How to turn any image into a painting using the mixer brush tool, in Photoshop!

In this tutorial you will learn my technique for creating painted portraiture using the mixer brush tool in Photoshop! No art classes required! All you need is patience and the right brush. Here’s how! (If you cannot see the video embedded into the page you can view the video on youtube.com here…Direct Link to the … Continue reading How to turn any image into a painting using the mixer brush tool, in Photoshop!

Free Stock Saturday…This weeks feature? This gorgeous owl… Thank you Malleni-Stock!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a free stock saturday. I’ve got some great stock images I’m banking up for you guys. Today’s stock is not actually from my personal stock library. This week I’m featuring a great stock provider by the name of Malleni-Stock. This provider is set up through DeviantArt.com and the stock … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday…This weeks feature? This gorgeous owl… Thank you Malleni-Stock!

How to transform a simple portrait with 2 brushes and a texture…

When you think of photo manipulation or compositing what comes to mind? Do you imagine artists who put together huge elaborate scenes with 1000’s of layers and special effects? Do you imagine someone who has graphic design training and has the ability to paint and illustrate? What if I told you, you can make a beautifully composited image out of … Continue reading How to transform a simple portrait with 2 brushes and a texture…

Useful PS Hotkey: How to reveal a layer’s transformation handles when they are WAY out of frame…

Where are the bloomin’ handles? I have this problem all the time. When I drag a layer into my new document and it is HUGE and you go to transform or scale it down but the silly handles are way out of frame. So you back out, out, out looking for them… Well there is a nifty hotkey to … Continue reading Useful PS Hotkey: How to reveal a layer’s transformation handles when they are WAY out of frame…

Photoshop Foundations: Selection tools demystified… (I thought I already knew this stuff… until I watched this…)

 I didn’t know that selection tool could do that! I have been using Photoshop for 20 years and some of these hot keys and selection tool functionalities I have never seen before. I kept gasping and saying, “I didn’t know that selection tool could do that!” HA! I am still giggling and shaking my head over some of the … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Selection tools demystified… (I thought I already knew this stuff… until I watched this…)

Photoshop Techniques: How to turn daytime into night in Photoshop!

I’ve been on the hunt for a good tutorial demonstrating how to turn daytime images into nighttime images and I think I’ve finally found a few good ones to share forward… I actually use this technique a lot in my compositing. I rarely shoot at night because it is so easy to change day into night in Photoshop without the draw-backs of night-time shooting (i.e. … Continue reading Photoshop Techniques: How to turn daytime into night in Photoshop!

Free Stock Saturday! This amazing free stock image looks like its straight out of “The Wizard of Oz”!

I was clicking around on DeviantArt.com a few weeks ago and ran across this amazing stock image by Dark-Indigo-Stock. I got so excited! It inspired me so much! Doesn’t this look like the movie set from “The Wizard of Oz”? Oh, stories that could be create with this! I asked Dark-Indigo-Stock if I could feature this on my blog and … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This amazing free stock image looks like its straight out of “The Wizard of Oz”!

Photoshop Tips: How to get a quick, “Bird’s Eye” view of your image while working zoomed in…

Zoom in close… edit the detail… Zoom all the way back out… Find the next spot you need to edit… Zoom in close… edit the detail…Zoom all the way back out… Find the next spot you need… How many of you have done this? You are at 200% working on the details of an image and … Continue reading Photoshop Tips: How to get a quick, “Bird’s Eye” view of your image while working zoomed in…