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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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An Airy and Pastel Hand Edit

hand edit Jan 15, 2020

Hey everyone!


For this image, I wanted to give the image a light, airy, and pastel look.

If you’re a premium member, I did something a little different. I am including a PSD file with all of the layers. You’ll be able to go in and tweak them or play around with them however you want. It’s up to you if you want to just follow along with the tutorial or delete all the layers and do it for yourself! Are you interested in becoming a premium member? Sign up for the premium membership to get instant access to this tutorial.

For this tutorial, I went over all the layers in the file. If you’re the user of an action, a lot of time you’ll see layers in the actions. It’s a great idea to double click on all of them and see how the artist made the actions. You’ll be able to learn a little more with it. You should also look at the layer styles as well.


This image is great to experiment. You can play around with all the layers that are...

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The Mermaid Look - Adding Hair Tutorial

compositing tutorial Jan 08, 2020

Hey Everyone!

For this image, I really wanted to highlight the mermaid look of the model by giving her thicker and more voluminous hair.

Whenever modifying model features, like hair, it is very important to make sure that the editing looks natural and realistic. In this tutorial, I didn’t want the additional hair to look like an unfitting block pasted on top of the model’s natural hair, I wanted for it to blend nicely. 

For this, I used the Mask and Warp tool on the imported stock pieces. I played with the tools until the additional hair fitted the model’s head shape perfectly. If you want to see exactly how I made this natural blend, you can sign up for the premium membership to view the full tutorial.

Finding the perfect color for the imported stock hair is key to making the composite look great as a whole. I worked with the lighting and started to play with the highlights/curves tool to make the model’s new hair blend well with her natural hair....

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Dreamy Book - Gradients, Solid Color Layers, and Brushes

compositing tutorial Dec 23, 2019

Hello everyone, today’s tutorial will be a bit of a throwback! I dug through my hard-drives and pulled up this fun RAW for us to work with today! This original image was shot in a completely dark room with just a flashlight and her book.

We’re going to be giving this image a bit of a fantasy look with plenty of gradients, solid-color layers, and brushes.

 The first thing we’re going to do is work with our camera RAW, tweaking our exposure and shadows just a bit. We’re going to mess around with the details menu and make a few more adjustments before opening up our image in Photoshop. It can get a bit confusing, but following along with my full video tutorial (available through my (premium membership) definitely helps!

We’re going to straighten and crop our image before we go in and clean up some of the bruises on her legs. From there, we’re going to flatten our image and run our frequency separation! You can use this feature in...

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"Oh, Christmas Tree" a nostalgic Christmas composite

photoshop basics Dec 13, 2019

Hey, guys! Happy holidays to all. Today’s tutorial is more of an advanced one. There’s going to be tons of stock image adjustments as well, so then we’re going to use stock image websites like Pixel squid and Deposit photo. Now, I did complete the same composite last year so I will be flipping back and forth using it as a guide. You can always check out my previous tutorial along with many more with a premium subscription!

We’re starting with a base image with an empty room. I already prepared in advance so I have images masked & cut out. We start by just adding our already cut layer, I prepped a little girl with her cat and little brother.

To set the warm holiday setting, we just add our cut out of a flame and change its perspective to get things toasty! We continue with a rug, and a couch, table and a tiny gingerbread man. Most of my images are from pixel squid, which I love, it saves me so much time. It’s so much easier than trying to find the...

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A Very Vintage Little Girl

photoshop basics Nov 27, 2019

Hey guys, today we’re giving this little girl a vintage painterly feel. To start off, we resize the image ratio so that fits for anything we might be printing.

The first thing we’re going to work on is our skin! We use the lasso tool and a blur filter to smooth it out, this gives our little girl a smoother and more dramatic look.

In order to add textures, we need to add some vignette.  The contrast really gives us that dramatic feel we’re looking for. I like to turn the layer I’m editing on and off to see the difference it makes, this is just so I don’t get too crazy with my edits!  

From there, we’re going to load up some stock from my hard drive, at this point I’m just looking for a nice texture. You guys can literally find textures anywhere, so don’t be afraid to explore and get creative!

From there, I’m going to flip my texture clockwise and have the whole texture fit in nicely and repeat with a second texture....

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