In today’s Photoshop Workbench, we’ll transform a paint splatter photo into a custom brush which we’ll use to paint a rich, textured border effect. You can find beautiful paint splatter photos like the one I’m using on stock image sites such as Shutterstock, or you can paint one of your own. My splatter photo [...]View Post
Photoshop’s layer styles are capable of so much more than you might imagine. In today’s Photoshop Workbench, we’ll use these non-destructive wonders to add multiple drop shadows, dramatic lighting, color, and shading to a composited subject.View Post
Hello, my friends. The Photoshop Workbench is back! I have a treasure chest of irresistible techniques to share in the coming months, so climb aboard and join me for an incredible learning adventure.
I recently attended Adobe’s amazing ADIM conference and learned a fabulous technique from Hollywood retoucher Lisa Carney. She calls it a [...]View Post
In today’s Photoshop Workbench, we’ll examine how to blend an exposure-bracketed HDR background with a single-frame pseudo-HDR subject. The beauty of this approach is that it allows you to composite subjects captured with a single frame (either because they were in motion or because you’re using a stock photo) with a true HDR background. [...]View Post
In Photoshop Workbench 332, I shared a technique for creating rain. Although I still use that technique from time to time, I’ve discovered a new method that is definitely worth adding to your toolbox.View Post
Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” poster features a dynamic series of collaged photos filling a dancing silhouette of the pop icon. The effect is definitely eye catching. In today’s Photoshop Workbench, we’ll recreate the movie poster using a fun, time-saving screengrab approach. When you create a poster of your own, you can use either [...]View Post
Creating a thought-provoking photo composite doesn’t always have to be a labor-intensive affair. Sometimes it can be as simple as adding a mask and painting with a soft black brush to blend two images. In today’s example, I’ll show you how to take a simple concept and quickly fashion it into a compelling composite.
Ninety percent of the time, I use a combination of the Quick Selection tool and the Refine Mask dialog to make precise selections, yet Channels represent an alternative selection method that is often more effective for extracting busy or transparent elements that reside on a solid-colored background. In today’s Photoshop Workbench, we’ll examine how [...]View Post
In Part One of this Photoshop Workbench series, we discussed how to approach a composite and how to gather assets. In Part Two, we’re going to build the composite… complete with a “no-mask” blend mode technique, a method for adding warm glowing lights, a non-destructive dodging and burning trick, and a few finishing touches [...]View Post
I’ve recorded numerous Photoshop Workbenches and even a complete Video Tutorial Series covering the techniques necessary to produce a convincing photo composite, yet until now, I’ve talked very little about the planning process. In Part One of this two-part series, we’ll explore how to approach a composite and gather assets. In Part Two, we’ll [...]View Post
In today’s Photoshop Workbench, we’re going to merge the world of photography with the world of graphic design. We’ll learn how to use text as an illustrated element as we transform a model’s dress into so much more than a mere fashion statement. Best of all, we’ll accomplish the entire process non-destructively. Thanks to [...]View Post
Google recently released a delightful new addition to their Nik Collection called Analog Efex Pro. This plug-in is designed to allow you to explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses. Like all of the Nik plug-ins, the interface is easy to use and flexible, and the effects are delightfully authentic. [...]View Post