Photoshop Video Tutorial #2: Layer Masks from The Beginners Basics Series

Photoshop Video Tutorial #2: Layer Masks from The Beginners Basics Series

Brand new to Photoshop? Literally got hooked up on Adobe Creative Cloud last week? If so, more than likely you're fumbling around trying to make sense of the damn thing, and are looking for some help. Online videos about Photoshop techniques number in the hundreds of thousands, and it's quite likely you've watched at least half of those by now. If you've had trouble finding video tutorials for you, the bare bones beginner, then my Beginners Basics Series videos are for you, and I welcome you to check out Lesson #2: Layer Masks.

Composite Tutorial: Movie Poster Style Embers and Sparks

Composite Tutorial: Movie Poster Style Embers and Sparks

When it comes to compositing, more often than not it's the little things that take an image from good to great. In this tutorial I show you how to pull off a simple yet very effective way to create those small embers and sparks that are all the rage in Hollywood action movie posters. Adding details like sparks, debris, fog, dust, etc. to your composites can change the overall mood of your composites and give them that epic feel you are looking for!

Instagram's Latest Weekend Hashtag Project Takes the Last Stab at Targeting Vine

Instagram's Latest Weekend Hashtag Project Takes the Last Stab at Targeting Vine

Having been on Instagram ("IG") for over four years now, it's been incredible to see the evolution from a basic photo taking, filter adding iPhone application to the world's fastest growing social network. Since its purchase by Facebook almost three years ago, IG has fought its way to the top. IG has added feature after feature, competing directly with other social networks, like Vine, to stay ahead. This weekend, Instagram is taking it's last shot to finish them off and it makes me so very happy!esw3

Aaron Eveland's Hawaiian Sunsets - Based on 'The Endless Summer' - Will Have You Booking an Immediate Flight to Hawaii

Aaron Eveland's Hawaiian Sunsets - Based on 'The Endless Summer' - Will Have You Booking an Immediate Flight to Hawaii

Aaron Eveland, the videographer of the wedding duo in Hawaii known as Makai Creative, set out to recreate the classic look of The Endless Summer movie poster – gigantic sunsets behind surfers on the beach – and that he did with the help of a Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens, a 2x Extender, and a lot of trial and error. It’s all worth it as you can see in his short film, Sunchasers.

How To Make Sure Your Pictures Are As Clean As Possible

How To Make Sure Your Pictures Are As Clean As Possible

It is no secret that a picture will rarely look the same on every media. Even from one screen to another there can be a huge difference! Blacks that might look like pure black on your laptop might be a very dark grey on your phone. Having so many media support and manufacturers makes it really hard for a photographer or a retouching to have a picture that will look great despite of it.

Remembering Leonard Nimoy Through His Captivating Photography Work (NSFW)

Remembering Leonard Nimoy Through His Captivating Photography Work (NSFW)

Leonard Nimoy passed away this week at the age of 83. His long career and legacy will always be remembered in his portrayal of the iconic character "Spock" from the 1966 TV series Star Trek. With numerous film spin-offs and a resurgence to the 2009 blockbuster Star Trek as the half-emotionless Vulcan he was just as relevant today as he was 40 years ago. Though his film career was beyond fulfilling in its own right, his photography work is what will also stay with us for years to come.

Photoshop Video Tutorial #1: Layers from The Beginners Basics Series

Photoshop Video Tutorial #1: Layers from The Beginners Basics Series

Photoshops Layers. You gotta know 'em. Without knowledge of Layers, you are not going to go anywhere in Photoshop, and I mean literally nowhere. I can't think of a more foundational function in the program than Layers. So if you're just starting out, this video series is ideal for you beginners because it discusses the basic use of Layers in just 5 minutes. Sure, Layers can get much more involved and complicated, but if you don't understand them at all, maybe this will get you started.

Photoshop Video Tutorial: The Beginners Basics Series Intro

Photoshop Video Tutorial: The Beginners Basics Series Intro

I get a lot of questions about retouching. More specifically, what I do in retouching. But if there is one consistent theme in the questions I get, it's "Do you ever have any information or lessons for total beginners?" For years now, the answer has been "Not yet" but starting today, and going over the next few weeks, I will be uploading a free YouTube series on Photoshop Beginner's Basics: Retouching. These 10 videos will get you off the ground using Photoshop because, as they say, you can't run until you've learned to walk.

The Darkroom Techniques Behind the Tools We All Know and Love in Photoshop

The Darkroom Techniques Behind the Tools We All Know and Love in Photoshop

This week Adobe celebrated 25 years to the birth of Photoshop, the most successful photo editing software in history. No other editing software was ever able to compete with Adobe in that market — other than Paintshop in the early 90s maybe — and Photoshop became a must-have tool for all photographers and creatives out there. Many of Photoshop's users never really experienced the art of developing film, but many of the tools we use and love came directly from the darkroom. Check out the video to see what dodging and burning looked like before Photoshop.

This is How 'Modern Family' Shot Last Night's Episode with iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks

This is How 'Modern Family' Shot Last Night's Episode with iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks

Last night's episode of "Modern Family" was both hilarious and very well filmed. Using nothing more than iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, each character used FaceTime to interact with one another in a first-person selfie view. We are all familiar with various movies and television shows using iPhones to snap quick scenes here and there, but this episode went even further by using it as the basis of the entire episode; with genius I might add.

Three Go-To Poses for Fine Art Nudes (NSFW)

Three Go-To Poses for Fine Art Nudes (NSFW)

Fine art nude photography is unique in that the nude form is your blank canvas. The possibilities for expression are endless. There is no clothing to detract from the subject, just the model in all their purity. This is why posing, one of your strongest elements for expressions, is of the utmost importance when it comes to creating beautiful fine art nude images. Here I will show you three go-to poses when working with fine art nudes and how to vary them for endless possibilities.

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