Photoshop Compositing: A Garden of Delights

with Ryn Clarke

January 27 – February 13, 2025

Mondays and Thursdays; 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $595.00

Course Description

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful tool for creative professionals and one that is difficult to learn to use because of its depth of features. For photographers, it’s particularly well-known and valuable for its ability to composite images together in a seamless manner. The challenge for photographers is mastering these compositing techniques in order to give life to their imaginative visions. To perfect these skills, this online workshop takes advantage of the technical expertise and artistic sensibilities of Ryn Clarke, an experimental artist known for her magical “garden of delights” floral composites.

In this three-week workshop, Ryn shows participants how to create composites that give the illusion of a new reality using Photoshop and images created from their iPhone or digital camera. During each hands-on two-hour session, she illuminates the ins and outs of her inventive techniques, sharing the tools that enable you to produce visual magic tricks. And just as it is with any magic trick, those techniques must be flawless or the illusion is lost!

Using creative Photoshop strategies that make your composites more engaging, we explore ways to use visualization, light, coloring, and blending modes. We examine special apps and plugins specifically geared toward compositing. Ryn also shows the little-known features of your iPhone that help elevate your creative imagery. As we experiment with AI-generated artistic programs, we discover even more pathways to creative expression—all while developing a series of composite images that demonstrate your progression and understanding of the software and its capabilities.

Whether you are new to compositing or want to expand the skills you already have, you come away from this workshop with an expansive virtual tool chest and the know-how to assemble your own creative masterpieces.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Participants must have a working knowledge of basic digital workflow using the iPhone or digital camera including selecting and downloading images to their computer. A working knowledge of Photoshop, specifically layers and masking, is required.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting January 27 and ending February 13 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Applications, Creative Vision
Ryn Clarke

Ryn Clarke is an educator, visual artist, and photographer who experiments with different cameras and techniques, including elaborate nature compositing, photopolymer gravure, encaustic, and hand-colored prints. She holds a fine arts degree from Marymount University and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Ryn’s work is held in private, corporate, and medical collections throughout the U.S. She is on the board of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, in Cleveland, and a past president of the Cleveland Museum of Arts’ affiliate group, Friends of Photography. She is also a former Zone X Photography Representative for the Garden Club of America.

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