Archives for Photoshop

My Favorite Photoshop Filters

I get a lot of emails asking which Photoshop filter plugins I use on my images.  By far, my favorites are the Topaz filters.  I like the fact that they offer easy-t0-use presets, but also allow you to go in and fine tune the look as much as you want. I don’t really endorse too many photography items, but this one is must-have in my opinion. I thought I would post a few videos from my YouTube channel that show the ones I use most often.  At the end of the post, I’ll even tell you how to get them a discounted price! Adjust First off is Topaz Adjust – by far, my favorite.  It is perfect for giving images a little bit of extra snap and impact.  This video is from a few years back, but still gives a good idea of what the program does. BW Effects 2 Another favorite is Topaz BW Effects 2. As the name implies, this one specializes in black and white images. It even has some nice sepia-toned, stylized ones as well.  Presets galore!!! Of course, they have plenty of other products- those are just my two favorites. Save some money! Want to
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How To Age Gracefully

A New Twist On Old I hope your 2012 is off to a very creative start.  If one of your New Years Resolutions is to add some new looks to your image portfolio, then you are in luck! This week, I was working on a video tutorial on how to get a cool antique effect in Photoshop.  I’ve tried several different ways over the years, but I liked the look I got from this technique- so I thought I’d share it. BEFORE Here is the portrait I started out with.  I find the technique works best if you start with an image that has fairly dramatic lighting.     I basically added a texture layer on top of the image, then adjusted the blending mode.  If you’d like to see the step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, you can view it on my YouTube Channel.   AFTER Here is the final image: The image has taken on a rich, golden tone – along with some vignetting.  We’ve also applied some grit and texture to add to the effect. Want to give it a try yourself?  No problem! Just use the “SHARE TO GET” button below.  You basically give a shout-out on Facebook or
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Get Your Learn On

I’ve had the privilege of speaking at several state photography conventions over the past couple of years.  I’ve met lots of great people and answered many questions about photography and Photoshop.  A few months back, I decided to put together a website that would offer educational videos, lessons, etc to help people take their photography to the next level. As part of this, I’ve started doing a bunch of video tutorials.  You can access them via the Photo Education Website or by visiting YouTube . I’ve got a long list of suggestions people have made for future photography or Photoshop lessons – but I’m always looking for more.  If there is something you would like to see me discuss in a future tutorial, just let me know! In the mean time, I hope you will take a minute to jump over to the Education site and check out a few of the latest videos.  I think you will enjoy them!
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