Tutorial: Compositing in Photoshop pt.3/3

Original Series March 21st 2013 10:26 AM 3 Comments

Today we are going to be finishing up our tutorial-series on compositing an image in Photoshop. We will colour-grade the photo using the Curves Adjustment Panel, create a natural looking vignette with the lasso-tool, introduce the “iris-blur” and add some noise in select areas of the image.


Technical details

Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/100

Earlier videos

BTS-video: http://www.slrlounge.com/creating-a-composite-in-photoshop-queen-of-the-crows-tuesdays-with-lauri
Tutorial pt.1: http://www.slrlounge.com/compositing-in-photoshop
Tutorial pt.2: http://www.slrlounge.com/tutorial-compositing-in-photoshop-pt-2-tuesdays-with-lauri

Final Image

Queen of the Crows 1X


As always, if you have any questions, or requests for future episodes, just leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to help you all out! :)



Lauri Laukkanen, is an editorial and commercial photographer, specializing in creative portraiture, fashion and sports photography. People usually describe his style as cinematic, creative and sometimes a tiny bit crazy. He was recently awarded with the WDP 2012: Photographer of the Year -award, and his work has been featured all around the internet, including 1x.com, Vogue etc. View his portfolio here: www.laurilaukkanen.com


  1. Vernon Klein

    Lauri, your tutorials are great! I truly enjoy the insight you apply to your composites.

    A related request to your composites: Taking a subject, with shadows they cast, and extracting and then compositing both onto a new background, etc.
    And perhaps an addendum to that might be, creating realistic shadows that “ground” your subject into their new backgrounds for those extractions where original shadows cannot be extracted.

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    • laurilaukkanen

      Thanks! :D

      Wow… That’s a tough one! :D Let’s see what I can come up with. Thanks for the suggestion Vernon! :)

  2. Simon

    Good one! very useful.

    Great new photography tutorials app at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photography.tutorials

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