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The COOL Boy - Clean And Colorful Gradient Tutorial

photoshop basics Mar 25, 2020

Hey Everyone,

For this tutorial, I wanted to make this cool little boy stand out even more by brightening this image. I did this by just making some basic adjustments and mainly using gradients for color toning.

The curves layer is a neat tool to make quick adjustments to any of your images. In this image, I used it to fix the bottom of the model’s pants, to make them an even tone. Also, I used it to change the color of his lips. You can find out how I modified this image exactly by signing up for my premium membership and getting access to the full video.

Cleaning up the image not only means making adjustments to the model, but making sure that any background distraction is removed. As I said previously, I really wanted to make this beautiful little boy the center of attention by getting rid of unnecessary items. You can use the spot healing tool to make these changes. Whether you are a beginner or pro, this is an excellent tool to alter your images to the way you've always...

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Gone Fishing - A Compositing Tutorial

Uncategorized Mar 18, 2020

Hello everyone,

I recently started recreating a couple of tutorials that I had previously done. It’s always great to see the progress of your work and compare the original to the more updated one. There were a lot of requests to recreate these tutorials from almost three years ago. I’m working with what I have now but, since I now know a little bit more about stock, I added higher quality stock than the one previously used.

Before starting any tutorials, I always show where I got the stock I used in the tutorials to make it easier for anyone to follow along. It’s important, when you download stock, to read about the licensing for the stock. For this tutorial, I didn’t have the original image of the model but I had them cut out which worked just fine.

If you would like to see the full tutorial, you can sign up for the premium membership to get instant access to this tutorial and dozens more.

When you’re adding all the stock images together, not...

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Compositing Tutorial

Uncategorized Mar 11, 2020

Hey friends,


I really love how this composite came out!


This is an example of one of those composites that I kind of created from what I already had. I didn’t have this planned when I shot this image. I figured the hot air balloon image would be perfect because it would look a lot better if the subject looks a lot smaller in the frame. The hand gesture she made completely herself and even looks as if there should be a butterfly sitting on her hand. Become a premium member today to watch the full tutorial.


For the stock images, the labyrinth came from Adobe Stock, the butterfly hot air balloon came from Depositphotos and the extra butterflies came from PixelSquid.


Cutting out the butterfly hot air balloon did take some time and was probably the most tedious part of the tutorial. When you have a lot of busy patterns you really have to pay attention to all the little details, you don’t want to end up with chunks missing from your image. If you would like to see the full...

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How To: Submerge a Room in Water

photoshop basics Mar 04, 2020

Hey everyone,


I recently did a tutorial on how I flood a room or submerge it in water using photoshop. You can view the full tutorial by signing up for the premium membership.


This can be a really cool effect if you want to add people floating around, objects or if you’re just looking to add water to fishbowl or a vase. The same techniques would be applied to any of these.


I got my image from Adobe Stock, I thought it would be a cool image to submerge in water. Even though this image was amazing, there are a few things in the image that makes me not want to use it for a real composite only because there does appear to be a door with light coming in on the side and two open doors in the background. If we’re being realistic, I wouldn't choose a room that had open doorways or windows.


In my tutorial, I showed three different ways to submerge a room in the water. Sign up for my premium membership to watch the full tutorial.


For the first technique, I flooded a portion of the...

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Birds And Brushes: What Do They Have In Common?

hand edit Feb 26, 2020

Hey guys!

 

I’ve been seeing images similar to this several times before in different types of setups. I always wanted to do one myself. In the full tutorial, I created my own custom brushes to make this a really cool, whimsical image.

Some of the textures and overlays I used are from Florabella. They have really cool textures and overlays you can use that I really love. Before I started creating the brushes, I made sure to have the base of the hand edit done. If you haven’t seen any of the previous tutorials where I demonstrate how to make brushes, I do a quick overview on this one. Are you interested in watching the full tutorial? You can access this one and dozens more by signing up for the premium membership!

You’ll be surprised how easy it can be to do the custom brushes of the birds. The only challenging part was selecting and defining the birds with more details. When you watch the full tutorial, you’ll see how I overcame this little obstacle....

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Healing Chapped Lips for Portraitsđź’‹

photoshop basics Feb 19, 2020

Have you ever had a client come in for their session with chapped lips?

 

Even putting on chapstick does not fix the defined lines that will be prominent in the photograph. When you’re putting a lot of work into your portraits, you don’t want something like chapped lips to throw everything off.

 

In this tutorial, I explained the technique I use to heal chapped lips using Photoshop. It is not just smoothing out the lips. There are different tools in Photoshop that you can use to heal chapped lips and make it look like they were never chapped. One of the tools I used was the healing tool.

 

If you would like to see the full tutorial and techniques used, you can sign up for the premium membership.

 

The method I use in the tutorial focuses on the highlights and shadows on the lips. When you’re editing a ton of portraits, you want to use whatever is the quickest method. Although the method I mentioned isn't the quickest, in my opinion, it’s...

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All American Gal - The Pattern Stamp Tool

photoshop basics Feb 12, 2020

Hello everyone, in this tutorial, we're going to play around with the pattern stamp tool!

While it's a tool that doesn't receive the love and recognition of some of our more popular Photoshop utilities, it is, in fact, incredibly useful when it comes to creating embellishments and textures for our clothing and subjects.

I wanted to make something that was grungy and vintage. I started my edit off with this image below and went from there.

We grabbed some clothes from my closet and had a photo shoot on my deck before I finally picked this one to edit. Once I got into Photoshop, I started changing up a few things, added fur to our vintage coat, and added some more details to pull it all together in this tutorial.

The main focus of this tutorial is the pattern stamp tool. I'm going to add some texture to the gloves. To do this, I found a sample I liked that was feminine but still gave me a feel that fits our mood.

In Photoshop, we're going to save our pattern before using the clone...

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In Hot Water - Composting and Final Detailing

compositing tutorial Feb 05, 2020
 

Hello guys!

Today we’re going to be editing this image from my idiom series! This is a simple composite, so if you’re a beginner, this is a great one to start with!



We’re grabbing some stock images from deviantart.com, depositphotos.com, and raw.exchange.com. This is where we get out our smoke and fire from, in the video tutorial I’ll walk you through what kind to look for and grab.

I go through my standard routine as far as cutting out our subject and placing him on our background. I flipped him over and resized him before making some adjustments to the image size. You can see exactly how I do it in my full tutorial available through my premium membership.



Now it’s time to get things cooking! We grab our fire stock and adjust it on our background, blending, warping, and masking before finishing off with a little more contrast. When we add in our contrast, it brings a little bit more of our black background that came with our stock, so we’ll go...

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Not Just A Pretty Purple Dress - Composition Overload

photoshop basics Jan 29, 2020

Hey guys, for this tutorial we’re going to be making some major changes to the composition of this image from my  Creative Composting Workshop.

I like to start off my edits by bringing up the shadows before warming up the whole image using the temperature bar. I’m then going to go into the HSL grayscale tab and alter the skin tone.

After I have my tones where I want them, I’m going to adjust my image until it’s at an angle I like, before going and using the fill tool to make a natural looking extension of my image. You can find out exactly how I made this edit by signing up for my premium membership and getting access to the full video.

I want my dress to look more balanced, so I duplicate the left half of the dress and take my time to adjust it to my preference. It’s something you’ll have to play around with to make sure it looks natural. Masking the layer and using the brush tool at a lower opacity makes it a much smoother...

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Posing or Pouting? - Clean Editing

Uncategorized Jan 22, 2020

Hi everyone, in this tutorial we go over how to clean edit and make our subject really pop out!

The first thing we look at is our camera RAW as well as the color cast on this little man’s shirt and ears before we finish with a clean edit.

We’re going to bring up our shadows and warm up the image by moving over the slider on the Temperature bar. From there, were hopping onto our HSL/ Grayscale section, where we’re going to brighten up the skin using the Oranges slider and brighten up our shirt by moving over our slider on the Blues.

Playing around with the saturation also helps us get the image to look more the way we want it; less blue and warmer before we open up the camera raw adjustments in photoshop.

From there we’re going to start by selecting a nice area of skin that we want to sort of “ airbrush” and clean up. After making your selection, you can go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and play around with the intensity until you find...

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