Shoot! I shot in JPEG.

Hello fellow creators!

Nothing says summer like bathing suits, and beaches, right?

In this week's live streaming tutorial, "Summer Buddies" found in the Artistic Hand edits category Tara shows us how to achieve the perfect Americana vintage postcard feel using an original JPEG image. 

Even Tara admits at least once a year accidentally shoots in jpeg while she meant to shoot in-camera raw.  I was glad to know my noisy jpeg images still had hope!

Oops, I did it again

Starting in-camera raw we bring up the shadows and bring down the highlights due to the cool tones of the original image. To counteract that, Under the luminance of the HSL greyscale, bring the oranges up just a bit to give it the warmness it needs to feel vintage.

NOTE: Remember all of the adjustments are going to be more extreme if you are working with a jpeg image.  Just make adjustments according to your own edit.

Toes in the sand

By opening up curves to bring up the...

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Dreamy Effect an Artistic Moody Hand Edit

Hello Fellow creators!

In this week's tutorial, Tara uses 3 edits to show us how to quickly master the dream-like photography style otherwise known as the Orton Effect Photoshop technique easily, even if you're a beginner!

This powerful editing tool will lend a dreamy glow to your portraits that can be the difference between a good photograph and an unforgettable one. 

Butterfly GardenFirst, copy your background layer with control or command J on your PC or Mac.

By clicking filter, blur, then Gaussian blur, we can achieve a stunning blur effect that doesn’t make the subject blurry.  Switching the blend mode to screen, allows just the soft background blur around your subject to have the heavenly glow.

The amount you are going to blur will depend on your image and your taste. Play with your radius to see the effect in your own edits!

Head in the bubble clouds

Sometimes soft light looks good as well, so...

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Creating a Real Life Belle Beauty

Hey everyone!

For this shoot, I used several different cameras since I had the subject doing several twirls and running around.

Since my original image was asymmetrical, I used the crop tool to straighten the image. I have such a bad habit of shooting a bit crooked. Usually, I have to straighten my images a little more often than I would like to!

There is a workflow action that I have created that will help you with this edit and make things much easier, you can find it here.

It was a very cold day out and you could tell on the girl's skin there was some blotchiness and goosebumps. I used my saved actions along with some further edits to focus on perfecting the skin and making it even.

You can watch the full tutorial on this Belle Beauty by becoming a premium member.

This edit was all about adjustments. With my workflow actions, I saved a lot of time making the essential edits.

I used dodge and burn to add contrast and go over the shadow areas. I especially focused it on the eyes of...

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The Fairest Edit of Them All: A Snow White Hand Edit

hand edit May 06, 2020

Hey guys!

This image was taken at my compositing workshop in November 2018

For this image, I shot with a Nikon D750 and a 200mm F/2. I shot at an aperture at two, which contributed to the blurry background that I was aiming for. It was very close to sunset when I shot this, so the sun had gone down quite a bit. There is still a bit of backlight and I will be emphasizing it during the tutorial.

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This was not a simple, clean edit. I really wanted to go dramatic with the edit and have fun with it. I wanted the final image to have a painterly look but definitely very dynamic. I will be bringing in tons of color, warmth, and light.

It was a little tough shooting because there were ten photographers shooting at the same time so I did not get the exact angle I wanted. I made some edits to make the image look more symmetrical.

If you’re interested in the step-by-step process, become a premium member to watch the full...

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Rosie the Riveter Hand Edit

hand edit Apr 22, 2020

Hey guys,

For this Rosie the Riveter tutorial, I will be doing a dramatic type of edit. I wanted it to look like the original poster with a caricature and dramatic feel by using some liquify and dodge and burn. To give it the cartoonish feel, there will be a lot of adjustments and changes to the image.

You can access the full tutorial by becoming a premium member.

I had done a similar edit before but I decided to re-do it now that the model is a little older.

This is one of the more tedious tutorials due to all the adjustments being made to the image and they are going to be done in little steps to build everything up.

When photographing the subject, I didn't realize that she was facing the opposite directions so I started the tutorial by flipping the image. I did some frequency separation in order to blur and smooth out the skin. I wanted to keep the texture but blend it with all of the tones and highlights. I do show in the tutorial exactly how I did it. If you’re interested...

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Sweet Soul Hand Edit

hand edit Apr 01, 2020

Hey guys!

I edited this traditional image with a little bit of compositing. It did end up being a little dramatic but I intended it to. It was mostly a hand edit and if you sign up for my premium membership you can watch the full tutorial.

I shot the image with a Nikon D750 and an 85 mm lens. This was shot in studio and there was a little bit of natural light coming in from the top and I used a monolight on the side.

I started off by bringing up the shadows because, as you may already know, I don’t like to have true blacks in the image and lose any details. I brought up the oranges in the image to brighten it up a little bit. I did do some cropping to the image but if you’re doing this for a client keep in mind the size you’re printing at before you start cropping in an image.

I used one of my frequency separation actions to soften the skin. If you’re not familiar with frequency separation you can download The Ultimate Photoshop Workflow or watch my free...

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Birds And Brushes: What Do They Have In Common?

hand edit Feb 26, 2020

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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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An Airy and Pastel Hand Edit

hand edit Jan 15, 2020

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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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