Photoshop Foundations: Do you like those cool insta-filters you get on your smart phone? Did you know similar gradient presets come with PS!? Here is how to access them!

I love to share knowledge and resources that have been shared with me.  I also love shining a bright spotlight on other, like-minded artists, who also believe in #SharingItForward.  I ran across this tip in an artist group earlier today and I loved it! I had to share with you what Photographer, Chris Nickolson of Scottish … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Do you like those cool insta-filters you get on your smart phone? Did you know similar gradient presets come with PS!? Here is how to access them!

Photoshop Foundations: Channels demystified… How using them will save you valuable time when editing…

If you are first starting out navigating the Photoshop waters, learning to select fine details and masking an object can be time consuming and frustrating.  Once you do all that work isn’t there away to save it so you don’t have to go through the entire song and dance again? YUP! (Now if your thinking “Oh, just save it as … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Channels demystified… How using them will save you valuable time when editing…

How to bring your images to life! Create a living photo (i.e. Cinema-graph, animated .gif) in Photoshop!

Did you know you can use Photoshop to create really cool stop motion, cinema graph short films? They probably go by a  bunch of different names but I know them as “animated .gifs”. Artists and Photographers frequently use them to step through their process of how an image was created. I used this same technique in my … Continue reading How to bring your images to life! Create a living photo (i.e. Cinema-graph, animated .gif) in Photoshop!

Do your images look flat and hazy from editing? This Photoshop trick will give them back their POP! (by Julie Belton Photography)

Have you ever noticed, when editing images, once you apply effect after effect, add some layers, maybe apply a lens flare, a few textures, a gradient map, a few photo filters, apply some overlays… Shew! All this effect stacking will “build up”, causing a haze over your image. Layering a lot of effects can flatten out your image’s black/white points making everything look really dull. Sometimes … Continue reading Do your images look flat and hazy from editing? This Photoshop trick will give them back their POP! (by Julie Belton Photography)

Photoshop Foundations: Locate a problem in a sea of layers with one click…

As a newbie artist  just learning to navigate the world of Photoshop there will come a time when you realize two indisputable facts.  1. Photoshop files can get HUGE and 2. They are huge because they contain a mind-boggling amount of layers. Juggling layers can make  workflow really difficult. Photoshop has found a way to help with that, however. I love that this software program … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Locate a problem in a sea of layers with one click…

Free Stock Saturday! How to light a fire in Photoshop!

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!

Photoshop Foundations: Techniques that fix color banding

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