Tutorial Thursday Dec. 12 + Topaz Holiday Sale!

Sample Word Art Poster

Last week I shared a new Design Cuts Mini Bundle that is exclusive to Meredith Images’ readers! This bundle contains five texture products that I think you will love.

This is another tutorial showing you how you can not only use the products in general, but also how you can manipulate and change textures when you begin to layer them, thus creating new textures or backgrounds for a project such as scrapbooking, word art, etc.

I began with an item from “108 Flow Liquid Textures”, #3. I rotated the image 90° clockwise (Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Clockwise).

I then opened then opened “Damaged Poster Textures” and selected #12. I chose this texture as I liked the curve of the color in the texture – I thought it was similar to the curve of the Flow texture. However, to get the curves of each to be heading the same direction, I flipped the Poster Texture Vertically (Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical). I then used the “handles” to rotate the texture and further align with the base texture, like this:

I then changed the Blending Mode of the top texture to Color Burn, and lowered the opacity to 75%.

If you don’t like the darker spots flowing through the center, add a Layer Mask and remove them!

I thought that this texture looks like waves on a beach, so I decided to add a “beachy” saying, “Happiness comes in Waves”.

Select the Type Tool. I used the font Fanatic Lite at 150 pt. I selected the color from the dark area of the texture (#2d3a37), then typed the word “Happiness”. (Of course, you can use fonts you have or like.)

In order to add a new type layer and change the font and point size without it changing my first type layer, I find it easiest to add a new blank layer before making changes for my second type layer.

So, add a new blank layer, then change your typeface to Gabriola, 110 pt. same color, and type “comes in”.

Add another new blank layer, change typeface to Allegretto Script, 250 pt., same color, and type “Waves”. Hit Control + T to get the bounding box and handles and rotate this word as shown. I also wanted just the “W” to be bigger, so I highlighted that letter and changed the point size to 300 pt. I also wanted to take out some of the excess space between the ‘W’ and the ‘a’. To do this, put your cursor between the two letters and open the Character Panel (Window > Character). In the box next to the “V/A” symbol I entered -100 and this closed up that excess space nicely.

I like to add Layer Styles to my type layers to give them some depth and dimension. Select the Happiness layer. Double-click just below the word Happiness in the grey area of the layer to open the Layer Styles box.

First, I added a Stroke. Click the box to the left of Stroke, and be sure to click on that line so it is highlighted and you will have the proper control panel. I selected a size of 5 px; position = Outside; Blend Mode = Normal; Opacity 80%; Color = White.

Then check off the Drop Shadow box and highlight that row. I used the following settings:

You can now copy this layer style to the other 2 layers. Right click on the layer where the layer styles now show > Copy Layer Style. Now right click on the other 2 layers and Paste Layer Style.

I added one more layer style to just the “Waves” type. Double-click to reopen the layer styles box. I added a “Bevel & Emboss” effect to this word:

FINISHED PROJECT:

SPRING 2020 “TENNESSEE BARNS & BACK ROADS” WORKSHOPS NOW SOLD OUT!

Wow – there is just ONE spot left for the May 14-17 session. The April 27-30 session and May 28-31 session are SOLD OUT! If you would like to be put on a waiting list in case of a cancellation – or to be the first to know of Fall “Barns & Back Roads Workshops”, send me an email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.

UPDATE – LAST SPOT IS GONE – WE ARE NOW FILLED!! If you are interested in joining us for a Barns & Back Roads workshop, let me know — I may add another one or two in April or May!

Topaz announced a Holiday Sale just a little while ago – 25% off anything in the Topaz Store! You can also “Gift” Topaz software to your favorite photographer – check it all out HERE!

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

Tutorial Thursday Oct. 10

MY 3 ESSENTIAL TOPAZ TOOLS

One of my blog readers suggested this post. Thank you John W.! As you all know, I love my Topaz, and this article will share my top three tools.

#1 – AI Clear

I use AI Clear on EVERY image! It’s totally amazing and the best thing ever created (in my opinion)! AI Clear sharpens, reduces noise and adds clarity in one click. Of course, you can fine tune it to your image and taste, but the majority of the time, the default settings work for me!

If I start with an image in Lightroom, I do my basic adjustments there, then bring it in to Photoshop. I duplicate the layer and then immediately open Studio 2 and apply AI Clear. Then “accept” and return to Photoshop. I like having things on separate layers, so most often, this is my workflow.

However, if I do take an image directly into Studio 2, I would do my basic adjustments there and then apply AI Clear before any other creative processing.

#2 – DeNoise AI

The majority of the time AI Clear does all I need for noise reduction. But if it’s an exceptionally noisy image (like a concert or especially a cell phone image), DeNoise AI does an amazing job at getting rid of noise.

You want to apply enough to reduce the noise, but not go too far with the settings to make your image look out of focus.

Here is an example. Original Concert photo taken on iPhone 8+:

After DeNoise AI:

Close Up of before and after:

#3 – Gigapixel AI

Gigapixel AI lets you enlarge a digital file without losing resolution and having the image get “pixelated”. I find this comes in handy when someone sends me a file to edit and it’s small and low resolution. It is also great if you have a smaller image (say, saved for posting to social media), and need to enlarge it for a print. Optimally you would use the original larger file, but if that file were not available, Gigapixel AI to the rescue!

Example. This original image is 4″ x 6′ for posting to Facebook. I enlarged it at 600% to 24″ x 36″. I think the enlargement looks even better than the original! If this image looks familiar, you may have seen it as the Gigapixel AI product image on the Topaz website!

Original 4″ x 6″:

Enlarged 600% with Gigapixel AI:

Closeup of enlarged image:

Impressive to be sure!

BONUS – #4 – Textures!!

How could I not mention Textures as a favorite tool! As you know from my work and webinars, I often begin with a “Look” (formerly called “Preset”) and then modify it by adding and/or deleting textures, borders, scratches, etc.

The most important part of any creative editing is to have fun, explore, and find your own creative style.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

We are in the beginning stages of planning the next Creative Photography Conference! This will be our fourth year coming up in Spring 2020. We had hoped to do a Fall 2019 event, but with the way things changed this year and relocating, it just didn’t come together. However, watch for a Fall 2020 event if all goes as planned!

We’re looking at April 25-26 in Northeast Tennessee for the Spring event. This is a beautiful time to be in TN with all the bright Spring greens and wildflowers. I am also planning an add-on workshop after the main conference to explore the beautiful countryside. Working on some barn and antique workshops as well. Stay tuned for details soon!

Tutorial Thursday Oct. 3

WORD ART

In Sunday’s post I shared a canvas I created for our new TN house. Word Art can be created in conjunction with a photo, or as in this case, just words and vector or clip art.

I knew I wanted to print this on a 16″ x 20″ canvas, so I began the project with a new file (File > New File) and set the size at 20″ x 24″ to allow for the canvas to “wrap” around the sides. Background white at 300 dpi.

In Photoshop, I set up guidelines for my 2″ margins. To get these, click on the ruler, hold and drag down. These lines will not print – they are just on-screen guides.

I wanted this piece to look “rustic”, so I began with a wood texture that I had photographed and turned into a black and white.

I also knew I wanted blue tones throughout this piece as that will be the main color in the new house. So I added one of my blue bokeh textures over the wood, changing the blending mode to Multiply and the opacity to 93%.

I though the wood was too “heavy”, so I lowered the opacity of the wood layer to 72% and got this:

Much better! Now I needed some mountains! I searched my library of art and found this image:

A beautiful mountain view illustration

I liked the shape and trees, but wanted it to be blue. So, Topaz ReStyle to the rescue! by using two presets of blue tones (Endless Polar Lake and The Blue Calm), I changed the art to this:

A beautiful mountain view illustration

Next, back in PS, I selected the sky and lightest mountain layer and deleted those:

I saved this as a PNG file to maintain the transparency of the sky, and brought this file into my project (just like you would drag in a texture). I positioned it and changed the blending mode to Overlay (I wanted it to look like it was printed on the wood), and the opacity to 85%.

Now I was ready to add my words! After testing several fonts, I went with Rebel. I used a font size of 230 pt. since this is a big canvas, and typed my words. I angled them a bit as well.

I like using layer styles on type to help it “stand out” from the background and give it some depth. To get to the Layer Styles panel, just double click on the type later over towards the right in the blank area.

For this type I added 3 layer styles – Bevel & Emboss; a Stroke of 15 px in a darker blue; and a drop shadow in white at 28%. Of course, settings will depend on your particular project and how you’d like it to look.

Here is the finished image ready for printing:

And this is the finished image:

I received the canvas in the mail already and I love it! Can’t wait to hang it up in Tennessee!!

P.S. I use Canvas on Demand for my canvas prints. They always have great sales and their quality is fabulous – and quick service!

Word Art is so much fun. Here are a couple of other pieces I created a couple of years ago. I saw the quotes online and created my own versions:

UPCOMING EVENT

I will be one of the speakers for Mike Moats’ Macro Conference on Oct. 19-20 in Cleveland, Ohio (yep – the week before we’re moving!). I will be doing a seminar on “Topaz & Textures”, my two favorite subjects! I believe there are just a couple spots left – check it out HERE. Hope to see you there.

Tutorial Thursday Sept. 26

TENNESSEE BARN

If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’ve been editing and posting lots of barn pics from last week. Here is one more!

This is the RAW file taken with my Panasonic Lumix G7.

I brought it into Photoshop first (from Lightroom, though I did not make any adjustments in LR). In PS I used the healing brush to get rid of the pole on the left side and then cropped the image a bit on the top, bottom and right

In PS I duplicated the layer and opened Studio 2 (Filter > Topaz Studio 2).

First I added a Filter > AI Clear > Sharpness = High

Next, Filter > Basic Adjustment with these changes:
Exposure = .20
Clarity = .38
Shadows = .42
Highlights = -.55

Next, Add Look > Grungy category > Vibrant Grunge > lowered opacity to 80%

Then add Filter > Texture > Category=Meredith Images > French Tuck. Blending Mode Hard Light; Opacity 42%

Add Filter > Texture > Category=Meredith Images > Russet. Blending Mode Soft Light; Opacity 35%. I added a layer mask and masked this texture off of the barn.

Click Accept to return to Photoshop. Here is the layers in Studio:

And this is the finished image:

Have a good day!

Tutorial Thursday Sept. 19

FORSYTHIA

Even though we are heading into Autumn, I’m still working with some images from the Spring! Here is the original image:

A pretty “blah” background for sure! After doing basic edits to color, contrast, etc. in Lightroom, I took this into Photoshop. Duplicate the background layer and open Filter > Topaz Studio 2.

I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with this image, so I started scrolling through the Looks menu. First I applied “Line & Ink“. I liked the preset on the flowers, but not what it did to the background:

Line & Ink Preset

So I added a layer mask in Studio 2 and masked the Look off of the background, leaving it only on the flowers:

Line & Ink Masked off background.

I began looking for another Look to add – possibly with a border of some sort. I found “Filed Negative Holder“. I left the blending mode at Normal but changed the opacity to 50% to bring back some color to the flowers.

I decided to add a texture (or two)! First I found Cornfield; changed the blending mode to Overlay and the opacity to 59%.

To add a little more yellow, I added another texture > Meredith Images > Golden Sunrise. Blending mode Soft Light; Opacity 40%. I also flipped the texture vertically to put the darker color at the top.

I accepted these changes in Studio to send it back to Photoshop. For one last effect, I used a brush to add some additional texture.

I added a new blank layer; selected a brush from my eBook #1 – Scratched 1 – color #564f3a and rotated the brush 90 degrees. I made the brush bigger (the vertical size of the image) and clicked ONCE. Hit Control + T to transform and make the brush cover the image. I decided I didn’t want the brush outside of the border, so I added a layer mask. Then changed the blending mode to Hard Light and opacity to 52%.

Final layers.

And this is the final image:

Have a good day!

Tutorial Thursday Sept. 12

MAGNOLIA BLOSSOM

For this week’s tutorial, I took a very ordinary snapshot – taken on my cell phone – and turned it into something “respectable” (even if it isn’t a “work of art”)! Here is the original image:

The background is MUCH too busy, and a few of the petals are definitely not at their prime. So first, I did a clean up of the petals in the middle (see the circled areas):

Next I needed to clean up the background. I didn’t mind the greenery in the lower left, but the rest had to go! I used the eraser tool (yes, it would be better to mask it, but sometimes I use the quick way). I then added a new layer beneath the image and filled it by sampling the sky color near the top (almost white but not quite):

Now I wanted to take this into Topaz Studio 2 to add some effects. Instead of flattening the layer and then duplicating it (one option), I like to create a “merged” layer above the current layers. To do this it is Control+Alt+Shift+E (Command+Option+Shift+E on a Mac).

Now I launched Studio 2 from Photoshop. First I decided I wanted a watercolor look, so I used the preset “Summer of 68”. I did not make any changes to this preset.

Next I added Filter > Impression > Brush 05 > Paint volume .05 > texture Canvas III (texture strength .23 and size .15).

Then Filter > Texture > Group > Borders > Fade 6 > Blending Mode = Multiply > Opacity = 65%

Then one more Filter > Texture > Storms End > Blending Mode = Multiply > Opacity = 45%.

And this is the result:

So take those cell phone shots and make ’em pretty!! Have a great day!

Feb. 24 – Sunday Sampler

Lots of nasty weather across the country this week! Snow in Las Vegas and the Sonoran Desert; flooding in Tennessee and other states…stay safe everyone! I drove to TN and back this week myself. We’re looking to relocate later this year. Luckily we had an inspection done on the property. Too many issues to make it worth it. The home/property search is back on!

This week’s Sunday Sampler starts with a moss-covered board in FL. I modified it three other ways with Topaz. Feel free to take the original and create some new modifications of your own! Enjoy!

If you are looking to expand your font collection, my friends at Design Cuts have a beautiful new font bundle for you! The “Font Lovers Versatile Library” . This collection has a wide variety of styles, from display, sans serif, serifs, vintage, and more. If you purchased individually, the value is $1750. The Bundle price is just $29! CLICK HERE to visit the Design Cuts page and check it out!

A New National Park

Press release from the National Park Foundation:

“Chances are, when you think about the National Park Foundation, the first places that come to mind are the largest national parks we protect and support.
However, the National Park System consists of over 400 national parks, large and small, from coast to coast. These places honor the battlefields, historic homes, birthplaces, forts, and other landmarks where pivotal events happened — events that deserve to be remembered and understood as American history moves forward.
I’d like to take the opportunity to share with you one of the newest national monuments in the country — one of the few to commemorate the history of organized labor, and the first-ever national park in Chicago.
If the name “Pullman” rings a bell, you might be a railroad buff. “Pullman cars” transformed rail travel by introducing sleeping accommodations to make long-distance travel on America’s burgeoning railroad network more comfortable for those who could afford it. Virtually all of the Pullman car porters and maids were African Americans, some of whom were emancipated slaves who migrated north. Though they worked largely for tips and had to pay for their own meals, uniforms, and lodging, employment on the trains was considered an elite and symbolically important position, opening the door to economic advancement. But the wages for all Pullman workers were sharply cut during the Panic of 1893. And though their paychecks dropped by 25 percent, rent and other costs within the factory town stayed the same. Pullman workers walked out on May 11, 1894.
The events at Pullman, including the historic strike which started there and lead to over 250,000 workers striking nationwide, happened over a century ago. But, the site’s influence as a catalyst of labor organizing and a source of African American opportunity has endured for decades.
We have a vision to help the National Park Service open a vibrant new National Park Service Visitor Center that offers unprecedented opportunities to step inside one of Pullman’s historic structures and be immersed in the town’s many stories.
The Visitor Center and the surrounding area will be a gateway to broader exploration of the entire Pullman Historic District. Local events and partnerships, alongside National Park Service programming, will bring lively activities to the site. New walking paths with interpretive signage will give visitors the opportunity to explore Pullman’s stories at their own pace, from quick circuits around the Visitor Center to longer walking tour experiences.
Exhibits, interpretation, and signage will provide families, school groups, and adults with the opportunity to examine our nation’s history from a variety of perspectives — those of immigrant workers; African American porters and maids; Pullman himself; and company managers, government officials, and observers including contemporary journalists and politicians.
It will be extraordinary.”

I’ve added this new park to my “to visit” list!

Upcoming Event

In late July I will be speaking at the Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs Summer Weekend of Photography (SWMCCC). The event will be held at Hope College in Holland, Michigan July 26-28, 2019. CLICK HERE for their website. They will be posting more info on the 2019 event shortly.

I will be doing two sessions on “HDR – The Natural Look” and two sessions of “Creativity with Topaz & Textures”.

Don’t Miss Out! Last New England Conference!

May 18-19, 2019
at the
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
Southbridge, MA

Join us for the 3rd Creative Photography Conference! 
We have EIGHT wonderful speakers
covering a variety of creative topics:

Anne Belmont (Chicago) – Lensbaby Specialist 
John Barclay (PA) – “Creativity with Topaz” & “Dream, Believe, Create”
Mark Bowie (MA) – “Envision: The Art of Seeing Creatively” & 
“Multiple Exposures for Maximum Landscapes”
Betty Wiley (Cape Cod) – “Get Creative with LR”, “Creative PS” & “Luminar”
Hazel Meredith (CT) – “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum Into a Work of Art” &
“Creating Your Own Textures in PS with Brushes featuring Grut Brushes”
Jane Driscoll (CT) – “iPhoneography + Apps” & “iColorama”
Loretta Paul-Goldin (CT) – “Create Your Own Textures with Alcohol Inks”
Jan Doyle (CT) – “Creative Projects with Your Photos” &
“Get Your Name Out – Free Publicity with YouTube”

ADDED FOR 2019…

Friday – 2 Pre-Conference Hands-On Workshops
Join either John Barclay or myself for an afternoon of hands-on learning. Bring your laptop (or follow along if you prefer) and work along with John (Topaz) or me (Textures). We will provide images so we can work together. These sessions are limited 24 people each. $69 for either session. (You must be registered for the Conference to attend these sessions.)

Friday & Saturday Nights – Optional Dinner Buffet
Southbridge is a small town – why wait somewhere for dinner? Join our speakers and other attendees for an expansive dinner buffet. Sit, relax and chat a while! $20

Special Offer! 

While our Early Bird pricing was the best deal for our Conference – and we did say there would be no further discounts – we added a special code for students and friends of each of our speakers (including me). Save $25 on your registration with the code meredith25. This code expires on March 31st and will be your last chance to save $$ on registration.

GO TO OUR WEBSITE TO SIGN UP!
https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

Stay tuned tomorrow!

A new product release coming from Topaz!

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!