Thursday Thoughts June 2

These months fly by WAAAY to quick! June already???

Here’s another quick Photoshop Tutorial from Jesus Ramirez – “Keep One Color in PS (no masks needed)”. I would have never guessed at this method!! Now I need to practice it! Enjoy!

IT’S GETTING CLOSER!
4th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
June 25-26, 2022

EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS JUNE 12TH!
DON’T MISS OUT!

We have another stellar group of talented photographers/artists
that will share their creativity with you!

OUR CREATIVE SPEAKER LINEUP!
Click the Speaker’s names below to see details on their sessions!

Cheryl Belczak (NY)
“Still Life Strategies” &
“Daydreaming in Flowers”

Bob Coates (AZ)
“Fine Art Photo-Synthesis” &
“Leveraging Today’s Tech for More Creative Images”

Jamie Konarski Davidson (NC)
“Wabi Sabi” &
“Motion & Multiples”

Diana Day (MI)
“Creative Effects with Brushes, Clipping Masks and Fonts”

Anita Hubbard (Canada)
“Creating A Story through Composites”

Sherri Reed (VA)
“Folk Art Style Composites” &
“Simple Composite Solutions”

Dave Meredith (TN)
“Finding Your Creative Voice”

Hazel Meredith (TN)
“Creative Processing for Architecture”
& “Dive Deeper Into the Nik Suite”

REGISTER NOW – Just $39!
Click Here to Register!

UPDATE & SUMMER SALE FROM LUMINAR

Skylum just released Luminar Neo 1.0.7!

In the new Luminar Neo 1.0.7 Update, it’s easy to select your favorite tools and have them at your fingertips whenever you need. Simply right-click a tool you like and add it to favorites. You’ll always see your favorites at the top of the list for every photo you edit. Plus, masking technology is now available on added Layers, so don’t hesitate to get creative. Oh, and Luminar Neo now speaks Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish. And to top it all off, we’ve caught 12 bugs that could lead to unexpected results.

Pricing – One-time purchase – If you are new to Skylum products:
Luminar Neo – 1 seat for $64; 2 seats for $84

Pricing – One-time purchase – For current Skylum customers:
Luminar Neo – 1 seat for $49; 2 seats for $59

CLICK HERE TO GET THIS SPECIAL PRICING!

Sale ends June 10th!

JIXIPIX SUMMER SALE

I love JixiPix! Both on my phone and on my desktop! They create tons of apps for both! If you attended our first Virtual Creative Photography Conference, you received a free copy of Grungetastic for Desktop – one of my faves! You can buy individual apps or bundles. (Sale is on desktop apps, not for phones.)

CLICK HERE TO CHECK ‘EM OUT
AND USE CODE
SUMMER22 TO SAVE 35%!

SALE ON TOPAZ GIGAPIXEL AI

SALE ENDS TOMORROW, JUNE 3rd!
Save $20 on Gigapixel AI from Topaz

Reg. $99.99 – sale price $79.99

Exceptional AI image upscaler delivering
enhanced detail and resolution by 600%!

Use deep learning to get better photo quality by enhancing detail. Join the hundreds of thousands of photographers and designers who use Gigapixel AI for better printing, cropping, restoration and more!
(I love using Gigapixel for textures! It allows me to take a small part of a photo and enlarge to a usable size to apply to images!)

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT AND GET THE SALE PRICE!

CREATING YOUR OWN TEXTURES COURSE

If you haven’t joined the party, jump on in!! The course is self-paced, and you may download the videos as well as all of the PDF instructions to use at any time.

You will learn how to create your own textures and then modify them for even more textures! Use Photoshop filters, brushes, Procreate on iPad, and your smartphone to create/photograph textures, and then modify or change those textures with plug-in software, brushes, phone apps, and by blending multiple textures, using gradient maps, changing color palettes, and much more. Module 9 will contain LOTS of techniques to create textures by hand at home with free or inexpensive supplies – mostly things you’ll find around the house!

Modules 1-5 are released and people are creating some awesome new textures! Module 6 releasing this week! Modules 7, 8 & 9 are planned to be released before the end of June. We already have Module 10 for Resources. AND…also included with the course are several group chats – we’ve had one so far and there will be a couple more as modules are rolled out. The first one was recorded and has been added to the Resource module for those who could not attend “live”. We also have a private Facebook group just for course participants to share creations and ideas and ask questions.

The first five modules contain five hours worth of video tutorials plus the written PDF instructions, as well as over 100 texture images!

And...in the future when I add new material or update any materials in the course, you will be able to access the new material all for the same low price (I already have some new ideas and techniques I want to add to the early modules)!

Don’t wait…the base price will be increasing once the last Module is released!

Come join us!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE
“CREATING YOUR OWN TEXTURES COURSE”!

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Tutorial Thursday December 30


A sincere thank you for your support in 2021!
I truly appreciate everyone – I couldn’t keep doing what I do without you!
Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022!

Today I’ll do some Q&A from Tuesday’s “Creative Compositing” Webinar.

Q: Do your images originate as RAW files or JPG’s?
A: I do shoot in RAW, so that’s what I started with. Each component has typically been edited. I make JPGs for the webinars as they load quicker (even if it’s an unprocessed file).

Q: Do you ever use Smart Objects?
A: I do on occasion – I know I should use them more often! I just got in the habit of using layers for all my adjustments, so that’s how I typically work.

Q: How did you make the selection of the tree to remove all the busy background?
A: I did it in several steps using mostly the Magic Wand and targeting different areas. It worked fine for this image. However, as with most things in Photoshop, there are many ways to do everything! One viewer asked about using Channels to make the selection. I have seen it done and used the process myself once or twice. Here are a couple of videos that get into that process. The first one is from PixImperfect by Unmesh Dinda – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6I9Q-b2pQc. And another from The Photoshop Training Channel with Jesus Ramirez – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IYea3raR5s. Both guys talk a little fast, but they have great, helpful tutorials!

Q: Do you have a webinar on making watercolor textures?
A: I do not have a webinar on that, but I am in the “Pre-Release” stage of my first course, “Making Your Own Textures”, which will share all my insider secrets on making textures! See further down the blog for more info and a link! Pre-Sale ends tomorrow, 12/31, so grab it now for best pricing!!

WEBINAR REPLAY

“Creative Compositing”

Great questions and great feedback on this webinar!
See below for PART 2 next month!

The replay is on my YouTube Channel HERE

* * * * * * * * *

NOTES ARE NOW FOR SALE IN THE PEACOCK STUDIO!
Reg. $7.50 – Just $5 until 1/4/22!

There are 9 textures included with the notes (3 of which are discontinued from the Peacock Studio!), plus the links to the 3 brush sets I used in the projects. Of course, you get the PDF of the detailed notes plus the images I used in the projects!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB YOUR COPY!

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Compositing – PART 2”

January 18th, 2022 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)

I had such great feedback from Tuesday’s webinar, I decided to do a few more projects for January!
Let’s continue on with some more ways you can composite multiple photos to create your own vision.

(I had been planning to do a review of Luminar NEO, but the release has been pushed to early Feb., so I’ll wait to do that webinar!)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

QUICK SURVEY – LAST CHANCE!

I want to change the Thursday Blog to a new topic – will you help me decide?
CLICK HERE to answer this short two-question survey! Survey closes 12/31/21.

Thanks to all who replied already – I’m getting some really good ideas!

PRE-RELEASE
“Creating Your Own Textures” Course!!
PRE-RELEASE PRICING ENDS TOMORROW!

Some of you have been asking for this course for a while! It’s still a work in progress, but I plan to release the first parts of it by the end of January. I will be adding to it for several months, and all the additional modules are included in this one price!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY
AT THIS VERY SPECIAL PRICE!
Pre-Sale Expires 12/31/21 at Midnight Eastern!

LUMINAR NEO

Check the New Year’s Sale info below AND, how you can get an early release copy of the all-new Luminar Neo! These special deals end JANUARY 5, 2022!

Luminar Neo:
1 seat:
Luminar Neo + 2 Free Packs for $64 – 41% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $93 – 59% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $103 – 63% discount

2 seats:
Luminar Neo + 2 Free Packs for $74 – 42% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $113 – 58% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $123 – 62% discount

CLICK HERE FOR THE ABOVE DEALS!

If you do not yet own Luminar AI, grab these deals and get Luminar Neo too!
1 seat:
LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $47 – 60% discount
LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $67 – 69% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $103 – 63% discount

2 seats:
LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $59 – 57% discount
LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $79 – 67% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $123 – 62% discount

CLICK HERE FOR THE ABOVE DEALS!

If you already own Luminar or Aurora, get these special offers:
$54 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + free Aurora
$59 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + free Aurora

AND A BONUS FOR OWNERS OF LUMINAR OR AURORA, use the code NEWYEAR5OFF to save an additional $5!

CLICK HERE FOR THE ABOVE DEALS!

EARLY ACCESS TO LUMINAR NEO!!

Purchase Luminar Neo now and get an early access copy to test out some of the new features! This article explains what is included in the Early Access version and how to get it!

BUNDLE OF 10 CREATIVE PRODUCTS JUST $35!

An Amazing Collection of TEN Great Bundles at the incredible price of only $35!

You can view each product by clicking on the titles below — but DON’T purchase through the individual product pages! Use the link below to get this Holiday Special Price of $35! (From the makers of Layer Cake)

Mystical Portrait Actions

500 LUTs (usable in Photoshop, LR, Luminar & More!)

Disintegrate & Fusion Actions

Special FX Actions

Watercolor Animals & Graphics

Brushed Watercolor & Drawing Actions

Framing Actions

Fire & Smoke FX Actions + 25 Beyond the Lens Portrait Actions

Lightroom Retouching Brushes & Presets

1,000 Destination Photos (great for composites)

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS DEAL!

Offer expires Dec. 31, 2021! Don’t miss it!

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

DON’T MISS OUT! SIGN UP NOW!

3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets)” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

COMING IN 2022!!

THREE NEW THINGS FOR EARLY 2022!

I know I’ve been talking about my course on “Creating Your Own Textures” for a while now — I’m planning to launch it by the end of January!! PRE-ORDER OPENED SUNDAY DEC. 19th!! An early Christmas gift for yourself! (See info above)

And…I’ve been thinking for a while about a “texture club” of some sort. But I wanted it to be MORE than just another “club”. I’m working on a new COMMUNITY that will not only give you exclusive products and tutorials every month, but will be a real community with a private forum for sharing ideas with other members, monthly group chat calls where you can ask questions and get answers, plus some one-on-one sessions with me! I’m planning to launch this in the 1st quarter of 2022 – stay tuned for more details very soon!

And…I want to set up an AFFILIATE PROGRAM for Meredith Images. If you write a blog of your own (or have a website where you post your work), or teach classes, seminars, etc., and would like to promote the Peacock Studio textures and products and make a commission on the sales, contact me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Almost Christmas! December 23

This is the last blog before Christmas…
so, to those who celebrate, have a very Merry Christmas,
and Happy Holidays if you celebrate another festive occasion!

I want to change the Thursday Blog to a new topic – will you help me decide?
CLICK HERE to answer this short two-question survey! Thanks!!

PRE-RELEASE
“Creating Your Own Textures” Course!!

Some of you have been asking for this course for a while! It’s still a work in progress, but I plan to release the first parts of it by the end of January. I will be adding to it for several months, and all the additional modules are included in this one price!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY
AT THIS VERY SPECIAL PRICE!

HOLIDAY GIFTS & SPECIALS

Rosie’s Designs (a sponsor of the Virtual Creative Photography Conferences) has a Crimson Christmas Freebie Mini Kit for you (personal use only)! CLICK HERE to get your copy – once on the page just click on the “CRIMSON CHRISTMAS MINI-KIT” and it will automatically download!

From my friends at Pixelo – they ran this freebie last Dec. & May – free textures from yours truly! It is being offered again this week: CLICK HERE or the photo below. And while you’re there, check out their other Freebies (see the right-hand column), and their latest bundles and SAVE 30% with the code XMAS30.

AND…the folks over at JixiPix are having a big sale on Desktop Apps! SAVE 45% off everything with code HOL45 (Bundles, Pro Products and all Desktop Apps). CLICK HERE to check ’em out! (Expires 12/26/21)

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Compositing”

Tuesday, December 28th, 4:00 pm (Eastern)

See how you can combine multiple photos (or parts of photos) into a creative scene from your own imagination. Utilize textures and overlays to give cohesive lighting and coloring to the image.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

I’ll also be showing how I created this composite (which is the cover of my 2nd eBook)!

BUNDLE OF 10 CREATIVE PRODUCTS JUST $35!

An Amazing Collection of TEN Great Bundles at the incredible price of only $35!

You can view each product by clicking on the titles below — but DON’T purchase through the individual product pages! Use the link below to get this Holiday Special Price of $35! (From the makers of Layer Cake)

Mystical Portrait Actions

500 LUTs (usable in Photoshop, LR, Luminar & More!)

Disintegrate & Fusion Actions

Special FX Actions

Watercolor Animals & Graphics

Brushed Watercolor & Drawing Actions

Framing Actions

Fire & Smoke FX Actions + 25 Beyond the Lens Portrait Actions

Lightroom Retouching Brushes & Presets

1,000 Destination Photos (great for composites)

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS DEAL!

Offer expires Dec. 31, 2021! Don’t miss it!

FREE HOLIDAY TEXTURE SET
LAST CALL!!

My 2021 gift to you, dear reader! Click below to grab your copy – only until 12/26/21. And if you missed the 2019 or 2020 Holiday Sets, you can get those for 50% off!

Thank you for reading my blog – I hope you enjoy the information I share throughout the year.

Just go to the store HERE and add the item to your cart.
It’s on sale for $0 until Dec. 26th!

AND… if you missed the 2020 or 2019 Holiday Collections,
you can grab those at 50% off till 12/26/21!

CLICK HERE for the 2020 Collection

CLICK HERE for the 2019 Collection

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

DON’T MISS OUT! SIGN UP NOW!

3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets)” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

COMING IN 2022!!

THREE NEW THINGS FOR EARLY 2022!

I know I’ve been talking about my course on “Creating Your Own Textures” for a while now — I’m planning to launch it by the end of January!! PRE-ORDER OPENED SUNDAY DEC. 19th!! An early Christmas gift for yourself! (See info above)

And…I’ve been thinking for a while about a “texture club” of some sort. But I wanted it to be MORE than just another “club”. I’m working on a new COMMUNITY that will not only give you exclusive products and tutorials every month, but will be a real community with a private forum for sharing ideas with other members, monthly group chat calls where you can ask questions and get answers, plus some one-on-one sessions with me! I’m planning to launch this in the 1st quarter of 2022 – stay tuned for more details very soon!

And…I want to set up an AFFILIATE PROGRAM for Meredith Images. If you write a blog of your own (or have a website where you post your work), or teach classes, seminars, etc., and would like to promote the Peacock Studio textures and products and make a commission on the sales, contact me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.

SKYLUM HAPPY HOLIDAYS SALE
LAST DAY!

PRICES INCREASE TOMORROW!

December 13, 2021 – December 23, 2021

Luminar Neo:
1 seat (license):
Luminar Neo + 2 Free Packs for $69 – 41% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $98 – 50% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora HDR + 2 Free Packs for $108 – 63% discount

2 seats:
Luminar Neo + 2 Free Packs for $79 – 42% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $118 – 50% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora HDR + 2 Free Packs for $128 – 62% discount

CLICK HERE TO GET LUMINAR NEO!

If you already own Luminar or Aurora:
$49 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo
$54 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo

CLICK HERE FOR THESE DEALS!

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Tutorial Thursday December 16

Today I’m going to tease you a bit with a project from next week’s webinar! I often save “inspiration” to a Pinterest board, then use them as a jumping off point for a creation of my own. Sometimes my results are similar to the inspiration piece, and sometimes it goes in a very different direction…but that’s what inspiration is all about!

If you are on Pinterest, you can follow me at: https://www.pinterest.com/meredithimages/ and then check out my Inspirations board as well as others – some photography related, some recipes, etc.

INSPIRATION:

MY VERSION:

Join me to see how I created my version!
Sign up below!!

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Compositing”

Tuesday, December 28th, 4:00 pm (Eastern)

See how you can combine multiple photos (or parts of photos) into a creative scene from your own imagination. Utilize textures and overlays to give cohesive lighting and coloring to the image.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

I’ll also be showing how I created this composite (which is the cover of my 2nd eBook)!

BUNDLE OF 10 CREATIVE PRODUCTS JUST $35!

An Amazing Collection of TEN Great Bundles at the incredible price of only $35!

You can view each product by clicking on the titles below — but DON’T purchase through the individual product pages! Use the link below to get this Holiday Special Price of $35! (From the makers of Layer Cake)

Mystical Portrait Actions

500 LUTs (usable in Photoshop, LR, Luminar & More!)

Disintegrate & Fusion Actions

Special FX Actions

Watercolor Animals & Graphics

Brushed Watercolor & Drawing Actions

Framing Actions

Fire & Smoke FX Actions + 25 Beyond the Lens Portrait Actions

Lightroom Retouching Brushes & Presets

1,000 Destination Photos (great for composites)

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS DEAL!

Offer expires Dec. 31, 2021! Don’t miss it!

FREE HOLIDAY TEXTURE SET

On Sunday I released my 2021 gift to you, dear reader! Click below to grab your copy – available until 12/26/21. And if you missed the 2019 or 2020 Holiday Sets, you can get those for 50% off!

Thank you for reading my blog – I hope you enjoy the information I share throughout the year.

Just go to the store HERE and add the item to your cart.
It’s on sale for $0 until Dec. 26th!

AND… if you missed the 2020 or 2019 Holiday Collections,
you can grab those at 50% off till 12/26/21!

CLICK HERE for the 2020 Collection

CLICK HERE for the 2019 Collection

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

DON’T MISS OUT! SIGN UP NOW!

3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets)” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

COMING IN 2022!!

THREE NEW THINGS FOR EARLY 2022!

I know I’ve been talking about my course on “Creating Your Own Textures & Brushes” for a while now — I’m planning to launch it by the end of January!! PRE-ORDER OPENS SUNDAY DEC. 19th!! An early Christmas gift for yourself!

And…I’ve been thinking for a while about a “texture club” of some sort. But I wanted it to be MORE than just another “club”. I’m working on a new COMMUNITY that will not only give you exclusive products and tutorials every month, but will be a real community with a private forum for sharing ideas with other members, monthly group chat calls where you can ask questions and get answers, plus some one-on-one sessions with me! I’m planning to launch this in the 1st quarter of 2022 – stay tuned for more details very soon!

And…I want to set up an AFFILIATE PROGRAM for Meredith Images. If you write a blog of your own (or have a website where you post your work), or teach classes, seminars, etc., and would like to promote the Peacock Studio textures and products and make a commission on the sales, contact me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.

SKYLUM HAPPY HOLIDAYS SALE

December 13, 2021 – December 23, 2021

Luminar Neo:
1 seat (license):
Luminar Neo + 2 Free Packs for $69 – 41% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $98 – 50% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora HDR + 2 Free Packs for $108 – 63% discount

2 seats:
Luminar Neo + 2 Free Packs for $79 – 42% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $118 – 50% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora HDR + 2 Free Packs for $128 – 62% discount

CLICK HERE TO GET LUMINAR NEO!

If you already own Luminar or Aurora:
$49 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo
$54 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo

CLICK HERE FOR THESE DEALS!

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Tutorial Thursday December 9

This week’s tutorials come from PictureCorrect: “How to Take Great Photos of Your Christmas Tree” and “How to Set Up a Flash Diffuser for Macro Photography”.

FREE FROM JIXIPIX

I love JixiPix Apps! They’re fun and easy to use! Previously they have offered a free desktop app for spooky Halloween creations.

Now, you can grab Happy Holidaze for FREE! CLICK HERE to get your copy – this is a DESKTOP app for both PC’s and Mac’s. While you’re on the site, check out their other great editing apps!

FREE HOLIDAY TEXTURE SET

On Sunday I released my 2021 gift to you, dear reader! Click below to grab your copy – available until 12/26/21. And if you missed the 2019 or 2020 Holiday Sets, you can get those for 50% off!

Thank you for reading my blog – I hope you enjoy the information I share throughout the year.

Just go to the store HERE and add the item to your cart.
It’s on sale for $0 until Dec. 26th!

AND… if you missed the 2020 or 2019 Holiday Collections,
you can grab those at 50% off till 12/26/21!

CLICK HERE for the 2020 Collection

CLICK HERE for the 2019 Collection

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Compositing”

Tuesday, December 28th, 4:00 pm (Eastern)

See how you can combine multiple photos (or parts of photos) into a creative scene from your own imagination. Utilize textures and overlays to give cohesive lighting and coloring to the image.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

COMING IN 2022!!

THREE NEW THINGS FOR EARLY 2022!

I know I’ve been talking about my course on “Creating Your Own Textures & Brushes” for a while now — I’m planning to launch it by the end of January!! Stay tuned on a special pre-order price and details on Sunday!

And…I’ve been thinking for a while about a “texture club” of some sort. But I wanted it to be MORE than just another “club”. I’m working on a new COMMUNITY that will not only give you exclusive products and tutorials every month, but will be a real community with a private forum for sharing ideas with other members, monthly group chat calls where you can ask questions and get answers, plus some one-on-one sessions with me! I’m planning to launch this in the 1st quarter of 2022 – stay tuned for more details very soon!

And…I want to set up an AFFILIATE PROGRAM for Meredith Images. If you write a blog of your own (or have a website where you post your work), or teach classes, seminars, etc., and would like to promote the Peacock Studio textures and products and make a commission on the sales, contact me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

DON’T MISS OUT! SIGN UP NOW!

3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Tutorial Thursday November 25

For today’s tutorial, I’ll review some of the Q&A from Tuesday’s webinar.

Q: Does a file stay in RAW mode after processing in Snapseed (or other programs).

A: No. Like in Photoshop or any processing program, a RAW format is the camera’s capture format. A file cannot be saved in RAW after processing. Some phone apps allow saving as a TIF file, but most save as a JPG file.

Q: I was asked how I moved images from my phone to computer or moved my logo image from computer to phone.

A: If you’re a Mac computer and iPhone/iPad, you can just use Airdrop. Another viewer mentioned she uses PhotoSync to transfer files. I have an iPhone/iPad but am a PC user. I use a handy item called a DuoLink (it plugs into my Apple device on one end and has a USB plug on the other end for the computer) – SEE IT HERE

COMMENT: One of the apps I demonstrated was Stackables. It seems that this app has been retired (bummer!). It seems to have been replaced by “Formulas – Photo Lab Effects and Custom Frames”….however, this app has not been updated in 5 years, so it may not be a good replacement for newer phones and updated operating systems! I also demonstrated Mextures, which was updated 6 months ago (some comments on the app mention that it is slow – I have no problem on my iPhone 8+ or my iPad).

COMMENT: Another great app – that I didn’t mention in the webinar – is iColorama. It is extremely powerful, though a bit involved to learn (I don’t know enough about it yet to teach it!). It’s one of the things on my “to do” list (why does that list seem to get longer instead of shorter?!).

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF THE APPS USED IN THE WEBINAR (I also note which ones are available for Androids as well as iPhones, the prices and the icon for the app so you know you’re getting the right one.

And…see further below for the Black Friday Special on JixiPix Apps for Desktop/iPad!

WEBINAR REPLAY

“Creative Smart Phone Editing”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REPLAY!

And…don’t forget to grab your copy of the Notes –
includes images used PLUS BONUS SET OF 12 TEXTURES!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!
Reg. $7.50 – on sale for $5.00 (sale ends 11/29/21)

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Compositing”

Tuesday, December 28th, 4:00 pm (Eastern)

See how you can combine multiple photos (or parts of photos) into a creative scene from your own imagination. Utilize textures and overlays to give cohesive lighting and coloring to the image.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

NEW TEXTURES & WORD ART SET!

50% off till 11/29/21. Ho, ho, ho!

Reg. $15 each set – NOW JUST $7.50

This set of Subtle Backgrounds is perfect for adding some light texture to your image. And the B&W Grunge Frame can be added over top of any other texture (from this set or others) to add a light grunge touch and border.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT SUBTLE BACKGROUNDS!

These textures are also great for backgrounds or over the whole image for a light, subtle texture!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT TEXTURED BACKGROUNDS!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT WORD ART SET!

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL ON ALL OTHER TEXTURES, BRUSHES, CROP SHAPES!

On Sunday I promised a sale that would reveal my age…

Now till Cyber Monday (midnight 11/29 ET),

SAVE 62%
with the code BF62 at checkout!

on all texture sets, brush sets, and crop shape sets (other than the 3 new ones above)

BLACK FRIDAY eBook Deal

I have my two eBooks on sale over on the AppSumo site!

Reg. $55 for both books – just $40 for the BF Promo!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS DEAL!

And CLICK HERE to check out their other amazing deals!

JIXI PIX SALE!

JixiPix has AWESOME apps for iPhones & Androids.
But they also have great apps for your Desktop Computer!

Check out their 45% off Black Friday sale HERE!

Use code HOL45 at checkout!

ROSIE’S DESIGNS BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

If you have attended either of our two Virtual Creative Photography Conferences, you’ve seen Dave and Shelly use the great products from Rosie’s Designs! She is having a sale in her Etsy shop on all her great kits. Sale runs 11/25-11/30!

Check ’em out HERE!

THINK TANK PHOTO
BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Think Tank is having their Black Friday sale from Nov. 26 – 29. Save up to 40% off of 3 of their most popular bags – PhotoCross 13 Backpack (reg. $149.99 – now $89.99) and the PhotoCross 15 Backpack (reg. $169.99 – now $99.99); the Essentials Convertible Rolling Backpack (reg. $279.75 – now $209.81); and the Airport Advantage Roller (reg. $269.75 – now $199.99)! I love their quality and durability!

CHECK ‘EM OUT HERE!

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

DxO BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

If you haven’t gotten DxO’s Nik Collection 4, now is the time!
Save 50% (reg. $149/now $74.50)
Or, if you have any of DxO’s other versions of Nik, upgrade for just $39.50 (reg. $79)

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE DEALS

(Once on the site, log in to your account to get upgrade pricing)

TOPAZ BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Topaz has their “Everything Bundle” on sale for over 60% off!
DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI and Video Enhance AI.
Reg. $359.98 — on SALE FOR $199.98!

Or — Don’t need video — Save 60% on the Image Quality Bundle
DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI & Gigapixel AI
Reg. $259.97 — on SALE FOR $99.99

AND…Use my Link HERE
and the Code MeredithImages at checkout to save an additional 15%!

(Making the bundles $169.98 or $74.99)

If you own any of these products, be sure you are logged in to your account
and you’ll get even better pricing based on what you already own.

LUMINAR NEO!

I’ve been talking about this new product for a while now. I’ve gotten my test copy with the cool new features – Dust RemovalAI; Line RemovalAI; & RelightAI. WOW!

Luminar Neo ships this Winter! Grab your deal now – 30 day guarantee starts when the product is shipped!

Offers for artists who own Luminar or Aurora:

$49 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$54 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

CLICK HERE FOR THESE SPECIAL PRICES!

If you are new to Skylum Products:

$59 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$69 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$88 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI
$108 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI

CLICK HERE FOR THESE SPECIAL PRICES!

Bundles for new users:

$47 for 1-seat license for Luminar AI + Morning Till Night Sky Pack
$59 for 2-seats license for Luminar AI + Morning Till Night Sky Pack

$69 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Aurora HDR
$89 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Aurora HDR

$98 for 1-seat license for Luminar AI + Luminar Neo + Aurora HDR
$118 for 2-seats license for Luminar AI + Luminar Neo + Aurora HDR

CLICK HERE FOR THESE SPECIAL BUNDLES!

Sale Prices Now through Nov. 29, 2021

BARNS & BACK ROADS WORKSHOPS

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL –
SAVE $50 ON A 2022 WORKSHOP!
USE CODE BBR50 at Checkout!

Save $50 on a 2022 Barns & Back Roads Workshop (either on Deposit or Full Payment).

2022 SPRING & FALL DATES NOW BOOKING!

Come visit us and share the beauty of East TN! Join me for a workshop – limit 3 attendees per session. Travel the back roads of TN with me and photograph our great finds including old barns, houses, churches, cars, and beautiful scenery. Possibly throw in some cows and antiques too!

SPRING 2022 DATES (all but one have 3 spots open at this time)

April 22-25, 2022 (FULL)
April 28-May 1, 2022
May 4-7, 2022
May 11-14, 2022
May 18-21, 2022

FALL 2022 DATES (all but one have 3 spots open at this time)

Sept. 21-24, 2022
Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2022
Oct. 12-15, 2022
Oct. 19-22, 2022 (FULL)
Oct. 26-29, 2022

We also have 2 guest rooms so there is an option to stay here if you wish (see website for details and fee).
There are also 2 hotels within 5 miles of our house.

Take a look at our website for info HERE, and sign up HERE or through the link on the workshop page.
Feel free to email me with any questions at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.


IF YOU HAVE A GROUP OF 3 AND WOULD LIKE TO DO A WORKSHOP ON DATES NOT LISTED, CONTACT ME AND WE’LL SEE IF WE CAN SET IT UP!

Workshop and event cancellation policies can be found HERE.

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss our 
3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
on Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Tutorial Thursday November 18

Ended up with a migraine today – a nap took care of it – but I didn’t get to work on any tutorials. Here is an article from Line25.com with “20 Photoshop Tutorials”. There are also more tutorials and articles at the bottom of this web page! Enjoy!

WATCH FOR MY BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS IN TUESDAY’S BLOG!

RETIRING TEXTURE SETS!

Time to make room in the Peacock Studio Store for some new products! So I’m retiring 19 texture sets!
Last chance to grab these – now 66% off!!
Most are reg. $7.50 – on sale for $2.50

(a couple are reg. $15 on sale for $5!!)

To make it easy to find them, I’ve grouped them under one heading in the store…
CLICK HERE to go to RETIRING TEXTURES!

These are gone for good at midnight Nov. 21st (ET)

NEW WORD ART SET!

I’m working on some new textures too, but thought I’d get this one out there for your Christmas/Winter decorations and cards! 12 pieces of word art in both color and B&W. On sale for 50% off till 11/28/21. Ho, ho, ho!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Smart Phone Editing”

Join me on Tuesday, November 23rd at 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

I decided to switch things up and show you some of my favorite creative phone apps. I will demonstrate on my iPhone/iPad, but will also show some apps available for Android phones. I’ll show you how to edit, add textures and more – from subtle to dramatic!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

And…don’t forget to grab your copy of the Notes –
includes images used PLUS BONUS SET OF 12 TEXTURES!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!
Reg. $7.50 – on sale for $5.00 (sale ends 11/28/21)

QUICK SURVEY!

I am contemplating changing “Tutorial Thursday” to something else. Please take this short, 2 question survey and let me know what topics you are interested in, and your general feedback about the blog. Much appreciated!

LUMINAR NEO!
BLACK FRIDAY PRICING NOW!

I’ve been talking about this new product for a while now. I’m due to get my test copy any time now – can’t wait to try it out!! These new features are a real game-changer!

BLACK FRIDAY PRICING!

Luminar Neo ships this winter! Grab your deal now – 30 day guarantee starts when the product is shipped!


Offers for artists who own Luminar or Aurora:

$49 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo
$54 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo


CLICK HERE FOR THESE SPECIAL PRICES!


If you are new to Skylum Products:

$59 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$69 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$88 for 1-seat license for Luminar AI + Luminar Neo
$108 for 2-seats license for Luminar AI + Luminar Neo


CLICK HERE FOR THESE SPECIAL PRICES!

Bundles for new users:

$47 for 1-seat license for Luminar AI + Morning Till Night Sky Pack
$59 for 2-seats license for Luminar AI + Morning Till Night Sky Pack

$69 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Aurora HDR
$89 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Aurora HDR

$98 for 1-seat license for Luminar AI + Luminar Neo + Aurora HDR
$118 for 2-seats license for Luminar AI + Luminar Neo + Aurora HDR

CLICK HERE FOR THESE SPECIAL BUNDLES!

Sales Prices Now through Nov. 29, 2021

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss our 
3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
on Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

ONGOING COUPON CODES

I have coupon codes for textures and eBooks not already on sale:
Spend $25 in one order and save 10% with code PEACOCK10
Spend $50 in one order and save 20% with code PEACOCK20
Spend $100 in one order and save 30% with code PEACOCK30

See screenshot below (arrow) for the box to add coupon code in the cart. You MUST hit the APPLY COUPON BUTTON for the coupon to calculate! You will see the discount in the Cart Total column on the right. Coupon codes must be entered before payment – I cannot process after order is placed. Thanks.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Tutorial Thursday November 11

This article is from Outdoor Photographer, and is a good reminder of “Everyday Items That Belong in Your Camera Bag”.

CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

LUMINAR NEWS!
IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Today Skylum announced some of the awesome new features of the upcoming Luminar Neo!

Dust RemovalAI — When capturing images in the field, artifacts can be introduced from dust on the surface of a lens or dust that finds its way onto the sensor during a lens change. After using AI to automatically detect these artifacts, Dust RemovalAI removes them to provide a spotless result. Now, artists can easily fix ruined photos, clean distracting spots in images, and save their beautiful memories.

Line RemovalAI — Used separately or as part of SkyAI, this new tool automatically removes unwanted power lines and phone lines from the sky in landscape photos. Whether editing photos of weddings, landscapes, or popular sightseeing spots, automatically getting rid of unwanted lines allows artists to focus on making powerful images, not cleaning up distractions.

Overlays leverage the power AI-enabled compositing
Skylum has already revealed RelightAI and Portrait Background RemovalAI, two tools that use Layers and the new MaskAI feature to help artists move beyond photo editing and explore compositing as a tool for creative expression. Overlays, graphic and photographic elements with a transparency channel, are yet another way for artists to break out of the photographic box.
To light the creative fire, Luminar Neo includes a rich library of free overlay content. Our community of artists and ambassadors regularly add new overlay content to the Luminar Marketplace, which is directly accessible from within Luminar Neo. Finally, using MaskAI, creators can create and save custom overlays to be used across their body of work.

Luminar Share

After editing comes another important yet sometimes tedious step in the artist’s workflow: exporting images from desktop to mobile in order to share them. Today, the sharing process is complicated and requires third-party services. Syncing to cloud drives is helpful, but what is really needed is a round-trip experience that fully integrates mobile devices with desktop editing. Luminar Share does exactly that. With Luminar Share, we aim to completely remove exporting complications and give artists the possibility to share their work in one click directly from the desktop.

A native mobile app, Luminar Share connects the photo library on Android and iOS mobile devices directly to Luminar Neo. Using a QR code pairing tool similar to those found in WhatsApp, Signal, and other synced messaging services, Luminar Share creates a secure link between a mobile photo library and Luminar Neo. Advantages include:

  • A completely secure and private connection
  • Automatic, round-trip synchronization of photos and edits
  • Direct sharing from Luminar Neo to social networks (e.g. Instagram)
  • No additional cost for cloud storage

Skylum is looking forward to growing and developing in the mobile field, and Luminar Share is the first big step towards that goal. From photographers sharing their work to influencers sharing a new look or a new adventure, visual storytellers of every stripe will find Luminar Share to be a great resource. At launch, it will be available for Android and iOS mobile devices.

Availability

Luminar Neo ships this winter with Luminar Share, Dust RemovalAI, Line RemovalAI, and other exciting tools. Early-bird pricing for the Luminar Neo application and plugin includes a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping. Luminar Neo will also be carried in both the Microsoft Store and macOS App Store.

YOU CAN LINK TO SKYLUM HERE
through my affiliate link.

LUMINAR NEO – coming later this year!

I’ve been posting reviews and details on this new product for several weeks, so I’ll keep this brief!

PRICES INCREASE TOMORROW 11/12!

Luminar Neo ships this winter (scheduled for late 2021). The pre-order pricing is the BEST pricing that will be offered on this product as PRICES INCREASE TOMORROW! So, if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, NOW is the time! You will have a 30-day guarantee on the product FROM THE SHIP DATE, so you can be assured you’ll get to try it out!

If you already own Luminar or Aurora:

$54 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$69 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$83 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI
$108 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI

For artists making a new purchase:

$76 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$87 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$105 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI
$126 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI

YOU CAN LINK TO SKYLUM HERE
through my affiliate link.

(Our affiliate codes are not active during the special pricing promo)

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Smart Phone Editing”

Join me on Tuesday, November 23rd at 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

I decided to switch things up and show you some of my favorite creative phone apps. I will demonstrate on my iPhone/iPad, but will also show some apps available for Android phones. I’ll show you how to edit, add textures and more!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss our 
3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
on Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

BARNS & BACK ROADS WORKSHOPS

2022 SPRING & FALL DATES NOW BOOKING!

Come visit us and share the beauty of East TN! Join me for a workshop – limit 3 attendees per session. Travel the back roads of TN with me and photograph our great finds including old barns, houses, churches, cars, and beautiful scenery. Possibly throw in some cows and antiques too!

SPRING 2022 DATES (all but one have 3 spots open at this time)

April 22-25, 2022 (FULL)
April 28-May 1, 2022
May 4-7, 2022
May 11-14, 2022
May 18-21, 2022

FALL 2022 DATES (all but one have 3 spots open at this time)

Sept. 21-24, 2022
Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2022
Oct. 12-15, 2022
Oct. 19-22, 2022 (FULL)
Oct. 26-29, 2022

We also have 2 guest rooms so there is an option to stay here if you wish (see website for details and fee).
There are also 2 hotels within 5 miles of our house.

Take a look at our website for info HERE, and sign up HERE or through the link on the workshop page.
Feel free to email me with any questions at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.


IF YOU HAVE A GROUP OF 3 AND WOULD LIKE TO DO A WORKSHOP ON DATES NOT LISTED, CONTACT ME AND WE’LL SEE IF WE CAN SET IT UP!

ONGOING COUPON CODES

I have coupon codes for textures and eBooks not already on sale:
Spend $25 in one order and save 10% with code PEACOCK10
Spend $50 in one order and save 20% with code PEACOCK20
Spend $100 in one order and save 30% with code PEACOCK30

See screenshot below (arrow) for the box to add coupon code in the cart. You MUST hit the APPLY COUPON BUTTON for the coupon to calculate! You will see the discount in the Cart Total column on the right. Coupon codes must be entered before payment – I cannot process after order is placed. Thanks.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Tutorial Thursday October 28

I’m off for the last day of a Barns & Back Roads Workshop today! Here’s a tutorial I did last Fall. I took a simple maple leaf and jazzed it up a bit!

Original Image – pretty boring and blah!

I duplicated by background layer and did a little healing and cloning. I then added two of my Bokeh Textures. The first is “Peacock Blend Bokeh” from Bokeh Set #1 > at Blend Mode Overlay and 82% Opacity. Then I added “Peach Sky” from Bokeh Set #2 > at Blend Mode Soft Light and 65% Opacity. I masked a bit off of the leaves. Here’s what it looks like with the 2 textures:

Next I opened Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4 and added Clarity Bump. In Photoshop I reduced the opacity of that layer to 80%.

Next came Topaz Studio 2 where I added the Impression Filter and Lens Flare.

Lastly I added a Vignette Filter in Nik Color Efex Pro 4. And here’s the final image:

And here’s the final layer stack:

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Remember…it’s all about having fun with your images and creating YOUR vision! Enjoy!

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Smart Phone Editing”

Join me on Tuesday, November 23rd at 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

I decided to switch things up and show you some of my favorite creative phone apps. I will demonstrate on my iPhone/iPad, but will also show some apps available for Android phones. I’ll show you how to edit, add textures and more!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss our 
3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
on Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

LUMINAR NEWS!

Today Skylum announced some of the awesome new features of the upcoming Luminar Neo!

Dust RemovalAI — When capturing images in the field, artifacts can be introduced from dust on the surface of a lens or dust that finds its way onto the sensor during a lens change. After using AI to automatically detect these artifacts, Dust RemovalAI removes them to provide a spotless result. Now, artists can easily fix ruined photos, clean distracting spots in images, and save their beautiful memories.

Line RemovalAI — Used separately or as part of SkyAI, this new tool automatically removes unwanted power lines and phone lines from the sky in landscape photos. Whether editing photos of weddings, landscapes, or popular sightseeing spots, automatically getting rid of unwanted lines allows artists to focus on making powerful images, not cleaning up distractions.

Overlays leverage the power AI-enabled compositing
Skylum has already revealed RelightAI and Portrait Background RemovalAI, two tools that use Layers and the new MaskAI feature to help artists move beyond photo editing and explore compositing as a tool for creative expression. Overlays, graphic and photographic elements with a transparency channel, are yet another way for artists to break out of the photographic box.
To light the creative fire, Luminar Neo includes a rich library of free overlay content. Our community of artists and ambassadors regularly add new overlay content to the Luminar Marketplace, which is directly accessible from within Luminar Neo. Finally, using MaskAI, creators can create and save custom overlays to be used across their body of work.

Luminar Share

After editing comes another important yet sometimes tedious step in the artist’s workflow: exporting images from desktop to mobile in order to share them. Today, the sharing process is complicated and requires third-party services. Syncing to cloud drives is helpful, but what is really needed is a round-trip experience that fully integrates mobile devices with desktop editing. Luminar Share does exactly that. With Luminar Share, we aim to completely remove exporting complications and give artists the possibility to share their work in one click directly from the desktop.

A native mobile app, Luminar Share connects the photo library on Android and iOS mobile devices directly to Luminar Neo. Using a QR code pairing tool similar to those found in WhatsApp, Signal, and other synced messaging services, Luminar Share creates a secure link between a mobile photo library and Luminar Neo. Advantages include:

  • A completely secure and private connection
  • Automatic, round-trip synchronization of photos and edits
  • Direct sharing from Luminar Neo to social networks (e.g. Instagram)
  • No additional cost for cloud storage

Skylum is looking forward to growing and developing in the mobile field, and Luminar Share is the first big step towards that goal. From photographers sharing their work to influencers sharing a new look or a new adventure, visual storytellers of every stripe will find Luminar Share to be a great resource. At launch, it will be available for Android and iOS mobile devices.

Availability

Luminar Neo ships this winter with Luminar Share, Dust RemovalAI, Line RemovalAI, and other exciting tools. Early-bird pricing for the Luminar Neo application and plugin includes a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping. Luminar Neo will also be carried in both the Microsoft Store and macOS App Store.

YOU CAN LINK TO SKYLUM HERE
through my affiliate link.

LUMINAR NEO – coming later this year!

I’ve been posting reviews and details on this new product for several weeks, so I’ll keep this brief!

SPECIAL PRE-RELEASE PRICING!

Luminar Neo ships this winter (scheduled for late 2021). The pre-order pricing is the BEST pricing that will be offered on this product! And, you will have a 30-day guarantee on the product FROM THE SHIP DATE, so you can be assured you’ll get to try it out!

If you already own Luminar or Aurora:

$54 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$69 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$83 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI
$108 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI

For artists making a new purchase:

$76 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$87 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$105 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI
$126 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI

YOU CAN LINK TO SKYLUM HERE
through my affiliate link.

(Our affiliate codes are not active during the special pricing promo)

BARNS & BACK ROADS WORKSHOPS

2022 SPRING & FALL DATES NOW BOOKING!

Come visit us and share the beauty of East TN! Join me for a workshop – limit 3 attendees per session. Travel the back roads of TN with me and photograph our great finds including old barns, houses, churches, cars, and beautiful scenery. Possibly throw in some cows and antiques too!

SPRING 2022 DATES (all but one have 3 spots open at this time)

April 22-25, 2022 (FULL)
April 28-May 1, 2022
May 4-7, 2022
May 11-14, 2022
May 18-21, 2022

FALL 2022 DATES (all but one have 3 spots open at this time)

Sept. 21-24, 2022
Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2022
Oct. 12-15, 2022
Oct. 19-22, 2022 (FULL)
Oct. 26-29, 2022

We also have 2 guest rooms so there is an option to stay here if you wish (see website for details and fee).
There are also 2 hotels within 5 miles of our house.

Take a look at our website for info HERE, and sign up HERE or through the link on the workshop page.
Feel free to email me with any questions at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.


IF YOU HAVE A GROUP OF 3 AND WOULD LIKE TO DO A WORKSHOP ON DATES NOT LISTED, CONTACT ME AND WE’LL SEE IF WE CAN SET IT UP!

ONGOING COUPON CODES

I have coupon codes for textures and eBooks not already on sale:
Spend $25 in one order and save 10% with code PEACOCK10
Spend $50 in one order and save 20% with code PEACOCK20
Spend $100 in one order and save 30% with code PEACOCK30

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if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Tutorial Thursday October 21

One of my readers/workshop attendees posted on Facebook this week about a technique he learned from Glyn Dewis, a UK-based photographer. I though it was appropriate as it shows how to create and Autumn Effect when the trees are green!

Here is his Glyn’s email message and link to the video:

Autumn Effect (Photoshop Technique) (By Glyn Dewis)

I’ve written a short step by step tutorial over on my website today showing how you can turn your outdoor photographs into an Autumn scene by quickly and easily moving just one slider.

It’s what I would call a Fast Fix because you’ll see other techniques for this going into way more settings; this one though will get you a result without too much messing about and if you’re subtle with it, can be really effective. Here’s the link: https://glyndewis.com/blog/fast-autumn-effect

WEBINAR REPLAY

The replay of Tuesday’s webinar is now on YouTube!

“Adding Multiple Textures to Your Image
+ Tips on Using Selection Tools & Layer Masks”

My favorite subject – textures! In this webinar I will show you how to add multiple textures to your images and work with blending modes. I’ll also show you some tips on the various selection tools and easy ways to add a layer mask.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REPLAY!

NOTES for the Webinar, which include images and the 18 textures I’ll be demonstrating are now available in the Peacock Studio HERE!

On Sale for just $5 (reg. $7.50)
Sale ends 10/24/21 at midnight Eastern.

AT THE END OF THE WEBINAR I ANNOUNCED A
LIMITED TIME AUTUMN BLOW-OUT SALE!

SAVE 60%
with the code WEB60 at checkout

ON ALL TEXTURE SETS, BRUSH SETS,
GRADIENT SETS AND CROP SHAPE SETS!

Sale ends SUNDAY, OCT. 24th at midnight EDT

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Smart Phone Editing”

Join me on Tuesday, November 23rd at 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

I decided to switch things up and show you some of my favorite creative phone apps. I will demonstrate on my iPhone/iPad, but will also show some apps available for Android phones. I’ll show you how to edit, add textures and more!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss our 
3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
on Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

LUMINAR NEWS!

Today Skylum announced some of the awesome new features of the upcoming Luminar Neo!

Dust RemovalAI — When capturing images in the field, artifacts can be introduced from dust on the surface of a lens or dust that finds its way onto the sensor during a lens change. After using AI to automatically detect these artifacts, Dust RemovalAI removes them to provide a spotless result. Now, artists can easily fix ruined photos, clean distracting spots in images, and save their beautiful memories.

Line RemovalAI — Used separately or as part of SkyAI, this new tool automatically removes unwanted power lines and phone lines from the sky in landscape photos. Whether editing photos of weddings, landscapes, or popular sightseeing spots, automatically getting rid of unwanted lines allows artists to focus on making powerful images, not cleaning up distractions.

Overlays leverage the power AI-enabled compositing
Skylum has already revealed RelightAI and Portrait Background RemovalAI, two tools that use Layers and the new MaskAI feature to help artists move beyond photo editing and explore compositing as a tool for creative expression. Overlays, graphic and photographic elements with a transparency channel, are yet another way for artists to break out of the photographic box.
To light the creative fire, Luminar Neo includes a rich library of free overlay content. Our community of artists and ambassadors regularly add new overlay content to the Luminar Marketplace, which is directly accessible from within Luminar Neo. Finally, using MaskAI, creators can create and save custom overlays to be used across their body of work.

Luminar Share

After editing comes another important yet sometimes tedious step in the artist’s workflow: exporting images from desktop to mobile in order to share them. Today, the sharing process is complicated and requires third-party services. Syncing to cloud drives is helpful, but what is really needed is a round-trip experience that fully integrates mobile devices with desktop editing. Luminar Share does exactly that. With Luminar Share, we aim to completely remove exporting complications and give artists the possibility to share their work in one click directly from the desktop.

A native mobile app, Luminar Share connects the photo library on Android and iOS mobile devices directly to Luminar Neo. Using a QR code pairing tool similar to those found in WhatsApp, Signal, and other synced messaging services, Luminar Share creates a secure link between a mobile photo library and Luminar Neo. Advantages include:

  • A completely secure and private connection
  • Automatic, round-trip synchronization of photos and edits
  • Direct sharing from Luminar Neo to social networks (e.g. Instagram)
  • No additional cost for cloud storage

Skylum is looking forward to growing and developing in the mobile field, and Luminar Share is the first big step towards that goal. From photographers sharing their work to influencers sharing a new look or a new adventure, visual storytellers of every stripe will find Luminar Share to be a great resource. At launch, it will be available for Android and iOS mobile devices.

Availability

Luminar Neo ships this winter with Luminar Share, Dust RemovalAI, Line RemovalAI, and other exciting tools. Early-bird pricing for the Luminar Neo application and plugin includes a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping. Luminar Neo will also be carried in both the Microsoft Store and macOS App Store.

YOU CAN LINK TO SKYLUM HERE
through my affiliate link.

LUMINAR NEO – coming later this year!

I’ve been posting reviews and details on this new product for several weeks, so I’ll keep this brief!

SPECIAL PRE-RELEASE PRICING!

Luminar Neo ships this winter (scheduled for late 2021). The pre-order pricing is the BEST pricing that will be offered on this product! And, you will have a 30-day guarantee on the product FROM THE SHIP DATE, so you can be assured you’ll get to try it out!

If you already own Luminar or Aurora:

$54 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$69 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$83 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI
$108 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI

For artists making a new purchase:

$76 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo (1 seat = 1 computer)
$87 for 2-seat license for Luminar Neo (2 seats = 2 computers)

$105 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI
$126 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + Luminar AI

YOU CAN LINK TO SKYLUM HERE
through my affiliate link.

(Our affiliate codes are not active during the special pricing promo)

BARNS & BACK ROADS WORKSHOPS

2022 SPRING & FALL DATES NOW AVAILABLE!

Come visit us and share the beauty of East TN! Join me for a workshop – limit 3 attendees per session (exception is 10/25-28, 2021). Travel the back roads of TN with me and photograph our great finds including old barns, houses, churches, cars, and beautiful scenery. Possibly throw in some cows and antiques too!

FALL 2021 SPACES AVAILABLE:

Nov. 5-8 (1 spot open)

SPRING 2022 DATES (all but one have 3 spots open at this time)

April 22-25, 2022 (FULL)
April 28-May 1, 2022
May 4-7, 2022
May 11-14, 2022
May 18-21, 2022

FALL 2022 DATES (all but one have 3 spots open at this time)

Sept. 21-24, 2022
Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2022
Oct. 12-15, 2022
Oct. 19-22, 2022 (FULL)
Oct. 26-29, 2022

We also have 2 guest rooms so there is an option to stay here if you wish (see website for details and fee).
There are also 2 hotels within 5 miles of our house.

Take a look at our website for info HERE, and sign up HERE or through the link on the workshop page.
Feel free to email me with any questions at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.


IF YOU HAVE A GROUP OF 3 AND WOULD LIKE TO DO A WORKSHOP ON DATES NOT LISTED, CONTACT ME AND WE’LL SEE IF WE CAN SET IT UP!

ONGOING COUPON CODES

I have coupon codes for textures and eBooks not already on sale:
Spend $25 in one order and save 10% with code PEACOCK10
Spend $50 in one order and save 20% with code PEACOCK20
Spend $100 in one order and save 30% with code PEACOCK30

See screenshot below (arrow) for the box to add coupon code in the cart. You MUST hit the APPLY COUPON BUTTON for the coupon to calculate! You will see the discount in the Cart Total column on the right. Coupon codes must be entered before payment – I cannot process after order is placed. Thanks.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!