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

Photoshop Foundations: Project-Prep Ritual, Part IV – Applying Layer Masks…

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…

Photoshop Foundations: Project-Prep Ritual, Part III – Using work paths to make your life simpler (no pen tool needed!)…

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!)…

Photoshop Foundations: Setting up a new project in Photoshop, Part II (Smart Objects)

Continuing on with last weeks Photoshop Foundations, we were going over how to set-up and prepare files when starting a new project. I always go through this “Project-Prep” ritual. I actually have grown to enjoy this part of the project. It takes a little time to get everything set up, but it really helps to get my mind … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Setting up a new project in Photoshop, Part II (Smart Objects)

Photoshop Foundations: Setting up a new project in Photoshop: Part I (Document Settings)

When starting a new project, I always go through the same preparation. It’s like my composite preparation ritual. This prep will save you a lot of headaches. Trust me. Every single time I skip this ritual, I regret it. Over the next few posts I will share with you my ritual. Today, I’m just covering the first … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Setting up a new project in Photoshop: Part I (Document Settings)