Jan. 13 – Sunday Sampler

This week’s Sunday Sampler are some “grassy” shots to make us thing of Spring! The original image was taken in Savannah, GA, as we walked around Fort Pulaski. I suppose it could have been taken anywhere, but this was where I happened to take this shot! I modified it three ways in Topaz Impression. These will make great backdrops to other images. Enjoy!

Thank you to everyone who watched my Topaz webinar on Tuesday. I appreciate the kind words through email and Facebook. If you missed the webinar, the recording is posted on the Topaz YouTube channel HERE. You can also find it on the TopazLabs.com site under the “Learn” tab > Webinars. Just scroll down to the recordings.

And, if you’d like my notes from the webinar PLUS all the images I used, PLUS some bonus textures, you can find them for just $5 in the Peacock Studio store HERE.

Topaz also has a 20% discount code for the webinar – hazelweb14 – good until midnight tomorrow, Monday, on anything in the Topaz store. I also have a code on my eBooks and textures (also in the Peacock Studio) for 25% off until midnight Tuesday 1/15 EST.

We always have so many questions during a webinar that we can’t get to answer all of them, so I’ll be answering some here in the “Topaz Corner” over the next few weeks. If you have a question on Topaz that you’d like answered, email me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com and I will try to include it.

Q: In several of my projects I used a border texture rather than a regular vignette and someone asked why.

A: It’s truly a matter of personal preference, however, I often use the borders instead of a vignette if I want a more subtle edge-darkening. The borders also tend to be “irregular” shaped, and I often like that look.

Q: Do you always work in jpg when editing in Topaz?

A: No, usually I’m importing a RAW or tiff file. I use jpgs for the webinars because they are smaller and process faster.

Q: Where can I find more of Hazel’s work with tutorials and how long has she been working with layers and textures and creating such amazing works?

A: Thank you for your kind words! I’ve been working with textures and such for about 9 years. I’m not positive how I really started – I’m sure I saw something online or at a camera club and just started playing around! You can find more of my images on my website http://www.MeredithImages.com or on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MeredithImages/

I’ll be answering a few more questions next week.

A few items I found this week:

From Light Stalking, “The Coolest Photography Links of the Week”.

Design Cuts has a FABULOUS Vintage Bundle (I’m going to be getting this one myself)! $1780 worth of delicious vintage goodies for just $29! Check it out HERE! Retro fonts, beautifully preserved illustrations, vintage papers, effects, textures and so much more!

Ending with some sad news…

Some of you may know Joe LeFevre, a fabulous photographer, gifted teacher and gentle, sweet man, who taught at many camera clubs and conferences around the country. Sadly, Joe passed away this week. He will be missed by so many in our photographic circle. Godspeed, dear Joe.

The Adirondack Photography Institute, where he taught many workshops, posted this on Facebook yesterday.

It is with deep sorrow that we relay the news of API instructor Joe LeFevre’s passing, on Thursday, January 10th. Joe was a beloved and gifted photographer, consummate teacher, public speaker, and our great friend. He was a devoted family man and a man of great faith. We will miss him dearly. Joe is survived by his immediate family, wife Linda, sons Robert and David, and daughter Joanna. We offer them our continued love and prayers.

As a photographer, Joe was renowned for his compositional skills, and for readily incorporating cutting-edge digital technologies in his imagery. He had a special affinity for creating panoramas, and shooting time-lapse sequences and video. He created instructional DVD’s on numerous photographic topics and a DVD showcasing the Adirondacks.

Joe also cherished sharing his love and knowledge of nature photography through workshops. We know he felt blessed by the many friendships he made through them, and the wonderful experiences shared. To all those he touched, our sincere condolences. One aspect of his enduring legacy will be that he not only made us better photographers, but better people.

We love you Joe.

Jan. 6 – Sunday Sampler

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a joyous New Year! We had some quiet holiday time just the two of us at home. Nice to just relax a while. I made it to midnight on New Year’s Eve, but hubby did not! We got up early on the 31st and did a sunrise shoot with about 20 other photographers at the beach. It was a beautiful morning – great sunrise and not too cold either. Dave left to go off to work and I joined the group for breakfast. Good times!

For today’s Sunday Sampler I took the barn wood image from last week’s Sampler and ran it through some presets in Smart Photo Editor. This is a very cool little program (and inexpensive – just $29.95!). There are THOUSANDS of presets you can apply to your image, mostly contributed by users of the product. So everytime you log in there are new presets that get added to the library! I first saw this software at a seminar that macro photographer, Mike Moats did. He uses it all the time. Check it out at: https://www.smartphotoeditor.com

I’ve had several requests for private tutoring from those outside of my local area. However, I CAN tutor you ONLINE! We’ll use GoToMeeting and we can screen share so I can help you learn new techniques or assist with issues you may be having with software! Call or email me to discuss or if you’d like to review what you want to learn.

My next webinar is this Tuesday, January 8th at 5:00 Eastern time. Click HERE to sign up! I’ll be showing some various creative techniques using Studio, Texture Effects, Impression, and will do a short demo on AI Gigapixel and how I use it to enlarge my images. See you there!

Upcoming Seminars/Workshops

The new year starts a new schedule of seminars at camera clubs and conferences. If you’re in the area, join me at one of the following club seminars:

  • Feb. 13 – Milford Camera Club (CT) – “What’s New in Topaz”
  • March 5 – North Haven Camera Club (CT) – “Advanced Techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • April 1 – Greater Lynn Photographic Society (MA) – “Creativity with Textures”
  • April 12 – Westchester Photographic Society (NY) – “Topaz & Textures”
  • June 20 – Photographic Society of Chattanooga (TN) – “Topaz & Textures in Photoshop & Topaz Studio”

CONFERENCES:

  • April 26-28 – CanAm Photo Expo, Buffalo, NY – https://www.canamexpo.com/
  • And, of course, I will be a speaker at our Creative Photography Conference, Southbridge, MA, May 18-19. Join me and seven other talented speakers for a great weekend of creativity and learning! Details and sign-up on our website HERE.
  • July 26-28 – Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs Conference, Hope College, Holland, MI. https://www.swmccc.org/. They haven’t posted the 2019 info yet, but you can see what last year’s conference offered!
  • Oct. 19-20 – And speaking of Mike Moats, I’m pleased to say I will be one of the speakers for the 5th Macro Photo Conference, in Cleveland, OH. I was a speaker at the first conference in Seekonk, MA – it will be fun to visit a new location and meet some other speakers that I haven’t worked with before. There are seminars as well as lots of photo ops with all the speakers assisting. The conference is $199 and limited to 100 people. They always sell out early, so don’t delay signing up. Check it out HERE!

With the new year comes photo “challenges” – 365 days; 52 weeks, etc. While I don’t know that I will complete one myself, this article from the Photo Argus has a 52-week challenge with some great ideas and info even if you don’t do it weekly.

Photographing the moon can be tricky. Here’s a great article with helpful info from Light Stalking.

Have a great week!

Dec. 30 – Sunday Sampler

Goodbye 2018 – Hello 2019! Just one more day till we ring in the new year! Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? I have lots of plans for photography projects this coming year – the 2nd eBook is progressing (release by 4/1 or sooner); some online tutorials (written and videos); more textures, of course; and a few other projects I am contemplating! The Creative Photography Conference will be heading out to new locations – working on something for Fall of 2019. We’re planning on two conferences a year – one in Spring and one in the Fall.

This was taken along the Skyline Drive in VA in Spring of 2017. A thunderstorm had just passed by. I accented the shafts of sunlight with Studio Magic.

And, of course, you may know that we are planning a move this year to Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains! Still looking for our new place – I’m sure we’ll find it when the time is right!

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some textures taken from that same trip to Virginia. Rocks, rust and some old barn wood. Enjoy!

AND…I’ve just posted “Sunday Sampler Group 5” for sale in the Peacock Studio! This consists of all of the textures from the Sunday Samplers from Jan – June 2018. Every six months I group the textures and post in the store in case you’re new to the blog and/or missed them previously. There is always AT LEAST six months worth that you can scroll back through the old blog posts and download.

The Sunday Sampler Groups normally sell for $15 each, but I’m doing a SALE on ALL FIVE GROUPS till next Sunday for JUST $10 per group! Each group has at least 70 large textures (4500 px x 3000 px). These can be used for both personal and commercial work, but they cannot be shared, sold or redistributed in any way. CHECK OUT THE SALE HERE!

NOTE: Because these are such large files (300-600MB), I will send you a direct link after purchase. Thanks!

My next Topaz webinar will be Tuesday, January 8th at 5:00 pm Eastern time. Registration will go live later this week.

Join me for some new creative techniques in Topaz Studio, where I’ll use the Pro Adjustments, Impression and, of course, Topaz Texture Effects! I’ll give you some insight on my thought process and why I select the effects that I do, as well as how to modify presets to your taste and layer multiple presets.

Watch me take this simple leaf shot and create four versions (below) by layering presets in Topaz Studio and Texture Effects.

PIXELO has been having some great deals lately! This one expires in just 24 Hours (9 am Eastern time on Monday). THE CHRISTMAS & WINTER BUNDLE consists of:

  • 66 Ready Christmas Photo Overlays
  • 700+ Christmas Lightroom Presets
  • 456 Fog and Rain Photo Overlays
  • 180+ Abstract Snowflakes
  • 130+ Christmas Bokeh Photo Overlays
  • 120+ Christmas Light Leaks Photo Overlays
  • 110+ Christmas Sparks Photo Overlays
  • 100 Professional Lens Flare Overlays
  • 100 Fairy Light Overlays
  • 94 Firefly Photo Overlays
  • 80 Snowflake Photo Overlays
  • 77 Abstract Lines Photo Overlays
  • 60 Galaxy Stars Photo Overlays
  • 60 Confetti Photo Overlays
  • 50 Winter Frames
  • 50 Frozen Photo Overlays
  • 28 Christmas clip art Overlays
  • 15 Glitter Effect Photo Overlays
  • 15 Fireworks Photo Overlays
  • Commercial License
  • Lifetime download access

CLICK HERE TO GRAB IT NOW BEFORE IT EXPIRES – JUST $9

AND…check back every day this week for the 7 days of Sizzling Offers!

Here’s a good article on a project for a Winter day when you want to say inside…“How to Photograph Smoke” from PictureCorrect.com.

Dec. 16 Sunday Sampler

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”. 

Topaz Holiday Sale continues through 12/26!

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)
Pumpkin Selection
Pumpkin Selected
  • 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!
Using Move Tool to move and resize new pumpkin.
Using Move Tool to move and resize new pumpkin.

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!

A handy article from PhotographyPla.net on Storm Photography.

And from CreativeBloq, an article with 6 Free Alternatives to Photoshop, Illustrator and more! 

Holiday Deals from Topaz and Pixelo!

Topaz Holiday Sale!

The Topaz Labs Holiday Sale Promotion brings you the best deals of the year! Featuring 2 limited time bundles, storewide discounts, and more!

SALE RUNS FROM 3:00 TODAY THROUGH MIDNIGHT 12/26 (CST)

Click HERE for all the deals!

  • Get everything we own in one purchase – the Everything We Own Bundle is only $499.99: Our best deal of the year – Plugins, Pro Adjustments, and Standalone Products – all in one bundle all for only $500 during this sale only!
  • Artistic Bundle (a Holiday Sale Exclusive) for $199.99: Get our top artistic tools including Glow in Studio, the Impression Adjustment, A.I. ReMix, Simplify in Studio and Texture Effects in Studio, in one big bundle for one low price during this sale only.
  • A.I. Gigapixel at the lowest price of the year – only $69.99: Get our most popular product of the year at the lowest price of the season. That’s $30 off the original price of A.I. Gigapixel!
  • 25% off all individual items storewide: For people who don’t want to take advantage of the massive savings for each of the bundles above, they will still save 25% automatically when they purchase any items during this promotion! (Does not include the Everything Bundle or the Artistic Bundle)
  • Give a gift and get 15% back in store credit – It’s the time of year to shop for others! With Topaz, you can give incredible, one-of-a-kind gifts. With lifetime free updates and the best savings of the year, it’s the perfect time to give the gift of Topaz! And it’s the gift that keeps on giving – for every gift you buy, get 15% back in store credit to use for yourself!

Click HERE for all the Deals!

(And as always, if you already own SOME of the Topaz products, be sure to log in to your account and when you add the bundle to your cart, you will see your specific pricing based on what you already own.)

Pixelo – Buy 1 Get 1 FREE deal!

Act fast on this one! Deal Expires Sunday midnight UK time!

Buy the Retro Fonts Giga Bundle & Get the Decorative Fonts Bundle FREE!

This offer includes their extended license, making it even more valuable for you. You’re able to use these resources in wider, original designs for personal and commercial projects. JUST $29 FOR BOTH BUNDLES!

What’s included in this bundle?

  • The Modern Fonts Bundle: 94 high-quality font families & 526 unique fonts;
  • The Decorative Fonts Bundle: 67 high-quality font families & 121 unique fonts;
  • Commercial License, check out more about the license;
  • Lifetime download access;
  • Unlimited support and quick response.
94 High Quality Fonts
THE RETRO FONT BUNDLE!!
67 Font Families and 121 unique fonts.
THE DECORATIVE FONT BUNDLE!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS DEAL BEFORE SUNDAY NIGHT!


A Freebie just in this morning! 32 Crinkly Paper Textures for Photoshop from MediaLoot (there are a few that are for sale, but the majority are free). CLICK HERE!

Dec. 9 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of textures from two botanical gardens we visited in NY during Thanksgiving week. The “cracked paint” texture was on a birdhouse inside Lamberton Conservatory at Highland Park in Rochester, and the “Cracked Circle” of wood and “Rippled Design” – which is a plant – are from the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in Buffalo.

Holiday Cards

You may already know that we have a Facebook group called “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art”. We are inviting members to digitally share their holidays cards (you do not need to have used textures on these). If you would like to share your card, feel free to join the group and share! It is also an inspiring group for beautiful texture work. 

My next Topaz Webinar will be Tuesday, January 8th at 5:00 Eastern time! It’s always fun working with Topaz products and sharing techniques. If there is something you’d like to see me do in the webinar, feel free to email me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com. I will see what I can do to include suggestions in my projects. 

The questions that get sent in during the webinars are always good ones! Due to time constraints, we could never get them all answered in one webinar session, so here are a few more from my last webinar with my replies:

Q: How did she unlock the ratio?  
(In my last webinar I overlaid a second image and did not want to keep the same proportions as the original file.)

A: In Studio, you can add an image as a separate “layer”. In the right panel, click on “Image” – that will open the Image Layer dialogue box shown below. If you do not want to keep the original proportion of the layer, click on “No” next to Lock Aspect Ratio. This will let you stretch or shrink the image as needed. This comes in handy if you are doing compositing as I was in the last webinar.

Q: A question that is asked pretty much every webinar – “How do I import textures into Studio/Texture Effects?”

A: You can add your own textures (ones that you’ve created or ones that you purchase or download) into the Textures panel of Studio (which also adds them to Texture Effects if you have that plug-in). 

You need to have an image open in Studio, then choose “Texture” under Adjustments (this is one of the Pro Adjustments). Once the Texture layer is open, click on the icon next to “Category” (see below). 

That will take you to the Texture Manager (below) where you can 1) name a folder for your new textures, then 2) import them. 

Q: Do you ever get confused about when to stop?

A: Great question! It’s truly a matter of personal preference and if you like the image at a particular stage, then you’re done! I like to start playing with effects – sometimes I have a pre-conceived idea in my head and sometimes not – and start playing with Adjustments and presets. I very often apply more than one preset — I’ll be showing you some of that in the next webinar!

Some finds from this week!

PhotographyPla.net – If you do not already get their newsletters, sign up and get a Free Photography Bundle that includes PS actions, LR presets, photo overlays and print templates. They also have a set of Winter actions available. 

From ProBlogDesign, find 40 Extraordinary Photoshop Text Effects.

And from BrushLovers.com, 20 Soft Bokeh Photoshop Brushes. Be sure to look around on this site – TONS of brushes as well as patterns, textures and more! As always, be sure to read the Terms of Use before using on commercial products. 

Nov. 25 – Sunday Sampler

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.

Topaz Specials

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!

Grut Brushes

Fabulous brushes for digital painting AND for creating textures! Sale expires Monday midnight (UK time). Click HERE to find the details.

Design Cuts

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!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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)

Stay tuned for more deals this week!

Black Friday Specials!

The biggest Topaz sale of the year! Starts Thanksgiving morning and runs through Cyber Monday midnight (CST). 

3 DEALS TO CHOOSE FROM!

PRO PACK ADJUSTMENTS = $250 ($635 value)

All 24 Pro Adjustments including AI ReMix & AI Clear plus the other 22 adjustments. NOTE: You only pay for what you don’t own – be sure to be logged in to your account and when you place in your cart, you will see your special price based on what you already own).

A.I. BUNDLE = $150 (value $229.97)

Includes AI ReMix, AI Clear and AI GigaPexel!

EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE TOPAZ STORE IS 25% OFF!

Every adjustment, plug-in and standalone program! If it’s not in the two bundles above, it’s 25% off.

NO COUPON CODES NEEDED! PRICES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED IN YOUR CART.

Click here to grab these special deals!

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced their Black Friday specials. It will put its popular Airport Advantage Plus rolling camera bag on sale at 50% off over Black Friday weekend. In addition, several of its most popular camera bags will be on sale at 40% starting on Black Friday and through December 2nd. CLICK HERE TO GET THESE SPECIAL DEALS!

And don’t forget, by using my special Web link when ordering, you will receive a free gift and free shipping on top of the discounts!

The Airport Advantage Plus rolling camera bag is designed specifically for traveling photographers. By it complying with international carry-on size and weight requirements, you can keep your most valuable gear safe and near you when flying.

On sale at 40% through December 2nd are Think Tank’s Spectral shoulder bags, UltraLight backpacks, Signature shoulder bags, Sidepath backpack, and Multi-Mount holsters. The UltraLight backpacks are the lightest weight photo backpacks on the market. The Signature shoulder series are designed for wedding and other event photographers who seek a more elegant and discreet shoulder bag.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

A freebie I just saw online! 20+ Free High Quality Photoshop Brush Sets from WebDesignDev.com.

And, from MediaLoot.com, How to Make a Text Portrait in Photoshop. 

And don’t forget to take advantage of my eBook pre-release and Peacock Studio Discounts (See the 11/18 blog post). 

(See the 11/18 blog post). 

There are more Black Friday specials coming…stay tuned!

Nov. 18 Sunday Sampler

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.

Click HERE to go to the Peacock Studio store!

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Also new in the Peacock Studio are 3 new texture sets!

Just added today – 3 new computer-created texture sets – “Inky Leaks 1”; “Procreate 1”; and “Watercolor Designs 1”. 

These 3 sets as well as all of my texture sets and the first eBook are now 25% off until Sunday, Nov. 25th at midnight EST. 

These 3 texture sets are the first in 3 new series – more to be added soon!

These 3 sets are regular $6 – just $4.50 with the 25% sale. USE CODE HOLIDAY2018 AT CHECKOUT!

Click Peacock Studio to see all of our textures and products.

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 HERE to 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!).  

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION!

The Black Friday Sales will be in full swing this week from many of the vendors I do business with! I’ll be sending another post or two this week to keep you up-to-date with the best deals!

Topaz’s sale will run Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday (I can’t reveal what it is yet!).

StudioMagic is having a FABULOUS sale on all of their products (they have over 60 of them! You DON’T want to miss this one for sure!

And many of the companies that do “bundles” of products will be releasing info soon — stay tuned!

Gobble! Gobble!

Nov. 11 Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! And a huge thank you to all of our Veteran’s who have served our Country on this Veteran’s Day. My Dad and my husband both served in the Navy, and we have many other family members and friends who have served as well. Thank you to all.

 

I was playing around with an image to create some textures for this week’s Sunday Sampler. I took a cropped portion of a hot air balloon and started layering effects in Topaz Studio. The first image is one effect (Impression – Chalk Smudge). Then I got a little crazy and ended up with SIX presets layered!! THEN…I used ReStyle and Texture Effects to create two other versions of that one in B&W and Sepia!

I’m going to ask Heath if we can do this one either in a blog post for Topaz or a webinar. Stay tuned!!

 

REMINDER…the Early Bird Pricing for the Creative Photography Conference ends on November 30th! Don’t miss out on the special pricing and save $61 off your registration. There will not be any other discounts offered on the Conference! A great idea for a holiday gift for yourself or a creative friend!

I will be posting more speaker bios soon here in the blog and also creating pages for each of them under the Creative Photography Conference page on our website, https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

 

WebDesignDev.com has “20+ Free Design Goodies You Will Want to Download”There are all kinds of things in this one – from fonts to textures to mock-ups and much more.

If you are into iPhoneography, here’s a good article on TheAppWhisperer.com “The iPhone Photography Apps You Need by Paul Brown”. I have some of these, but others are new to me and I’ll be checking them out! One of my favorites that is mentioned is DistressedFx – great textures!

And on iDesignNow.com, “25 Photoshop Surreal & Fantasy Photo Manipulation Tutorials”. Some very cool stuff!

 

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Here are the Q&A for a few more questions asked during my webinar on Oct. 30th.

Q: I can’t see how she drags images in Topaz Studio!

A: I work with two monitors, so during a webinar, I have all of my images open in a folder on the 2nd monitor. I just grab (click and hold) and drag the image into Studio on the other monitor. It makes it quicker during the webinars. If you are working on just one monitor, you can go to the top toolbar in Studio and click File > Open Image or Project > the just go to the folder you have your image saved in, click and open.

Q: How many layers does Studio permit?

A: There is no limit! you can add as many as you need.

Q: Can the original Topaz plug-ins be used in Studio (or accessed from Studio)?

A: YES! If you are working in Studio, you can access all of the plug-ins that you own right there. That’s what I love about Studio – you can do everything in one space. To access any of the plug-ins that are NOT “Studio Plug-ins”, go to the top toolbar and click Plug-Ins – a drop-down list will appear with all of the plug-ins that you own.

The six plug-ins that have Studio versions are Clarity, Detail, Glow, Impression, Simplify and Texture Effects. Those will be available in the left panel of Studio.

Q: Does Hazel hand-hold her camera for most of her photos or does she shoot more on a tripod. Also, does she use camera functions or shoot mostly in manual?

A: I have mostly tended to hand-hold when shooting, however, I do “force” myself to use a tripod more often these days when I know I should, especially in low-light situations. I do often hand-hold though when photographing birds in flight with my 150-500mm Sigma! Does get tiring, but it’s much easier than on a tripod.

And probably at least 75% of the time I shoot on manual. I will choose my desired f-stop and then just move the wheel to get the exposure where needed. The rest of the time I’ll most likely be on aperture priority if I don’t feel I’ll need to change the f-stop much. It generally depends on the lighting conditions.

 

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Have a great week!