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A 15-second exposure transformed the gently-lapping waves in this scene into twilight-blue cotton candy.  The low light combined with a tiny aperture (f/22) made a long exposure possible.  In post, I used Adobe Camera Raw to cool the white balance even further and draw out the pastel blues.

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+Bill Wood and +Kevin Rowe, it's great to hear from you both.  Thanks for your encouraging comments!
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Photoshop's layer styles are capable of so much more than you might imagine.  In today's Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we'll use these non-destructive wonders to add multiple drop shadows, dramatic lighting, color, and shading to a composited subject.

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No doubt, +Luis Figueroa.  Things are really changing fast, but the good news is that we now have the power to be more creative than ever before.  Thankfully, there are also lots of great tutorials available.  My site alone has over 400 of them.  Have fun!
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With Photoshop World Atlanta starting tomorrow (can't wait!), compositing is on my mind more than ever.  My fascination with fantasy and sci-fi movies like The Hobbit inspired the composite you see here.  I crafted this Stone Giant scene using photos captured in nearby Boulder Canyon.  The bolts of lightning are stock images and the rain was created using the techniques in this Photoshop Workbench tutorial:

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Thanks so much, +Mike Howard.  This one was especially fun to create.
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With its emerald mountains, sapphire waters, prismatic flowers, and aloha spirit, Kauai is one of the most magical places on earth.  During a recent trip, an off-shore storm produced monstrous 40-foot waves and surging surf that all-but-consumed the usually enormous Ke'e Beach.  I captured this frame with the sun hanging low to depict how much moisture saturated the tropical air. 

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Great comment, +Jani Westman!  Thank you.
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Hi everybody!  It's great to be back.

If you've never attended the ADIM conference ( hosted by Adobe's senior creative director, +Russell Preston Brown, you owe it to yourself to check it out!  Each year, Russell selects an intriguing theme for the event.  The 2014 theme was "Japanese By Design."  In addition to experiencing numerous inspiring speakers, each participant designed and built a Japanese lantern using +Adobe Creative Cloud software, Epson inkjet printers loaded with washi paper, and a remarkable Universal laser-based wood cutter.  Today's image represents one of the panels in my lantern.  Thanks to Russell and his amazing team for hosting an unforgettable event complete with sake served in shot glasses made of ice.  Wow!

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Welcome back +Mark Johnson!
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My dear friend and amazing photography instructor, Charles Needle, just released his long-anticipated book, Impressionistic Photography.  I'm elated because his book is the first of its kind to walk us through the complete process of using long-exposure and multiple-exposure techniques to transform everyday scenes into impressionistic masterpieces.  Today's breathtaking photo is one that Charles created entirely in-camera using multiple exposures.  

Learn more about his incredible book here:

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My pleasure, +Jacqueline Baer.
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+Scott Kelby and gang are putting on quite a remarkable show at Photoshop World.  I created this Pirates of the Caribbean-themed movie poster yesterday during +Corey S Barker's spectacular Getting That Hollywood Look hands-on workshop.  If you've never been to Photoshop World, get here as quickly as you can!

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Hope your workshop is going really well, +David Marx.  Thanks for your comment!
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I recently attended +Adobe's amazing ADIM conference and learned a fabulous technique from Hollywood retoucher Lisa Carney (  She calls it a Soft Light Channel Pull.  For the sake of today's Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we'll simply call it Adding Accent Light.  Lisa's technique gives us the ability to add dramatic or subtle accent light to a subject while simultaneously balancing the color of the light with the environment.  If you're a portrait retoucher or a photo compositor, you're going to use this versatile technique time and again.

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Truer words have never been spoken, +Bernard Coldwell.
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In today’s Photoshop Workbench, we’ll examine how to blend an exposure-bracketed HDR background with a single-frame pseudo-HDR subject. The beauty of this approach is that it allows you to composite subjects captured with a single frame (either because they were in motion or because you’re using a stock photo) with a true HDR background. The resulting edgy composite has a unified appearance even though you started with a subject and a background that were captured quite differently.

Since there is too much information to cover in a single Workbench, I reference the following helpful resources:

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Really cool.
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In Photoshop Workbench 332, I shared a technique for creating rain. Although I still use that technique from time to time, I’ve discovered a new method that is definitely worth adding to your toolbox.

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I'm a creativity junkie, Photoshop enthusiast, author, and educator who can't help but share my ideas and enthusiasm with others. Check out my site,, and you'll immediately see what I mean.

I am an Adobe Photoshop luminary, a photographer, an author, and one of the most passionate instructors you will ever encounter.  Through the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Radiant Vista, and Boulder Digital Arts, I have lectured in front of and worked side-by-side with countless individuals, including Adobe’s Chief Executive Officers, Jane Goodall, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and Academy Award winning director, Louie Psihoyos.  My tutorials appear regularly on the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) web site, and my imagery and articles have been featured in Photo Techniques, Nature’s Best, and After Capture magazines.  Watch hundreds of my free and entertaining Photoshop tutorials at

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