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Zion Textures: A Trip Through Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a collection of textures from a single image. Along the way you’ll pick up a number of other useful techniques and strategies..

Background Imagery Via Strategic Radial Blurs

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make strategically radial blurred background imagery.

Very few base images will lend themselves to successful radial blurred backgrounds. A radial blur without a strategically selected focal point typically leads to visual noise.

Print Strategies Part I

It is critical to understand how image size and resolution determine the print’s actual size. It’s also important to accept that this is a primer for other strategies and techniques we’ll use to improve the process.

Print Strategies Part II

In this tutorial we’ll dig a little deeper into the strategies and techniques one might use when preparing an image for print. And, as it turns out, we’ll also learn that there are always exceptions to the rules—sometimes when you least expect it. (Do yourself a favor and work through Part I of this series prior to tackling Part II.)

Print Strategies Part III

In this tutorial we’ll try to create a more visually appealing print than resulted from Part II. And, as it turns out, we’ll also learn that there are always exceptions to the rules—sometimes when you least expect it. Note: You should work through Part I and Part II of this series prior to tackling Part III

Beautiful Blurs Part I

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create beautiful (and useful) custom blurs using a series of Smart Objects and Smart Filters. Along the way you’ll learn to use the Actions and History panels to automate and streamline the tedious parts of the process. We’ll be using these blurs as image overlays (custom photo filters) as well as the foundation upon which we’ll build custom textures.

Beautiful Blurs Part II

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to modify your beautiful (and useful) custom blurs using Color Lookup Tables. You’ll also learn the value of Layer Comps and Notes as well as how to save and load Actions (including the 3DLUT Action I made just for you). Many alternate versions of our original blur just waiting to be discovered via Photoshop’s Color Lookup Table Adjustment Layers. Click through the gallery and ponder how the 3DLUT Action will become a force-multiplier in your workflow.

5000 px Textures Part I

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a collection of 5000 px square textures from a single image via a custom Action Set that resizes the image then adds a Smart Filter, a touch up layer, and four adjustment layers.

Note: These videos are more exploratory than definitive—a look at the creative process leading to an ah-ha moment that we’ll act on in Part II.

5000 px Textures Part II

In Part II we’ll expand our Actions prowess. You’ll learn how easy it is to make a collection of 5000 px square textures from a single image once our custom Action Set is recorded. After that, a few clicks will lead to enhanced, editable versions of our base image with a host of customizable, non-destructive options.

Note: Please complete Part I prior to attempting these imperfect, yet worthwhile steps.

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