Oct. 21 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! Holidays are fast approaching!! Yikes! Quite blustery today in CT after a nice Fall day yesterday.

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of cracked paint on old train cars at the New England Railway Museum where we did a night shoot last weekend. Enjoy!

FEATURED SPEAKER – JOHN BARCLAY

Registration is under way for our 2019 Conference! We have an awesome line up of speakers for you this year. I’ll be featuring them here on the blog as well as on the website.

Our first featured speaker is John Barclay, an amazing photographer, fellow Topaz speaker (John recommended me to Topaz as a webinar presenter), inspiring and a nice guy!

“John is an award winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County PA. He is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader. John is also an inspirational speaker sharing his program ‘Dream – Believe – Create’ to audiences around the Country.

John was personally selected by Dewitt Jones to participate in his www.healingimages.org project. John’s work has been published in a number of magazines and books and has been used by Nik Software, Topaz Labs and Lensbaby in their advertising campaigns.

Recently, John was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine.”

John will be presenting his “Dream-Believe-Create” program at the Creative Photography Conference, as well as doing a session on creating with Topaz. He will also be one of the two Pre-Conference presenters with a hands-on Topaz class.

Check out all the details at https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/.

And don’t miss out on the “Early Bird” registration – now through Nov. 30th!

 

 

Exciting – although unexpected – as of Friday I no longer have my full-time job! Layoffs throughout the company (I’d been there almost 17 years!). Sad to miss my co-workers, but relieved as well. I won’t miss being micro-managed!

So…this gives me more time to pursue more photography projects for my own business! Stay tuned…I WILL be finishing my second textures eBook (that I’ve been trying to do for over a year); I will be offering more training – in-person and by webinars; adding some new products to the Peacock Studio; and some other things as well! I’ll probably be even busier than when I was working full-time.

I will be heading to Cape Cod on Thursday to judge as the Cape Cod Art Center Camera Club, then spending some time Friday photographing with Betty Wiley (who will also be a speaker at our Creative Photography Conference).

Next up will be my 11th Topaz Webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 30th at 5:00 Eastern Time. Sign ups should start soon on the Topaz site – keep an eye on THIS PAGE.

Check out my list of upcoming seminars and webinars HERE.

And if you missed the webinar this past week with StudioMagic, catch it here: http://www.photoeffects.biz/webinaroct/webinaroct.mp4

And you can still get in on the webinar specials (ending in 48 hours). Get 90% off in this special Webinar special deal, you also receive the Framing actions and the Portrait/Wedding actions.

REVIEW the Epic Location sets and StudioMagic plugins below

https://store.layercakeelements.com/gav/moviesets.html

Get the location sets and StudioMagic plugins for only $125.00 here: https://www.layercakeelements.net/product/epic-location-sets-web-deal-1/

OR…You can purchase ONLY the 1,200 location sets for only $99.00 (80%) off here: https://www.layercakeelements.net/product/epic-location-sets-web-deal-2/

 

 

The folks at Design Cuts have another great font bundle now available – the Supreme Quality Font Bundle. Sixteen font families with 271 individual fonts! Full commercial use license. Value $1174 for just $29. Check it out – click here and then go to “Current Bundle”

And, more new from Topaz – expecting an update to AI Clear this week. Stay tuned! I’ll send a post when it’s available.

 

Have a good Sunday!

 

 

Oct. 14 Sunday Sampler

Welcome to New England weather – 80 degrees and humid last week – 40’s this morning and the heat came on! I love Fall – just hope it lasts a little while!

 

This week’s SUNDAY SAMPLER consists of some “mossy” tree bark. Lots of texture in these! Enjoy!

 

REMINDER…

this coming Thursday is my webinar with the guys at LayerCake, makers of Studio Magic for a webinar showcasing their new “Epic Location Sets”! This is a set of over 1200 backgrounds divided into 7 categories: Africa on Location; America on Location – Route 66; Scenic America; Wild West; Doorways to the World; Scenic Europe; and Urban Chic.

Take your subject and place them into a location – no backdrops or studio set ups needed!

Check the webpage for some great examples – HERE! And register for the webinar on Oct. 18th at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. If you can’t watch live, sign up anyway, get some freebies and get a link to the recording after the webinar ends.

Now these may have been created with portrait photographers in mind, but you know I like to be different! I’m not a portrait or wedding photographer, but I can still use these great backdrops for other subjects. I photographed this car with a busy background, but put it into one of the Epic Locations, used StudioMagic for a little more creativity, and created a whole new scene! Also watch to see how I use a background as a creative overlay!

 

And speaking of webinars, my next TOPAZ webinar will be Tuesday, October 30th at 5:00 pm Eastern time. It was a blast to meet Heath, Rose, Joe, and the rest of the crew at Topaz when I was in Texas last month!

Sign up will be open soon on the Topaz website at: http://blog.topazlabs.com/webinars/They usually start sign ups the week before the webinar.

Watch for some Halloween-themed creative editing!

 

Just two days left to grab the

Birthday Deals over at Design Cuts!

Design Cuts is 5 years old!! One of the first companies to do “bundles” of products, they are still one of the best and biggest!

Expiring on 10/15, they are offering 100 products for just $5 each! They consists of Fonts, Graphics (including textures), Add-Ons, Templates and more! Click HERE to head to the Graphics page – to get to the others, just click the tabs at the top!

FREEBIE from CSS Author – “High Resolution Photoshop Splatter Brushes”

And from Creative Nerds – “20 Best Free Graffiti Fonts”

 

Have a great week!

Sept. 30 – Sunday Sampler

Happy End-of-September! Another busy month flown by! Pulled out most of our veggie garden this morning – sad face! Did leave the grape tomato plant – still producing fruit!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is 4 versions of one texture – a texture I photographed in the restroom at the location of my workshop last weekend in Troy, NY!! I told everyone they needed to take some pics (and I did see a few doing so)! Textures are found EVERYWHERE! This was some great painting techniques on the wall.

#1 is the original with Clarity and Detail; #2 is Topaz Impression Cave Dweller; #3 is Simplify-Buzz Sim Split Toned I; and #4 is #3 with a hue/saturation adjustment to make it green (great for a background on flowers). Enjoy!

 

Released this week – A.I. Gigapixel 2.0!

• Using GPU mode is now 5x faster! With some optimizations to the GPU processing in A.I. Gigapixel, we’ve improved the speed of processing by around 5x on full-size images (it scales based on the size of your image, so a small image might be 3x) with the same 1-2 million calculations per pixel and the same amazing results.

And don’t forget about all the powerful updates from A.I. Gigapixel 1.1 released earlier this month.
• Expanded system compatibility with a CPU mode, which allows more users without a robust GPU to run A.I. Gigapixel on their machine.
• 6 new Artificial Intelligence models for different scaling (200%, 400%, 600%) across three settings for input image quality:
– None – For high-quality images without noise, results in much better detail retention
– Medium: Improved versions of the included enhancement models
– High: For images with lots of noise and artifacts, produces a smoother artifact free enlargement while retaining and enhancing perceived details in the image.
• Resolved issue with not retaining DPI sometimes
• Resolved sizing issue with size not passing through correctly sometimes

Click HERE to check out all the details of the amazing product. Reg. price $99.99 – save 15% when you click on THIS LINK and use the code MeredithImages at checkout.

Here is one of my images that I processed – the original was sized 4″x6″  – I enlarged it 600% to 24″x36″ – the detail is amazing!

You can batch edit, as well as process single shots. One more amazing product from the folks at Topaz Labs!

 

From Creative Bloq – the 29 best iPhone AppsA few of these I have – a few I’ll be checking out!

The gang at Design Cuts is turning 5 this week! This is one of the best companies for bundles of goodies – textures, fonts, clip art and much more! Bundles sell for a reasonable $29 for TONS of great products. They also have a marketplace where you can find individual products. Watch for lots of freebies and special deals during the Birthday Bash!

Their latest bundle is “The Deluxe Textures and Patterns Bundle” – $2321 value for just $29! Check it out HERE!

 

And a couple of new product releases from ThinkTank Photo.

Emergency Camera Rain Covers

With Think Tank Photo’s new Emergency Rain Covers, photographers need no longer be caught off guard by bad weather. The Emergency Rain Covers are a simple, compact solution for protecting photo gear from sudden downpours or dusty conditions. These seam-sealed rain covers can be quickly and easily deployed when outdoor conditions change.

The covers are designed to fit both DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and are available in two sizes to accommodate a range of full-frame lenses. The Emergency Rain Cover – Small protects a 16–35mm f/2.8, a 14–24mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, or a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. The Emergency Rain Cover – Medium protects a 24–70mm f/2.8 or a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.

“When compressed, the Emergency Rain Cover fits into a small pouch, so it’s easy to bring along even if rain is a distant concern,” said Think Tank’s President and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “It takes up so little room in your bag, yet could save your gear when a sudden downpour or dust storm hits. Every photographer who shoots outdoors should keep one tucked one away in their camera bag.”

Features include:
• Seam-sealed for extreme protection in downpour or dusty conditions
• Compresses into an included compact carrying pouch
• Oversize window to view your LCD and controls
• Ability to access your camera through one cinchable sleeve
• Mountable to tripod or monopod
• Dual viewing configurations for varying conditions
• Hot-shoe mount keeps cover secured to camera during use
• Non-slip, adjustable strap attaches directly to the lens hood
• DWR coating for an extra layer of protection

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON THEIR WEBSITE

AND…

New “Lens Case Duo” Provides Enhanced Camera Lens Protection

Being a photographer is about getting to the right location at the right time — which can often be challenging.  To help photographers protect their lenses from the rigors of travel, Think Tank Photo has just released the Lens Case Duo series of six quick-access, dual-opening padded lens cases.  A zippered lid and side opening is a unique feature compared to other lens cases.

With the Lens Case Duo, photographers can protect their delicate lenses while transporting them in rolling cases, backpacks or shoulder bags.  These cases can then be converted into a modular system for quick access in a bag or on a belt.  A shoulder strap is included for the six larger sizes: Lens Case Duo 5, Lens Case Duo 10, Lens Case Duo 15, and Lens Case Duo 20, Lens Case Duo 30, and Lens Case Duo 40.  Two exterior stretch pockets provide space for a lens cap or a cleaning cloth. Soft zipper protectors and a plush lining protect sensitive and expensive lenses from scratches.  All sizes come in black and green.

“The Lens Case Duo should be used by every photographer concerned about protecting their lenses, especially while in transit,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s President and lead designer.  “While our roller and backpack dividers provide ample protection, the Lens Case Duo provides just that extra protection layer that could help prevent damage in unforeseen circumstances.”

GEAR CAPACITY

  • The Lens Case Duo 5 holds a Canon/Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, Canon: 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6, Canon/Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S, or Olympus: 12-40mm f/2.8, 40-150mm f/4-5.6
  • The Lens Case Duo 10 holds a Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6, Tamron/Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3, or Sony 16-35mm f/4
  • The Lens Case Duo 15 holds a Canon/Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6, Canon/Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6, Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3, Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6, Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Canon/Nikon 24mm f/1.4, Canon/Nikon 35mm f/1.4, Canon/Sony 100mm f/2.8, or Nikon 105mm f/2.8
  • The Lens Case Duo 20 holds a Canon/Nikon/Sony 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon 24-105mm f/4, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Sony 85mm f/1.4, Canon/Sony 100mm f/2.8, or Nikon 105mm f/2.8
  • The Lens Case Duo 30 holds a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8, or Canon 11-24mm f/4
  • The Lens Case Duo 40 holds a Canon/Nikon/Sony 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon/Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, or Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON THEIR WEBSITE

 

Sign-ups have begun for our 3rd Conference, May 18-19, 2019! Our Early Bird pricing is the best deal there will be on this Conference – Now through Nov. 30th! Don’t miss out!

Check out the website for all the details: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

In next week’s blog, I will begin featuring our fabulous speakers! They will each have a page on the website as well. Stay tuned!

 

 

Sept. 23 – Sunday Sampler

Hi everyone! I missed sending out a post last week as I was in TEXAS! Check off another state from my list. It was hot, hot, hot! Austin & Dallas.

Got to visit my friends at Topaz Labs and meet them in person! Keep reading for some great info!

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler is some textures from my hotel rooms! Rugs, wallpaper, tile – they all make great textures! There are six instead of three since I missed last week. Enjoy!

 

Some exciting news that I can share – and some that I can only tease about!

We scheduled my next Topaz Webinar for Tuesday, October 30th – watch for some Halloween-themed projects!

Yes, Heath is a real person! It was wonderful to meet him, Joe, Rose and Alan, the founder of Topaz. Great bunch of people!

A.I. Gigapixel Updated! A great product is even better! It has faster processing, new settings for even better results – it is amazing to watch the programmers in action (with their PhDs!).

STAY TUNED….for a new Studio Release soon with a feature I’ve been hoping for — can’t tell you yet, but you will love as much as I am going to!

 

I will send another post during the week with some other cool things from “Around the Web”. Preparing this on Sat. and heading out to do my all-day workshop tomorrow at PPSNYS in Troy, NY!

Have a great weekend!

Sept. 9 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! FINALLY feeling a little like Autumn today!

For today’s Sunday Sampler, I took an ordinary image of some Sedona Red Rock gravel, and modified it 3 ways in Topaz. An example of how you can take a texture and create MANY other textures from that one image. You can also change the color palette, blur it more, etc. Enjoy!

 

A.I. Gigapixel 1.1 Update –
Smarter, sharper, resizing, made even better.

With the latest update to A.I.Gigapixel™ the first and only intelligent image resizer for your computer just became even more powerful. With additional options for image enhancement, 3 sets of new Artificial Intelligence models to resize high-quality input images or even images with a lot of noise. We also refined the A.I. in the existing models to produce even more accurate results.

If you had trouble running the application before, we’ve just added CPU processing so A.I. Gigapixel can now run on most computers!

If you already own A.I. Gigapixel, of course the upgrade is free. If you haven’t purchased yet, CLICK HERE to head to the Topaz shop and save 15% with the code MeredithImages at checkout.

P.S. the black & white bird shot in the store and video is one of mine! I was amazed at how well A.I. Gigapixel enlarged a 4×6 photo 600% with even more detail than the original!

 

TWO fun items this week!!

This past week I taped a TV show with local host and friend, Jan Doyle, who does the show “Wyse Talk” on Branford Community TV. We talked about photography and the upcoming Creative Photography Conference! You can watch the show on Jan’s YouTube Channel HERE! Jan will also be one of our presenters at the May, 2019 Creative Photography Conference, “Using Your Photos in Creative Projects” and “Get Your Name Out – Free Publicity with YouTube”.

 

And, I will be doing another webinar for LayerCake software, creators of Studio Magic. Their latest release (coming very soon) is “1200 Epic Location Sets”. Save time creating background for your studio shots – you can place your clients almost anywhere in the world with this HUGE collection!

Sets will include:

America on Location: Scenic America; Route 66; The Wild West

Scenic Europe

Doorways to the World

Urban Chic

Africa on Location

and tons of creative ideas – before & afters (check those out HERE)

Registration will be open soon – plan to join me on October 18th at 5:00 pm Eastern Time!

Stay tuned for more details and registration info!

 

 

From PixelBuddha, a free Photoshop Action – Warfighter!

And from Creative Nerds, a free Watercolor Brush Set

I purchased this great bundle from Pixelo this week – the “Mighty Design Bundle” with 51 Font families; 67 PS Actions; 500 Premium Backgrounds; 512 Textures; 681 PS Brushes; 70 Text Styles and more! 4932 resources for just $39!

And, if you are a graphic designer or do scrapbooking, there is a great new bundle of resources also available on Pixelo – the “Gigantic Vector Graphics Bundle” – 9229 vector resources for just $39!

And they also have a bunch of freebies available – scroll to the bottom of the web page and click on “Freebies”!

 

 

 

Aug. 19 – Sunday Sampler

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some colorful blurs – a method I learned way back when from the master, Tony Sweet. Swiping the camera as you shoot – fall color makes some interesting swipes! You can always use Gaussian Blur to soften these even more, or use a product like Topaz Impression to create a totally different look! Enjoy!

As I get further on down the calendar, I create “bundles” of previous Sunday Samplers for purchase at a modest cost. I just packaged up Bundle 4 which consists of textures from July-Dec. 2017. There are 76 textures, all at the 4500 pixel size. And, all four bundles are on sale until 8/31 for just $10 each (reg. $15 ea.). Since these files are so huge, I will email the link to download within 24 hrs. after purchase. Check it out in the Peacock Studio HERE! (Just click on Peacock Studio Textures once in the store.)

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED THE POST ON THURSDAY!

Introducing A.I. Gigapixel

Topaz A.I. Gigapixel is a standalone application only (it does not work as a plugin or Topaz Studio adjustment) made for batch resizing your images. It uses the power of Topaz’s proprietary Artistic Intelligence engine to make sharper and clearer upscaled images than traditional upscaling tools.

A.I. GigaPixel is the first desktop application to use the power of Deep Neural Networks to realistically enlarge your images, up to 6x. Traditional up-scale methods use “interpolation” (bi-cubic, Lanczos, fractal, etc.) to create higher resolution images.
These traditional methods produce images that are blurry, unrealistically painterly, and lack the details that are present in real high-resolution images.

The unsurpassed quality of A.I. Gigapixel can enlarge full-size Raw images to over a gigapixel in size. it can also enlarge thumbnail images to create full-size versions that are practically identical to original high-resolution photos. Can you tell which image is the original and which was upscaled from a thumbnail?


We scaled the original image down to 16% of its original size then used A.I. Gigapixel to enlarge that thumbnail 600%

This is the eye from the thumbnail.


This is the output from A.I. Gigapixel on the left, and the original full-size image on the right when zoomed to 150%.

 

I had a chance to try out the program myself – VERY cool! I took an image that I had sized as a small jpeg (4″x6″) for a Facebook post, then blew it up 600% (24″x36″) – WOW! Have a look:

Original 4″ x 6″:

Cropped in area of 24″ x 36″:

This is WAY better than any other resizing program available!

Topaz A.I. Gigapixel is available as a standalone batch processing application only. It is compatible with 64-bit Windows 7+ and Mac OS X 10.11+. It also requires a GPU with OpenGL 3.3 or later (Intel HD5000 or better, Nvidia GTX 760 or better, AMD R9 280 or better. You can take advantage of a free 30-day trial with A.I. Gigapixel, through the main application when you download.

A.I. Gigapixel™ is available for $99.99. AND you can save 15% with my code: MeredithImages at checkout.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TOPAZ WEBSITE AND CHECK OUT THIS FABULOUS PROGRAM!

 

My favorite program for creating HDR images has always been Photomatix (by HDRsoft). They just released an update – version 6.1. If you have a recent version, it will be a free upgrade.

If you don’t have and would like to check it out, they offer a 30 free trial. The price is $99 for Photomatix Pro – but you can save 15% with my code meredithimages at checkout, making the price $84.15. Click HERE to go to the website.

HDR is a great way to capture the full range of light in an image – it does NOT have to be the “over done HDR look” – I’ve used it on flowers and architecture equally as well and kept the “natural look” – like this:

This is 5-shots merged in Photomatix 

This is 7-shots merged in Photomatix

 

You may ask “Why use Photomatix when Lightroom offers HDR?” Lightroom’s HDR Merge offers just one HDR style (somewhere between realistic and artistic) which may not always give the effect you were aiming for.

With Photomatix Pro, you can choose between 6 HDR styles, so you can find the options that give the best results from any photo. The HDR styles include Exposure Fusion, which is unbeatable for natural-looking results.

Additionally, Photomatix Pro offers batch processing, advanced options for removing ghosts, plus you can blend a source exposure into your final image using a Brush Tool.

If you are serious about HDR, it’s likely you will quickly find Lightroom’s HDR feature too limited.

Note that Photomatix Pro includes a free Plugin for Lightroom. You can use the Plugin to select your photos in Lightroom, process them in Photomatix Pro, then import back in Lightroom!

 

 

Aug. 16 – New Topaz Product! + Sunday Sampler

 

Introducing A.I. Gigapixel

Topaz A.I. Gigapixel is a standalone application only (it does not work as a plugin or Topaz Studio adjustment) made for batch resizing your images. It uses the power of Topaz’s proprietary Artistic Intelligence engine to make sharper and clearer upscaled images than traditional upscaling tools.

A.I. GigaPixel is the first desktop application to use the power of Deep Neural Networks to realistically enlarge your images, up to 6x. Traditional up-scale methods use “interpolation” (bi-cubic, Lanczos, fractal, etc.) to create higher resolution images.
These traditional methods produce images that are blurry, unrealistically painterly, and lack the details that are present in real high-resolution images.

The unsurpassed quality of A.I. Gigapixel can enlarge full-size Raw images to over a gigapixel in size. it can also enlarge thumbnail images to create full-size versions that are practically identical to original high-resolution photos. Can you tell which image is the original and which was upscaled from a thumbnail?


We scaled the original image down to 16% of its original size then used A.I. Gigapixel to enlarge that thumbnail 600%

This is the eye from the thumbnail.


This is the output from A.I. Gigapixel on the left, and the original full-size image on the right when zoomed to 150%.

 

I had a chance to try out the program myself – VERY cool! I took an image that I had sized as a small jpeg (4″x6″) for a Facebook post, then blew it up 600% (24″x36″) – WOW! Have a look:

Original 4″ x 6″:

Cropped in area of 24″ x 36″:

This is WAY better than any other resizing program available!

Topaz A.I. Gigapixel is available as a standalone batch processing application only. It is compatible with 64-bit Windows 7+ and Mac OS X 10.11+. It also requires a GPU with OpenGL 3.3 or later (Intel HD5000 or better, Nvidia GTX 760 or better, AMD R9 280 or better. You can take advantage of a free 30-day trial with A.I. Gigapixel, through the main application when you download.

A.I. Gigapixel™ is available for $99.99. AND you can save 15% with my code: MeredithImages at checkout.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TOPAZ WEBSITE AND CHECK OUT THIS FABULOUS PROGRAM!

 

And…here is the delayed Sunday Sampler! These are a few textures of wallpaper from our hotel in Tennessee! Enjoy!

July 22 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! Hope you are enjoying your Summer!

This week’s Sunday Sampler gives you some blurred background photos – trees and a spider web! Use hue/saturation adjustments to change the colors or desaturate the images. Enjoy!

 

If you haven’t signed up for the StudioMagic webinar this coming Thursday, July 26th (2 pm Eastern; 11 am Pacific), it’s not too late! Even if you can’t watch live (though I hope you can), sign up and get a set of Elegance Photoshop Actions (worth $47), and you will receive a link to watch the webinar later (link sent after live webinar). Sign up at http://bit.ly/web825.

 

One of the questions I often get in my Topaz webinars, is how to add your own textures to Studio or Texture Effects. So I put together a tutorial – it’s really a simple process. Click on this link: Topaz – Add Textures to Studio or Texture Effects Enjoy!

 

A few tidbits I found this week:

From Digital Camera World – 55 Free Photoshop Brushes for Photographers (these are 55 SETS of brushes!)

From Photoshop Star – How to Create a Watercolor Text Effect in Photoshop

 

Have a great week!

 

 

July 1 – Sunday Sampler

Wow – July! Half way through 2018 already! Time sure does fly these days!

 

Since this coming week is Independence Day, I though fireworks would make a great Sunday Sampler! You can combine these or apply them to another image – just use the “Lighten” blending mode in PS or Elements. This image is all 3 shots combined:

 

 

I am very excited to be a
webinar presenter for this new software
StudioMagic
Photoshop Plugins!

This software lets you quickly and easily create some awesome effects including changing seasons, creating sunset looks, lighting effects, reflections, and rainbows as well as compositing, reflections, and much more!

Check it out here – there is a short video that demonstrates some of these cool effects!
https://store.layercakeelements.com/gav/webinar.html

StudioMagic helps you create dramatic effects quickly and easily. Join me, Gavin Phillips and software creator, Alan Mayer, for an informative and fun webinar.

Join us on 
Thursday, July 26th at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern time. Sign up even if you can’t make it at that time and you’ll receive a link to be able to watch the recorded webinar any time afterwards. 

And…just for signing up for the webinar, you will receive a Free Set of Elegance PS Actions as well as a movie of how to create a double exposure in Photoshop! (A $47 value) 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

Thanks again to the 1,000 people that tuned in to my Topaz webinar a couple weeks ago!! There were over 2,000 registered – GoToWebinar maxes out at 1,000! It’s SO cool to see the “hello’s” in the chat box from all over the world as well as the kind comments.

If you missed the webinar, or want to watch again, the unedited replay can be found here: TOPAZ WEBINAR. The edited version will be on their YouTube channel soon.

I am also offering copies of my Notes from the Webinar – along with some bonus textures – for just $5 in my web store. With these, you get the images I used in the webinar and my detailed instructions so you can follow along and see how I created the final product. Find them in the Peacock Studio HEREJust click on Topaz Notes in the store.

I saved all the questions and comments from the Chat Box so that I can answer a few questions here on the Blog. Let’s get to a couple.

Q: How far do you go in LR before going to Studio?

A: Most of the time, I do my basic editing in Lightroom, then open the file in Photoshop. From there I open Studio – or if I know I want to work in a particular Topaz module (like Texture Effects or Impression) I may open that module from Photoshop. Other times, however, I do open right into Studio if I really want to play with various Topaz modules.

Workflow is one of those very personal things – there’s really no right or wrong, it’s what works best for you!

Q: How do I add my own textures to Studio?

A: You can easily add your own (or other textures you have purchased or downloaded) to Studio.

Open Studio > open any image >

Go to “Adjustments” on the right toolbar > Textures.

Next to “Category” click on the little icon (square with the turned corner).

This will open the “Texture Manager”. If you want to create a separate folder for your own textures, click on “+ Add Category” > Name the Folder and click OK.

Make sure the new folder is highlighted in the left column > then click “Import” > scroll to where you have the textures saved, highlight the textures then click “Open” > they will now be imported to your folder.

To access them back in Textures, click the drop down for Category and select the folder you just created.

I will answer more questions in the coming weeks.

 

FREEBIES!

From Creative GraphicaFree FontsThey also have free Graphics and Crafts (word art) – click the tabs at the top.

From Pixel Surplus – various freebies – fonts, textures, graphics and more – Freebie Roundup

And from Deal Jumbo – free textures/photos; fonts; graphics; mock-ups – click the Freebies link to get to all of the various categories. Photo Freebies

 

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

A composite of 4 fireworks shot taken at this location!

June 24 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! We had a great birds of prey photo shoot yesterday with the CT Association of Photographers! Thanks to Skyhunters for bringing their beautiful owls and raptors for us to photograph. This is the gorgeous red tailed hawk posing!

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some Red Rust!! Remember, you can always change the color of a texture with a Hue/Saturation Adjustment! Enjoy!

 

JUST RELEASED TODAY…
NOTES from my Topaz Webinar! 

Work along with me as you watch the replay of my Topaz webinar from June 19th! The edited replay will be posted soon on the Topaz YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/topazlabs/videos).

You will receive my detailed notes with all the settings and Topaz products used, my original images, the cloud overlay used on the train image…AND…a free bonus of 5 other cloud images that you can use in your own projects (you can never have too many clouds/skies in your library!).

Available in my online store, the Peacock Studio, 
for just $5.

https://www.meredithimages.com/products/ 

And don’t forget to use the discount codes from the webinar!

HAZELWEB10 saves you $$ on any product on the Topaz website including the newly released AI Clear Studio Pro Adjustment! Expires today!
http://topazlabs.com/

And the code TOPAZ25 will save you 25% off any of my texture sets or eBook. Expires 6/30.
https://www.meredithimages.com/products/

I am very excited to be a
webinar presenter for this new software
StudioMagic
Photoshop Plugins!

This software lets you quickly and easily create some awesome effects including changing seasons, creating sunset looks, lighting effects, reflections, and rainbows as well as compositing, reflections, and much more!

Check it out here – there is a short video that demonstrates some of these cool effects!
https://store.layercakeelements.com/gav/webinar.html

StudioMagic helps you create dramatic effects quickly and easily. Join me, Gavin Phillips and software creator, Alan Mayer, for an informative and fun webinar.

Join us on 
Thursday, July 26th at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern time. Sign up even if you can’t make it at that time and you’ll receive a link to be able to watch the recorded webinar any time afterwards. 

And…just for signing up for the webinar, you will receive a Free Set of Elegance PS Actions as well as a movie of how to create a double exposure in Photoshop! (A $47 value) 

I very quickly was able to add this rainbow!!