How to Add an Animal into the Foreground

Y’all asked to add an animal into the image, and to make things even a bit more difficult we decided to add a cat into the foreground.

First, we found an image of a cat that works for the photograph. You can take your own image as long as you remember to Light it all the same. We made a selection around the cat using the Magic Wand Tool, and with the Outline selected all we have to do is fill in the middle to make a quick, easy, and perfect selection. In order to make the cat seem natural we then use a combination of Levels, Hue, and Saturation to make sure we get the Color right. And we use a few special techniques to check the values of each. And finally a custom Brush with the Clone Stamp tool to add more grass in front of the cat.

Hope you all enjoy and can put this all in to practice soon!

Article publié pour la première fois le 08/05/2017

Self Portraits Can Make You a Better Photographer

Self portraits are near and dear to my heart because that is how I got my start in photography. Contrary to popular belief, there is actually a reason to take images of yourself beyond narcissism. In this episode I go over all the amazing things self portraits can teach you!

Article publié pour la première fois le 21/05/2017

How to Find a Model

Today we are booking a model IN the phlearn episode! I just got back from a great shoot with Darya, and what better way to share the wealth than to help you in booking your own model 🙂

Article publié pour la première fois le 13/05/2017

From Portrait to Painting

In today’s episode we turn a portrait into a wonderful work of art using Photoshop custom Brushes, various Filters, and mixing blending modes. The first and most important step is to start with a photograph you love because this tutorial is a bit more in-Depth than a few in the past. The reason I decided to post this tutorial is because of a recent job I used these techniques for. It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and a lot of phlearning. You can use this processing technique as we do in today’s episode, or apply it to your own images such as Graphics and Action shots. This can be used in a way to spice up a portrait that needs that extra kick.

We started by using Filters such as cut-out to take away from the original to make it look more like a Graphic image. Then we used a custom Brush to create a splatter Pattern, and using the Colors within the image we created a Pattern that can be incorporated over the portait to look like paint. Then we created a Vignette using various blending modes to achieve the desired effect.

Article publié pour la première fois le 24/05/2017

How to Change the Background in a Photograph

Building upon what we discussed on Monday, today we will actually Composite an image that one of you chose!

First, we start off by picking the best photo from the submissions. It seems like that largest struggle in the submissions was matching the lighting to the photograph we took. Although it is possible to change Light direction in a photograph it is very hard and time consuming. One of the biggest challenges after applying the new Background was making the grass line look realistic. In order to complete that task we create a new custom Brush from existing grass shapes, which is then used to define a Layer Mask.

Generally for this type of Composite we would want to spend quite a large amount of time on perfecting the masking. We tidy it up as much as we can in the 20 minutes of the tutorial, but it could be refined a bit more in my opinion.

Article publié pour la première fois le 29/05/2017

Photoshop Tricks & Tips

General TIPS to help
Don’t get bogged down with what you CAN do. Focus on what you WANT to do.

Don’t put yourself in a time crunch. Allow the photo to come to you. It is great to step away from your image. Take a few days to edit. You will see things new each time.

Keep notes on what works, so you can go back to that

Simplify the image as much as possible while still getting the idea across.

Try something CRAZY – you just might like it. – Colors, jump out of your comfort zone and Style, try adapting the Style of others.
Composition – look for it before you start, change it if you need to.
Look at what other people are doing with their editing, see if you can break it down & copy

Try all the blending modes even if you think you know which one you want

Fix clipping and edit with Levels, Curves – generally: neutralize, then expand by 5
Watch your Highlights and Shadows,

View the “mask only” to make sure you’re only masking what you want
Circle what you want to fix on your photos

Have some fun!

Article publié pour la première fois le 13/05/2017

How to make Fake Blood In Photoshop

In this tutorial, Aaron Nace covers how to create blood from scratch using Photoshop.
This is a special episode for Halloween week.

We decided to make a place for the blood to come out of the model, so some bite holes seemed appropriate. To make the holes in her neck we need to use some custom Brush settings and layer FX. This helps give the holes a bit of Depth and Texture.

When it comes to the blood, using a reference image, we make a shape using the Lasso Tool, and then refine the edge to make it a bit more smooth. Then we paint in the selection to make the blood look layered.

To make the effects match the resolution and focus of the final image, we need to give it a bit of blur. From here you are free to move your effect around the image, and choose a place that will best suit the effect. To make the blood look as though it is flowing on the neck of the subject, we use the Smudge Tool.

Article publié pour la première fois le 06/06/2017

The Only Way to Succeed as a Photographer

One day you will want to quit photography. It is not your fault, it may be hard to see coming, but eventually you won’t care. I am here to prevent that from happening to you.

Photography is a lot like any other art or passion. In the beginning we get into it because we think it is fun. That flirting turns into love. If we are not careful it will turn into hate.

Somewhere we are realize that in order to get better at something we care about, we have to devote so much time and energy into it that it can consume your life. The constant need to push yourself to outdo yourself. The desire to please others. It becomes very easy here to lose sight of why we stared this in the first place.

By working with an end goal of just being “BETTER”, we doom ourselves to failure without knowing it. Basically we are starting a road trip without a destination. If the journey is the goal, you will succeed. If the end is the goal, you will fail trying to find it.

Article publié pour la première fois le 06/06/2017

Finding a Focal Point & Why We Edit

Today we are going into the 2nd part of editing fundamentals -Finding a focal point, and why we edit in the first place. These are things not many people talk about, but they should be at the root of everything you do in Photoshop.

We go over various ways in which a viewer’s eyes will be attracted to a certain part of an image. These include Saturation, Difference between Tone, Focus, Sharpness, & Composition. The great news is that Photoshop gives you the Tools necessary to change all of these things to help you get your point across. In the end you will want a clear idea of where the viewer should look at your image. This episode is all about helping you do that.

Article publié pour la première fois le 15/05/2017

How to Complete Your Image

Today we cover why some things are best saved for the END of an edit.
Throughout my history of learning Photoshop and Photography, I have a tendency to rush things. With editing, this can really hurt good process. There are things that need to be done first and things that need to be done last in order for everything to come out right. Experience is the best teacher, and I am sharing mine. Doing things the wrong way around is like putting frosting on a cake before you put it in the oven. Not gonna work.

Here are a few things that are best saved for the end.
Sharpening – If done too early it can really mess up your image quality.
Coloring – Make sure your image looks good in Black and White first
Adding Noise, Blurs, Other effects – you want these to hit everything equally
Textures – These work best when applied evenly to everything.

How do you know when you are done with a photo? Use the step away method 🙂

Article publié pour la première fois le 05/06/2017

How to Save and Export Images Properly

I couldn’t be more excited about this weekend! WE are going to turn you into amazing photographers. The challenge this weekend is just that, a CHALLENGE. We don’t get better by doing the easy things. I will be contacting photographers in the area and meeting up, making new friends, and going on shoots. I am going to provide proof of my calls.

You can do it! Call those photographers in your area. If you don’t know any, I know a guy named GOOGLE who does. Make it happen. Grow. Connect. This is for YOU!!