Photoshop Foundations: Do you like those cool insta-filters you get on your smart phone? Did you know similar gradient presets come with PS!? Here is how to access them!

I love to share knowledge and resources that have been shared with me.  I also love shining a bright spotlight on other, like-minded artists, who also believe in #SharingItForward.  I ran across this tip in an artist group earlier today and I loved it! I had to share with you what Photographer, Chris Nickolson of Scottish … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Do you like those cool insta-filters you get on your smart phone? Did you know similar gradient presets come with PS!? Here is how to access them!

Do your images look flat and hazy from editing? This Photoshop trick will give them back their POP! (by Julie Belton Photography)

Have you ever noticed, when editing images, once you apply effect after effect, add some layers, maybe apply a lens flare, a few textures, a gradient map, a few photo filters, apply some overlays… Shew! All this effect stacking will “build up”, causing a haze over your image. Layering a lot of effects can flatten out your image’s black/white points making everything look really dull. Sometimes … Continue reading Do your images look flat and hazy from editing? This Photoshop trick will give them back their POP! (by Julie Belton Photography)

Contract Agreements: A show of respect and unwavering dedication to your craft…

Did you know the most respectful act you can perform toward your clients is to draw up a contract agreement? There isn’t any higher compliment. By putting a contract into place you are essentially saying to your client, “I care so much about your business and your happiness with my service that I want to make sure nothing … Continue reading Contract Agreements: A show of respect and unwavering dedication to your craft…

Photoshop Foundations: Locate a problem in a sea of layers with one click…

As a newbie artist  just learning to navigate the world of Photoshop there will come a time when you realize two indisputable facts.  1. Photoshop files can get HUGE and 2. They are huge because they contain a mind-boggling amount of layers. Juggling layers can make  workflow really difficult. Photoshop has found a way to help with that, however. I love that this software program … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Locate a problem in a sea of layers with one click…

Photoshop Foundations: Project-Prep Ritual, Part IV – Applying Layer Masks…

Photoshop Foundations is for the Photoshop beginner. I created this blog series for all those just learning what Photoshop is capable of. It is important to have a good foundation knowledge of the program, because with that knowledge, you can free your mind to dream and stay inspired without the nagging fear of not being … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Project-Prep Ritual, Part IV – Applying Layer Masks…

“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!”

Dealing with self-doubt and “Why your critics don’t count”….

I started this blog, “Sharing It Forward”, for two main reasons. To create a community of learning and a community of support for fellow artists and photographers. Part of supporting one another is having someone point out where you can make improvements and help to keep you on your journey of improving in your craft.  Anyone who has ever put their ideas “out there” will … Continue reading Dealing with self-doubt and “Why your critics don’t count”….