When my friend Linda pointed me to the MyDesignDeals website, I immediately fell in love with the spectacular typeface, layer style, and preset deals that they offer. There are several core values that make this site unique. You can read about them on the “How We’re Different” page. Most importantly, the founder, John, provides an […]View Post
In today’s Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we’re going to explore a quick, easy, and delightfully fun method for popping almost any subject from a photo, resulting in a clever 3-dimensional effect. Best of all, no actual 3D tools or skills are required to achieve this look!
Resources mentioned in this tutorial:
Belle […]View Post
Famous Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo once said “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” In other words, he saw great potential in a slab of stone and knew that with enough imagination and hard work, he could transform it into a masterpiece.View Post
In today’s Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we’ll blend three Flypaper Textures with a photo to give it a painterly appearance. But we won’t stop there. We’ll also impart a soft, glowing look to the edges to give the impression of runny, wet colors…similar to what you might see in a watercolor painting. Finally, we’ll refine the […]View Post
Over the past few years, I’ve found myself drifting away from HDR because the post-capture process was taking way too long and I wasn’t getting completely satisfying results despite using multiple plug-ins in addition to Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop.
Today, that’s all changed thanks to a partnership between Macphun Software and Trey Ratcliff, […]View Post
When I first heard about Topaz Lab’s new Texture Effects plug-in, I was concerned that it would only allow photographers to add a limited number of basic textures to our images. Boy was I wrong! As I began playing around with Texture Effects, I quickly realized that this software is incredibly well designed and bursting […]View Post
We live in a remarkable time. The internet gives us immediate access to nearly unlimited knowledge and inspiration with the tap of a few keys. I regularly find myself scouring the sites of great artists and photographers seeking the next spark. On a recent search, I stumbled across a mesmerizing image created by Leslie […]View Post
If you get excited by the thought of applying realistic painterly effects such as impasto, oil, watercolor, or pastel to your photos, or if you dream of mimicking the brushstrokes of legendary artists like Monet, Van Gogh, O’Keeffe, Degas, and Cezanne, Topaz Labs’ Impression plug-in will have you dancing in the streets. I absolutely […]View Post
Leslie Nicole, the founder of French Kiss Collections, is responsible for generating a lot of excitement in my creative world. Her collections of textures, masks, brushes, and overlays are both gorgeous and versatile. Leslie’s personal creations never cease to take my breath away and her website is a work of art. Inspired by all […]View Post
Over the past year, the plug-ins from Macphun Software have come onto my radar numerous times. Intrigued by what I’ve been hearing, I decided to take them for a test drive. I’m glad I did. Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro, and Focus 2 Pro all offer features that differ from what’s available in Photoshop. Focus 2 […]View Post
After reading Sarah Gardner’s “Art Beyond the Lens,” a marvelous book about working with digital textures, I have several new texture blending secrets that I’m excited to share in today’s Photoshop Workbench tutorial. And courtesy of the remarkable Steve Orr, I also have a striking photo of Bee-eaters from Botswana to use as an […]View Post
Russell Brown from Adobe recently introduced an Extension for Photoshop CC that is a complete game changer. If you love experimenting with textures even half as much as I do, you’ve got to check out Adobe Paper Texture Pro! This easy-to-load and even-easier-to-use extension makes it possible to apply one or more textures (including […]View Post