Friday, May 6, 2011

New Galaxy

I've had several people ask me how to create the "New Galaxy" effect I used in a recent Photoshop Challenge on the Photography Schoolhouse Forum. I got the idea from Advanced Photoshop Magazine but tweaked it to fit my needs.
1. Choose a picture with a dark background. This one is from stock.xchng.

2. Create a duplicate layer. Draw a shape in the dark area & erase everything else on the top layer.

 3. Click on FX > Outer Glow. Here are the settings I used.

4. Flatten the layers.

5. Filter > Render > Lens Flare > 35mm prime. Move center of lens flare to middle of green glow.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

photo frames, masks & edges

Got the plain photo blues? Want to dress up your pics? Try downloading some frames and edges from Here are some samples from their Ambience collection. We'll start with a plain picture from stock.

  • Open the photo mask
  • Drag the picture on top of it
  • Ctrl T to resize mask to fit, press Enter to finish.
  • Click on the photo layer. Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask
  • Click on mask layer to adjust fit, move mask around as needed
  • Paint on mask layer with a black brush to remove pattern from faces & skin
  • Flatten layers
Here's a picture of the photo mask that was used to create the picture above. Find more photo frames, masks & templates at

Experiment, have fun & contact me if you need help.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Express yourself

Why limit yourself to just one business card - carry several in different sizes, shapes and designs so that you have one for every occasion.

Have you ever found yourself in a group and needed a conversation starter? Throw out the rules and create a card that's fresh and new. Save your boring old business card for boring business situations.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Photoshop Game

This was my latest entry in a Photoshop before/after game with several photographer friends. Normally we make people younger in Photoshop so today's challenge was to make someone look older.

The before picture is a stock image from Deviant

Stretched picture
Extended dress
Darkened picture
Liquified face, arms, fingers & dress
Smoothed complexion
Cropped & cloned background
Added old book, hotel stamp & flourishes

Good game, everyone!