Sunday Sampler Feb. 23

Happy Sunday! Heading in to the last week of February already! I can almost smell Spring!!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is some old peeling wood off a train car. I created several versions from light to heavy grunge. Enjoy!

This week’s featured speaker is
Roni Chastain of Long Island, NY.

Roni Chastain Photography
Ronichas.zenfolio.com

Roni has had a love of photography for over 40 years. She is graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, having completed the course in half the time. Roni was awarded merit awards from the school for two of her photos, which the school purchased.

She has photographed professional nursing organizations & conferences. Her photos have been used by American Academy of Pediatrics, a module for an online guide for parents, the book, Dr Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, IBFAN Calendar and The International Lactation Consultants Association. She has volunteered to photograph several fund raising events.

Roni has prepared and presented several slideshows of her travels to professional organizations and libraries on Long Island. This includes Port Washington Library, Glen Cove Library, Freeport Library, Plainview/Bethpage Library. She presented her program for the Great Neck Camera Club and Photograhic Federation of Long Island.

Roni’s work is on permanent display at the NY Institute of Photography and Molloy College Art Gallery.

Roni has had photos published in Popular Photography’s Your best Shot, the Glen Cove Record Pilot, Long Island Newsday, a Lindeman’s contest for Photo of the week. Her work has been exhibited in several locations on Long Island, including Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Juried Art Show, Long Island Center of Photography and FotoFoto Gallery. First National Bank of Long Island has purchased her photos for their annual calendar. Roni won Mass Audubon for her landscape image.

As the Organizer for the Long Island Photography Meetup, Roni arranged for photo shoots in the Tri-State region. Many were private photography tours. After 10 years doing this, the group was closed in 2017.

Roni is a free-lance photographer for the local newspapers. She co-led a photo tour to Cuba in January 2020.

Roni lives on Long Island. She is a mother and grandmother.

Read all the Conference details at: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

SPECIAL RELEASE!

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

Check out the previous blog post for examples of how I used these products with my images: https://meredithimages.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/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.

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

Sunday Sampler Feb. 16

Happy Sunday – time for the Daytona 500! Hope you all had a nice Valentine’s Day with your special someone. Dave brought me pink roses and chocolate covered strawberries! He knows me well (especially after 35 years!).

Today’s Sunday Sampler started as wallpaper in a hotel! The twig print was quite interesting. I’ve created several versions starting with Black & White, then adding a color overlay, then blurring, then changing the overlay to a sunset sky coloring. These would be great for overlaying on another background or placing behind a flower or other subject. Enjoy!

SPECIAL RELEASE!

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

I’ve been putting together some samples that show you just a few of the endless ways that you can utilize these products.

In this bridge image, I had done my basic editing in Lightroom and used a Lightroom preset to get the coloring. I first applied Grunge Texture #9 at Soft Light blending mode and 73% opacity, then applied Grunge Texture #11 at Screen blending mode and 66% opacity. I used the PNG versions of these textures (they also come as EPS files for those who work in Illustrator). Finally, I applied the Bonus Overlay from the Delicato Fine Art Texture Pack (rotating it to be horizontal), with a Color Burn blending mode at 60% opacity. Below is the layer stack:

Next I took one of my tulip images. This was photographed against a white lace backdrop in my kitchen.

I began by adding a texture from the Delicato Fine Art Texture set – #11-Ice. Blending Mode = Linear Burn and Opacity = 63%. Next layer from the same set – #01-Melancholy, Blending Mode = Linear Burn and Opacity = 57%. I then added an overlay from the Adorn set (the overlays in this set are PNGs with transparent backgrounds; the Textures are full color). I used #24, the handwritten letter, angled it slightly and sized to my image. I masked it off of the flowers so it was only in the background. Blending Mode = Soft Light, Opacity = 74%. Last, I added the same grunge border overlay as I used on the bridge, this time with a Blending Mode of Color Burn and Opacity of 40%. Below is the layer stack:

The next project I took a single tulip photographed at a botanical garden. I had previously made a selection of just the tulip, giving it a transparent background.

Since I’m starting with a transparent background, I will add the textures beneath the flower layer. I began by adding Delicato Fine Art Textures – #04-Breeze at Normal and 100% (since this is now my background layer).

Next I added Delicato #10-Jungle at Blending Mode = Darken; Opacity = 100%. Then Delicato #15-Mithril at Blending Mode = Multiply; Opacity = 73%.

I topped those off with one of the Soot & Stardust Textures – #2 at Blending Mode = Screen; Opacity 92%. Here is the layer stack:

The last product in this bundle is the Vintage Photo Creator. This gives you a layered PSD file into which you drop your image. You can then turn on and off the various textures, backgrounds, scratches, frames and more. Yes, it comes with instructions! Here’s my two creations:

Red Tail Hawk
Tyja – my friend’s Icelandic horse.

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.

Special Release!

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

I’ve been putting together some samples that show you just a few of the endless ways that you can utilize these products.

In this bridge image, I had done my basic editing in Lightroom and used a Lightroom preset to get the coloring. I first applied Grunge Texture #9 at Soft Light blending mode and 73% opacity, then applied Grunge Texture #11 at Screen blending mode and 66% opacity. I used the PNG versions of these textures (they also come as EPS files for those who work in Illustrator). Finally, I applied the Bonus Overlay from the Delicato Fine Art Texture Pack (rotating it to be horizontal), with a Color Burn blending mode at 60% opacity. Below is the layer stack:

Next I took one of my tulip images. This was photographed against a white lace backdrop in my kitchen.

I began by adding a texture from the Delicato Fine Art Texture set – #11-Ice. Blending Mode = Linear Burn and Opacity = 63%. Next layer from the same set – #01-Melancholy, Blending Mode = Linear Burn and Opacity = 57%. I then added an overlay from the Adorn set (the overlays in this set are PNGs with transparent backgrounds; the Textures are full color). I used #24, the handwritten letter, angled it slightly and sized to my image. I masked it off of the flowers so it was only in the background. Blending Mode = Soft Light, Opacity = 74%. Last, I added the same grunge border overlay as I used on the bridge, this time with a Blending Mode of Color Burn and Opacity of 40%. Below is the layer stack:

The next project I took a single tulip photographed at a botanical garden. I had previously made a selection of just the tulip, giving it a transparent background.

Since I’m starting with a transparent background, I will add the textures beneath the flower layer. I began by adding Delicato Fine Art Textures – #04-Breeze at Normal and 100% (since this is now my background layer).

Next I added Delicato #10-Jungle at Blending Mode = Darken; Opacity = 100%. Then Delicato #15-Mithril at Blending Mode = Multiply; Opacity = 73%.

I topped those off with one of the Soot & Stardust Textures – #2 at Blending Mode = Screen; Opacity 92%. Here is the layer stack:

The last product in this bundle is the Vintage Photo Creator. This gives you a layered PSD file into which you drop your image. You can then turn on and off the various textures, backgrounds, scratches, frames and more. Yes, it comes with instructions! Here’s my two creations:

Red Tail Hawk
Tyja – my friend’s Icelandic horse.

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.

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.

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!

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: