Create beautiful hand-painted backdrops using the Mixer Brush Tool in Photoshop (includes my personal mixer brush tool presets!)

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!)

Photoshop Techniques: How to create independent, arcing motion blurs on objects using the path blur tool…

I was reading the posts in one of my artist groups and my dear friend, Kristy Velesko, shared a technique I’ve never seen before. In PS there is a tool that allows you to create multiple motion blurs and apply them to the different objects in your image independently… you can control their direction, speed, taper, and shape of motion all using the blur path tool. … Continue reading Photoshop Techniques: How to create independent, arcing motion blurs on objects using the path blur tool…

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!

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!

Photoshop Tips: How to get a quick, “Bird’s Eye” view of your image while working zoomed in…

Zoom in close… edit the detail… Zoom all the way back out… Find the next spot you need to edit… Zoom in close… edit the detail…Zoom all the way back out… Find the next spot you need… How many of you have done this? You are at 200% working on the details of an image and … Continue reading Photoshop Tips: How to get a quick, “Bird’s Eye” view of your image while working zoomed in…

Photoshop Foundations: Don’t understand blending modes? A fresh and unique perspective that I think will help…

I use blending modes a lot. Actually, I should preface that… I use two or three blending modes a lot. Some of the others? Not so much. A few of them, when I apply them, I think “EW! Turn it off! Turn it off!” What the heck would you use that for? I mean, they … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Don’t understand blending modes? A fresh and unique perspective that I think will help…

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”