Final grading and adjustments

As the final stage of this composite, Viktor refines the colour and contrast of the overall image, helping to draw the eye in and add three dimensionality.

Class objectives:

  • Show using curves for colour adjustments
  • Demonstrate the Gradient tool
  • Understand how adding noise can be useful
  • Show how to add a vignette to an image

In this final compositing class Viktor demonstrates how to use Curves adjustments to adjust contrast and colour. He also explains why he uses the simple technique of adding noise to an image and shows how to do this. To finish off the image, Viktor shows how to apply a subtle vignette you help guide your eye. To learn more about these techniques, watch chapters five, seven and eight, where Viktor goes into more detail on colour grading the subject and background.

It’s important to note that the skills taught throughout this course are easily transferable to any other composite work. Although the content and subject may vary, the tools and techniques can still be applied. For more tips on compositing, read our ‘Top tips for compositing‘ article.

Final composite image:
Firefighter composite image

The final composite, created using a combination of stock images, professional photos and Photoshop tools.

To learn more about the Photoshop techniques covered throughout these classes, visit our Post Production section. There you’ll find everything from complete overviews of the Photoshop interface to how to retouch product, beauty, fashion and interior images. Our Photoshop for Photographers classes cover essential retouching skills while Advanced Photoshop for Photographers, presented with Viktor, covers professional techniques for those already confident using Photoshop.

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.?


  1. Wonderful tutorial Karl! Victor is a great teacher, you should bring him in more frequently. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge guys. I learned a lot! Cheers!

  2. Amazing and helpful tutorial as always Karl
    Thank you and can’t wait for the next ones 🙂

  3. I have to say this is one of the best tutorial on compositing and use of Photoshop tools,
    Great job Viktor you to Karl.

  4. This is by far the best and most detailed photoshop tutorial I have ever watched – what is this, 6-7 hours?!
    Thanks a ton, Karl! The content you create, especially with Viktor, is exceptional.

  5. Absolutely brilliant tutorial guys. So many new techniques and so well taught. I really enjoy what you and Victor achieve when you get together. Thank you for taking the time to go into such detail and explain everything so carefully. Inspirational.

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