Sunday Sampler Feb. 2

Happy February! The groundhog didn’t see his shadow today, so early Spring (in theory anyway)!

Sunday Sampler 01-19-2020

The Sunday Sampler for this week takes an old brick wall (in Chattanooga) and gives you a couple of variations.

And, for those new to the blog, if you are on Facebook, we have a “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” group – join us and share your creations! https://www.facebook.com/groups/texturesturnhohumintoaworkofart/

Scouting for Spring Workshops!

Dave and I were out this week and this morning scouting some back roads for our Spring “Barns & Backroads” Workshops. Here are a couple of our finds that will be stops for the group:

Edited in LR with 2 of my own textures.
iPhone shot edited in DistressedFX

Want to join us? There is ONE spot left for the May 2-5 workshop! If you can’t make that one, stay tuned for Fall 2020 Barns & Backroads Workshop dates! https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

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

We have attendees coming from the Southeast (North & South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia) all the way across the country to Canada (New Mexico, Maine, New York, California, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Vancouver)! Come join us!!

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

FEATURED SPEAKER – KEN SKLUTE

Ken is proud to be or have been one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, an Adobe Influencer, an FStopGear Global Icon, an Epson Mentor, a Kodak Mentor, a Delkin ImageMaker, a Datacolor Expert and a NIK Friends with Vision member.

Some of Ken’s clients have been the National Hot Rod Association, U.S. Army, Sports Illustrated, N.Y.Times Magazine, Oakley, Associated Press, National Dragster, Epson, Kodak, Newsday, as well as most of the photographic industry trade magazines.

Ken began his photographic career capturing 200 mph race cars in New York at an early age. He soon moved into the wedding and portrait industry where he was quickly recognized as a trend setter, receiving many accolades throughout the industry. He chose to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1996 in order to be out photographing the beautiful desert Southwest landscape.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Ken’s sessions on Saturday and Sunday will take us through various aspects of his photography, including how he captures his amazing landscapes, weather shots and much more. Ken is an entertaining and engaging speaker – you do not want to miss his lectures!

SOME OF KEN’S WORK:

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:

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:

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:

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/

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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/

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!

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/