Review – Retouching Toolkit

Wanna hear a story? It’s a story about pixels and portraits and the things that happen to them. The story begins with a set of scripts and an unassuming panel, the kind of panel you might not look twice at if you met it in a pub down in the Gaslamp. Ok, it’s not a very deep story, but if you retouch human subjects, this is going to be of interest to you whether or not you have ever been to the Gaslamp.

Clone Stamp Much?

Recently, I was asked to present a webinar via Adobe Connect to the Photoshop and Lightroom Facebook group (managed by Andrew Kavanaugh). Since I’ve been tinkering with the Clone Stamp tool (see this post), I decided it was time to bust out a new technique with it, one that replicates a style I’ve seen here and there for a few years but had never previously attempted. The overall effect fascinates me, and I plan to keep exploring the look and approach. Hit ‘more’ to get a link to the webinar which demonstrates the technique and see a larger version of my first attempt with this style.

New Blog Things!

Now with 5% more things! Ok, don’t hold me to that; I just needed a number. What I really want to share is that I will be taking time to revamp this blog over the next few weeks. The first phase will be to add new features and resources – something I’ve always appreciated in other blogs and websites. In addition to building up the sample files from my books and DVD, I’ll throw some other Photoshop and photography goodness at you. Demo files, scripts, brushes, and so on – little bits here and there that I’d like to share.

DVD in the works!

I just wrapped preliminary recording for a new DVD with my publisher, Peachpit. This one is aimed at blending modes and adjustment layers for photographers, and you get to see me forget… um… demonstrate my favorite techniques right on your screen! Well, more precisely, you get to watch my Photoshop desktop and listen to me describe what’s going on while I work.