Photo Composite

Sea of Time Photo Composite



Course Overview

Creative Director and Photoshop Guru Rikard Rodin takes you through the entire process of creating a beautiful composite—The Sea of Time—out of 9 different images. The course is filled with Photoshop techniques that are useful for any photo compositing work you may want to do—including 5 different ways of cutting out elements from photos, tips for using the clone stamp tool, quick masks, transforms, smart objects, color adjustments and much, much more.




2 Hours 4 Minutes


Beginner to Intermediate


Photoshop CC

Lessons: Part 1

Getting Started

Here we set up our file, do our first cutout and mask, and learn some helpful shortcuts that we will use throughout the rest of the project.

Masking 101

Here we use two methods (paths and channels) to mask the woman and then refine our selection.

Smart Objects

In this lesson you will learn what Smart Objects are, their value and how to create them.

First Clock Part I

In this lesson, we cut out the first clock using the elliptical marquee and also delve into the transform selection and Quick Mask tools.

First Clock Part II

In the second part of the lesson, we cut out the clock face and also learn techniques to get rid of glass reflections using masked and grouped adjustment layers.

Second Clock

For the second clock, we learn about using channels to save selections and some tips and tricks in using the transform tool.

Third Clock & Chain

Clone stamp, masking, skewing and more are covered in this lesson, where we cut out the last full clock as well as the chain.

Lessons - Part 2

Composing the Scene

In this lesson, all the parts start to come together. Using transforms and the move tool, we get all of the parts of the composition coming together. 

Clock Face Change

In addition to changing the face on two of the clocks, this lesson covers some tricks in using the Black and White adjustment.

Element Color Grading

Learn how to use multiple gradient overlays with different blending modes to get elements of an image to integrate into a colorful background.


Here’s how to create realistic reflections in the water that match perspective, are masked where needed and use the right blending mode.


Before a final color grade, we work through various parts of the image to get the elements to look like they belong. Learn more about smart objects, using different blending modes and the blending options for layers.

Overall Color Grading

How to get 9 photos to all look like they belong together? While making an image look more like art than a photo? This lesson shows you how.

The Final Touches

In the final lesson we use the Field Blur tool to create depth of field in the image and then make some final adjustments to give the whole image a more finished look.


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