How to turn any image into a painting using the mixer brush tool, in Photoshop!

In this tutorial you will learn my technique for creating painted portraiture using the mixer brush tool in Photoshop! No art classes required! All you need is patience and the right brush. Here’s how! (If you cannot see the video embedded into the page you can view the video on youtube.com here…Direct Link to the … Continue reading How to turn any image into a painting using the mixer brush tool, in Photoshop!

Useful PS Hotkey: How to reveal a layer’s transformation handles when they are WAY out of frame…

Where are the bloomin’ handles? I have this problem all the time. When I drag a layer into my new document and it is HUGE and you go to transform or scale it down but the silly handles are way out of frame. So you back out, out, out looking for them… Well there is a nifty hotkey to … Continue reading Useful PS Hotkey: How to reveal a layer’s transformation handles when they are WAY out of frame…

Photoshop Foundations: Selection tools demystified… (I thought I already knew this stuff… until I watched this…)

 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…)

Photoshop Techniques: How to turn daytime into night in Photoshop!

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!

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”!

Screen Shots: Did you know there is an entire .org website dedicated to them? YUP. There are that many ways to create and use them…

I was chatting with a friend today who was asking for help with an image and I was having trouble visualizing what she was describing.  I said, “Take a screen capture and text it to me.” Afterward, I thought about how often I use this nifty little hot-key function. Seriously, I probably use it daily.  I send … Continue reading Screen Shots: Did you know there is an entire .org website dedicated to them? YUP. There are that many ways to create and use them…

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…