For a long time, when I ran across images that had light and fire effects, my mind was completely blown. How in the world were these Photoshop Artists and Photographers making an object look like it was fully engulfed in flames when it was actually all done in post? I knew the artists creating it were taking images of real fire … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! How to light a fire in Photoshop!
Banding… you don’t have to be a digital photographer very long before you run into this issue. Firstly, what is it? Banding is when your image develops bands or stripes of color where there should be a smooth, seamless graduation of color. The most common place you see it is in a blue sky. When I first began editing … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Techniques that fix color banding
I was working on a commissioned artwork in Photoshop today and I noticed something. I keep my left hand over the shift key pretty much the entire time I am working in PS. That little button does a LOT. So I thought I would take some time and show you guys what you have been missing out on, if you … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Things just got a little shifty..
When first navigating the art gallery world, I was surprised by a lot of things. Firstly, I thought all galleries were the same. You know… one size fits all. They are an art gallery and they sell art. Period. That is SO not the case. Nope, it is the other way around. Galleries are very specific when it comes … Continue reading How to Find a Gallery that Deals in Your Genre: A Working List of Calls for Entry
Photoshop Foundations is for the Photoshop beginner. I created this blog series for all those just learning what Photoshop is capable of. It is important to have a good foundation knowledge of the program, because with that knowledge, you can free your mind to dream and stay inspired without the nagging fear of not being … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Project-Prep Ritual, Part IV – Applying Layer Masks…
Where I live in Tennessee we don’t get much snow. This is the first year in 5 or 6 we’ve actually had snow to amount to anything. However, we do get some really beautiful ice formations on the rock walls along the interstate. I have wanted to capture these iced formations for weeks now. I thought I had … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Fire up your inspiration using these beautiful ice formations!
I love it when I learn how to use a Photoshop tool in unconventional ways. I ran across this tutorial and I have never heard of this technique so I had to share. This video tutorial is about how you can use a black/white adjustment layer to independently control the brightness and contrast of individual colors in your image. Yes, … Continue reading Photoshop Techniques: Use this black and white adjustment layer trick to enhance specific color tones
I just love a good history lesson. Not the boring dates and endless facts you learned in High School, but the good stuff. The stuff that connects us. What makes our modern lives relatable to theirs? Tell me that. Don’t stop at what they accomplished. Dig deeper into the backstory and reveal what could be the “why”. It’s usually hidden behind the who and the what…Look … Continue reading The Conceptual Portraiture of Bonnie and Clyde
Join me March 7th on Skype! 6:00 CST! Conceptual Portrait: The Art of Story-telling Through Imagery Make your photography stand out in a crowded market and double, or possibly even triple, your average sale! This one hour program will cover: Types of conceptual photography Ways to incorporate conceptual photography into your existing business A visual overview of how … Continue reading This Saturday is the FREE Conceptual Portrait Mini-Clinic on SKYPE! Register to hold your seat!
For the Photoshop Foundations series, I have been sharing how to set-up and prepare files for a new project in Photoshop. I always go through these same steps when starting a new project. I call it my “Project-Prep Ritual”. The last post was about how to place all of the elements you will be needing to complete your artwork, on their own separate layers in the new file. … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Project-Prep Ritual, Part III – Using work paths to make your life simpler (no pen tool needed!)…