Photo Illustration Fundamentals

Photo Illustration Fundamentals
by Lee Varis

The Fundamentals of Photo Illustration & Image Creation in Photoshop is a step-by-step, guided tour through 9 projects, start to finish, that will lead the student from basic understanding, to a mastery of image creation & photo illustration techniques. This course is designed for the artist who wants to progress beyond the simple tips and tricks phase of Photoshop, and dig into Photoshop in a deeper way. The techniques presented are the result of over 20 years of experience in professional imaging and photography. The student will learn how to combine multiple images into a seamless whole image, and enhance single images beyond what the camera saw, using just Photoshop native filters and tools. This is not a beginning level course and it will require a serious commitment from the student.

This fast loading video contains around 5 hours of brand new, sharp video. The advanced interface allows the user to instantly jump to any of the lessons with complete control over the playback including Full Screen. All the lesson files are included, so you can follow along at your own pace!

If you are looking to cut out photographs and build creative looks and compositions, this is for you!
Disc(s) varis_illustration $49.99
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Lee shows you how he sets up his Photoshop workspace.

Background Bokeh
Lee shows you how to simulate a limited depth of field effect using photoshop that throws the background out of focus while preserving the focus of the main subject.

Basic Masking and Compositing

Learn how to make and modify selections & Layer Masks.

Advanced Hair Masking and Compositing

This project shows two different composite images that utilize a brand new technique for blending very fine hair wisps seamlessly into new backgrounds.

Content Aware Fill
This project shows how to remove an unwanted subject from a shot of musicians taken during a recording session.


Classic Hollywood
This project shows how to convert a color photo into the kind of classic B&W of the Hollywood glamour portraits of the 1930's.

Aerial Perspective Effects

This project starts with an historical examination of the principals of aerial perspective or the tendency of things to fade as they recede into the distance.

Cross Process

This project shows how to create a special "look" for an image that simulates a traditional film processing effect while maintaining maximum flexibility and control.

Light Painting

This project examines the construction of a still life image, assembled from multiple shots.


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