Lightroom Videos

Lightroom Video – Before/After Composite

This week it’s time for another Before/After video. They always seem to be the most popular so I figured I’d throw a twist in, and show you how I’d start a composite in Lightroom and bring it over to Photoshop. In fact, this is probably the way most of my composites start, since I shoot tethered to Lightroom most of the time. And, as luck would have it, my Photoshop Compositing Secrets book just came out. So this video just happens to be curiously timed with it’s release 😉 Seriously though, if you’re interested in compositing I hope you’ll check out the book at one of the links below:

• You can watch the full video promo of the book here. It really describes what the book is all about.
• You can order a signed copy of the book from KelbyTraining’s website here.
• Here’s the link to buy the Kindle, iPad, or paperback version from Amazon.
• Here’s the link to Barnes & Noble.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think.



  1. Ramelli 29 August, 2011 at 07:36 Reply

    Dear Matt,

    I ordered your book from amazon as soon as it came out, read it in a couple of days and got started, here are a couple of composites I did using your technics :

    Your book is a must have in todays digital workflow. Tks for the good work, I never had so much fun reading a photoshop book technics, your explanations are spot on and very easy to follow.

    Serge From Paris

  2. David Kelly 22 August, 2011 at 08:57 Reply

    Hi Matt, great tutorial video. Bought the e-book version of your compositing book the other day via Peachpit and really enjoying it. Looking forward to trying a few projects with the advice / techniques therein.

  3. Steve Wetzel 17 August, 2011 at 14:26 Reply

    Great video Matt,
    After watching it I REALLY want to get the book now. One question though, why is the book so much more expensive at the iBooks bookstore then it is for the hardcopy or the Kindle version at Amazon? Is the iBooks version better somehow??? If not please suggest that the powers that be do something about the price on the iBook store!

    • Matt Kloskowski 17 August, 2011 at 23:12 Reply

      Hey Steve. Thanks. Ever wonder why macs are 30% more expensive than a PC? Because it has the Apple name on it 🙂
      Probably the same thing here. Unfortunately the “powers to be” are Apple. They set the price – not us. Go for the Kindle version instead.

  4. Dennis Zito 13 August, 2011 at 08:37 Reply

    Wow, Matt! Great Tutorial! Can’t wait to get my pre-order signed copy! I actually have several composites I want to do, so I’m looking forward to getting the book!

    Thanks again for the great tutorial! Oh, and the video advertisement was Amazing!


  5. Sean McCormack 13 August, 2011 at 01:22 Reply

    Hey Matt,
    Cool video. Definitely ordering the book. I’ve been doing a lot of compositing lately, for various different reasons, so it couldn’t be timed any better.
    All the best,

  6. Matt M 12 August, 2011 at 18:44 Reply

    Great video Matt! Cant wait to get the book. I am hoping this will take my photo editing to a new level! Thanks

  7. Kathleen D 11 August, 2011 at 16:43 Reply

    You were right Matt, that video is really fun to watch! Video team did a great job. It made me want to buy the book, so I just ordered my book from B&N. Great deal because I had an extra 20% coupon and free shipping. Looking forward to a good read!

  8. JayM 11 August, 2011 at 15:59 Reply

    “‘sup, Matt?”

    Love that scene in the promo video. 😉

    Gotta be honest, I don’t do compositing but watching the video (above and promo) and seeing the effects has me thinking of some projects. So you sold me! Thanks Matt.

  9. Marco 11 August, 2011 at 14:48 Reply

    Would love to buy the digital version, but it’s not in the Dutch iBookstore and I don’t know if I will be able to buy the Kindle-version (and use the kindle-app for iPad) from the Netherlands.
    Will have to wait for the “real” book to hit the stores here and hope it’s price is ok

  10. Karrel Buck 11 August, 2011 at 11:42 Reply

    Thank you so much, the adjusting the exposure and the tonal contrast were excellent tips I am going to use often! Getting your book on Kindle tomorrow (payday). Thanks Matt for all the cool stuff. Looking forward to the Photowalk!

  11. Rita Odle 11 August, 2011 at 11:38 Reply

    Great video! Just received your “Compositing” book yesterday. Can’t wait to get started with it. Are you planning on teaching a “Compositing” class at Photoshop World?

  12. Russ Robinson 11 August, 2011 at 07:41 Reply

    Nice vid, Matt. When it comes to the tonal contrast portion of my composites, I tend to prefer Topaz Adjust– but as you know, they do pretty much the exact same thing. Anyway, thanks for allowing us to look over your shoulder yet again, and I can’t wait for my copy of your book to arrive! 🙂


  13. JasonF 11 August, 2011 at 04:01 Reply

    Great vid Matt, really enjoyed this one!

    I think it gives a good taster of what the book offers, this book is a must have for me..

    Well done Matt.


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