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There are lots of caffeine addicts out there who can relate to the "Ahhhhh" feeling that comes with your first sip of coffee in the morning.  To create this photo composite, I used several stock images of smoke rings captured on black.  Screen blend mode allowed me to drop the black and mix the rings with the background.  Photoshop's Warp function gave me the freedom to uniquely bend and shape each ring.

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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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We live in a remarkable time.  The internet gives us immediate access to nearly unlimited knowledge and inspiration with the tap of a few keys.  I regularly find myself scouring the sites of great artists and photographers seeking the next spark.  On a recent search, I stumbled across a mesmerizing image created by Leslie Nicole of French Kiss Collections that appeared to be part watercolor painting and part pencil sketch.  After reading her blog posts about the effect, I set out to reproduce it.  In today’s FREE PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL, I’d like to share what I discovered with you:

http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2015/07/photoshop-workbench-484-watercolor-blended-with-pencil-sketch-effect/
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Hi +Rob Morris.  Thanks so much for getting in touch!  In the future, the best way to reach me is through my web@msjphotography.com email address.  

Regarding your question, even if you don't own the Nik plug-ins, I definitely think my Dramatic Portrait Compositing series will be of value to you.  With the exception of Lesson 10, everything I teach involves just your camera and Photoshop.  In addition to the series, I think you'll also find the following 4 tutorials on my site of great interest:

Compositing Selections Elevated
http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2012/05/photoshop-workbench-331-compositing-selections-elevated/

Wrapping Realistic Light Around a Composited Subject
http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2013/04/photoshop-workbench-377-wrapping-realistic-light-around-a-composited-subject/

Compositing Unruly Hair
http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2013/06/photoshop-workbench-388-compositing-unruly-hair/

Photoshop Workbench 392: The Grunge, Drama, and Edginess Secret Weapon
http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2013/08/photoshop-workbench-392-the-grunge-drama-and-edginess-secret-weapon/

The techniques taught in Photoshop Workbench 392 replace some of what you can do with Nik in Lesson 10.

Let me know if you have any other questions.  Have fun!
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In today’s Photoshop tutorial, we’ll use a depth channel to simulate a volumetric effect…the effect on a subject when it exists in a semi-transparent substance such as fog, smoke, dust, or water.  Imagine a submarine underwater.  Parts of the submarine farther from the camera are obscured more by the water than nearer parts.

Watch this tutorial (non-members can view this tutorial and over 600 others for just $4.95 per month):

http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2015/07/photoshop-workbench-482-using-a-depth-channel-to-simulate-volumetric-effects/

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Thanks +Mark Johnson​! That was my idea as well :) 
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Some days, I wish I were a painter/illustrator, but since I'm not, fortunately Photoshop provides ways for me to feel like one. Photoshop Workbench 317: Transforming a Photo into an Illustration (http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2012/02/photoshop-workbench-317-transforming-a-photo-into-an-illustration/) shows you how to achieve an illustrated look like this.

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We all know that selecting hair and fur can be challenging.  Fortunately, there are two free tutorials on the MSJPhotography site (listed below) that will help you succeed about 95% of the time.  In circumstances where hair or fur gets irretrievably trimmed away during the selection-making process, it may be necessary to manually paint wisps of hair or fur along the edges of the subject.  In today’s Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we’ll learn two different, powerful methods for restoring clipped hair and fur.

Watch today’s tutorial (non-members can view this tutorial and over 600 others for just $4.95 per month):
http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2015/07/photoshop-workbench-485-painting-hair-and-fur-strands/

Free Tutorials:

Photoshop Workbench 331: Compositing Selections Elevated (http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2012/05/photoshop-workbench-331-compositing-selections-elevated/)

Photoshop Workbench 388: Compositing Unruly Hair (http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2013/06/photoshop-workbench-388-compositing-unruly-hair/)

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Inspired (yet again) by the amazing, thought-provoking composites of Julieanne Kost (http://www.jkost.com/), I set out to create a composite that conveys deep emotion and possesses symbolic meaning.  After developing the concept, I spent a few hours gathering potential images (both stock and my own).  Then, I created a square canvas and began moving the "puzzle pieces" around.  When all of the pieces fit just right, I unified the composite with texture overlays and a gradient map color layer.  Here's a link to one of my tutorials explaining how to tone with a gradient map:

http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2012/11/photoshop-workbench-354-vintage-toning-with-gradient-maps/

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Thank you so much for sharing my work with your wonderful group, +BUZZ CLOUD™!
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In Photoshop Workbench 479, we explored several valuable eye retouching techniques.  In today’s tutorial, we’ll go a step beyond as we dive into a clever technique that gives us the ability to breathe life into very dark eyes that have no detail in the iris.  Before we get started, I’d like to thank +Glyn Dewis for sharing today’s marvelous technique.

Watch this tutorial (non-members can view this tutorial and over 600 others for just $4.95 per month):

http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2015/07/photoshop-workbench-483-making-dark-eyes-pop/

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A fisheye lens and an HDR treatment allowed me to give this staircase and stained glass window in the University of Colorado's Macky Auditorium the look of an M.C. Escher drawing.

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Wanna learn how to create spectacular Hollywood-quality exploding particle effects with Photoshop?  Check out this interview/tutorial I did with Jan Kabili on TheFIX: http://thisweekinphoto.com/thefix-ep-021-photoshop-exploding-guitar-with-mark-johnson/

Audio-only version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/twip-thefix/id957097711?mt=2

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Rim light is light that illuminates the edges of a subject and increases the feeling of depth in a scene by setting the subject apart from the background.  Rim light implies that a light source exists either behind and/or to the side of a subject.  When photographing a subject for use in a photo composite, it’s almost always a good idea to light the subject with a little rim light.  In scenarios where you are unable to light with rim light, Photoshop provides several wonderful tools for adding rim light after the capture.  In addition to adding rim light in today’s Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we’ll have some fun illuminating Sherlock’s magnifying glass, adding a glint of cinematic flare to the metallic surface, and even imparting beautiful ethereal light to the whole scene.

Watch this tutorial (non-members can view this tutorial and over 600 others for just $4.95 per month):

http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2015/07/photoshop-workbench-481-adding-rim-light-to-a-composited-subject/

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Thanks, +Netra Rp!  Thanks for your kindness and encouragement.
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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, www.msjphotography.com, and you'll immediately see what I mean.
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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 www.msjphotography.com.

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Creative Compositing with Photoshop's Layer Blending Modes
www.slrlounge.com

In the video below, Mark S. Johnson demonstrates the process of layering a model's photo onto a wintry scene with a tree and some birds.

Mark Johnson Composite Lighting Tutorial
www.slrlounge.com

One of the hardest things I have found when working on composites is getting the lighting right. A bad composite can completely ruin an othe

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Google Drive is a free service that lets you store all your files including documents, photos, videos and Google Docs online and access them

Summer Pause | French Kiss Collections
www.frenchkisscollections.com

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