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!

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!

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…

Screen Shots: Did you know there is an entire .org website dedicated to them? YUP. There are that many ways to create and use them…

I was chatting with a friend today who was asking for help with an image and I was having trouble visualizing what she was describing.  I said, “Take a screen capture and text it to me.” Afterward, I thought about how often I use this nifty little hot-key function. Seriously, I probably use it daily.  I send … Continue reading Screen Shots: Did you know there is an entire .org website dedicated to them? YUP. There are that many ways to create and use them…

Photoshop Foundations: How to separate any layer style (including drop shadows) from their host layer…

Have you ever thought to yourself… “BAH! I wish I could take that drop shadow off that object and use it in another spot.”  If you have wished it, then odds are someone else has wished for the same thing. Thankfully, the Photoshop crew is one step ahead of us! To be perfectly honest with you, I didn’t even know about … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: How to separate any layer style (including drop shadows) from their host layer…

The launch of the #SharingItForward Artist Collaboration Campaign and Print Series! Share it forward and win!

I’m putting my money where my mouth is… The start of a brand spankin’ new series based on one of #SharingItForward’s core principles, artist collaboration! I am so excited to announce this new #SharingItFoward Artist Collaboration Campaign and Print Series. In the coming months, I will be releasing artworks, all of which, are collaborations with some … Continue reading The launch of the #SharingItForward Artist Collaboration Campaign and Print Series! Share it forward and win!

Creative by Association: A fool proof technique for boosting creativity…

An essential part of the ‪#‎SharingItForward‬ message is encouraging artists to pool resources and share knowledge. I actively encourage every artist I come into contact with to join an artist group and stay involved. Now, I know some of you don’t buy into that. Some artists have a fear they will become too influenced by another artist’s work and it will hinder … Continue reading Creative by Association: A fool proof technique for boosting creativity…