“I worked all day on a composite and now Photoshop says my file is too big to save! HEELP!”

When creating composites you will learn VERY quickly the Photoshop files can become gargantuan! There will come a day when you will get this message… My heart stopped when I first saw it. Panic. NOOO!!! I frantically start looking over my layers to see if there was anything I could flatten and get rid of. AH! But I’m here to tell you there is … Continue reading “I worked all day on a composite and now Photoshop says my file is too big to save! HEELP!”

The wacky and wonderful world of specialized Photoshop brushes! Free Photoshop Brushes!

One of the best tools you can use solve “compositing problems” are specialized brushes. A lot of times, when artists are first learning Photoshop they tend to stick with the standard round brush. Which can be SO frustrating. One of the tricks to mastering compositing is learning about the world of specialized brushes. If you are still using the little round brush … Continue reading The wacky and wonderful world of specialized Photoshop brushes! Free Photoshop Brushes!

How to “shift” an object’s surface shadow so it matches your light source…

When compositing images, you may have noticed, getting the highlights and shadows to match throughout your image can make an artist cross-eyed and weary. It’s an important step. I am constantly on the lookout for Photoshop tricks which will save me time when I need to create them. This next little trick I use a lot. Of coarse, PS … Continue reading How to “shift” an object’s surface shadow so it matches your light source…

Conceptual Portraiture Workshop | Nashville, TN | June 20-21, 2015

Conceptual Portraiture: Story-telling through Imagery with Caroline Rutland June 20-21, 2015 | Nashville, Tennessee | Venue TBA Who is this workshop for: A way to stand out in a saturated and over-crowded market? Conceptual Portrait is a genre of photography you can truly call your own. Bored with traditional portrait photography and need something new and fresh to … Continue reading Conceptual Portraiture Workshop | Nashville, TN | June 20-21, 2015

Conceptual Portrait Mini-Clinic & Interview with the Cookeville Camera Club, Cookeville, TN

I have the wonderful pleasure of sharing my love of all things conceptual with the Cookeville Camera Club, Cookeville, Tennessee on January 26th! Below is my interview with Kathy Neer of the Cookeville Camera Club. They are an amazing group of photographers. If you are not yet a member of a photography club in your area … Continue reading Conceptual Portrait Mini-Clinic & Interview with the Cookeville Camera Club, Cookeville, TN

Using Photoshop’s default action to create cast shadows…

Breaking it down… For this blog post I want to focus on one more technique for creating cast shadows. There will be times when your light source is very close to your object and that will require the objects shape to be reflected in its shadow. In those instances, where you need that detailed shape, having an action set for it would be … Continue reading Using Photoshop’s default action to create cast shadows…