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Mark Johnson
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I've been exploring the 3D chapter in +Corey S Barker's Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers (Volume II) book and was delighted to discover that with his coaching I could create a 3D graphic as sophisticated as this using nothing but Photoshop.  Now I feel inspired to take a serious look at 3D in Photoshop.  Thanks, Corey!

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Shallow depth of field (and the impressionistic results it produces) continues to seduce me…especially during springtime.  I captured this crocus at f/4 with a 105 mm macro lens.  The blur of harmonious colors and the flame-like appearance of the stamen were what inspired me to open the shutter. 

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Ever since watching Sabrina, I've had a soft spot for Audrey Hepburn and her films, so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across a model at the Photoshop World +Westcott Lighting booth who resembled her.  I captured the model using continuous lights and a white backdrop.  Then, using the techniques covered in my Dramatic Portrait Compositing video tutorial series (, I seamlessly blended her into a well-known London location.  As a tribute to the classic Audrey Hepburn movies, I infused the scene with a high-contrast, glamorous black-and-white appearance.

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Haven't seen that one, +Kathy Eyster.  I'll check it out.  It's really great to hear from you!
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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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If you've had your eye on any of the gorgeous French Kiss Texture Collections (, I just noticed that +Leslie Nicole is offering 50% off all collections through midnight tomorrow (April 22).  Wow!

With my discount code, MARKSJ15, I think you may be able to get an additional 15% off the sale price (please don't quote me on this).

Enjoy making beautiful montages!

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I agree, +Leslie Nicole's French Kiss textures are some of the best available.  Hope you create some beautiful works of art!
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In today's Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we'll transform a paint splatter photo into a custom brush which we'll use to paint a rich, textured border effect.  To impart a painterly appearance to the scene, we'll also work with a texture from +Leslie Nicole's lovely French Kiss Craquelure Collection.  

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Note: To receive 15% off any of the French Kiss collections, visit my Discounts page ( and click through the French Kiss graphic.  Be sure to enter the discount code MARKSJ15 during checkout.

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Thanks, +Leslie Nicole.  Means a lot coming from you!  Hope your big sale went really well.
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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'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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Summer Pause | French Kiss Collections

Summer Pause. Posted on August 23, 2012 by Leslie Nicole | 0 Comments. I'm taking a wee bit of time off to recharge the 'ol batteries and en