Periodically I like to take some time to unwind and do a cool tutorial. It keeps my skills fresh and it keeps my creative juices flowing. I really enjoyed this one and I want to share it forward. Since the weekend is coming up and you usually have more time on the weekends this would … Continue reading Advanced Compositing Tutorial: Recreate “Silent Spring” by Becha!
This is one of my most used techniques in compositing. My style usually involves some form of glitter or glow in every image. I love the magic feel it gives the story-line, so today I want to do a very quick tutorial on how you can create a glowing or lighting effect in Photoshop! This effect can be used for … Continue reading How to turn on a car’s headlights… in Photoshop!
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)
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…
For a long time, when I ran across images that had light and fire effects, my mind was completely blown. How in the world were these Photoshop Artists and Photographers making an object look like it was fully engulfed in flames when it was actually all done in post? I knew the artists creating it were taking images of real fire … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! How to light a fire in Photoshop!
Banding… you don’t have to be a digital photographer very long before you run into this issue. Firstly, what is it? Banding is when your image develops bands or stripes of color where there should be a smooth, seamless graduation of color. The most common place you see it is in a blue sky. When I first began editing … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Techniques that fix color banding
I was working on a commissioned artwork in Photoshop today and I noticed something. I keep my left hand over the shift key pretty much the entire time I am working in PS. That little button does a LOT. So I thought I would take some time and show you guys what you have been missing out on, if you … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Things just got a little shifty..
I love it when I learn how to use a Photoshop tool in unconventional ways. I ran across this tutorial and I have never heard of this technique so I had to share. This video tutorial is about how you can use a black/white adjustment layer to independently control the brightness and contrast of individual colors in your image. Yes, … Continue reading Photoshop Techniques: Use this black and white adjustment layer trick to enhance specific color tones
For the Photoshop Foundations series, I have been sharing how to set-up and prepare files for a new project in Photoshop. I always go through these same steps when starting a new project. I call it my “Project-Prep Ritual”. The last post was about how to place all of the elements you will be needing to complete your artwork, on their own separate layers in the new file. … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Project-Prep Ritual, Part III – Using work paths to make your life simpler (no pen tool needed!)…
Do you remember when you mastered your camera enough to get off auto mode? Do you remember that feeling of freedom? All the sudden you felt in control and not so limited by the environment around you. Metaphorically, it was like getting your photographic wings. You found out what you were capable of creating and what your camera … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Finding your creative wings…