Sunday Sampler July 5

This week’s Sunday Sampler is by my hubby Dave! He took some sunrise photos this morning, then took one and blurred it and created several versions. These blurred colors will be great overlays for backgrounds, or to add color to another sky image! Enjoy!

TEXTURE SALE
ENDS TODAY!

LAST CHANCE! The sale on the newest texture sets ends today at midnight EDT!

There are THREE sets of sky textures — Puffy Clouds, Stormy Skies and Sunrise-Sunset. I also created a new set of overlays that work great with these skies. The overlays are 3 versions each in Gold, Silver, Rose Gold and Copper. They will let you warm up or cool down your images (examples below).

Be sure to read to the end, however! There is also a special bundle deal on all 4 products!

Who doesn’t love a sky filled with puffy clouds! These 12 give you a variety from cotton candy puffs to wispy streaks and more! CLICK HERE for the product page!

Dramatic stormy skies, the edges of storms, and rain with a rainbow edge! CLICK HERE for the product page!

Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets! Stunning colors from pastels to bold to make your images glow! CLICK HERE for product page!

Metallic overlays – gold, silver, rose gold and copper. A great way to warm up or cool down your image! CLICK HERE for product page!

These four textures are regular $12 per set. On sale through July 5th for $9 per set. BUT…if you want to grab all 4 (a $48 value), you can get this special bundle for just $27! That’s only $6.75 per set!! CLICK HERE to get the bundle!

Here’s a barn image (but of course) with a blah sky:

I masked out the old sky and brought in one of the Puffy Clouds skies:

I added one of my bird brushes to add even more drama:

Then I used the Gold Canvas Texture to give it a golden hour glow:

I then tried an even more dramatic sky from the Stormy Skies collection:

I think that is MUCH better than the original, don’t you??

NEXT WEBINAR JULY 14th!

Join me for all-new projects as I demonstrate some creative post-processing. I will be using Photoshop and Topaz as well as some Nik and Luminar! You’ll be AMAZED at Luminar’s AI Sky Replacement! Game changer! See the before and after below!

I will post the sign-up link in Thursday’s blog. See you on July 14th at 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

BEFORE (original sky)
AFTER (Luminar AI Sky Replacement)

Enjoy the rest of your Independence Day weekend!

Free Textures, New Products and Sales!

This week’s Sunday Sampler started as a motion blur image taken on the Verde Valley Railroad train outside of Sedona in Cottonwood, AZ. If you are ever in that area, it’s a beautiful ride – we’ve done it twice. Here are 5 versions of the texture – enjoy!

You get a seat inside, but we usually spend the time outside in the open-air cars for photos! The train moves slowly so you can enjoy the scenery. This was our second trip, which was a few years ago in December.

NEW TEXTURE SETS!

You took the survey and I listened! The number one choice for new textures was clouds and skies! Luckily, I had been working on some and we get such great clouds here in Tennessee! (The second choice was watercolors – watch for those soon!).

I have THREE sets of sky textures — Puffy Clouds, Stormy Skies and Sunrise-Sunset. I also created a new set of overlays that work great with these skies. The overlays are 3 versions each in Gold, Silver, Rose Gold and Copper. They will let you warm up or cool down your images (examples below).

Be sure to read to the end, however! There is also a special bundle deal on all 4 products!

Who doesn’t love a sky filled with puffy clouds! These 12 give you a variety from cotton candy puffs to wispy streaks and more! CLICK HERE for the product page!

Dramatic stormy skies, the edges of storms, and rain with a rainbow edge! CLICK HERE for the product page!

Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets! Stunning colors from pastels to bold to make your images glow! CLICK HERE for product page!

Metallic overlays – gold, silver, rose gold and copper. A great way to warm up or cool down your image! CLICK HERE for product page!

These four textures are regular $12 per set. On sale through July 5th for $9 per set. BUT…if you want to grab all 4 (a $48 value), you can get this special bundle for just $27! That’s only $6.75 per set!! CLICK HERE to get the bundle!

Here’s a barn image (but of course) with a blah sky:

I masked out the old sky and brought in one of the Puffy Clouds skies:

I added one of my bird brushes to add even more drama:

Then I used the Gold Canvas Texture to give it a golden hour glow:

I then tried an even more dramatic sky from the Stormy Skies collection:

I think that is MUCH better than the original, don’t you??

ThinkTank has extended their “Stimulus Sale” of 20% off EVERYTHING until July 5th! Use THIS LINK and the code THINKTANK20 at checkout!

They also just released two new bags – the Freeway Longhauls! These bags can hold everything you need! Check em out HERE!

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Around the Web June 23

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Aperture In Photography”, “Depth of Field in Portrait Photography”, “Cat Photography Ideas”, and “Sunset Photography: Great Light and Great Color” from PictureCorrect.com.

PHOTOSHOP

“How to Match Colors Perfectly when Compositing Photographs” from fStoppers.

FREEBIES

My wonderful hubby, Dave, wants to give you a free texture! He was playing around in Topaz, like he is known to do, and took one of his cloud shots and did LOTS of things to it! He came up with this cool Zoom Blur effect.

If you would like a copy, just shoot him an email at Dave@MeredithImages.com and he will send it along (of course, without the watermark)! Show him some love!

NEW TEXTURE SETS!

You took the survey and I listened! The number one choice for new textures was clouds and skies! Luckily, I had been working on some and we get such great clouds here in Tennessee! (The second choice was watercolors – watch for those soon!).

I have THREE sets of sky textures — Puffy Clouds, Stormy Skies and Sunrise-Sunset. I also created a new set of overlays that work great with these skies. The overlays are 3 versions each in Gold, Silver, Rose Gold and Copper. They will let you warm up or cool down your images (examples below).

Be sure to read to the end, however! There is also a special bundle deal on all 4 products!

Who doesn’t love a sky filled with puffy clouds! These 12 give you a variety from cotton candy puffs to wispy streaks and more! CLICK HERE for the product page!

Dramatic stormy skies, the edges of storms, and rain with a rainbow edge! CLICK HERE for the product page!

Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets! Stunning colors from pastels to bold to make your images glow! CLICK HERE for product page!

Metallic overlays – gold, silver, rose gold and copper. A great way to warm up or cool down your image! CLICK HERE for product page!

These four textures are regular $12 per set. On sale through July 5th for $9 per set. BUT…if you want to grab all 4 (a $48 value), you can get this special bundle for just $27! That’s only $6.75 per set!! CLICK HERE to get the bundle!

Here’s a barn image (but of course) with a blah sky:

I masked out the old sky and brought in one of the Puffy Clouds skies:

I added one of my bird brushes to add even more drama:

Then I used the Gold Canvas Texture to give it a golden hour glow:

I then tried an even more dramatic sky from the Stormy Skies collection:

I think that is MUCH better than the original, don’t you??

ThinkTank has extended their “Stimulus Sale” of 20% off EVERYTHING until July 5th! Use THIS LINK and the code THINKTANK20 at checkout!

They also just released two new bags – the Freeway Longhauls! These bags can hold everything you need! Check em out HERE!

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Around the Web June 16

RESOURCE

**I was compensated for this post. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

I’ve mentioned 123RF to my readers before, but I wanted to share the current promotion with you so you can save 20%!

123RF was founded in 2005 and has grown to become one of the world’s largest digital stock agencies. They help all sizes of companies, from freelancers to Fortune 500, find the assets needed to complete their projects.

They have an awesome selection of Clip Art, Photos, Footage and Audio available for any project. I have found great clip art for logo design (including the peacock and feather for my own new logo) as well as projects for others.

And, if you are looking for copyright-free music for a slide show, they have an amazing selection! And if you do commercial projects, you can find images and video footage too.

Their prices are the best around! You can purchase single images, however, the best deal is on packages of “credits” – the smallest package is 40 credits for $45 (what I usually purchase). You use them for products depending on the size you need. Example: for clip art/images, you can purchase 5 different sizes – the larger the image the more credits, with the average being 4 credits for a Medium Image at around 2200 x 1800 pixels or a Large Image at approx. 6000 x 5000 pixels for 6 credits. For audio and video the prices vary depending on the length of the piece. You have one year to use your credits purchased (and they remind you if you are nearing expiration).

If you use a lot of stock images there are larger packages available as well as yearly subscriptions.

You can use my 123RF affiliate link HERE and save 20% through 6/30/20. Use the code SAS20 at checkout!

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Low Key Photography Tips”, “Aiming for Simplicity in Photography”, “Photographing in Dark Indoor Settings” and “Learning to See in Black and White” from PictureCorrect.com.

PHOTOSHOP

“20 Amazing Surreal PS Tutorials” from WebDesignDev.

“Advanced Color Matching in PS” from PixImperfect (video).

From PhotoshopTutorials, “How to Create a a Double Exposure Effect in PS”, “Create a Night Fairy Tale of a Mysterious Girl in PS”.

“The 20 Best PS Actions for Creating a Dispersion Effect” from speckyboy.

FREEBIES

“High Resolution Photoshop Splatter Brushes Free Download” from cssauthor.

“Free Dark & Moody Lightroom Presets for Classic” from psdstack.

AND…THIS IS A BIG ONE!
I have a freebie on the Pixelo site – and there’s lots of others you can download too!

I’m listing these freebies here one more time in case you missed them!

CLICK HERE to grab my set shown below. This free set is NOT available in my web store – only through Pixelo.

And keep reading for more awesome freebies – just click the photos to go the product page. You will put items in a Cart, but the price is $0!

PIXELO FREEBIE!
DELFINA MODERN FONT
NATHAN MODERN VINTAGE SCRIPT FONT
LOVE AND ROMANTIC PATTERNS
ANIMATED GLITCH EFFECT
THE UNUSUAL 2020 STYLES
GOSHBE BRUSH FONT
BLACK CLIFFS FONT
SUBTLE SOCIAL MEDIA BANNERS

And if that isn’t enough freebies for you, CLICK HERE to check out more on Pixelo.com!

On Thursday I will have a new Design Cuts Mini Bundle with some great textures and backgrounds. I’ll have a video tutorial to show you how I used the products in my own work.

Mark your calendar for July 14th for my next webinar with all new creative projects to inspire you!

Around the Web June 2

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Adapting to Weather and Time of Day”, “Photography Lighting Techniques”, and “Understanding Basic Light Properties” from PictureCorrect.com.

FREEBIES

“Awesome Free Paper Background Images” from designyourway.net.

And 2 versions of free “Golden Alphabet Clipart Watercolor” from PixelBuddha.net

“20 Free Spring Season Backgrounds” from webdesigndev.com.

THIS IS A BIG ONE!
I have a freebie on the Pixelo site – and there’s lots of others you can download too!

CLICK HERE to grab my set shown below. This free set is NOT available in my web store – only through Pixelo.

And keep reading for more awesome freebies – just click the photos to go the product page. You will put items in a Cart, but the price is $0!

PIXELO FREEBIE!
DELFINA MODERN FONT
NATHAN MODERN VINTAGE SCRIPT FONT
LOVE AND ROMANTIC PATTERNS
ANIMATED GLITCH EFFECT
THE UNUSUAL 2020 STYLES
GOSHBE BRUSH FONT
BLACK CLIFFS FONT
SUBTLE SOCIAL MEDIA BANNERS

And if that isn’t enough freebies for you, CLICK HERE to check out more on Pixelo.com!

My affiliate friends at ThinkTank Photo are having a SITE-WIDE 20% OFF SALE from JUNE 1-21!

USE THIS LINK
plus the code ThinkTank20 at checkout to save 20%.
PLUS earn free gear AND free shipping
with purchases over $50!

NEW TEXTURE SETS
Introductory Sale 50% off!

More grunge!! These borders will add a vignette to your image plus some overall texture. For texture/grunge without the darker edging, use the new Grunge Overlay Brushes. Both sets come with the ABR brushes plus PNG and JPG files.

GRUNGE BORDER BRUSHES
GRUNGE OVERLAY BRUSHES

The new set of bird brushes gives you some new birds to add even more drama to “bare” skies! Includes ABR brushes plus PNG files.

BIRDS 2 BRUSHES

These 3 new sets are Regular $12 each, but are on introductory sale at 50% off for just $6 each
until June 12th!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB ‘EM NOW!

NEXT WEBINAR!

In case you missed the announcement in the Sunday Sampler, my next webinar is in conjunction with the Maryland Photography Alliance. I am pleased to be included in their “Artist Spotlight” Webinar Series. You can join me on Tuesday, June 9th at 4:00 pm (EDT) for a session full of all new projects!

Join me as I demonstrate some of my creative processes from taking that “ho-hum” ordinary image and turning it into your own “work of art”. I will be working in Photoshop and Topaz Studio 2 – as well as utilizing textures – to create one-of-a-kind works of art. I will demonstrate masking and how blending modes make textures work with your photos.

As I usually do, I will have the notes available for this webinar in the Peacock Studio.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Around the Web May 26

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Abstract Photography Exercises”, “Seeing the Light: How to Use Natural Light in Photography”, “Bad Weather = Good Light for Opportunistic Photographers”, from PictureCorrect.com.

“Best Lenses for (Various kinds of Photography)”, from ImprovePhotography. Best Lenses for product photography, macro photography and a whole lot more.

PHOTOSHOP

“Photoshop Layers for Beginners”, from PhotoshopCafe (video). You’ve seen me work with layers all the time. If they still confound you, here’s a helpful tutorial.

LIGHTROOM

“Gain Precise Control Over Lightroom Sliders”, from VideoTutorials411.

FREEBIES

THIS IS A BIG ONE!
I have a freebie on the Pixelo site – and there’s lots of others you can download too!

CLICK HERE to grab my set shown below. This free set is NOT available in my web store – only through Pixelo.

And keep reading for more awesome freebies – just click the photos to go the product page. You will put items in a Cart, but the price is $0!

PIXELO FREEBIE!
DELFINA MODERN FONT
NATHAN MODERN VINTAGE SCRIPT FONT
LOVE AND ROMANTIC PATTERNS
ANIMATED GLITCH EFFECT
THE UNUSUAL 2020 STYLES
GOSHBE BRUSH FONT
BLACK CLIFFS FONT
SUBTLE SOCIAL MEDIA BANNERS

And if that isn’t enough freebies for you, CLICK HERE to check out more on Pixelo.com!

NEW TEXTURE SETS
Introductory Sale 50% off!

More grunge!! These borders will add a vignette to your image plus some overall texture. For texture/grunge without the darker edging, use the new Grunge Overlay Brushes. Both sets come with the ABR brushes plus PNG and JPG files.

GRUNGE BORDER BRUSHES
GRUNGE OVERLAY BRUSHES

The new set of bird brushes gives you some new birds to add even more drama to “bare” skies! Includes ABR brushes plus PNG files.

BIRDS 2 BRUSHES

These 3 new sets are Regular $12 each, but are on introductory sale at 50% off for just $6 each
until June 12th!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB ‘EM NOW!

NEXT WEBINAR!

In case you missed the announcement in the Sunday Sampler, my next webinar is in conjunction with the Maryland Photography Alliance. I am pleased to be included in their “Artist Spotlight” Webinar Series. You can join me on Tuesday, June 9th at 4:00 pm (EDT) for a session full of all new projects!

Join me as I demonstrate some of my creative processes from taking that “ho-hum” ordinary image and turning it into your own “work of art”. I will be working in Photoshop and Topaz Studio 2 – as well as utilizing textures – to create one-of-a-kind works of art. I will demonstrate masking and how blending modes make textures work with your photos.

As I usually do, I will have the notes available for this webinar in the Peacock Studio.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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!

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:

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/