St. Patrick’s Day Green Beer in Photoshop – Redux

6 years ago, I made a video for St. Patrick’s Day on how to make Green Beer in Photoshop (I’m no brewer, but I assume that in real life, the method’s different, if you want to drink it!)

Photoshop’s changed quite a lot in 6 years, but the fundamentals remain. This lesson is as appropriate for today’s version of Photoshop as it was 6 years ago. Enjoy!

 

Special Black Friday Pre-Release Deal on On1 Photo RAW

The Pre-Release version of On1 Photo RAW is finally available!

For New Customers: 
$99.99 for ON1 Photo RAW
+ 4 Master Courses [training videos for ON1 Photo RAW] created by Matt Kloskowski
+ The ON Guru Signature Collection preset pack*

For Upgrades:
$79.99 for ON1 Photo RAW
+ 4 Master Courses [training videos for ON1 Photo RAW] created by Matt Kloskowski
+ The ON Guru Signature Collection preset pack*

BUT, for Black Friday/Cyberweek, The deals are even better! As a special feature for Black Friday/Cyber Week, an exclusive, limited time deal on a new product offering we’ve created with one of our partners- Photomorphis.

Be on the lookout for the ON1 Photo Kit: Expert Masking & Compositing in ON1 Photo RAW. This is a limited time- 5 day only deal launching on Black Friday and features an extensive 3 part training course for Masking and Compositing in ON1 Photo RAW. Also packed full of tons of presets, textures, backgrounds, and borders – 6 products in 1 combine to form a limited time bundled ON1 Photo Kit. This item is sure to be hit for any interested in ON1 Photo RAW.


Once you’ve taken advantage of this excellent deal, you’ll need to Activate your software. Please follow these instructions – so that the full release on December 17th will be available to you!

ON1 Photo RAW has a different activation method than our previous versions. For ON1 Photo RAW (and for this pre-release), you will need to create an ON1 “user account” on our website. Since you are an ON1 Affiliate, you most likely have not created a user account on our website. You will also be able to activate Photo RAW on up to 5 computers! Don’t forget to mention that to your users.

1) Go here to create a new “user account” on our website: https://www.on1.com/newuser/

2) After you create you account, you will receive a confirmation email asking you to confirm your email address.

Note: you do not have to use the same email address as the one you use for affiliate purposes (this one) if you prefer to keep them separate.

3) After confirming, send me your email address in response to this message that you used to create a user account and I will be able to send you the installers for ON1 Photo RAW!

4) You will activate ON1 Photo RAW with your username/email address and password you create.

MacPhun Luminar Pre-Order Starts Today

From today 11/2/16 through 11/17/16, MacPhun’s new Image Editor, Luminar is available for Pre-Order Pricing. Anyone looking for a powerful, intuitive alternative, or adjunct plugin for Photoshop might want to take a closer look at this app – it’s VERY powerful!

LUMINAR PRE-ORDER OFFER INFO
Offer available: November 2 – November 17

Pricing:
New Customer Pre-Order Price: $59 Includes Pre-Order Bonuses!
Current Users of any Macphun Software, including Aurora HDR Price: $49 Includes Pre-Order Bonuses

Luminar Key Features:
Adaptive User Interface
Multiple Modes: From basic to advanced
One-click switch between modes
Change modes anytime
All-in-one photo editing tool set
Includes essential editing tools for different photography styles
Live editing, live processing, live previews
Non-destructive editing
Works as a standalone app or plug-in
RAW converter & processor
History Panel

*For full list of Luminar features visit the https://macphun.com/luminar

MacPhun Luminar Pre-Order Starts Today

From today 11/2/16 through 11/17/16, MacPhun’s new Image Editor, Luminar is available for Pre-Order Pricing. Anyone looking for a powerful, intuitive alternative, or adjunct plugin for Photoshop might want to take a closer look at this app – it’s VERY powerful!

LUMINAR PRE-ORDER OFFER INFO
Offer available: November 2 – November 17

Pricing:
New Customer Pre-Order Price: $59 Includes Pre-Order Bonuses!
Current Users of any Macphun Software, including Aurora HDR Price: $49 Includes Pre-Order Bonuses

Luminar Key Features:
Adaptive User Interface
Multiple Modes: From basic to advanced
One-click switch between modes
Change modes anytime
All-in-one photo editing tool set
Includes essential editing tools for different photography styles
Live editing, live processing, live previews
Non-destructive editing
Works as a standalone app or plug-in
RAW converter & processor
History Panel

*For full list of Luminar features visit the https://macphun.com/luminar

Last day to Pre-Order On1 Photo RAW at a Discount! (Ends 10/31)

For those photographers or Photoshop students who’re interested in adding to your editing arsenal, who are looking for a RAW Processor/Image Editor combination that can be used as an adjunct or alternative to the Lightroom/Photoshop workflow, this is the deal for you. Pre-order On1 Photo Raw for $119.99 ($79.99 upgrade from previous version – a $20 discount) and own a license (this isn’t subscription – buy it, own it) for an amazing powerful set of software that’ll work beautifully as a standalone app, or as a plugin to Photoshop, Lightroom, or most of your other favorite RAW Processor/Image Editors. The Pre-order also includes some excellent training videos.

Click the banner for more information!

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Announcing MacPhun Luminar – Preorder Discount

Please click this link to be notified of this Pre-Order and launch – Announcing Luminar

This is gonna be GREAT:

About Luminar:

Innovative Adaptive User Interface
The Luminar user interface is built around the idea that every photographer is different, and therefore their photo editing needs are different too. Users can choose from 4 default interface variations, designed for: quick image fixes, photo enhancement with presets, an intermediate level of control, and advanced editing.

Workspaces & Filters
Luminar is the first Macphun editor to introduce Workspaces – innovative collections of tools most suitable for a specific type of photography. Default Workspaces will cover Portrait, Landscape, Street, and Black & White Photography. In addition, users can create an unlimited number of custom Workspaces, as well as import Workspaces from other photographers.

Luminar 1.0 will feature over 35 innovative imaging filters, from classic Tone & Exposure, to Bi-Color, Photo Filter Emulation, Cross-Processing, Detail Enhancement and dozens of others. Each filter category includes a set of precise controls, which can be adjusted to create countless different looks.

Users can save a group of pre-adjusted filters to create their own one-click preset, or for convenience, choose from over 50 pre-defined presets. With categories ranging from Outdoor to Portrait, Street to Drama, there’s a preset for every photography style.

Innovative non-destructive editing and powerful selection tools
The new Luminar for Mac introduces a new editing workflow. Users can change the order of applied filters at any time in the editing process, therefore totally changing the look of their photo. With the new History feature users can check all steps of the editing process, and go back to any step at any time.

The new selection tools in Luminar include;: adjustable editing brush, radial and gradient masking, as well as masking with a single layer and masking with an independent filter.

Together with the powerful blend modes, layers and filters, these masking tools allow users to easily perform even the most complex edits, for instance the sky replacement.

What else is in Luminar?

Essential photo fixing tools, including spot healing, crop & transform, clone & stamp, noise reduction and other.
Complete photo enhancement toolset, including exposure & contrast controls, saturation, vibrance, clarity, sharpness, polarization, and more.
Creative color controls & adjustments, including bi-color, split toning, selective luminosity, saturation & hue controls and more.43452-gif
A myriad of photo filters, including cross process, glow, orton effect, monochrome, soft tone and more.
Layers with blend modes and layer masking
Custom Textures with blend modes
Works as a standalone software, plugin & extension
Built-in RAW converter

Availability and Pricing:
Luminar will be available for pre-order on November 2nd at a discounted price of $59 for all new users, and just $49 for anyone who already uses has Macphun photo software. Pre-order offer will also include a bonus pack of photo training videos and a course on building a photography business from Will Burrard-Lucas, an award-winning UK based wildlife photographer with over one million Facebook fans.

Luminar will be available for purchase on November 17t

 

Excellent Demo of On1 Photo RAW vs On1 Photo 10.5

On1 has created an excellent video on the relative speed of processing a photo using their new (coming soon) Photo RAW software, vs their existing On1 Photo 10.5 (which I’ve been using, and loving). Check out the video here.

On1 is offering an excellent deal – a Presale of Photo RAW prior to it’s release – buy Photo 10.5 now, and the upgrade to RAW is FREE on release. Click the link below to check out the deal!
ON1 Photo 10 now + ON1 Photo RAW Free (Fall 2016)

On1 Sweepstakes is Starting!

Click the banner 300x250gif and enter each week to win:
On1 Photo RAW and a Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen and Touch
12.9 inch Silver 128 GB Apple iPad Pro
$1000 B&H Photo Gift Card
Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with a 16-50mm lens
$1000 Amazon Gift Card
DJO PHantom 4 Qudacopter with 4K/12MP Camera

And, in the meantime, click ON1 Effects 10 FREE to download a free version of the On1 set of Photoshop plugins

A Great Photoshop Plugin has a Great Sweepstakes Coming

As an avid Photoshop user, as well as teacher, I’ve become enamored of a few of the best plugins available for various purposes. One of my main Go-To plugin suites is the On1 set. I’m planning on doing quite a few tutorials on this set, and will be speaking a lot about it in the coming months.

They’re about to release a brilliant new RAW processing app, which will complement their suite. It can be used as a replacement or adjunct to your normal Photoshop or Lightroom workflow, and it promises to be terrific.

To encourage people to check out their software, On1 is going to be launching a new SWEEPSTAKES this Sunday, September 18th. They’ll be giving away all sorts of things – iPads, cameras, drones, software… and I encourage you to enter the sweepstakes! To do so, please click the banner on this post.

In the meantime, I also suggest checking out their ON1 Effects 10 FREE plugin for Photoshop

You know how I like FREE!!!

Click this banner to enter the On1 Sweepstakes this Sunday!
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FREE Photoshop Brushes that are Truly Useful!

As my Photoshop students have already learned, brushes can be made using any set of pixels and can be manipulated almost unendingly with the Brush panel. But sometimes, it’s very helpful to have a starting point. Grutbrushes.com provides some beautifully made starting points! The detail and settings of his brushes are unique in their realism and detail in use. They work well with just a mouse, but like any brush, take on their real strengths when using a pen tablet like the Wacom brand of tablets.

Normally, I pass by a lot of the ads I see on Facebook, but a few months ago, I decided to click on one and found an excellent resource.

At Grutbrushes.com, the (very responsive) developer Nicolai has made sets of brushes, ranging from inks to calligraphy, to natural media, and more. He even provides a Photoshop Extension to open a panel in which you can organize your brushes into sets as you like them. Just recently, I used just one of his cloud brushes in a project, and created very realistic clouds. He offers a LOT of freebies, and if you sign up for his email list, you can get even more. He sells sets of them as well. His full set is a VERY reasonable $22.

Remember, all of the brushes are just starting points – Presets – from which you can use the Photoshop Brushes panel to manipulate them, resize them and alter how they work.

You all know, I LOVE Free stuff – and here, there’s a plethora of freebies along with the paid content. I think any Photoshop user will find a great deal of use and enjoyment of these. Plan on seeing some lessons on this within a few weeks.

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