, 2012 08:16 |  #4

I bought the kindle cloud version of Matt's book and gave it a quick read. Definitely a good starting point, but it covered a lot of things I already knew, either from experience or intuition.

After searching more, I found this book:

http://www.amazon.com/​dp/0735712794/ref=rdr_​ext_tmb (external link)

It appears to offer a much more comprehensive approach to things like matching perspective and shadows, which both receive mostly indirect treatment in Matt's book. Katrin's books appear to be aimed more at advanced users.




  
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Jan 02, 2012 08:38 |  #5

You can check out Joel Grimes' website and his tutorials.
He does great work.
Not inexpensive, though.




  
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Jan 02, 2012 08:43 |  #6

Merlin_AZ wrote in post #13633293 (external link)
You can check out Joel Grimes' website and his tutorials.
He does great work.
Not inexpensive, though.

Thank you! That's exactly what I'm looking for. The price does hurt a bit so I'll have to see which are going to fit my needs the best.




  
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Jan 02, 2012 11:59 |  #7

I have Matt's book and like it.
Also, if you can justify the price (if you sell your work), the Streetscapes Sports backgrounds are really nice.
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Jan 02, 2012 12:10 as a reply to  @ charro callado's post |  #8

I really like Matt as an instructor, he keeps the Kelby humor drivel to a minimum and gets the job done. Something that I learned about myself after trying to learn Photoshop was that I could accomplish more by watching video tutorials than reading but that is a personal thing. There are some excellent courses on Lynda.com that would certainly give you what you are after and they have who I feel is best instructor anywhere in Deke MacLelland.

I do have a couple of Matt's books and they are good in the way they are focused on a particular subject but you pay as much for these as you do for a more complete Photoshop book. One of the best I have ever had is the Cs4 version of this book by Martin evening (external link). He has a unique way of presenting his approach to Photoshop and it is approximately the same price. If you are a member of NAPP you can buy books and videos on there at a discount but I think it is still more cost efficient to go through Amazon. Buying through NAPP they will autograph the book though if that has any value for you.

The other thing to consider is that CS6 is probably going to be out in a few months and most of these publications will get updated for that release.


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Jan 02, 2012 15:26 as a reply to  @ ssim's post |  #9

"he keeps the Kelby humor drivel to a minimum"

This!

But the king of drivel is Deke McClelland who happens to be a fantastic instructor but nonetheless wastes a large percentage of video time on drivel and even goes as far as dressing in ridiculous period costumes.


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Jan 02, 2012 15:43 |  #10

True, but I find him kinda funny and at least he knows what he's talking about with regard to Photoshop ;)


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Jan 02, 2012 17:34 |  #11

René Damkot wrote in post #13635282 (external link)
True, but I find him kinda funny and at least he knows what he's talking about with regard to Photoshop ;)

That's why I said Deke's a fantastic instructor. ;) I have learned more things from his DVDs than any other single source, and is why I would recommend Deke over Kelby or any other.

I don't know if Deke heavily covers compositing. I remember him touching on it here and there in general fundamental and advanced videos.


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Jan 02, 2012 17:41 |  #12

Apparently Deke does have a few items (external link) out there about compositing. Might be useful.


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