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 transform a simple portrait with 2 brushes and a texture…

When you think of photo manipulation or compositing what comes to mind? Do you imagine artists who put together huge elaborate scenes with 1000’s of layers and special effects? Do you imagine someone who has graphic design training and has the ability to paint and illustrate? What if I told you, you can make a beautifully composited image out of … Continue reading How to transform a simple portrait with 2 brushes and a texture…

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…)

How to bring your images to life! Create a living photo (i.e. Cinema-graph, animated .gif) in Photoshop!

Did you know you can use Photoshop to create really cool stop motion, cinema graph short films? They probably go by a  bunch of different names but I know them as “animated .gifs”. Artists and Photographers frequently use them to step through their process of how an image was created. I used this same technique in my … Continue reading How to bring your images to life! Create a living photo (i.e. Cinema-graph, animated .gif) in Photoshop!

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)

The Making of “The Princess and the Dragon” from The Magic of Literacy Series…

Some of you may have seen this at one of my speaking engagements or mini-clinics. I wanted to post it here because it is a great overview of how I plan and execute a conceptual portrait. First, I want to remind you that PhotoShop does not make you a conceptual portrait artist. This particular image … Continue reading The Making of “The Princess and the Dragon” from The Magic of Literacy Series…