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Photoshop & Elements: Creating Great Selections for Realistic Compositing

If you have trouble registering, please call or email me.  [masked] or[masked]-7001.  Meetup is giving me a little grief!  :)

UPDATE!  Our instructor, Greg Agee, just won the Photoshop World "Guru Award" for Photo Montage.  That is an unbelievable feat to win such an honor for a huge international competition like this!!!

If you have ever tried to replace a background or do a headswap in Photoshop or Elements, you have probably lost your mind trying to get the edges of the hair or tree branches to look realistic!

In this hands-on workshop, Graphic Artist Greg Agee will teach us how to create a highly refined selection of a model, removing her from her background and realistically compositing her into a new photographic environment.

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. includes lunch

Realism is the goal in a composited image.  Learn what it takes to make a selected object look like it belongs in its new environment and why common mistakes and oversights can often ruin the believability or realism of composited objects.

As always, we believe that HANDS-ON is the best way to learn!  We will begin with a model shoot - you'll get the opportunity to photograph our long haired model with guidance from Greg.  After lunch, Greg will walk us through, step by step, on "cutting" out the model, including refining the tiny flyaway hair!  Using everything we learned, we will create a composited image that involves placing a styled model onto a new background in order to create a new and more compelling and believable image.

Nature photographers will love this workshop as we struggle with trees when swapping out a sky.

Materials: Laptop, Photoshop (CS5 or higher) or Photoshop Elements 11 (earlier versions of PSE will produce unacceptable results - now is the time to upgrade), Wacom tablet (optional). 
If you do not have a wacom, a mouse is vital.  YOU CANNOT DO THIS ON A TRACK PAD SO DON'T EVEN TRY!

Lunch is included.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please bring your own lunch.  We will not be leaving the studio.


Greg Agee's bio:

As a modern day Renaissance man, Greg Agee has spent his life flexing his artistic curiosity and exploring a variety of art forms that have ranged from traditional blacksmithing to high-tech pixel manipulation.

Landing face first in the digital world, Greg started Pixelogy Arts, a creative high-end post-production studio that provides image enhancement and retouching services for photographers, ad agencies, design firms, creative professionals and individuals.

He currently resides in Fort Myers, Florida, where he lives in a house made of pixels with his wife Zofia, his son Zane and a Yorkie-Poo named Bolt.

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  • melody t.

    I learned so much during this class!!!! It was also nice to talk with everyone about this fantastic technique. I will surely attend another one!!!

    2 · April 21, 2013

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    Tom Cunningham

    April 17, 2013

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