I have shared this forward to so many of you. If you have ever been to any of my mini-clinics or speaking engagements you have heard me talk about my favorite places to learn conceptual PS techniques on the internet. I cannot stress this enough… keep your skills fresh and you will never run out of ideas. In every conceptual portrait you put together, put in it something you have never done before. If you don’t know how to do something then Google it. Somebody has already crossed that bridge and most artists are willing to share with you how they spanned it. One of my favorite learning resources is YouTube.com. I have subscriptions to quite a few artists who post free or inexpensive tutorials. The one I use most of the time is psdbox.com. It is put together by a brilliant artist named Andrei Oprinca. Andrei, if you are reading this… I heart you dude.
Below is a link to his channel. Take a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, sit down with a cup of coffee and a notepad and go through some of his tutorials. What makes his techniques so amazing comes from the fact that he is not a photographer (that I know of). He uses mostly stock images. Because of this, he has developed brilliant ways of manipulating light and color to make all the components of the image come together. Don’t be concerned if you do not what to create images that look like his. You are not learning to recreate his style. You are learning his techniques which can be applied to ANY style.
Can’t get the colors of your elements to match? He’ll show you how. Is the light on one of the elements not going the right direction? He’ll show you how to fix it. Need to draw in shadows to make your model look like they are really in the scene? He is the master at it. Subscribe to Andrei’s channel and watch every single tutorial he puts out and you will never be behind on the next new technique. He is one smart cookie…
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