I’ve been working a lot with Photoshop’s amazing, newly upgraded mixer brush tool. I’ve done quite a few paintings and I’m am consistently impressed with the tool’s “real feel” interactive work flow. How easily the mixer brush functionality can be customized is thrilling to me. I’ve been so inspired. The tool is so customizable I’ve even been able to add a little bit … Continue reading My opinion? Photoshop just left Corel Painter in the dust…
It has been a while since I’ve done a Photoshop Foundations tutorial. Things are finally slowing down now (beginning of the school year rush always gets me. No matter how much I think I’m prepared. HA!) I upgraded to Photoshop CC 2015 a few month ago but I’m just now getting around to exploring the … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Using Photoshop CC’s new guides tool… no more figuring out the math on scrap paper!
Our Masterclass Coaches sat down and asked themselves this… “If we could host a dream conceptual portrait workshop, what would that experience include?” Access to beautiful landscape and studio locations Access to seasoned, professional models who are also dancers (score!) Access to professional portrait and studio lighting kits Access to hundreds of props and wardrobe choices Access to … Continue reading Conceptual Portrait Masterclass | Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX | Oct. 10-11, 2015
I have completely submersed myself in the PS mixer brush tool and I’m loving it in here. It seems the trend in portrait photography is creating images that look and feel painterly. One way to achieve that painterly essence is by applying painterly textures and using blending modes to seamlessly merge them with your digital portrait. … Continue reading Create beautiful hand-painted backdrops using the Mixer Brush Tool in Photoshop (includes my personal mixer brush tool presets!)
When I plan an image one of the key elements I decide on is color. It’s important. Like, make or break your image important. You can have a flawlessly composited image however if your colors are “off” – if the colors don’t go with the story or subject matter – if the colors are uncomfortable to look … Continue reading Utilizing basic color theory is a key factor in creating jaw-dropping, powerful images. Here’s how to use it…
I put a little walk through together of how created my newest artwork “The Beacon”, just released yesterday. I hope this inspires you and shows you a few new tricks you can put to use in your own projects! If you have any questions on anything I didn’t cover put them in the comments or message … Continue reading The making of “The Beacon” – Behind the Scenes
Bubbles are synonymous with Summer to me. My girls were playing with them and I thought what a cool stock theme! I’ve seen so many amazing photographers use these in their conceptual portraits so I went on a hunt for some stock for you guys. These are some of my favorites! Actually, one is an image … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Who is up for a little bubbly?
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…
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…)
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!