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Polar Coordinates Filter, a whole new way to see your images!💫

Hello, fellow creators!

This week's live streaming tutorial, "polar coordinates filter," is found in the Photoshop 101 category inside the premium membership. Tara demonstrates how to utilize any landscape, location shoots, or textures to custom design a unique warped cylinder effect by using the polar coordinates filter.

Up in the Clouds

First, we choose a fluffy cloud shot and click Command or Control J to make a copy of the background layer. Then click >Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates, making sure you choose >Rectangular to Polar option.

This simple step swirls a standard cloud into a swirling vortex!

Use the spot healing tool or the clone pattern stamp tool to eliminate the line that this filter effect creates.

Building composites with your landscape and nature shots is a truly personalized touch to add to your photography edits.

 

City Twilight

In the second example, we learn multiple techniques with one image. By flipping the image...

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"Dragon Whisperer" (August 2020 Sneak Peek) Compositing Tutorial

Hello, fellow creators!

 Today’s Dragon Whisperer is the premium membership sneak peek released just for August. This image is being made into a jigsaw puzzle available this holiday season in major retailers worldwide like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and through the toy company itself TOYNK.com!

You are going to learn about lots of free and paid stock sites while you build this composite.

Gather Castle ImagesFirst, find your stock images to build your composite.

This image uses a castle, a dragon, candles, smoke flames, sparks, a crystal ball, and a sky.

There are several free sites like PNGtree, Unsplash, and Clipart Library to browse. Visit Adobe Stock, PixelSquid, or Shutterstock if you’d like to invest in a premium stock site. 

 Pro tip: having at least one high-quality premium stock membership gives you images you can always rely on. 

To begin, first set your image size to at least a minimum of 3,000 pixels on your width and height.

Castle, Windows...

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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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Combining Reality and Fiction: Creating a Sea Monster Composite

 

Hey everyone!


Bringing the real and the fictional together was not as challenging as expected!


I created this sea monster composite to show how easy it was to edit this with the techniques applied. This is one of the easiest composites available in the membership because the stock graphics already have such an illustrative feel, eliminating much of the work like editing lighting, shadows, color tones or things like that. The final image looked much more like an illustration or a painting.
In the video tutorial, I include exactly where I was able to get the stock images and filters used. Sign up for the premium membership to find out where.


Different techniques like adjusting shadows and tones, adding warmth, warping some images and using contrast and exposure were applied. Using the soft brush tool, I was able to take out any harshness in the composite. In most of my tutorials, you’ll see that the subject is the center of attention but for this one, since the boy is so tiny,...

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From Tennis Court to Moors: Creating a Maleficent Composite

What I love about being able to create composite portraits is that I don’t have to be at a specific location to create the background I want for my photograph.


For this tutorial, I shot my model at a tennis court! To create the background and atmosphere I used stock images and manipulated them to my liking.


In the tutorial, I’ll show you how to extract your subject from the original photograph, masking and refining the subject so they fit right into the composite. To view the tutorial, sign up for my premium membership here.


I began by placing the stock images together and creating the background. There was some refining on the stock graphics to make sure everything looked put together. Using the liquify tool, I was able to manipulate the stock graphics to look like they were all part of one image.


Once all of the stock was placed, I focused on making individual adjustments. As you can see the images were not blurred at the beginning. When blurring images you...

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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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Make a "Sweet Dream" Composite Come True

Hey guys!


This composite is more abstract which is a little different than what I usually do.


I gathered some stock images to create the background and to add other graphics to the composite. All stock images and the subject were already cut out which makes it much easier to place the images in the composite and saves time.


If you want to learn how to cut your images, you can sign up for the premium membership. There are dozens of tutorials where I show how to cut out stock images and subjects.


When placing images that are smaller, I made sure I zoomed into the graphics because I had a little bit more control over them. I noticed that many of the stock images came with shadows, but in the tutorial, you’ll see that I removed them to make the composite look put together.


The most challenging part of the composite was putting the subject's reflection in the mirror. Having her arm come out of the mirror and her reflection required a lot of masking. This was the part that made me...

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Tara Lesher New Release: Introducing the Film Actions Pack!

photography photoshop Oct 02, 2017

This month I'm excited to be releasing my Film Actions pack: an action pack designed to make your photos appear sharper and more vibrant to create a high-fashion look.

I've been working hard preparing these actions for you, and today I wanted to highlight some of the features and looks you can achieve with them. 

First, I'd like to share what comes with the actions. The Film Action pack includes: 

  • 5 Film Actions for Global Edit 
  • 2 Film Grains 
  • 5 Light Leak Actions
  • Sharpening and Resize Action 

The Film Actions pack will allow you to create several different looks depending on the action you select:

-Film Action 1 - This action will give your image a bright and airy film look. It achieves this look by desaturating greens and yellow.   

-Film Action 2 - Use Film Action 2 to get a darker and more contrasted look. 

-Film Action 3 - If you want to warm up your image and add more contrast, you can use Film Action 3. 

-Film Action 4 - Give...

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Exporting Photoshop Images for Web

photoshop Mar 02, 2017

Last week I shared how to properly export photos from Lightroom for the purpose of social media posting and prints. This week I’ll tackle exporting from Photoshop.

In order to ensure that your Photoshop images look crisp and in focus on social media, blog posts, and websites, you’ll have select the appropriate export settings. There are two ways to export photos from Photoshop: Save for Web (Legacy) and Export As.

Save for Web is now a legacy feature on Photoshop, which means it is no longer supported or updated. However, many Photoshop users still favor this method for exporting. Export As is Photoshop’s newer exporting option. Both export methods utilize similar settings, so the provided exporting tips apply to both.  

To quickly access the Save for Web export option, hold down command + option + shift + s. You can also find this feature by clicking on “File” and selecting “Export” from the drop-down menu. You’ll see the...

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Adobe is raising it's prices in these countries...

photoshop Feb 03, 2017

Adobe CC Subscription will soon be raised by Adobe. You won't be affected until your subscription renews in these countries. If you have the monthly plan your rate will be adjusted starting May 1, 2017. If you're on the yearly plan, your rate will be adjusted when your subscription renews.

Press Release from Adobe:

Adobe and currency fluctuations


Currency exchange rates have fluctuated significantly over the last few years.  Like many US-based global companies, Adobe is making pricing adjustments in a number of countries to offset fluctuations in foreign exchange rate. Specifically, we lowered prices on Adobe products sold in Switzerland and Liechtenstein in December 2015.  Starting on May 1, 2016, the price of Adobe products in Australia, New Zealand, India, Norway, Turkey, and Brazil will be increased.  Existing customers will receive information about their subscription pricing directly from Adobe.


When do the product prices increase in Australia, New Zealand,...

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