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Compositing Tutorial – understand it simply with Photoshop

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The best plugin I know to composite a scene is Psd Manager: it compose automatically in layer for Photoshop and it works very well!

But Compositing is the most powerful technique for manipulating images in computer graphics is it could be fine to understand a little bit better what Psd Magaer do automatically.

However, in architectural rendering not many people use this technique. Infact, there are not many articles on the web and – anyway – you can render and render again still images 100 times, this will not a incredible problem (With the animation that would be impossible!!)

Anyway, compositing technique allow us to save our time so we can  add the compositing to our list How to reduce the rendering time!

A few days ago I read an article explaining a very basic compositing, just to see how it works: the article is comping of Basic Vray Renders, Then I start from there to present the topic: a small compositing tutorial!

I don’t want to bore you with words-words-words and I hope the following image and a psd file will clarify the matter in a few seconds:

compositing photoshop

With Vray, Mental Ray and several other rendering engines we can render specific channels.

I can choose to render only “certain parts of the scene” for example, direct light, the reflections or shadows. Overlap then – with different fusion methods (multiply, screen etc. ..) – all these images using compositing  softwares such as Shake, Combustion, Fusion .. or simply Photoshop.

photoshop compositing

The result will be (almost) the same image! The difference? Control.

Yes, because having all the separate channels we can choose whether to have more or less global light, manipulate the reflections, reduce or fix some color, simply adjusting on its channels. So you can manipulate the image with a great facility.

Download the PSD file below see with your eyes how to control everything.

/ Also Learn Corona Renderer

17 Responses

  1. pep says:

    as clear as always, thank you very much for sharing!!


  2. AZ Design says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. I wish I had found it a long time ago because it was hard for me to figure this out on my own. One thing that you didn’t mention is that to do + in Photoshop, you have to do a blending mode of “linear dodge.” Some people don’t know that, especially if you have CS2 or earlier.

    I use this technique all the time and it really enhances the images. Of course I only use it on still shots.

  3. Gustav says:

    Great post…many thanks

  4. Nice..but the scene is so similar to Gnomon’s …

    • Ciro Sannino - Author says:

      Yes FLAVIUS,
      Of course, the images are the same 🙂

      The difference is that I explain the concept in a different way. Besides you can download the pds file… And, don’t forget: this is free

  5. ah,sorry man…I didn’t see you saying anything about Christopher Nichols on your page ,but later on I saw than you have direct links to his tutorial

  6. muneer says:

    i got the idea how to use compositing thanks for sharing

  7. muneer says:

    can you please give a link on how to create passes through v ray in max?

  8. Bobby Parker says:

    Yes! PSD manager is great! I am hopeful they’ll come out with an update so i can use the VFB instead of MAX’s frame Buffer. I do a lot o passes that only work with the VFB so I end up having to do two renders, one just for the PSD manager.

  9. zhivko says:

    Great tut – I`ll try this in rhino 🙂

  10. deepak says:

    thanx cg blog,so much pleas help interior lighting night seen.thanx

  11. sumanta basu(india) says:

    great tutorial sir ,i think it helps me to create a realistic rendering .

  12. mMOHAMAD says:


  13. Menin_3 says:

    Sensacional. Excelente recurso para melhorar imagens não tão boas.

    Great! Very nice way to images up dont just goods so.

  14. parisa says:

    I am so glad to be shared. its a pride of me to receive your emails again.

  15. Romojit says:

    OH! what a great tutorial, it’s not boring to read and it is short as well as nice explanation. Thanks a lot.

  16. home improvement says:

    nice blog

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