Around the Web March 31

Happy Tuesday – Stay Inside, Stay Safe!

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE SPRING SALE – and the last chance to get any of the retiring textures (they will be removed from the Peacock Studio store tomorrow). SALE ENDS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT EDT 3/31!

PHOTOSHOP

As I always say in my webinars, you may not necessarily use a particular effect in the future, but working with these types of tutorials gets you familiar with the tools available in PS and how to use them creatively.

From WeGraphics, “Convert a Portrait to an Oil Painting in PS without the Oil Paint Filter”

“Create a Queen of Bird Photo Manipulation” in this tutorial from Photoshop Tutorials.

“Create a High-Rise Building on Fire Effect in PS” from PSD Vault. (You do not need the premium membership to download the files for this project.)

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect.com “Garden Bird Photography Tips”, “Tips for Taking Better Still Life Photos”, “Using Natural Light for Great Wildlife Photography”, and “10 Mind-Blowing Photography Tips for Beginners”.

“Create Incredible Portraits in Small Spaces” from FStoppers.

And a compilation of “30 Photography Links from Around the Web” by LightStalking.

GRUT BRUSHES

In my webinar last week someone asked about the tool panel I had in Photoshop. One of the tools I have there is the Grut Brushes Panel. Grut Brushes are fabulous! They are the best I’ve seen for those who do digital drawing and/or painting. BUT…I love to use them to create textures (which I demonstrated in my 2nd eBook)!!

Check out Nicolai’s awesome products (yes, it’s a one-man shop). There are some freebies on the site you can try, and if you use my affiliate link HERE, and the code hazel15 at checkout, you can save 15%.

He also has fabulous paper textures that work responsively with the brushes for true painting.

SPRING SALE!

If you missed (or haven’t yet read) this week’s
SUNDAY SAMPLER, read it HERE NOW!

I have released 5 new Texture Sets and 2 new Brush Sets –
on sale at 50% off!

There are 12 Texture Sets being retired at the end of the month –
now 66% off!

All other Texture Sets, eBooks and One-on-One Tutoring
are now 25% off! (Use coupon code SPRING25)

ALL SALE PRICES EXPIRE 3/31/2020

CHECK OUT THE DEALS HERE!
USE COUPON CODE SPRING25 FOR THE 25% OFF DISCOUNT

NEW DESIGN CUTS
MINI BUNDLE!

This has been a popular bundle! Don’t miss it! CHECK IT OUT HERE along with tutorials on how I used some of the products.

Around the Web Feb. 4

PHOTOSHOP

From Fstoppers – “How to Cut Out Hair in Photoshop”

“How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop – 16 Tutorials to Check Out” from designyourway.net.

Create a texture of your own! “How to Create Metal Texture Using Photoshop” from line25.com

Create a “Rusted Metal Text Effect” from psdvault.com

FREEBIES

1500 FREE OVERLAYS from Eldamar Studio – “Want to Get 1500 Free Overlays”

From webdesigndev.com, “20+ Free Design Goodies You Will Want to Download”. Includes things like mockups, backgrounds, icons, textures and more! Be sure to look at other linked articles at the bottom of the page for more goodies!

From designyourway.net, “The 50 Best Free Fonts on Font Squirrel You Must Have”.

SOFTWARE

In case you haven’t heard, Photodex, makers of ProShow software, has shut down! Here is the article and suggested replacement software: http://www.photodex.com/shutdown.html

SNEAK PEEK!
COMING THURSDAY!

Last Thursday I showed you how I used a crop shape to add a frame to an image. This Thursday I will be releasing two new sets of crop shapes, as well as a video tutorial on how to use them!

Here’s just some of what will be included!

Topaz DeNoise AI now has batch editing capabilities!

Topaz DeNoise AI already gave us amazing noise reduction while retaining detail and sharpness. Now you can batch edit your images – it also now has Chroma Noise Reduction to eliminate those specks of color that can come with a noisy image.

Regular $79.99, it’s on sale till 2/7/2020 for $59.99. And here’s a tip – use my link below and the code MeredithImages at checkout and save another 15%, making your total $50.99!

Check out all the details HERE!

Around the Web Jan. 28, 2020

PHOTOSHOP

Ramp up your Photoshop skills with these compositing tutorials from WebDesignDev – “20 Amazing Collage Photoshop Tutorials”.

And from Creative Nerds, “How to Use the New Selection Tool in Photoshop to Mask Images”.

FREEBIES

A bundle of 16 FREE premium fonts from Creative Fabrica – “The Free Font Bundle”.

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Everything a Beginner Needs to Know About Astrophotography” from 500px

For those wanting a photo studio at home, “How to Set Up a Simple Photography Studio” from PictureCorrect.com.

And also from PictureCorrect, “How to Photograph Great Seascapes”.

Pixelo has a new font bundle – “The Radiant Brush Fonts Bundle”! Contains 120+ unique fonts across 56 font families with a mix of vintage and modern brush fonts. Check it out HERE! As always, it comes with a full license for personal and commercial use. Just $29!

Topaz DeNoise AI now has batch editing capabilities!

Topaz DeNoise AI already gave us amazing noise reduction while retaining detail and sharpness. Now you can batch edit your images – it also now has Chroma Noise Reduction to eliminate those specks of color that can come with a noisy image.

Regular $79.99, it’s on sale till 2/7/2020 for $59.99. And here’s a tip – use my link below and the code MeredithImages at checkout and save another 15%, making your total $50.99!

Check out all the details HERE!

Just a few days left to grab the new Cosmos textures at half price! CLICK HERE!

I’ve added two groups of Cosmos textures to the Peacock Studio. These are large groups of 12 textures each, 15″ x 15″, 300 dpi. These were created on the iPad in Procreate!

Regular price $12 per set – on sale 50% off until Jan. 31, 2020 (midnight EDT).

CLICK HERE to go to the Peacock Studio and grab your textures!

GROUP 1:

GROUP 2:

Around the Web Jan. 21, 2020

PHOTOSHOP

On Photoshop Tutorials, “How to Add Photorealistic Puddles in Photoshop”

From Video Tutorials 411, “Simple Trick to Make Buildings Dramatically Taller!”

And on Web Design Dev, “Create Awesome Photo Effects with These 20 Amazing Photoshop Tutorials”.

From FStoppers, “Try These Creative Compositing Techniques”.

WEBINAR!
“Topaz Studio 2 – Creativity Unleashed!”

This past Sunday I did a webinar for NPEG (National Photo Enthusiasts Group). Mark Perry, group founder, recorded the webinar and you can view it on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSKcpvGPgJQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0_TkIX2KmL1nrhgpR847STJphZFW3f59rfmbvHrQs20cxeFdGwahF1F5I

This webinar was geared towards a Studio “newbie” and reviews how to navigate around the program, save images, and some creative editing.

For more info on NPEG, check out their website at: https://www.npegroupusa.org/

Introducing the
RETROSPECTIVE BACKPACK 15L
FOR DSLR & MIRRORLESS CAMERAS

Built for Backroad Adventure Travel
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This classic-styled rucksack features rugged yet form-fitting canvas that is treated with DWR to repel the elements. A zippered security flap under the lid tucks away to provide rapid top access, while the back panel offers full access to your gear, including a 15-inch laptop.

Superior construction, comfortable harness and legendary Think Tank quality inspires confidence so you can focus on the shot.

“The combination of photo and personal gear carry makes the Retrospective Backpack the perfect bag for adventure travel,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “It’s a natural addition to the Retrospective shoulder bag series, with all of the style and design details that have made the line so popular.”

CHECK OUT ALL THE DETAILS HERE!
And with this link you’ll receive free gear on purchases over $50 PLUS free shipping!

Barns & Back Roads Workshop Update!

I mentioned in my newsletter last week that I added one more workshop, May 2-5, 2020 — THERE IS NOW JUST ONE SPOT LEFT! If you are interested, sign up now!

Details on the website: https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

APRIL WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!
Don’t miss out on the
4th Creative Photography Conference
April 25-26, 2020
MeadowView Resort & Conference Center
Kingsport, TN

TWO DAYS OF CREATIVITY!

Creative photography and post-processing techniques featuring: Creative Landscapes; Post-Processing (PS, Topaz, Textures); Creativity with Lens Baby Lenses; iPhoneography; hands-on photo-ops, and much more!

SPEAKERS:

Ken Sklute (AZ) – Canon Explorer of Light – Landscape artist, storm chaser, hot air balloonist

David Kelly (PA) – Topaz Instructor and Lens Baby creative

Cheryl Parris (GA) – Digital composite artist

Roni Chastain (NY) – Photoshop and photo walks

Hazel Meredith (TN) – Texture artist; iPhoneographer

Loretta Paul-Goldin (CT) – Creating textures with alcohol inks

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

Sat. & Sun. seminars and photo-ops; coffe/tea & refreshments in the mornings; lunch both days; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goodie bag with discounts and freebies! Also – vendor tables for your shopping pleasure.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

We have a block of rooms reserved at $130/night. Link on our website.

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS ON FRIDAY

If you’d like a hands-on, intensive session on “Creative Editing with Topaz” or “Working with Textures”, then come join David Kelly or Hazel Meredith on Friday from 1:00-4:30 pm.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION ARE ON OUR WEBSITE AT:
https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

Around the Web Jan. 14, 2020

On Sunday I mentioned an image that I used a Sunday Sampler texture on – but forgot to add the photo! So here it is:

On Thursday I will show you how I did this!

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect.com, “5 Creative Composition Tips in Photography” and “Top 10 Sports Photography Tips”

FREEBIES

Some freebies from Pixelo:

Roastink Font – a casual script font (free for personal use)

Amaranthine Font – another script font (free for personal use)

And Aletcia Font – one more script (free for personal use)

BUNDLE DEALS

And if you haven’t enough fonts yet, Pixelo has a new bundle, “The Smashing Sans Serif Fonts Bundle”!

186 Fonts across 38 Font Families.

This bundle comes with a full license for personal or commercial use.

Just $29! CLICK HERE to grab yours!

APRIL WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!
Don’t miss out on the
4th Creative Photography Conference
April 25-26, 2020
MeadowView Resort & Conference Center
Kingsport, TN

TWO DAYS OF CREATIVITY!

Creative photography and post-processing techniques featuring: Creative Landscapes; Post-Processing (PS, Topaz, Textures); Creativity with Lens Baby Lenses; iPhoneography; hands-on photo-ops, and much more!

SPEAKERS:

Ken Sklute (AZ) – Canon Explorer of Light – Landscape artist, storm chaser, hot air balloonist

David Kelly (PA) – Topaz Instructor and Lens Baby creative

Cheryl Parris (GA) – Digital composite artist

Roni Chastain (NY) – Photoshop and photo walks

Hazel Meredith (TN) – Texture artist; iPhoneographer

Loretta Paul-Goldin (CT) – Creating textures with alcohol inks

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

Sat. & Sun. seminars and photo-ops; coffe/tea & refreshments in the mornings; lunch both days; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goodie bag with discounts and freebies! Also – vendor tables for your shopping pleasure.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

We have a block of rooms reserved at $130/night. Link on our website.

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS ON FRIDAY

If you’d like a hands-on, intensive session on “Creative Editing with Topaz” or “Working with Textures”, then come join David Kelly or Hazel Meredith on Friday from 1:00-4:30 pm.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION ARE ON OUR WEBSITE AT:
https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

Sunday Sampler Jan. 12, 2020

Wow – I thought New England weather was fickle – the South is just as crazy! Yesterday was 75° out and gusty. A major line of storms came through in the evening (sadly with tornadoes in some areas), with crazy rain and some lightning. Although there were severe weather alerts in our area, it wasn’t too bad and we made it through just fine. I must say, having weather alerts set up on our phones is a good thing!

This week’s Sunday Sampler contains one of the Cosmos textures from my new releases coming out later this week! I took this texture and ran it through Topaz ReStyle (one of the older modules), and changed the color palette of the texture. Below is an example of how I used one of the versions in my barn image – in “Tutorial Thursday” I will show you how I did this! Enjoy!

APRIL WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!
Don’t miss out on the
4th Creative Photography Conference
April 25-26, 2020
MeadowView Resort & Conference Center
Kingsport, TN

TWO DAYS OF CREATIVITY!

Creative photography and post-processing techniques featuring: Creative Landscapes; Post-Processing (PS, Topaz, Textures); Creativity with Lens Baby Lenses; iPhoneography; hands-on photo-ops, and much more!

SPEAKERS:

Ken Sklute (AZ) – Canon Explorer of Light – Landscape artist, storm chaser, hot air balloonist

David Kelly (PA) – Topaz Instructor and Lens Baby creative

Cheryl Parris (GA) – Digital composite artist

Roni Chastain (NY) – Photoshop and photo walks

Hazel Meredith (TN) – Texture artist; iPhoneographer

Loretta Paul-Goldin (CT) – Creating textures with alcohol inks

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

Sat. & Sun. seminars and photo-ops; coffe/tea & refreshments in the mornings; lunch both days; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goodie bag with discounts and freebies! Also – vendor tables for your shopping pleasure.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

We have a block of rooms reserved at $130/night. Link on our website.

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS ON FRIDAY

If you’d like a hands-on, intensive session on “Creative Editing with Topaz” or “Working with Textures”, then come join David Kelly or Hazel Meredith on Friday from 1:00-4:30 pm.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION ARE ON OUR WEBSITE AT:
https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

Around the Web – Jan. 7

Due to popular demand, I have added an additional “Barns & Back Roads Workshop”! The dates will be Sat. May 2nd-Tues. May 5th. There are two spots available, so act quick if you are interested!

Click HERE for details and to sign up!

Design Cuts just released their first bundle of 2020!

The Creators Diverse Design Collection

This bundle includes patterns/textures, Photoshop effects, hand lettered fonts, Procreate brushes, text effects and much more!

As always, it’s just $29 (a $1014 value). CLICK HERE to grab yours now!

FREEBIES

DID YOU KNOW…that Adobe offers creative freebies to customers? Items include textures, actions, brushes, templates, mock ups, graphic design items and so much more! CHECK IT OUT HERE!

AND…You can also create your own portfolio website for free with Adobe! Check out ADOBE PORTFOLIO.

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS

Like me, you may have heard of “luminosity masking” but didn’t really know what it was. I had a general idea, but hadn’t seen a tutorial that explained it clearly – until now! This one from Digital Photography School is pretty thorough. “How to Enhance Urban Night Photographs Using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop” is worth checking out!

Sunday Sampler Jan. 5, 2020 – Revised!

So as soon as I hit “publish” on the earlier blog post, I realized I forgot the links for the “Sunday Sampler”! While I revised it right away, the email of the blog post doesn’t have the live link. CLICK HERE for the updated blog post and link!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! Hard to believe it’s 2020!! Stay tuned to the blog regularly for all the new happenings at Meredith Images and the Peacock Studio this year!

This week’s Sunday Sampler has some dramatic sky overlays! Yesterday had the BEST skies – stormy and pouring to the East and clearing blue skies and puffy white clouds to the West! I took some shots of the edge of the storm system, and just as I was getting ready to post this blog, Dave noticed the great sun rays coming through the clouds – so I added one of those too!

This kind of texture/overlay is great when you have a really blah gray/white sky. Overlay one of these, mask if needed off of your subject, and voila, an interesting sky for your image. Here’s an example:

A shot of the Baltimore skyline from a water taxi:

While it wasn’t truly an overcast day, the day was hazy and lacked color.

There are two ways to use the overlay:
1) Lay the sky over the image, reduce the opacity so you can see the image below, and use a layer mask to mask the sky off the subject.
2) If you have lots of hard edges in your subject (like in this image), make a selection of your subject then hit Control+J to copy the selection to a new layer. Bring in the sky overlay between the two layers.

Screen shot of my layers.

Finished image – has much more “punch” than the original!

NEW SUNDAY SAMPLER GROUP IN THE PEACOCK STUDIO STORE!

Group 7 = 93 Textures & Backgrounds

You can always download at least 6 months of Sunday Samplers through the blog.

Once 12 months have passed, I bundle the oldest 6 months of Samplers and place them in the Peacock Studio for sale. This group is from Jan.-June, 2019. You can still download July-December 2019 through the blog posts.

Sunday Sampler Groups are regularly priced at $15 each, but you can grab the newest bundle for 33% off through Monday, Jan. 6th! CLICK HERE!

AND, if you are a new reader to the blog, you can grab an extra special deal – all 7 Sunday Sampler Groups, regularly priced at $90, also 33% off through Jan. 6th! CLICK HERE for the deal!

USE THE COUPON CODE
NEWYEARBUNDLES
at checkout to save 33%!

Sunday Sampler Jan. 5, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! Hard to believe it’s 2020!! Stay tuned to the blog regularly for all the new happenings at Meredith Images and the Peacock Studio this year!

This week’s Sunday Sampler has some dramatic sky overlays! Yesterday had the BEST skies – stormy and pouring to the East and clearing blue skies and puffy white clouds to the West! I took some shots of the edge of the storm system, and just as I was getting ready to post this blog, Dave noticed the great sun rays coming through the clouds – so I added one of those too!

This kind of texture/overlay is great when you have a really blah gray/white sky. Overlay one of these, mask if needed off of your subject, and voila, an interesting sky for your image. Here’s an example:

A shot of the Baltimore skyline from a water taxi:

While it wasn’t truly an overcast day, the day was hazy and lacked color.

There are two ways to use the overlay:
1) Lay the sky over the image, reduce the opacity so you can see the image below, and use a layer mask to mask the sky off the subject.
2) If you have lots of hard edges in your subject (like in this image), make a selection of your subject then hit Control+J to copy the selection to a new layer. Bring in the sky overlay between the two layers.

Screen shot of my layers.

Finished image – has much more “punch” than the original!

NEW SUNDAY SAMPLER GROUP IN THE PEACOCK STUDIO STORE!

Group 7 = 93 Textures & Backgrounds

You can always download at least 6 months of Sunday Samplers through the blog.

Once 12 months have passed, I bundle the oldest 6 months of Samplers and place them in the Peacock Studio for sale. This group is from Jan.-June, 2019. You can still download July-December 2019 through the blog posts.

Sunday Sampler Groups are regularly priced at $15 each, but you can grab the newest bundle for 33% off through Monday, Jan. 6th! CLICK HERE!

AND, if you are a new reader to the blog, you can grab an extra special deal – all 7 Sunday Sampler Groups, regularly priced at $90, also 33% off through Jan. 6th! CLICK HERE for the deal!

USE THE COUPON CODE
NEWYEARBUNDLES
at checkout to save 33%!

Tutorial Thursday Jan. 2 + Around the Web + New Sunday Sampler Group!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! Hard to believe it’s 2020!! I have lots of plans for Meredith Images and the Peacock Studio this year, so be sure to read the blog regularly for all the updates!

Cold Weather Photography

A bit of a “cheat” this week – this tutorial is from PictureCorrect.com, “Too Cold Outside for Photography? Think Again!”

NEW SUNDAY SAMPLER GROUP IN THE PEACOCK STUDIO STORE!

Group 7 = 93 Textures & Backgrounds

You can always download at least 6 months of Sunday Samplers through the blog.

Once 12 months have passed, I bundle the oldest 6 months of Samplers and place them in the Peacock Studio for sale. This group is from Jan.-June, 2019. You can still download July-December 2019 through the blog posts.

Sunday Sampler Groups are regularly priced at $15 each, but you can grab the newest bundle for 33% off through Monday, Jan. 6th! CLICK HERE!

AND, if you are a new reader to the blog, you can grab an extra special deal – all 7 Sunday Sampler Groups, regularly priced at $90, also 33% off through Jan. 6th! CLICK HERE for the deal!

USE THE COUPON CODE
NEWYEARBUNDLES
at checkout to save 33%!

PIXELO

Pixelo has several New Year’s bundles available at extra-special savings with the following coupon codes!

PLEASE NOTE: You can only use one coupon code at a time, so if you want all 3 deals, you’ll need to do 3 separate orders or order on different days!

First up is their “800 Best Text Styles” – reg. $29, just $15 with the code 800BEST at checkout.

Next is the “Stylish Fonts Bundle”. Reg. $19 / Just $10 with the code STYLISH.

And 3rd, the “Glorious Photoshop Add-Ons Bundle”. Reg. $29 – just $15 with the code GLORIOUS.

PHOTOSHOP

From WebDesignDev.com – “20 Outstanding Free Photoshop Text Effects”

The PhotoshopGuy shows you “Photoshop 2020 Upgrade: New Features and How to Use Them”.

FREEBIE

Make your product shot (or anything!) look like it was wrapped in plastic wrap! “3 Plastic Wrap Textures”. Here is my eBook cover “wrapped in plastic”! 3 free textures or upgrade to all 12 textures for $6.