HPoAL Cover Image

Please note that many of the images in the book are from a stock agency, or are owned by the contributing authors. This was done to show a range and variety of images that would not normally be found in my own archives. Due to the nature of licensing, I am not able to offer these images as downloads for sample files. If you would like to practice on similar images, I highly recommend searching at morgueFile. They offer tons of absolutely free stock images for you to use and practice on. I will work on generating a list of suggested images for several of the techniques in my book.

Keep in mind, however, that the real intent is not to follow along, but to work on your own images and find your own path. What I’m really doing in the book is giving you starting points. I do recognize that finding good candidate images can be a challenge, so I’ll do what I can to share some additional resources here.

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Guest Authors

Here are the wonderful people who contributed their favorite blend mode tips. Each has a unique perspective on art and photography, and this list represents a very diverse set of talents. I’m very proud to have gotten participation from some of the best people in the Photoshop world.

Additional Resources

Here are some helpful bits that I didn’t show specifically in the book:
Additional Resources – creating shortcuts, actions, etc.

Special Articles and Tutorials

I’ll get a few up, soon. The book’s been out a while, but I am updating this page. If you have a suggestion, please use the Contact page and fill me in.

Reference files

Here are some of the experiment files I showed in the book. You are encouraged to take them apart to see how they work, and to build your own based on the underlying concepts. My goal is for you to use these as a way to learn more about adjustment layers so they get ingrained in your noggin.

Channel Mixer
Pattern Experiments

Errata & Corrections

Did you find a mistake? If you’d be so kind, please drop me a note in the form below. That will help me make the next revision (and future titles) even better. Thank you 🙂


Pg 47: Reference to creating an Alpha channel does not have specific instructions. Hold Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Win) and click on the mask to make a selection. With your selection active, go to the top menu and choose ‘Selection’, then ‘Save Selection…’ From the dialog box that pops up, make sure the ‘New Channel’ radio button is selected, and your current document is chosen in the Document drop down menu. That will create a new Alpha channel (open up the Channels tab to see the result).

Pg 129: Reference to layer stack, but no screen shot. The layer stack should look like this:
-Curves Adjustment (clipped)
-B&W Adjustment (clipped)
Texture Layer set to Subtract Mode
Base Layer

The B&W Adjustment Layer can be set to Luminosity blending mode to preserve color in the texture layer, and the Texture layer can be set to virtually anything that looks acceptable to the artist. The key to this technique’s variety is in trying different combinations of blending modes on the Texture layer and slider settings in the Adjustment layer.

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