Tutorial Thursday Feb. 20

Simple blend of Topaz “Look” and 2 of my Cosmos Textures

I love the silhouettes of bare trees! This was part of one of the farms we were looking for cool barns to photograph (workshop scouting!). It was a cloudy day, so there is something “going on” in the sky, but I wanted something much more dramatic!

This is the original image with basic editing done in Lightroom:

From Photoshop, I opened Topaz Studio 2 and applied AI Clear and returned to Photoshop.

Next I opened Topaz Studio 1 and searched the Presets/Looks under Texture Effects. I applied Dramatic HDR. I like the way it brought out the details in the image:

I then added a blank layer and used the Healing Brush to get rid of the power lines:

Before I start trying out textures, I want to have a “merged” image – but I don’t want to flatten my image. So I use the keyboard shortcut Control+Alt+Shift+E to get a merged layer above my individual layers.

I then tried some of my latest Cosmos textures. First #4 at Blending Mode = Multiply and Opacity = 82%. Then Cosmos #19 at Blending Mode = Multiply and Opacity 47%. I masked the texture partly off of the ground on the first texture. I wanted the same mask on the 2nd texture – here’s a quick way to copy a layer mask.

Right Click on the mask you want to copy and select “Add Mask to Selection”. Highlight the layer you want the mask added to (2nd texture) and click on the new layer mask icon. Voila – duplicated mask!

Here’s the finished image:

And the final layer stack:

Last chance to grab your copies of my new “Crop Shapes 2” and “Swashes 1” Collections! 50% off until Feb. 21st (tomorrow) at midnight EST! (Sale also includes “Crop Shapes Set 1).

Each set contains 12 shapes
Reg. $12 – on sale for $6 each.

CLICK HERE for the Peacock Studio
(or click each image below to go to that product).

Each set comes with a written tutorial on how to apply to your images.

And check out my video tutorial on how to use!
CLICK HERE!

Around the Web Feb. 18

PHOTOSHOP

Check out the “50 Best Photoshop Tutorials of 2019” and “50 New Photoshop Tutorials of 2019” on GraphicDesignJunction.

From Digital Photography School, “How to Create Double Exposure Effect in PS”.

FREEBIES

Free Photoshop brushes: “20+ Free Photoshop Brushes”

Barns & Backroads Workshops
ONE SPOT OPENED UP!

Wow! Our June 4-7 workshop – added last week –
sold out in 3 days! Thank You!

However, due to a cancellation, we have one open spot for the May 14-17 workshop.
PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED –
Hazel@MeredithImages.com

COMING SOON!

I’m planning on some Summer “Intensive” workshops that will focus on post-processing (it’s pretty hot in the Summer, so we can mostly be indoors!). Watch for more info soon!

Also, I’ll be adding Fall dates for “Barns & Backroads” workshops soon! I’ve started a list for notification before they are announced – let me know if you’d like to be added to the list! Email me or message me on Facebook.

SALE ENDS FRIDAY!

2 NEW SETS OF CROP SHAPES!

CLICK HERE
to watch my video of how to use these shapes.

AND THEN…

Grab your copies of my new “Crop Shapes 2” and “Swashes 1” Collections! 50% off until Feb. 21st! (Sale also includes “Crop Shapes Set 1).

Each set contains 12 shapes
Reg. $12 – on sale for $6 each.

CLICK HERE for the Peacock Studio
(or click each image below to go to that product).

Each set comes with a written tutorial on how to apply to your images.

And, in case you missed this offer…

Design Cuts and I have put together a special bundle just for my readers – five new products that I think you’ll love!

Click HERE to read the blog post of this special release!

You can grab this bundle of 5 specially selected products for just $33 (which is 50% off) using THIS LINK! On the site you can see also the products in detail with some other examples of how to use them.

And don’t forget to sign up for the 4th

GET ALL THE DETAILS as well as bios on our speakers on our website HERE!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can’t teach people photography, they’ve got to learn how to do it the best way possible for them. They can learn from looking at pictures… but they don’t really get intimate with the medium until they’ve made a few bad shots.” ~ Cecil Beaton

Around the Web Feb. 11

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect.com, good articles on “Memory Card Handling Tips” and “Star Trail Photography Tips”.

PHOTOSHOP

From CreativeBloq.com, “How to Make a Photo Collage in PS CC”.

If you’re like me and need to learn more about luminosity masks, this is a good tutorial: “How to Enhance Urban Night Photographs Using Luminosity Masks” from digitalphotographyschool.com.

Some cool “Special Effects PS Tutorials”.

“A Handy Infographic to Creating PS Actions” from marieleslie.com.

I always like adding drop shadows to my type – here’s another way to emphasize type by “Understanding Inner Shadows in PS”.

Barns & Backroads Workshops
NEW DATE ADDED!

Due to requests for more workshops, we have added ONE MORE for the Spring Session!

As with the other sessions, it is limited to 4 attendees!

New Session Added – June 4-7 = 3 SPOTS LEFT!
May 2-5 = 1 SPOT LEFT!

April 27-30 = SOLD OUT!
May 14-17 = SOLD OUT!
May 28-31 = SOLD OUT!

$450/person

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction and fees to property owners. (Does not include transportation to/from workshop or accommodations.)

OPTIONAL: Accommodations at our home.
4 nights, $150/person
Contact me for availability – first come, first reserved!

Sign up on our website at:
https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy at:
https://www.meredithimages.com/infofaq/workshop-info-policies/

We are located in Rogersville, TN
The nearest airport is Tri Cities, about 50 min. from us.

For more info, contact me, Hazel Meredith at: 
(203) 521-6480 or
Hazel@MeredithImages.com

On Tutorial Thursday, I shared a video on using “crop shapes” and added two new sets to the Peacock Studio!

“Crop Shapes” to add a border to your image
PLUS 2 NEW SETS OF CROP SHAPES!

Last week I shared a written tutorial on how to use Crop Shapes to add a border – and some interest – to your images.

Here are a few more images and a VIDEO tutorial.

CLICK HERE
to watch the video of how these were created.

AND THEN…

Grab your copies of my new “Crop Shapes 2” and “Swashes 1” Collections! 50% off until Feb. 21st! (Sale also includes “Crop Shapes Set 1).

Each set contains 12 shapes
Reg. $12 – on sale for $6 each.

CLICK HERE for the Peacock Studio
(or click each image below to go to that product).

Each set comes with a written tutorial on how to apply to your images.

Sunday Sampler Feb. 9

Ah February! While it’s Winter in many areas, it’s time to go back to auto racing in Florida (no we’re not there, however). The NASCAR Daytona 500 is next Sunday – today is qualifying and the Busch Clash. And racing isn’t just for the boys! Last night Hailie Deegan finished second in her first start in the Menard’s ARCA Series! Go Hailie!

You may not know this, but Dave and I used to cover auto racing for several regional newspapers and then websites. Most of the time, Dave wrote the articles and I took the photos. We did this from the 1990’s through 2011 (when I got involved in camera clubs!).

We mainly covered the regional Featherlite Modified Tour (which became the Whelen Modified Tour when the sponsor changed), but we also got to be at quite a few NASCAR Cup races in New Hampshire, Bristol Tennessee, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Pocono and a few others. It was a lot of fun for sure, got to meet lots of great people and took pics of some of the “big” names in racing like Dale Earnhart (both Sr. & Jr.), Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, the Labonte brothers and many, many more.

Let’s go racing!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is courtesy of my hubby, Dave! We were out scouting barns for our “Barns & Backroads” workshops the other day (more on that below), and he did an in-camera “swipe” of a red barn. After MUCH playing around in Topaz Studio, he came up with some very cool textures! I took one of his creations in green tones, and found several parts of the image that made great textures on their own. I was able to upsize them with Topaz Gigapixel.

So, today’s Sampler consists of the original and three other textures that came from the full image! Remember, you can always change colors with a hue & saturation adjustment, or change them to B&W to get the texture without the color. Enjoy!

And don’t forget to share your creations in our Facebook group: Textures: Turn Ho Hum Into a Work of Art!

Barns & Backroads Workshops
NEW DATE ADDED!

Due to requests for more workshops, we are adding ONE MORE for the Spring Session!

As with the other sessions, it is limited to 4 attendees!

New Session Added – June 4-7 = 3 SPOTS LEFT!
May 2-5 = 1 SPOT LEFT!

April 27-30 = SOLD OUT!
May 14-17 = SOLD OUT!
May 28-31 = SOLD OUT!

$450/person

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction and fees to property owners. (Does not include transportation to/from workshop or accommodations.)

OPTIONAL: Accommodations at our home.
4 nights, $150/person
Contact me for availability – first come, first reserved!

Sign up on our website at:
https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy at:
https://www.meredithimages.com/infofaq/workshop-info-policies/

We are located in Rogersville, TN
The nearest airport is Tri Cities, about 50 min. from us.

For more info, contact me, Hazel Meredith at: 
(203) 521-6480 or
Hazel@MeredithImages.com

On Tutorial Thursday, I shared a video on using “crop shapes” and added two new sets to the Peacock Studio!

“Crop Shapes” to add a border to your image
PLUS 2 NEW SETS OF CROP SHAPES!

Last week I shared a written tutorial on how to use Crop Shapes to add a border – and some interest – to your images.

This was our finished image:

Today I’m sharing a few more images and a VIDEO tutorial.

Here are a couple of finished images:

CLICK HERE
to watch the video of how these were created.

AND THEN…

Grab your copies of my new “Crop Shapes 2” and “Swashes 1” Collections! 50% off until Feb. 21st! (Sale also includes “Crop Shapes Set 1).

Each set contains 12 shapes
Reg. $12 – on sale for $6 each.

CLICK HERE for the Peacock Studio
(or click each image below to go to that product).

Each set comes with a written tutorial on how to apply to your images.

Tutorial Thursday Feb. 6

“Crop Shapes” to add a border to your image
PLUS 2 NEW SETS OF CROP SHAPES!

Last week I shared a written tutorial on how to use Crop Shapes to add a border – and some interest – to your images.

This was our finished image:

Today I’m sharing a few more images and a VIDEO tutorial.

Here are a couple of finished images:

CLICK HERE
to watch the video of how these were created.

AND THEN…

Grab your copies of my new “Crop Shapes 2” and “Swashes 1” Collections! 50% off until Feb. 21st! (Sale also includes “Crop Shapes Set 1).

Each set contains 12 shapes
Reg. $12 – on sale for $6 each.

CLICK HERE for the Peacock Studio
(or click each image below to go to that product).

Each set comes with a written tutorial on how to apply to your images.

Tutorial Thursday Jan. 23

“Crop Shapes” to add a border to your image.

There are times when I’m playing around with an image and feel it needs “something”. Even textures aren’t working (horrors!). In this image below I decided to add a border, which can easily be done with a “crop shape”. I have a set available in the Peacock Studio, and will be adding a new set (or two) within the next few weeks!

For this image, I did not do my usual basic processing in Lightroom, I brought it into Photoshop and decided to use Topaz Studio 2 for most of the editing.

Original unedited image. Cropped.

The first thing I decided to do was get rid of the “crossbar” on the fence (used to tighten the wire). I thought it was too dark and stood out too much in this image. The healing tool worked nicely:

Next I ran AI Clear and did some Basic Adjustments in Studio 2. I then decided to clone out the house to the right of the barn – I did that in Photoshop:

I then added a color overlay in Studio 2 to darken the sky a bit (added a blue color), then masked it off of everything but the sky.

I tried various textures on the image but wasn’t thrilled with any of them! So, to give it some pizzazz, I added a “crop shape”. I brought the shape in just like a texture, but placed this layer BENEATH the image. Then select the image layer and hit Control + Alt + G to “group” the layers together creating a clipping mask. The image takes on the shape beneath it. (Be sure to turn off the other image layers to see the effect!) Of course, we don’t want transparent edges to our image, so I tried various color fills by adding another blank layer beneath the shape layer and filling it with color. I ended up settling on a light grey-blue color:

Here is the final layer stack:

Another way to add some zing to your images!

LAST CALL! New Cosmos textures
are 50% off till 1/31/2020 (Tomorrow)!

My new Cosmos textures are available in 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 GRAB THE SALE!

GROUP 1:

GROUP 2:

Sunday Sampler Jan. 26

Happy Sunday! On Friday evening we visited a local restaurant that is full of history. Check out my blog post on The Traveling Peacock at: http://thetravelingpeacock.com/2020/01/25/amis-mill-eatery-rogersville-tn/. Follow my blog and find me on Facebook and Instagram!

Sunday Sampler 01-19-2020

This week’s Sunday Sampler takes a palm frond image and gives you three variations created in Smart Photo Editor. The possibilities are endless!

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!

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:

And don’t miss out on the
4th Creative Photography Conference!

Details at: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

Tutorial Thursday Jan. 23

Being Creative with Your Images

Sometimes for the Sunday Sampler I take one image and make several versions in post-processing. Today I’m going to give you an example of doing that with an image.

This is my original image of a swamp in Florida (we were on an airboat).

I had been helping a student the other day with a similar image, and we discovered if we applied the “Radiance” filter in Studio 2 (at a very low number), we could get a foggy/hazy look:

So then I started trying other effects. I started the original image and opened Nik Color Efex Filters > Midnight:

Still in Nik, I went back to the original and tried the Vintage Filter:

I then took my original from Photoshop into Topaz Studio 2, using a B&W preset:

Finally, I tried one in Smart Photo Editor and got this Faded B&W look:

I think this one may be my favorite!

So play and have fun with your images – you never know where software can take you!

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/

Reminder – New Cosmos textures
are 50% off till 1/31/20!

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).

GROUP 1:

GROUP 2:

Sunday Sampler Jan. 19

Happy Sunday! What a difference a week makes – last Sat. was 75 degrees, now we’re heading into the 30’s this week (average for this time of year is 45 in TN). Though I’m not complaining about a little chill – we’re not shoveling snow anymore!

Sunday Sampler 01-19-2020

This week’s Sunday Sampler takes one of the new Cosmos textures from last week and gives you 3 more versions created by hubby, Dave! He used various Topaz products (Impression, Precision Detail and some presets) to create these versions for you! Just a hint of the many things you can create from any texture! Enjoy!

And speaking of the Cosmos textures…

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).

GROUP 1:

GROUP 2:

BARNS & BACK ROADS WORKSHOPS
UPDATE!

I mentioned in my newsletter this 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/

And don’t miss out on the
4th Creative Photography Conference!

Details at: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

Tutorial Thursday Jan. 16

Using Cosmos Overlay to Create an Evening/Night Image

As I mentioned on Sunday, I took one of my new Cosmos textures and made multiple versions with Topaz ReStyle.

I used the “Muted Gray Walls” version over one of my barn shots to create the look of night.

I started with this original image:

I began with a Preset/Look in Topaz Studio 2 called “Striking Grit”, which I had used when I originally edited this photo.

I then brought in the Cosmos-1C-Muted Gray Walls texture above the other layers. I found the original sky to be “too much” when I blended the Cosmos, so I added layer masks to the original image and the Striking Grit layer to remove the sky. I then added a mask to remove most of the Cosmos texture from the barn and foreground.

Here is my final layer stack:

And the final image:

And speaking of the Cosmos textures…

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).

GROUP 1:

GROUP 2:

REMEMBER…As I did with the texture in the barn image, you can use Topaz, Photoshop or almost any program to change the colors of the textures, desaturate to B&W, make them Impressionistic and so much more! The first texture in Set 1 (pink & blue) is what I changed to the colors for the barn image!