Complaints. I get them now and then, and the theme at the moment is that I don’t provide enough example files and demos for readers to work on. In fact, that is the overwhelming criticism about my work (the other is that it’s too advanced for some – I’ll write about that another time).
My usual approach is to help people help themselves. That means including information on what to look for in your own images, either when developing source material for a technique, identifying areas for adjustment or correction, or how to see intermediate stages of development when creating something from scratch. However, nothing beats just getting your hands dirty on a ‘safe’ experiment where you can compare more closely your results with the intended outcome.
Well, I take constructive criticism to heart, so I went looking for a solution. That solution is a limited partnership with Fotolia, (fb.com/fotolia) a premier stock image provider. Starting in April, I will be sharing a special code that will give you a trial subscription so you can download the same images I work with in my articles and tutorials.
The code will net you five free images, and is good for a year. You could grab the same image I demonstrate with, or find something different to challenge yourself. The images are for personal use, meant so you can try out the techniques on your own.
I want to thank my contact, Dinah, for zooming through the process and netting you this great offer. Look for the code in upcoming issues of Photoshop User magazine, as well as in my blog and Facebook pages.
I think this will address a major concern and help you get the most from my books and articles. Please enjoy a little stock photo loving from Fotolia!
Keep the suggestions coming 🙂