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Tips & Tricks

Tutorial: Compositing in Photoshop pt.3/3

By Lauri L. on March 21st 2013

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

Tutorial pt.1:
Tutorial pt.2:

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! :)

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Lauri Laukkanen is one of the youngest established advertising photographers in Finland. At the ripe age of 21 he has already been working with some of the biggest commercial clients and his photos have been featured in the media, all around the world. Check out his portfolio here.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great tutorial.

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  2. Basit Zargar


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  3. Simon

    Good one! very useful.

    Great new photography tutorials app at

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  4. 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! :)

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