Around the Web June 30

Hard to believe we’re at the end of June already! Enjoy your upcoming Independence Day celebrations in whatever form they may be this year!

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Dog and Puppy Photography Ideas”, “How to Use Depth of Field”, from PictureCorrect.com.

“Photographing Birds in Flight” from Outdoor Photography.

FREEBIES

“4 Free Spray Paint Photoshop Brushes” from Creative Nerds. There is also a handy “how-to” on installing brushes into Photoshop. Plus lots of other freebies on their site, so poke around!

“10 Free Lightroom Deep Duotone Presets” (LR only, not for PS). From PhotoshopTutorials.

Topaz has released an update to Gigapixel AI. This update includes a model improvement for better results, a new single-image preview view, new zoom options, and the new “man-made” mode to better enhance the details in cityscapes, typography, and other images with clear outlines and sharp edges.

If you already own Gigapixel AI, this is a Free update! Log in to your account on the Topaz Labs website, go to the downloads page, and update from there.

If you do not already own Gigapixel AI, it is on sale through July 7th for $79.99 (reg. $99.99). Gigapixel is what you need to upsize a small image to anything up to poster sized! I also use it to upsize textures if I’ve cropped a small section from an image or I’ve scanned in textures I created with inks or watercolors. Those usually start around 4×6″ and Gigapixel lets me create a large image to be used as a texture. CLICK HERE to go to the Gigapixel AI page on the Topaz website.

They also have the Utility Bundle on Sale, which includes Gigapixel AI, DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, and JPEG to RAW for $195.75 (reg. $249.99). Also on sale till July 7th. CLICK HERE to check out the bundle deal!

This image was sized to 4″x6″ for posting on social media…

I enlarged it 600% (to 24″x36″) – this is a close up of the detail – better than the original! Gigapixel not only enlarges the image, it improves the clarity and sharpness!

NEW TEXTURE SETS!

Last week I released 4 new texture sets! 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!

Sunday Sampler April 26

Happy Sunday! Rainy day here in TN! Enjoy your day!

Today’s Sunday Sampler started as Sedona Red Rocks!! Turned it into Grunge and then played with many variations! Watch for a new set of textures in the Peacock Studio soon with more cool variations of this one!!

FALL 2020
Barns & Backroads Workshops

As you may know, my Spring workshops were all delayed until Fall due to the Covid outbreak (along with our Creative Photography Conference). The people who had booked Spring Workshops had first dibs on the Fall dates, but I’ve also added several dates so I have plenty of room for those who wanted to wait until Fall to join us in beautiful East Tennesee (we are in Rogersville)!

Here are the dates and spaces available (workshops are limited to 4 attendees):
September 17-20 – 3 spaces available
September 24-27 – 3 spaces available
October 1-4 – 2 spaces available
October 12-15 (post-conference) – FULL
October 22-25 – FULL
October 29-Nov. 1 – FULL

November 3-6 – 3 spaces available
November 8-11 – 4 spaces available

Fall foliage doesn’t typically end until mid-November in our area.

Workshops are $450 per person. We begin the first day with a complimentary dinner and discussion of what we’ll cover. The next 3 full days will be filled with photography and some post-processing. We also supply water and snacks. Registration may be paid in one or two payments (with balance due 3 weeks prior to event).

We are also offering accommodations at our home if desired (we have 2 guest rooms – 1 with a queen bed and futon and one with 2 twin beds – we do have a cat in case you have allergies). There are also 2 hotels nearby (2 and 5 miles away). If you are interested in staying with us, please email before booking to be sure we have room.

Feel free to contact me with any questions! We’ve been finding some GREAT locations for photography! Barns, old houses, antiques, old cars and more!

Check out the details on the website HERE!

SPECIAL BUNDLE!

On Thursday I announced a new bundle I selected just for you guys from Design Cuts! I did a video tutorial on how I used some of the textures as well – check it out HERE!

And grab this deal for 50% off the regular prices – just $34 for all five cool sets!

SPECIAL SALES

A very special sale from
Think Tank and Mind Shift Gear –
20% off their ENTIRE store!

I’ve never seen a whole store sale from Think Tank before, so don’t miss out! Update your camera bag and other gear and save $$ too. Be ready when we can get back out in the field to photograph.

Use my affiliate link HERE, and you will also get free gear (depending on amount spent) PLUS Free Shipping! This sale runs only through April 30th!

Earlier this week Topaz released an update to Mask AI. There is no additional purchase required for this update for current Mask owners. Current owners will simply visit www.topazlabs.com/downloads and download the update from there.

If you don’t yet own this powerful masking product, Mask AI is on sale for $79.99 (regularly $99.99) through Monday, May 4. CLICK HERE to grab your sale price — AND use the code MeredithImages at checkout and save an additional 15%!!

Tutorial Thursday April 16

WEBINAR RECORDING POSTED!

The recording of Tuesday’s webinar is now posted on my YouTube Channel
CLICK HERE to watch!

Join me as I demonstrate how to take a less-than-perfect image and use Textures and Topaz to create something “fab”! I will show how to use multiple textures and presets, and also demonstrate how different textures can create very different looks.

The notes for the webinar (including images and textures used) are available for just $5 in the Peacock Studio store HERE! You can follow along with the replay and do the projects along with me.

And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified of new posts including webinar recordings and other tutorials.
https://www.youtube.com/meredithimages

Q&A from Tuesday’s Webinar

I want to take this opportunity to answer a few questions from the webinar that I didn’t have time to cover live.

Q: One of the issues I had during the webinar was adding a second type layer with a different typeface. Pat Rech, a friend from AZ who was watching, had the answer!

A: After creating your first type layer (when you are ready to start the 2nd type layer), hold the SHIFT key and click where you want to start adding the 2nd type layer. That will create a new type layer and you can then change your font, point size, color, etc., without it affecting the first layer! Yippee!! Thanks Pat!

Q: How do we bring over presets from Topaz Studio 1 to Studio 2?

A: While I did show this quickly, I have since learned that this function is actually not working!! I tested it by trying to bring over a preset from Studio 1 to Studio 2 – it looks like it works, but the preset does not appear in Studio 2! HUGE bummer. Apparently Topaz is aware of this issue, but is not planning to fix it at this time!

However, there is a way to have a Studio 1 preset in Studio 2 – you can recreate it. If you open a preset in Studio 1, make note of the settings for each part of the preset, then recreate in Studio 2. I did this for a few before they allowed the migration and it works fine – just takes a bit more time! Also, you can have both Studio 1 and Studio 2 installed on your computer, so you can always go back to Studio 1 to use a favorite preset.

And, on another note, the update of Studio 2 to 2.20 added 40 new looks that were not in Studio 1!

Q: Should you create a Smart Object Layer for your texture layer?

A: You absolutely can! I honestly have not used Smart Objects as much as I should, and I’m trying to change that! In the next webinar I will demonstrate what Smart Objects are and why they are a good option.

Q: In the first project, you added a frame in Studio 2. Is this for digital display only or do you make a print with the frame?

A: I have only done the frame for digital use, but if you wanted to have it printed that way you definitely could. That could look cool especially on a canvas print!

New Textures in the Peacock Studio!

Earlier this week I added SIX new texture sets to the store – they are available at 50% off (just $3 each) until 4/30/2020 (no coupon needed).

CLICK HERE to read Tuesday’s post with all the details!

SPECIAL SALES

In the meantime, there are a few sales going on that I wanted to share.

First, from our friends at Topaz Labs, there has been an update to Gigapixel AI. Here are the details: “We’re excited to announce we’ve finalized the Gigapixel AI v4.5 update and it is now live. This update includes a refreshed interface for a more seamless batch processing workflow, the ability to specify processing settings per item in the batch, as well as other tweaks and fixes.”

If you currently own Gigapixel, this is a free upgrade. If you do not currently own it, it is on sale today through Monday, April 13th (midnight CDT). Reg. $99.99, on sale for $79.99.

AND…if you use my affiliate link HERE, you can also use the code meredithimages at checkout to save an additional 15%!

Next up, a very special sale from
Think Tank and Mind Shift Gear –
20% off their ENTIRE store!

I’ve never seen a whole store sale from Think Tank before, so don’t miss out! Update your camera bag and other gear and save $$ too. Be ready when we can get back out in the field to photograph.

Use my affiliate link HERE, and you will also get free gear (depending on amount spent) PLUS Free Shipping! This sale runs through April 30th!

Tutorial Thursday (on Friday) April 10

Wishing you blessings for Easter and Passover. While we won’t be able to celebrate in person with family and friends, we can use today’s technology to chat and share with those we love. Stay safe – stay home.

I was hoping to have a new Design Cuts Mini Bundle available for yesterday (thus the delay in blogging), but it was not posted before the Design Cuts crew left for the holiday weekend (they are in the UK). So…I will have that for next Thursday’s tutorial. This is one of the projects I’ve created with items from the new bundle…

SPECIAL SALES

In the meantime, there are a few sales going on that I wanted to share.

First, from our friends at Topaz Labs, there has been an update to Gigapixel AI. Here are the details: “We’re excited to announce we’ve finalized the Gigapixel AI v4.5 update and it is now live. This update includes a refreshed interface for a more seamless batch processing workflow, the ability to specify processing settings per item in the batch, as well as other tweaks and fixes.”

If you currently own Gigapixel, this is a free upgrade. If you do not currently own it, it is on sale today through Monday, April 13th (midnight CDT). Reg. $99.99, on sale for $79.99.

AND…if you use my affiliate link HERE, you can also use the code meredithimages at checkout to save an additional 15%!

Next up, a very special sale from
Think Tank and Mind Shift Gear –
20% off their ENTIRE store!

I’ve never seen a whole store sale from Think Tank before, so don’t miss out! Update your camera bag and other gear and save $$ too. Be ready when we can get back out in the field to photograph.

Use my affiliate link HERE, and you will also get free gear (depending on amount spent) PLUS Free Shipping! This sale runs through April 30th!

NEW WEBINAR SCHEDULED!

Join me on April 14th at 4:00 pm EDT for
“Texture Creativity – From Drab to Fab!”

Join me as I demonstrate how to take a less-than-perfect image and use Textures and Topaz to create something “fab”! I will show how to use multiple textures and presets, and also demonstrate how different textures can create very different looks.

Register here for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Hq6MHi3tQhqud9jYX4NNhQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified of new posts including webinar recordings and other tutorials.
https://www.youtube.com/meredithimages

I am working on some new texture and brush sets for the Peacock Studio – they’ll be posted in the next few days. They will have a “launch” sale, so stay tuned!!

Tutorial Thursday March 5

Faded Tulip – iPhone image

My friend Karen brought me some pretty pink tulips in Feb. Of course they are pretty when blooming, but I think flowers develop some “character” as they are fading.

This is an iPhone shot that I processing in Photoshop and Topaz Studio 2. Original image:

I duplicated the layer and took it to Studio 2 applying AI Clear and Precision Detail.

I then added a blank layer and filled in the upper background – used a soft round brush sampling the color from the original background (kind of a charcoal grey). I also “painted out” the stray petal touching the top of the frame.

I then added a new blank layer and used the clone tool to patch the dark area between petals on the left side:

Now I’m ready for some creative work! I made a merged layer (Control + Alt + Shift + E). Duplicated that layer and opened Topaz Studio 2. Found the preset Expressionism that I liked. It was a tad too saturated, so i opened the HSL Color Tuning layer in the preset and moved the Saturation to .10

Duplicated that layer and went back to Studio 2. Added Texture from the Filter Menu. I was looking for a border to give a bit of a vignette, especially at the bottom. I used Border Fade 1 at Multiply blending mode and 41% opacity. I did apply a layer mask to be sure I wasn’t darkening the flower itself. I used the SPOT masking tool and stretched the circle out to an oval like this:

I then added my logo. Here is the finished image:

And here is the final Layer Stack:

Topaz released an update to Studio 2 on Tuesday. The Healing Brush is back!! If you do not own Studio 2 yet and wish to purchase, you can use this link: https://topazlabs.com/studio/ref/55/ and then use my code MEREDITHIMAGES at checkout to save 15%.

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/

Sunday Sampler 12-1

Still settling in to our new Tennessee home! Did some holiday decorating and put up a our small Christmas tree. Still weaving around boxes, but most of the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom are clear (well, almost!).

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of one of my favorite subjects – RUST! On Friday we went to a “Gas and Oil Memorabilia Show”. It’s held at a cool antique shop we discovered last summer (which, by the way, will be a part of my upcoming barn workshop!). They have some cool old cars out front, all kinds of things around the property, and a huge building filled with “stuff”! This is the truck that these rust images came from:

I did some basic editing in Lightroom, then added a texture preset in Topaz Studio.

I’m sure you’re “done” with all the Black Friday talk, but wanted to send a last reminder of these deals that expiring at midnight tomorrow on Cyber Monday!

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS & STEALS!!

Design Cuts is offering 100 of their best-selling marketplace items for HALF PRICE now through Cyber Monday! CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

Think Tank is offering two of its most popular sling bags at 40% OFF for Black Friday. The sale runs Friday through Monday 12/2.

The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. This sling bag stays put when you’re scrambling but offers quick access to your camera when you’re ready to take the shot.

Think Tank Photo is slashing 40% off their PhotoCross 10 & 13 slings bags from Friday Nov 29 through Monday Dec 2. Normally $129.99 (PhotoCross13) and $114.99 (PhotoCross10) the slings will be marked down to $77.99 and $68.99 as long as supplies last!

Use this link to receive a free Think Tank product and free U.S. shipping on all orders over $50!

Save 53% on the
AI Bundle + Studio 2!

Get all 6 AI products – DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI, Mask AI, Adjust AI PLUS Studio 2 for $299.99. Use THIS LINK and then log in to your account. If you already own some of these products, you will get an even lower price based on what you own!

Sign-ups are off to a great start! Don’t miss out on this special pricing – it’s the lowest it will be for this event!

Join us April 24-26 in beautiful Northeast Tennessee at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport!

The following speakers are confirmed:
– Ken Sklute (AZ) – Canon Explorer of Light – Storm chaser, hot air balloonist, entertaining and informative speaker! http://serendipityvisuals.com/
– David Kelly (PA) – Topaz tutorials and Lens Babies https://edenbridgephotography.myportfolio.com/
– Cheryl Parris (GA) – Composite artist https://www.cherylparris.com/
– Roni Chastain (NY) – Photoshop and photo walks https://ronichas.zenfolio.com/
– and me, Hazel Meredith (TN) – texture artist, iPhoneography https://www.meredithimages.com/
Bios and class descriptions to follow soon!

As always, the Conference registration fee includes: All Saturday & Sunday sessions and hands-on photo ops; lunch both days; coffee “and” in the mornings; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goody bag; plus vendors for shopping! We’ll have special hotel room pricing as well.

There will also be some pre-Conference hands-on workshops on Friday – details coming soon (separate fee will apply).

SAVE with Early Bird Black Friday special pricing!
Click HERE to visit the website and get more details!

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
50% OFF ALL TEXTURES & E-BOOKS!

The best sale I’ve ever offered! All texture sets (including Sunday Sampler Groups) and both eBooks are 50% off through midnight EST Dec. 2nd.

I have added four new texture sets which are also eligible for the sale: Alcohol Inks 1; Painterly Skies; Watercolor Blues 3; and Vintage 1.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio (click on eBooks or Texture Collections) and check them out.
Use the code BLACKFRIDAY50 at Checkout

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
20% OFF ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING!

Do you need help with your post-processing? Work with me one-on-one through Zoom online. We can tackle your questions by screen sharing and live demonstrations. Photoshop; Lightroom; Topaz; Textures, etc.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio – click on Tutoring – and sign up for an hour or a multi-hour package (and save even more)!
Use the code TUTOR20 at Checkout

Tutorial Thursday Nov. 28 + More Black Friday Offers!

Sandhill Cranes Textured

In my last Tutorial Thursday post a month ago, I said I would share this tutorial the following week. Well, that didn’t happen with the craziness of moving and lack of internet for 3 weeks!

I was going to post it today and realized that I did this tutorial using some Topaz products that are “pre-Studio”, so I need to re-write the instructions. I will do that and be sure to post it next week – promise!!

In the meantime, here is an article from Creative Nerds with the “50 Best Photoshop Tutorials for 2019”.

And from Picture Correct, “Photographing Cities at Night”.

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS & STEALS!!

Design Cuts is offering 100 of their best-selling marketplace items for HALF PRICE now through Cyber Monday! CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

Think Tank is offering two of its most popular sling bags at 40% OFF for Black Friday. The sale runs Friday through Monday 12/2.

The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. This sling bag stays put when you’re scrambling but offers quick access to your camera when you’re ready to take the shot.

Think Tank Photo is slashing 40% off their PhotoCross 10 & 13 slings bags from Friday Nov 29 through Monday Dec 2. Normally $129.99 (PhotoCross13) and $114.99 (PhotoCross10) the slings will be marked down to $77.99 and $68.99 as long as supplies last!

Use this link to receive a free Think Tank product and free U.S. shipping on all orders over $50!

SALE REMINDERS……

Save 53% on the
AI Bundle + Studio 2!

Get all 6 AI products – DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI, Mask AI, Adjust AI PLUS Studio 2 for $299.99. Use THIS LINK and then log in to your account. If you already own some of these products, you will get an even lower price based on what you own!

Pixelo Black Friday Deal – 30% off ANY BUNDLE!

This deal runs now through Saturday, Nov. 30th. Use THIS LINK and the code FRIDAY30 at checkout to save 30% off anything on their site!

Join us April 24-26 in beautiful Northeast Tennessee at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport!

The following speakers are confirmed:
– Ken Sklute (AZ) – Canon Explorer of Light – Storm chaser, hot air balloonist, entertaining and informative speaker! http://serendipityvisuals.com/
– David Kelly (PA) – Topaz tutorials and Lens Babies https://edenbridgephotography.myportfolio.com/
– Cheryl Parris (GA) – Composite artist https://www.cherylparris.com/
– Roni Chastain (NY) – Photoshop and photo walks https://ronichas.zenfolio.com/
– and me, Hazel Meredith (TN) – texture artist, iPhoneography https://www.meredithimages.com/
Bios and class descriptions to follow soon!

As always, the Conference registration fee includes: All Saturday & Sunday sessions and hands-on photo ops; lunch both days; coffee “and” in the mornings; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goody bag; plus vendors for shopping! We’ll have special hotel room pricing as well.

There will also be some pre-Conference hands-on workshops on Friday – details coming soon (separate fee will apply).

SAVE with Early Bird Black Friday special pricing!
Click HERE to visit the website and get more details!

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
50% OFF ALL TEXTURES & E-BOOKS!

The best sale I’ve ever offered! All texture sets and both eBooks are 50% off through midnight EST Dec. 2nd.

I have added four new texture sets which are also eligible for the sale: Alcohol Inks 1; Painterly Skies; Watercolor Blues 3; and Vintage 1.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio (click on eBooks or Texture Collections) and check them out.
Use the code BLACKFRIDAY50 at Checkout

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
20% OFF ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING!

Do you need help with your post-processing? Work with me one-on-one through Zoom online. We can tackle your questions by screen sharing and live demonstrations. Photoshop; Lightroom; Topaz; Textures, etc.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio – click on Tutoring – and sign up for an hour or a multi-hour package (and save even more)!
Use the code TUTOR20 at Checkout

Topaz Black Friday Deal is Now Live!

Topaz released their Black Friday deal today, and it runs through Cyber Monday, Dec. 2nd (midnight CST).

Save 53% on the
AI Bundle + Studio 2!

Get all 6 AI products – DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI, Mask AI, Adjust AI PLUS Studio 2 for $299.99. Use THIS LINK and then log in to your account. If you already own some of these products, you will get an even lower price based on what you own!

Sunday Sampler – Aug. 11

Happy Sunday! As you are reading this we are heading to Tennessee! Site work began on our new homestead this past week. Our house arrives at the dealer from the factory on Monday. Things are progressing! By the end of Aug./beginning of Sept. everything should be set and ready for move in.

This is what it looked like on Friday. We’re really not close to the house next door, it’s just the angle of this image. Our property runs down the hill off to the left of the photo. There is an empty lot between us and the house to the right – the couple who owns that house isn’t selling the lot, so that will stay open. Our contractor has seen deer everyday – guess we’ll have lots of company! Our kitty cats will not be thrilled!!

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some lovely purple and green bokeh shots courtesy of my friend Antoinette Gombeda! She took these with our Sunday Sampler readers in mind. These are great for replacing busy backgrounds behind your flower shots. Thank you my friend!

The folks at Topaz have been VERY busy since the initial release of Studio 2. They are (as of Friday night) on revision 2.0.9! They have added in some of the features not in the initial release (histogram, cropping/straightening, ability to import textures in bulk, and many more), and fixed a few hiccups. Be sure to download the latest update! When you log in to Studio 2 it will tell you there is a new update. You can also check by going to Help > Check for Software Updates.

Another of the features they added was the ability to bring over Studio 1 Presets to Studio 2. When they created Studio 2, they did not add all of the previous presets (now called Looks) so as to not bog down the system with presets that were similar.

To bring over any that you like from Studio 1, first “favorite” them in Studio 1 (click on the heart). Then in Studio 2 go to Help > Migrate Custom TS1 Presets > and check the box for Migrate Favorite Presets. In mere seconds they will be added to TS2. You can tell the ones that were brought over as the preset/look name will have TS1 at the end of it.

There are also no limits to the number of times you can run this function. For favorites and for custom presets as well (initially you could only do this once).

While the webinar discount code for Topaz has ended, you can still save 15% on any Topaz product by using my link: https://topazlabs.com/ref/55/ and the code MeredithImages at checkout.

I have also extended my website discount until Monday Midnight EDT. Save 25% off any of my eBooks or texture packs with the code topaz25 in the Peacock Studio.

An inspiring article from PictureCorrect.com“15 Weekend Photography Project Ideas”. Some fun projects that will help you improve your skills.

And to help you maintain your creativity (also from PictureCorrect), “Tips for Maintaining Creativity as a Photographer”.

And if you want to get creative and produce some of your own backgrounds and textures, check out this article on Pixel2Pixel, “Useful Photoshop Tutorials for Designing Abstract Backgrounds”. There are 48 projects to keep you busy for quite a while!

And another Photoshop project from iDevie, “How to Create a ‘Stranger Things’ Inspired Text Effect”.

If you are into mobile photography (iPhone, Android, etc.), you need to check out the AppWhisperer. They do artist reviews, feature images, and reviews of various phone apps.

And if you want to edit using the native apps on your phone, check out “How To Edit Photos on an iPhone Using the Built In Photos App” from the iPhone Photography School.

And, lastly, find some other great inspiration from LightStalking/Toad Hollow Photography with the article, “Catch Up on the Coolest Links in Photography”.

Have a great week!