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Layers make all the difference with Capture One’s styles
We've all heard the common complaint about the lack of layers in Lightroom Classic. And up until now, I never...
Using multiple images to remove unwanted objects in Photoshop
If you have ever wanted to take a picture of a popular outdoor location, there are many times that other...
Portrait Tips: How to combine photos for the best expressions using layers in Luminar
Photographing large groups of people is the most challenging assignment you'll get as a portrait photographer. Each person expects you...
Portrait Tips: A Layered Workflow for Retouching
Retouching the portraits you make can be a lot of fun, and it can be a lot of frustration. I...
How to Enhance Your Photos With Textures – Part 2: Blending
When using textures to enhance your photos in Photoshop, blending is how you reveal your image below the texture layer...
Tips and Tricks for Using Layers
What is a Layer? Layers are a powerful way to “build up” your images. They allow you to add filters--or...
Build a Better Background for a Glamour Image
Sometimes we get stuck with a plain background that we'd have preferred to be more interesting. The solution is often...
How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018 Part 2
For this composite, my goal was to produce a version of my galloping wild horses image that looks like it’s...
How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018 Part 1
In the digital darkroom, we can take two paths with our images. The first is to use your photo processing...
Two Heads Are Better Than One – How to Deal with Bad Expressions
How to deal with the unfortunate facial expression in group portraits Ah... it's that time again! The time when we...
Create Your Own Fireworks Grand Finale
Last weekend I spent time in Chicago for the Out of Chicago Conference. On my last night there, fellow author...
Lee Varis’ 10-Channel Workflow – Part-3
Picking up where we left off in part-2... Now for the really fun stuff... make a new empty layer at...

Tips and Tricks for Using Layers

What is a Layer? Layers are a powerful way to “build up” your images. They allow you to add filters–or stack several filters together–to apply corrections or enhancements. Changing blending modes, adding a layer mask and adjusting the overall opacity

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Part 2 How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018

How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018 Part 2

For this composite, my goal was to produce a version of my galloping wild horses image that looks like it’s been drawn and woodburned onto an old board. Not sure why, I just thought it would look cool, the inspiration behind many my composites. Having an idea of what you want to make before you start usually produces the best results. But, don’t be so in love with your idea you can’t change as you create your composite.

At this point, I have my horse picture processed and saved as a high resolution TIF file, and have found a nice wood texture I want to use as the background texture. Ideally you want these texture files to be high-resolution also, so that you can print your finished piece later. Using a 400 pixel wide texture will result in a blurry grainy mess, it’s too small to print it big later.

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Part 2 How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018

How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018 Part 1

In the digital darkroom, we can take two paths with our images. The first is to use your photo processing software to get your image looking as close to what you saw when you took it. This is your standard digital darkroom workflow, adjusting your exposure, getting rid of spots, cropping, etc., with more of a focus on realism.

The second path is to take that photo and transform it into something completely different. It may be combined with other photos as a composite, have various effects applied, and generally will look completely different from what you started with, but in a good way! Here the focus is on creating something new, using your original image only as the first ingredient. This is compositing, combining multiple images and effects to produce an original piece of art. In this article I’ll take you down the second path, introducing how to use Skylum’s new Luminar 2018 to start doing your own composites.  

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Create Your Own Fireworks Grand Finale

Last weekend I spent time in Chicago for the Out of Chicago Conference. On my last night there, fellow author Levi Sim and myself hosted a photowalk for attendees. Our small group was able to check out the University Club,

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Tips and Tricks for Using Layers

What is a Layer? Layers are a powerful way to “build up” your images. They allow you to add filters–or stack several filters together–to apply corrections or enhancements. Changing blending modes, adding a layer mask and adjusting the overall opacity

Read More
Part 2 How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018

How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018 Part 2

For this composite, my goal was to produce a version of my galloping wild horses image that looks like it’s been drawn and woodburned onto an old board. Not sure why, I just thought it would look cool, the inspiration behind many my composites. Having an idea of what you want to make before you start usually produces the best results. But, don’t be so in love with your idea you can’t change as you create your composite.

At this point, I have my horse picture processed and saved as a high resolution TIF file, and have found a nice wood texture I want to use as the background texture. Ideally you want these texture files to be high-resolution also, so that you can print your finished piece later. Using a 400 pixel wide texture will result in a blurry grainy mess, it’s too small to print it big later.

Read More
Part 2 How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018

How to Transform Your Photos With Texture Layers in Luminar 2018 Part 1

In the digital darkroom, we can take two paths with our images. The first is to use your photo processing software to get your image looking as close to what you saw when you took it. This is your standard digital darkroom workflow, adjusting your exposure, getting rid of spots, cropping, etc., with more of a focus on realism.

The second path is to take that photo and transform it into something completely different. It may be combined with other photos as a composite, have various effects applied, and generally will look completely different from what you started with, but in a good way! Here the focus is on creating something new, using your original image only as the first ingredient. This is compositing, combining multiple images and effects to produce an original piece of art. In this article I’ll take you down the second path, introducing how to use Skylum’s new Luminar 2018 to start doing your own composites.  

Read More

Create Your Own Fireworks Grand Finale

Last weekend I spent time in Chicago for the Out of Chicago Conference. On my last night there, fellow author Levi Sim and myself hosted a photowalk for attendees. Our small group was able to check out the University Club,

Read More

Lee Varis’ 10-Channel Workflow – part-2

Picking up where we left off in part-1… Now lets look at enhancing the color saturation. Of course this could be done with a Hue/Saturation adjustment, but we will do this another way to gain access to the channels of

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Lee Varis’ 10-Channel Workflow – part-1

Despite the wishes of most avid photographers, the photographic image is not really finished at the moment of capture. Every image can benefit with some level of post processing, even if it is just a modest adjustment in white balance

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Adobe Color CC RGB Color Wheel

Make a Working Color Wheel in Photoshop

Color wheels have been around forever. The ones from stores are subtractive. They are used for mixing paints and inks for printing on paper in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key [black.]) . An RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color wheel shows

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