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…

Free Stock Saturday! This amazing free stock image looks like its straight out of “The Wizard of Oz”!

I was clicking around on DeviantArt.com a few weeks ago and ran across this amazing stock image by Dark-Indigo-Stock. I got so excited! It inspired me so much! Doesn’t this look like the movie set from “The Wizard of Oz”? Oh, stories that could be create with this! I asked Dark-Indigo-Stock if I could feature this on my blog and … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This amazing free stock image looks like its straight out of “The Wizard of Oz”!

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…

Photoshop Foundations: No Harm, No Foul… How to make edits and keep original image and layers intact…

If you have read any PS tutorials at all you have, most likely, heard two terms pitched back and forth… a destructive edit vs. a non-destructive edit.  The terms themselves are sort of general and if you are new to PS it’s not always apparent what they are referring to. So, in the spirit of #SharingItForward I going … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: No Harm, No Foul… How to make edits and keep original image and layers intact…

Want to add drama to your portraiture? Here is a technique for simulating beautiful beams of light in Photoshop!

(image by f/orme Pet Photography on flickr Creative Commons, CC at by) Look at that sunset! Isn’t that amazing!? Ahhh! Those beautiful beams of light streaming across the sky! It creates magic and drama! I love magic and drama. Especially in my images… I’m in the middle of a project where I need to create rays of light … Continue reading Want to add drama to your portraiture? Here is a technique for simulating beautiful beams of light in Photoshop!

Step by step walk through of the Photoshop tools and techniques used to create “The Magic of Literacy: The Mermaid”

I have had a lot of requests for this video tutorial and I am excited to say I finally got a chance to record it for you guys. This is a step-by-step walk through of all the Photoshop tools and techniques I used to create The Magic of Literacy: The Mermaid. This will give you … Continue reading Step by step walk through of the Photoshop tools and techniques used to create “The Magic of Literacy: The Mermaid”