Photoshop Color Range for a Color Change

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Case Studies, Tips

When I’m faced with the need to change one or more colors in an image to very different, specific colors — I turn to the Color Range feature in Photoshop. For one,it allows me to work faster, avoiding the tedious creation of a mask with either the pen tool or the paint brush. And secondly, […]

Stroking a Path

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Tips
Stroking a Path

An often overlooked but very useful feature in Photoshop is the ability to apply a stroke to a path. For those folks who spend a great deal of their time working in vector based drawing programs, such as Illustrator, this technique is probably second nature.  But I still get a little light-bulb-in-the-head kind of thrill […]

Retouching for Ad Agencies

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Tips
Retouching for Ad Agencies

The vast majority of work that I do is for advertising agencies. There are a few things I’ve learned over the years that are particular to the Mad Men / Mad Women world. So here is a short, somewhat random list of things to keep in mind when dealing with agency folks. 1. Leave your […]

Removing Moire Patterns

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

Removing unwanted moire patterns can be one of the most frustrating tasks a retoucher undertakes. This video tutorial demonstrates one Photoshop method of getting rid of these pesky patterns quicker than you can say “screen angle”.

Applying Photoshop Curves in Different Blend Modes

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Curve Adjustment is probably the greatest tool of all for color and tone adjustments in Photoshop. It’s been a key feature of Photoshop since the beginning. A more recent addition to the toolbox is the Layer Blend Modes. Some of these blend modes are seldom used — but others, like darken, lighten, multiply and […]

Layer Comps — what a tool!

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

One of the true hidden gems of the Photoshop workflow. While intended, I think, as a tool for designers to work up variations of comps with graphic elements shown or hidden, moved, or rescaled — it is also a good way to avoid having multiple files when a job calls for different retouching options. This […]

Smart Object in a Smart Object in a Smart Object …

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

Smart Objects are probably the most useful feature that Adobe has introduced into photoshop in recent years. For this Sprint project, the poster design called for Google app icons to be floating in front of the Android phone. Time was short and many of the icons on hand were just low-res, grabbed off the web. […]

Who Am I, and Why Am I Here?*

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in News, Tips

One of the few Photoshop guide books that I have found useful over the years is the “Real World” series by David Blatner and the late, great Bruce Fraser.  Another is the wonderful guide for photographers by British author Martin Evening. The Real World series ended some time back and, hence, is seriously out of […]