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…

Free Stock Saturday! How to light a fire in Photoshop!

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!

Photoshop Foundations: Techniques that fix color banding

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

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…

Photoshop Techniques: Use this black and white adjustment layer trick to enhance specific color tones

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

Photoshop Foundations: Project-Prep Ritual, Part III – Using work paths to make your life simpler (no pen tool needed!)…

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!)…

Photoshop Foundations: Setting up a new project in Photoshop: Part I (Document Settings)

When starting a new project, I always go through the same preparation. It’s like my composite preparation ritual. This prep will save you a lot of headaches. Trust me. Every single time I skip this ritual, I regret it. Over the next few posts I will share with you my ritual. Today, I’m just covering the first … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Setting up a new project in Photoshop: Part I (Document Settings)

Photoshop Foundations: Finding your creative wings…

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…

“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!”