Category Archives: Tutorials

Fall at a New England House – a workflow with Topaz Expression and Photoshop CC

Please share...
This New England home was transformed with Photoshop CC and Topaz Expression, an awesome new product to create paintings from photos. Check it out on my Facebook page and get a $10 coupon.
This New England home was transformed with Photoshop CC and Topaz Expression. Expression is an awesome new product from Topaz Labs to create paintings from photos. The photos below are elements created in Expression that became Photoshop Layers in varying modes and transparencies to create this textured image.
Photoshop CC Layers for New England House
Photoshop CC Layers for New England House
The original photo – a target image from my Digital Nuts painters group. This was the bottom layer of the Photoshop file
An extreme variation of the Van Gogh effect in Expression. I used this as the third layer and experimented with blending modes.
A pointillism version in Expression was added as a layer in Photoshop CC.
A pointillism version in Expression was added as a layer in Photoshop CC.
A wrinkled paper layer I created by wadding up a piece of wrapping paper and using my iPhone to take a picture. This became a texture layer and blended. I created a second version of this and rotated it 90 degrees with Multiply mode.
Pencil Background
Pencil Background added between two wrinkled paper layers.
Please follow and like us:

How to Restore an Antique Photograph – Step 1 – Color Correction

Please share...

The first step in restoring any photograph – antique or recent – is to make sure it has been color corrected. There are a ton of ways to do it, but this is the recommended technique by Operation Photo Rescue. And it REALLY works! I am putting together a YouTube video on the steps to restore this photograph for a friend of mine. Here is Step 1- Restore original colors, contrast and depth:

Step One - Restore Color

Please follow and like us:

Marvelous Marvilla

Please share...

Having a great time here at Marvilla in Destin! I took this picture off of our back porch and after watching a video by Scott Kelby, decided to work with the shot in Photoshop until it was just right! Here is a before and after…

Original Photo (Nikon D300, Nikon 60MM Micro Lens)


Working in Lightroom, I saturated the colors, worked with the Clarity settings, added contrast, etc. I always work with RAW files, so they can be modified easily and I can always return to the full resolution image.

Here is the first corrected image in Lightroom:


Because it has a few distractions, I took some time in Photoshop CS5 to clean up the image and here it is! See if you can find all the changes! Some are pretty subtle.

Finished Marvelous Marvilla!

Please follow and like us:

Justin on the Trumpet

Please share...
Original Photo
PhotoShop Layer for LucisArt

This photo was really well balanced and needed only minor color correction in PhotoShop. Always create a layer in PhotoShop above the original to add the LucisArt Filter.  This allows non-destructive editing of the image. After LucisArt was applied 100%, the flattened shadows and features of the photo became very interesting. Take a look at the instrument case on the ground. LucisArt picked up the finest detail. This effect CANNOT be duplicated in PhotoShop alone!

After LucisArt
Please follow and like us:

Christmas Cousins

Please share...

PhotoShop CS3 Tutorial:

1) Original Photo – the original photo is really nice, but I want to put it in a dark frame and create a more artistic and timeless feel to the picture. These are my three grandkids and I want the to look…well, adorable!

2) I added a layer with an extreme gaussian blur. I created a layer mask and painted away the blur from the faces I wanted to be in close focus.

Here’s what it looks like at this point.

3) I added an adjustment layer for hue and saturation and then darkened the whole photo with the sliders

4) Using the layer mask for the adjustment layer,
I painted out the areas I wanted the original bright tone.

5) Finally, I wanted a less saturated look with a bit of
a brown tone. I created another adjustment layer for
Hue/Saturation and hit the Colorize button, Hue 38
and Saturation 15. I then used the layer mask to paint
color back into the faces and bring out some of the red.

It’s really fun to get three wiggly kids to sit in one place at a time, especially when there are so many things to explore!

Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200 VR Lens, SB800 Flash, Gary Fong attachment.

Please follow and like us: