composite photography portrait for tutorial on extractions

Advanced Knockouts for Composite Photographers

Want to take your Composite Photography to the Next Level?

One of the most common questions I get from photographers trying their hand at Compositing is, “Where is the best place to start with Composite Photography?”

Of course, this question could be answered a thousand ways, but I believe starting with the fundamentals is the only way to start, and that’s why I’ve created a Premium Tutorial on cutting out objects in Photoshop.

In this Knockout Tutorial, I share all the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to building a successful Creative Family Portrait business out of Composite Photography.

Now, grab your Wacom tablet and let’s talk extractions.

What’s in this Knockouts Tutorial

I created my Composite “Knocked Out” specifically to show you various different levels of Photoshop extractions.

composite photography portrait for tutorial on extractions

Whether you’re just starting out in Compositing or you’re an old pro at it, there’s something in it for everyone.

So you get the most out of your time and money, I’ve broken this tutorial down into 3 parts; Easy Knockouts, Intermediate Knockouts, and Advanced Knockouts.

Also, you will receive a BONUS video at the end showing you how to quickly clean up all your extractions and make them look even more real, and because you’ll have lifetime access, you’ll want to check back to see if I’ve added any Knockout Updates.

Which I do as I figure out new ways to do things.

Easy Knockout Module

To ease you into Photoshop extractions, I set you up for success with two geometrical objects that we’ll extract using the Elliptical Marquee tool and the Quick Selection tool.

learn how to cut out this tennis ball in photoshop

learn how to cut out this wine bottle using photoshop

Once you’ve mastered the Easy Knockout Tutorial, you’ll try your hand at more complex Photoshop Cutouts.

Intermediate Knockout Module

Now that you’re extracting easy objects like an old pro, in the Intermediate Knockout Module, I’ll show you how to cut out more complex items such as a camera, my son Luka, and my dog Dingo using the Pen tool.

learn how to cut out this camera in photoshop

cut out this dog using photoshop

learn how to cut out people in photoshop

Remember, becoming really good at Photoshop extractions comes with practice and repetition.

The more you do it, the better you’ll get.

Advanced Knockout Module

In the final Knockout Module, I’m going to challenge you to take your extraction skills to the Next Level, which is what you want right?

In this final module, you’ll be cutting out the really complex objects of my son Niko and the skyline of our Composite.

extract niko using photoshop

learn how to cut out the sky using photoshop

Of course, by the time you get to the end of the Advanced Knockout Tutorial, you’re going to be creating extractions like nobody else.

A Knockout Bonus

Now, making great cutouts is the goal and promise of Advanced Knockout Tutorial, but it’s not enough to be good at extracting objects from a scene.

While it’s awesome, it’s just not good enough.

So, in the Bonus section of this tutorial, I’m going to show you how I then take these elements and place them into our scene, then we’ll clean them up so they look super good.

The Bonus section alone is worth all the beans.

That’s a Wrap

From a tennis ball to fingers, to trees, to hair you’re going to experience a wide range of Photoshop extractions in this awesome tutorial, and you’ll walk away from a much better Composite Photographer than before.

A small investment that yields HUGE results.

What’s one thing you’d like to learn about when it comes to extracting objects in Photoshop?

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