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!)

Behind the Scenes: What did I do when my shoot didn’t go as planned? I decided to reach for the stars…

Have you ever had a project that just didn’t go as planned?  They are usually the projects you are most excited about. You get everything together, models scheduled, props purchased and when you arrive you find you have miscalculated everything and all you have to work with is a pile of squat. This shoot right here was a big fat honking goose egg. When you are first planning conceptual … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: What did I do when my shoot didn’t go as planned? I decided to reach for the stars…

The wacky and wonderful world of specialized Photoshop brushes! Free Photoshop Brushes!

One of the best tools you can use solve “compositing problems” are specialized brushes. A lot of times, when artists are first learning Photoshop they tend to stick with the standard round brush. Which can be SO frustrating. One of the tricks to mastering compositing is learning about the world of specialized brushes. If you are still using the little round brush … Continue reading The wacky and wonderful world of specialized Photoshop brushes! Free Photoshop Brushes!