I think Mother Nature forgot to change the calendar to SPRING! It’s been chilly here in CT this week. Some areas had quite a bit of snow and tragic flooding in the mid-West. Stay safe everyone.
This week’s Sunday Sampler is an assortment of textures – a green grungy cracked wall, wet gravel on a trail, and wood grain door. Enjoy!
NEW TEXTURES – SALE ENDING TONIGHT!
Don’t forget to grab your copy of my 3 new texture sets – Bokeh 2; Galaxies 2; and Grunge 1! Reg. $6 per set – on sale till midnight tonight EDT for $4.50 per set! CLICK HERE to visit the Peacock Studio!
Design Cuts released a new bundle this week, the “All Purpose Creative’s Design Kit”. I started playing around with some of the new fonts and illustrations, and came up with the birthday card below. After I did one with the watercolor splashes in the background, I tried it with an old paper texture that I created – I think I like that one even better!
Check out the bundle HERE! It expires in just 8 days, so don’t miss out! Just $29 for $1510 worth of resources! See below for a preview of all the goodies!
This bundle is also Just $29 (for $1299 worth of products). It expires in 27 days. Check it out HERE!
If you are a studio photographer who also shoots on location, you know what a pain it is to haul around light stands. ThinkTank has come up with a new bag just for you!
Think Tank Photo has just released their Stand Manager 52 rolling case, and it’s an ideal solution for storing and transporting stands of any kind. The case holds up to 4 turtle base C-stands, multiple traditional light stands, or modifiers up to 52” long. It features multiple tie-down straps to secure your stands inside, oversized, shock-absorbing wheels, and rear skid rails which allow you to load in and out of your vehicle with ease.
When we’re all “Irish for a Day”! Enjoy the festivities!
For this week’s Sunday Sampler, I took a colorful sunset reflected in water and created three more versions that will make great overlay/textures for your photos. And remember, you can change up the colors or even use as B&W to just get the effect of the texture. Enjoy!
3 NEW TEXTURE SETS!
I JUST added 3 new texture sets to the Peacock Studio store. Bokeh 2, Galaxies 2, and Grunge 1. These 3 are on sale for 25% off for one week only, till next Sunday 3/24 (no code needed).
These will make great backgrounds or texture overlays to your photos, for scrapbooking or other digital creations.
Check them out on our website HERE! (Just click on the Textures group)
And don’t forget – the “pre-sale” of “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art – Book 2” ends tonight at midnight EDT. Save $5 with the code preorder5. And if you still don’t have Book 1, you can also save $5 on that one with the code firstbook5 (you can use both of these codes at checkout).
If you order the electronic version of book 2 I will send the link by return email. If you order the DVD, those will be shipping right around the end of March (they are in production now).
Think Tank Photo’s New “Vision” Shoulder Bag Series Blends Form with Function
Great Photography Begins with a Vision. The ability to visualize a picture before you release the shutter is essential to getting that perfect shot. With the Vision Shoulder Bag Series, you can get all the right gear to the right place, so you can turn your vision into a great photo. Sized for professional lenses, the Vision Shoulder Bag Series is designed not only for capacity but also for security. With its zippered top closure, your gear will stay safe and in place. This Internal zippered flap also provides a secure closure for additional weather and theft protection, and tucks away when not in use. The Vision series fits wide variety of DSLR and Mirrorless camera kits in a customizable padded divider system, providing ample room for pro-sized lenses and hoods. The shoulder bags also feature dedicated pockets for smartphones, 10-inch tablets, and laptops up to 15 inches (Vision 10 = 10” tablet only, Vision 13 = 10” tablet + 13” laptop, Vision 15 = 10” tablet + 15” laptop). All three shoulder bags offer tripod attachment straps, which attach to web loops on the bottom of the bag. A luggage handle pass-through and reinforced top grab handle make the Vision a versatile traveling companion when attached to your roller. Other standout features include a comfortable shoulder strap, waterproof tarpaulin bottom, expandable water bottle pocket and a rain cover. Constructed with durable yet stylish weather-resistant materials, the Vision offers access, security, and the quality you’ve come to expect from Think Tank. “Great photography begins with a vision,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s President and lead designer. “The Vision shoulder bag series is designed to fit DSLR and Mirrorless camera gear with pro-sized lenses and hoods, making an ideal carry solution for professional and aspiring photographers alike.”
GEAR CAPACITY Vision 10: Fits one standard size body with a wide or short zoom plus 1–2 small extra lens, 10” tablet. Fits 24–70mm f/2.8 detached. OR fits a Mirrorless kit with 3-4 lenses including the 50-140mm Vision 13: Fits one standard size body with a 24–70mm attached + 1–3 extra lenses, and a 10” tablet. Accommodates 70–200 detached. Vision 15: Fits one standard size body with a 24–70mm attached, 2–4 extra lenses, flash, a 10” tablet and a 15” laptop. Accommodates 70–200mm detached.
Click Here to visit ThinkTank’s website for all the details!
Don’t Miss Out!
May 18-19, 2019 at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA
The clock is ticking! This is our last New England Conference! And our hotel room block is only guaranteed until mid-April – the Brimfield Antiques Weekend is the same weekend as our event this year and the hotel will sell out!
Read the bios and see examples of wonderful photographs by our talented line-up of speakers over on our website.
Special offer! I gave each speaker a discount code to use on social media and at other events they teach at. MY code is Meredith25 – save $25 on registration. This code expires March 31st and will not be extended! Take advantage to save some $$.
FREEBIE ALERT! I get an occasional newsletter from Designer Candies where they share some cool Freebies! This week’s newsletter included: “Free Seamless Grass Patters and Textures”. Also available are Concrete Textures and Animal Pattern Textures. Check the website for lots of other goodies.
Use machine learning to convert JPEG to high-quality RAW for better editing. Prevent banding, remove compression artifacts, recover detail, and enhance dynamic range.
Fix artifacts, restore dynamic range, and recover detail
JPEG to RAW AI is highly effective at removing compression artifacts and recovering color detail. Note the additional fine detail in the top right and bottom of the image.
There’s also enhanced dynamic range as shown by deeper shadows and enhanced highlights.
Great for those older digital images shot in JPEG on a smaller megapixel camera – like this one that I took from my old Canon 20D shot in JPEG. I re-edited with JPEG to RAW and was able to pull more detail and better color.
You’re in luck! Tomorrow, we’re heading to Reddit. At 10 a.m. CST, the Topaz Team is going live on the /r/photography Reddit community with an AMA (Ask Me Anything) about our newest software, JPEG to RAW AI. Until 5 p.m., we’ll be answering all of your questions about this product – from product strategy and photography workflow, to the technical specs and how-to’s. We can’t wait to talk to you! Check us out tomorrow at 10 a.m. CST at Reddit.com/r/Photography.
CLICK HEREto get all the details and system requirements on this new fascinating software! I’m glad to have it in my toolbox for all those older images!
Happy Sunday! This week’s Sunday Sampler has 4 textures – 2 glittery and 2 mosaic (well, 1 mosaic that was also edited in Topaz Impression – would make a good background for garden shots – you could blur it even more if you wanted!). Enjoy! And don’t forget to share your creations in our Facebook group, “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum Into a Work of Art”.
If you missed my post on Friday, Topaz has their biggest sale of the year now through midnight (CST) December 26th. Click HERE for Friday’s Blog Post and all the details! Also in that post is a great deal on font bundles from Pixelo and some freebies!
More Q&A from October webinar
This question is more about Photoshop than Topaz, but I thought it might be something handy to know!
Q: The question was on the image of the pumpkins that I edited. I mentioned I had copied a pumpkin and added it to the foreground to fill an empty space. Someone asked how I did that, so, here we go!
A: Here are the steps I did.
Above is the original image. The first thing I did was use the Healing Brush to get rid of the little bits of pumpkin along the right edge as well as the dark bit in the very lower right of the image. So now we have a clean image (below).
The second step is to use the Quick Selection Tool and select the pumpkin in the middle foreground (see below). I also selected the shadow. Once you have your selection perfected, click Control+J to copy that pumpkin onto a separate layer. (Command+J on a Mac)
Now we’ll select the layer with the new pumpkin and using the Move tool we can move it into position. I didn’t want it to look exactly like the original pumpkin, so I did a few steps to change it. First, I “flipped” it horizontally – Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal (that will flip just that one layer and not the whole image). Next, with the Move tool active, move the pumpkin into position and using the “handles” (the little squares around the edges) I made it slightly larger and stretched it slightly wider than the original. That’s it – we now have an additional pumpkin filling in that empty space in the original image!
If you are unsure how to make selections or transform the selection, do a quick Google search – there are TONS of tutorials on all things Photoshop!
For me, December is the beginning of the Holiday season (I’ll be decorating today). I like to wait until December for our Christmas decorations. Happy Hannukkah to those celebrating. Wishing you a joyous season whichever holiday to celebrate!
This week’s Sunday Sampler takes a palm frond from our visit during Thanksgiving Week to the Buffalo & Erie Botanical Garden, and works it several ways in Topaz Studio (using ReMix and Texture Effects). This beautiful greenhouse was designed to replicate the one at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. It’s great to wander from room to room and see the different styles of gardens and flowers
If you are into mobile photography, there is a great site for reviews of software, tutorials, and more – theAppWhisperer.com. A great resource!
Heath has been busy editing webinars, and with the exception of John Barclay’s double session last week, all the rest are now posted on their site. Click here to learn some great info from all the Topaz presenters!
Last Call…Black Friday Deals!
Today is the last day to get in on Early Bird Registration for the May 18-19, 2019 Creative Photography Conference! Save $61 when you register by midnight tonight (EST).
Held at the beautiful Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Southbridge, MA. Two days of creativity including: Creative photography techniques – landscapes & multiple exposures; Post-Processing (PS, LR, Topaz, Textures); iPhoneography/Apps; Lens Babies, hands-on photo ops, and much more!
Our Creative Speaker Lineup: Anne Belmont (Chicago) – Lensbaby Specialist John Barclay (PA) – “Creativity with Topaz” & “Dream, Believe, Create” Mark Bowie (MA) – “Envision: The Art of Seeing Creatively” & “Multiple Exposures for Maximum Landscapes” Betty Wiley (Cape Cod) – “Get Creative with LR”, “Creative PS” & “Luminar” Hazel Meredith (CT) – “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum Into a Work of Art” & “Creating Your Own Textures in PS with Brushes featuring Grut Brushes” Jane Driscoll (CT) – “iPhoneography + Apps” & “iColorama” Loretta Paul-Goldin (CT) – “Create Your Own Textures with Alcohol Inks” Jan Doyle (CT) – “Creative Projects with Your Photos” & “Get Your Name Out – Free Publicity with YouTube”
And new in 2019!
Pre-Conference Hands-On Workshops
$69 (max. 24 people in each class) Work along with our Pros! Choice of “Creative Editing with Topaz” or “Creativity with Textures” Bring your laptop (or follow along if you wish). Friday 1:00-4:30 pm (You must be registered for the Creative Photography Conference to attend pre-conference workshops)
AND…There will be a Dinner Buffet available in the Visions Restaurant both Friday and Saturday nights (similar to lunch with different entrees). No waiting for food in a restaurant! Relax, chat and socialize with friends and our speakers! $20 per person
We also have a block of rooms reserved at $139 (+ tax) per night. This year, the Brimfield Antiques weekend is the same time as our Conference, so this price is way below what the going rates will be. Don’t wait to book your room. Call 1-508-765-8000 and tell them you’re with the Meredith Images group.
I know it’s not Sunday, but I wanted to share some timely news!
The Early Bird Registration for the 3rd Creative Photography Conference and the pre-order and sales on my eBooks and textures were scheduled to end tonight.
Well…tomorrow is Dave’s birthday (Happy Birthday Dear!), and he wanted to give a gift to our followers and extend all deals until midnight Sunday! This will be it, so don’t miss your chance for some great savings!
Our 3rd Creative Photography Conference is filling up! We’ve had quite a few people take advantage of the chance to save $61 on their Registration! Just $289 until midnight Sunday, Dec. 2nd. There will be no other discounts of registration, so don’t miss out!
You can also sign up for the dinner buffet on Fri. and/or Sat. nights – no waiting in restaurants and you’ll get to spend more time with our speakers and other attendees. You can also choose one of the Friday afternoon pre-conference sessions with either John Barclay (Topaz) or me (textures). Just $69 to work along on your laptop with us.
WOW! The response has been amazing! Thank you to all who already pre-ordered my second eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art, Book 2”!
This pre-order special is also extended through midnight Sunday, Dec. 2nd. Regular price will be $25 – pre-order special just $15! And if you haven’t gotten the first eBook, you can save 25% with the code HOLIDAY2018 at checkout (reg. $20, on sale for $15). Available as either a CD (+$5 shipping) or as an electronic download. Either way you get all the same goodies – a PDF eBook, all the images, textures and brushes to follow along with the projects, plus some bonus textures and brushes!
All texture sets are also 25% off with the code HOLIDAY2018 through Sunday. There are 3 new sets available, plus many others. You can also grab copies of my Topaz webinar notes for the past 2 webinars (stay tuned for the date for the next one!).
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! We were in Buffalo this week – at Niagara Falls on Thanksgiving Morning at 19 degrees! Wasn’t too bad until we walked out on the observation deck over the river and the wind kicked in – Yikes! Wasn’t out there very long!
On Friday we went to the Buffalo & Erie Botanical Garden. It was designed as a replica of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. This was the first day of the poinsettia and model train show. Not quite as elaborate as the NYBG, but pretty nonetheless.
This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some textures from the botanical garden – flower pots and tree bark! Enjoy!
Black Friday, Cyber Monday & other special deals continue!
A recap of the past week’s posts in case you missed them!
Pre-Order my 2nd eBook at 40% off!
In last Sunday’s post I released the pre-order for my 2nd eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art, Book 2”! Save 40% – reg. price $25, pre-order price $15! Click HERE to go to the Peacock Studio and order! (Extended through 11/30 at midnight EST.)
I also released 3 new texture sets at 25% off. Use the code HOLIDAY2018 to save 25% on any of my texture sets or first eBook. EXTENDED THROUGH 11/30! Click HERE to go to the store.
The great Topaz deals END MIDNIGHT CENTRAL TIME MON., NOV. 26TH! Don’t miss out! Click HERE to go to last week’s blog post and all the details!
Think Tank Photo Camera Bags
Deals run till Dec. 2nd. Click HERE to go to last week’s blog post and all the details!
Fabulous brushes for digital painting AND for creating textures! Sale expires Monday midnight (UK time). Click HERE to find the details.
I ordered my deal today! Don’t miss this one! FIFTY fabulous products for just $99! I love, love, love Design Cuts. I’ve gotten lots of great bundles from them – fonts, textures, brushes and much more. Their regular bundles are $29 and a great deal too! But this special Black Friday Bonanza is totally amazing. One product has 150 textures! That alone is worth the $99! Lots of great fonts, more textures, brushes, mock-ups, and more. CLICK HERE!
Layer Cake/Studio Magic – Coming Up!
They are putting the finishing touches on a great deal for my readers! I’ll email as soon as it’s live!
Don’t Miss Out on Early Bird Pricing!
The Early Bird Pricing ends midnight Nov. 30th (EST). Save $61 on registration and reserve your seat for our fabulous line-up of creative speakers.
Join us on May 18-19, 2019 for the 3rd Creative Photography Conference. Speakers include:
John Barclay (Topaz webinar presenter)
Anne Belmont (Lensbaby specialist)
Mark Bowie (creative landscape photographer)
Betty Wiley (creative techniques in Lightroom & Photoshop)
Jane Driscoll (iPhoneography/apps)
Loretta Paul-Goldin (creating textures with alcohol inks)
Jan Doyle (creative products with your photos and using YouTube for free publicity)
and ME – (textures!)
We will have multiple events simultaneously and will have the photo-ops room open all weekend (practice flower photography with Lensbaby loaners and your macro skills with many tabletop set-ups).
NEW FOR 2019:
On Friday there will be two pre-conference sessions. One with John Barclay and one with me. (Additional fee)
Also new this year will be buffet dinners on Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t wait in a restaurant – join us and socialize with other attendees and our speakers! Just $20 per dinner.
And, as always, included is all Sat./Sun. sessions; lunch both days; coffee “and” in the mornings; speaker notes on a flash drive, a goody bag with discounts and other items; and LOTS of door prizes. Hunt’s Photo will also be here again for your shopping pleasure!
I know I’ve mentioned Canvas on Demand before. I use them for all my canvas prints. I got an email today – good only till tonight – but if you have something ready to print, you can get a 16×20 canvas for just $20!! Code: JXBV60 at checkout. I’m not an affiliate for them – I just think they’re fabulous! https://www.canvasondemand.com/
DEALS FROM PIXELO! Another great “bundle” company. If you like using Photoshop add-ons (plug-ins, layer styles, brushes, swatches and more), then you’ll love this one! 5500 Unique Add-Ons for $29!
AND until tomorrow night you can save 20% off that great price … go to the top of the page and enter your email and you will get a coupon code to use!
They also have several other bundles available on the site (CLICK HERE)
We all love a great deal, and the following companies have some especially good ones!
Nicolai of Grut Brushes has an unprecedented Sale (he normally does not do sales at all). See his message below:
“I had a little too much fun putting the 5 deals together…you can save as much as 41% on one, and deal #3 will save you $25 so check them outbefore they expire. If you had your eye on something in the shop, this is your moment! The deals start Friday and disappear Monday night. I won’t do another sale on the site this year.
If you miss it you will miss out! The deals go live on Black Friday – see them here now!
Oh yes, and if your last order was the same as one of these deals but you bought the package for full price in the last 40 days, send me an email with your order number and I’ll send you a coupon for the difference! Retroactive sales are the kind I can get behind in good conscience.
Thanks for all your support, and remember…when you buy my brushes, you are funding the next neat art tools I make!”
Until next time, keep creating! Nicolai
I am NOT an affiliate for Grut Brushes, I just think they are fabulous! His brushes are designed for digital art, however, I showed him some new uses for them as I use them to create textures! Grut Brushes will be one of the products I feature in my upcoming 2nd eBook which is now available for pre-order (more on that below).
DESIGN CUTS! My favorite company for awesome bundles of digital assets!
BLACK FRIDAY BONANZA! Get All 50 Products For Just $99!
Pick up all 50 of these best selling products for just $99, reduced from $1486! (10% of all Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales go to the Pencils of Promise charity!) I’ll be grabbing this bundle myself!
This deal is live NOW through midnight Monday (UK time).
Products include fonts, textures, brushes, patterns, templates, scene creators and much more. All products come with the Design Cuts extended license so you can use them on commercial projects as well as personal.
If you missed last weekend’s Sunday Sampler blog post, be sure to check it out for my current deals!
There’s a pre-release special deal on my 2nd eBook, “Working with Tetures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art, Book 2”, as well as a sale on some new textures in the Peacock Studio and the 2019 Creative Photography Conference!
Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Let the shopping sales begin!
This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of a patterned sidewalk that I edited 3 ways in Topaz! You can further edit as desired and/or change colors with hue/saturation or Topaz ReStyle (which changes the color palette of the image).
eBook 2 is in Process
Pre-Order to save 40%!
My second eBook is under way! This will be a continuation of Book 1, with more projects than ever; more textures; and more brushes!
In Book 1 I showed you the basics of working with textures – how to find them, photograph them, and create your own in Photoshop with brushes. You learned how blending modes make our textures work with our images and turn them into your own “Work of Art”.
In Book Two, we will delve further into projects that incorporate many textures and brush overlays (sometimes as many as 6 or more!). You will learn to composite several images and how to make them blend seamlessly. I promised in Book One that I would show you how I created the cover art “Vultures & Cosmos” – that is one of many projects you will do (minimum of ten projects).
As in Book One, you get a PDF file of the actual eBook plus all the textures, brushes and photos to follow along with the projects. There will be several extra bonus sets of textures and brushes as well (I’m still adding to this group).
THIS PRE-ORDER IS AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST, SUNDAY, NOV. 25th! SAVE 40% off the list price of $25 – Just $15!
It is available both as an electronic version or an actual CD. Shipping for CD’s in the U.S. is $5, outside the U.S. it’s $15.
REMINDER…Early Bird Pricing for the 2019 Creative Photography Conference ends on Nov. 30th!
Save $61 and register for our great 2019 line up! No other discounts will be offered, so don’t miss the savings!CLICK HEREto read all the details and to register.
Registration includes all Sat. & Sun. seminars; photo-ops; lunch both days; coffee/tea & refreshments in the mornings; speaker notes on a flash drive; LOTS of door prizes; and a goody bag with discounts & freebies. There will also be vendor tables for your shopping pleasure!
New in 2019 are 2 pre-conference workshops on Friday afternoon (additional fee), as well as optional dinner buffet (save waiting!).
“The A.I. ReMix update is HERE! With additional styles, a new category system and speed improvements, A.I. ReMix is a great way to artistically reinvigorate your creative forces.
New Features include:
• 28 Newer High-Resolution Styles: With the latest update we’ve added 28 new styles to the application, bringing our styles total to 102!
• Massive Speed Increase on new styles: We’ve increased the speed of these new styles using the latest GPU implementation of our engine
• New Style Categories: A.I. Clear now provides a way to sort styles to make them easier to find (see screenshot below):
AI ReMix is one of the first desktop applications that uses the power of Artificial Intelligence to transform your image’s style to recreate contemporary and classic artistic styles with the click of a button. More than the typical use of AI, it’s the first of Topaz Studio’s ‘Artistic Intelligence’ adjustments.
Use AI ReMix to quickly change the direction a piece of art is headed. Don’t like the color palette or the overall style of your image? Apply one dose of AI ReMix, and the possibilities will start opening up again. AI ReMix will quickly match shadows, highlights, and various feature sizes in your image with the data contained in our Artistic Intelligence models, and transfer the style in our model to your image.”
Here are a couple I just did:
AI Remix – Ink Blot preset:
Added a 2nd preset – Coal Relic:
Definitely a different take on the original image!
If you don’t have A.I. ReMix yet, clickHERE and then save 15% with the code MeredithImages (regular price is $69.99). A.I. ReMix is a Pro Adjustment in Studio.
If you already own A.I. ReMix, the update is free! Just open Studio – you will get a pop-up asking if you want to load the update! You will then be on Studio Version 1.13.0 and have the latest updates. If, for some reason you don’t get the pop-up, just click on Help on the top toolbar of Studio, and then click Check for Software Updates.