TheFIX 027: Photoshop Compositing with David Julian

Photoshop Compositing with David Julian

In this episode photographer, illustrator, and educator David Julian joins Seán Duggan in a wide-ranging conversation on compositing in Photoshop, both from technical and conceptual perspectives. David also shows some cool techniques for creating custom shadows from layer styles.

Links mentioned in this episode

Dave’s web site,
Dave’s Blog, “Notes from a Creative Soul”
Dave’s Mentoring and Workshops

Photographing for Compositing in Photoshop – Seán’s latest online course at


About Our Guest

David Julian is a photographer, illustrator and educator based in Seattle.  His photographs and illustrative work has appeared in publications including Nikon World, Islands, Conde Nast Traveller, Rangefinder, Audubon, After Capture, Layers, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro and in national newspapers. He leads workshops, mentors photographers worldwide, and teaches photography at the Maine Media Workshops, University of Washington and Seattle Creative Academy. 

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Where’s Seán?

Catch up with Seán’s photography and imaging workshops, books, online courses, and photography at

  • eBook Deal: Photoshop Masking & Compositing  – In a fine coincidence with this week’s show,  this title by Katrin Eismann, Seán Duggan & James Porto is 58% Off as Peachpit’s eBook Deal of the week.

Where’s Jan?

Jan recently celebrated publication of her 40th course. Check out her latest courses:


  1. Yet another wonderful podcast! Not only did I enjoy David Julian’s composites but his straight-up photography is wonderful. Have a look at his images from Cuba. These are not the typical seawall-and-old-cars pictures that you so often see but real compelling images that dig well beneath the surface. I really enjoyed his post-Katrina images, too.

    Bravo! This is quickly becoming my favorite TWIP podcast series.

  2. Thanks Manley!
    I am glad you enjoyed Sean’s interview with me, and appreciate my approach to documenting Cuba.
    In case you’d like to join me there, I will be running a photo workshop or in Cuba in 2016. Holland, Portugal, Coastal Maine and The Palouse too. Best way to keep abreast is to subscribe to my Blog to be added to my earlybird contact list for Cuba and other upcoming location workshops ad events.

    keep shootin’!

  3. That’s what we love to hear Manley Walker. Thank you. Sean and Dave did a great job on this episode. Thanks to them both!