It’s ‘Heads Up’ Wednesday…My ‘Live’ Webinar + A New Book by @mattkloskowski

Hi Folks,
I’m just in the middle of writing a walk through for a new photo shoot and composite for posting later on but in the meant time I wanted to give you a ‘heads up’ on a couple of things…

My ‘Live’ Photoshop Retouching and Compositing Webinar
First off, a few people have asked if they can download the recording of my ‘Live’ Retouching and Compositing Webinar as they’re unavailable the time it airs. Well, in a word…Absolutely!

All you need to do is to register [Link] for the webinar as normal and the download, along with a few other things, will be available after the webinar has aired.

One more thing…
For those of you who join me ‘Live’ I’ll be running a couple of competitions throughout the webinar and thanks to the folks at the N.A.P.P. [Link] and Kelby Training [Link] I’ve a few prizes up for grabs!!!

** Full details of the Webinar and what I’ll be covering can be found in an earlier post by using this [Link]

Killer New Book on Compositing by Matt Kloskowski…Coming Soon!!!
Now this I can’t wait to see…My Buddy Matt Kloskowski (N.A.P.P. and Kelby Training) has a new book on ‘Compositing’ called ‘Compositing Secrets‘ coming out any day now!

I’ll have a review of the new book as soon as it’s available but for now here’s a short video to give you an idea of what the hype is all out, and from what I know so far this book is set to break some records and be a MUST have!!!

Right, that’s all for now so have a great Wednesday and I’ll catch you soon,

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My first ‘Live’ Compositing/Retouching Webinar…Coming Soon!!!

Hi Folks,
I just wanted to give you a date for your diaries and a ‘heads up’ that in a few weeks time on Sunday 4th September thanks to ‘Bernskiold Media’ [Link] I’ll be running my first ‘Live’ Webinar …

During the hour long webinar I’ll be showing the kind of Photoshop retouching and compositing techniques that I teach in my ‘From Concept to Print‘ Workshop [Link], and for this very first webinar I’ll be taking you through each and every step involved to make the Bodybuilder picture above.

I’ll cover everything…taking the ‘Out of Camera’ image through all the stages in Lightroom and Photoshop to end up with our final composite


  • To watch and join in you’ll need to Register at this link [Register Here]
  • Price: $24.99 (£15 approx)
  • Time: Sunday 4th September 8pm (UK)BST, 3pm EST
  • Duration: Approximately 1 hour
  • I’ll be able to take questions during the webinar (So long as they’re easy:))
  • Registration includes access to an ‘On Demand’ (download) of the entire webinar

Note: If you can’t make the live Webinar but would like access to the full download, register in the normal way and it will be available shortly after it’s aired;)

I’m really excited this (don’t you just love technology) and I look forward to catching you online, but in the mean time if you’re on Facebook you can check out the Event Page here [Link].

Right, with a few weeks to go I’m off to work on my  pronunciation of ‘Opacity’,

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  • August 8, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    Gene McCullagh - EXCELLENT!

  • August 8, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    daniela - the link to the facebook event page isn’t working for me but i have registered. whoohoo!

  • August 8, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    David Hodgins - Sorry Dude, would love to join in, but that’s my travel day for #PSW. Wish we were gonna see you there.

  • August 10, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    It’s ‘Heads Up’ Wednesday…My ‘Live’ Webinar + A New Book by @mattkloskowski » Glyn Dewis Blog - [...] ** Full details of the Webinar and what I’ll be covering can be found in an earlier post by using this [Link] [...]

  • August 12, 2011 - 7:04 am

    Photo Shoot, Technique & A Composite: British Champion Bodybuilder » Glyn Dewis Blog - [...] Oh, and incidentally just incase you missed it, with regards to the composite image and how it was put together, on the 4th September at 8pm BST (UK) I’m doing a ‘live’ webinar where you’ll get to see a lot of the compositing and retouching techniques from start to finish; you can find out more at this [Link] [...]

  • August 12, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    Jonathan Thompson - What’s wrong with your oh-pay-city? ;) Good luck with the webinar, great to see your success & stunning imagery too.

  • August 17, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Glyn - @Jonathan…You’re a star mate; thanks for the ongoing support ;)

  • August 17, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Ivan Boden - I like seeing the before and after photos.

    Well done.

  • September 1, 2011 - 6:29 am

    A.J. Wood - I hope to login Sunday. I’m crammin’ a lot of work through the doors trying to make for available “fun” time at PSW, but I figure if Erik can work up to minute before he boards a plane well then I best to a bit better. ;^)

  • September 2, 2011 - 7:29 pm

Photoshop Tutorial: Applying Texture to a Contour

Now the very first TipSquirrel Workshop [Link] being held at the incredible Peterborough Cathedral is fast approaching, I took a drive over there recently to get a feel for the place and narrow down what kind/theme of portraits I’ll be working on; needless to say a gothic/vampire theme was screaming out…for want of a better phrase:)

So, that being said I thought for this month’s tutorial I’d expand a little on a use for my ‘Pain Free Tattoo‘ [Link]technique to create an effect I may well end up using on an image taken during the Workshop.

Now the main body of this technique is nothing new but I thought I’d show you how I’d approach it to maybe look at adding a little more realism or believability…if there is such a word:)

Step 1: Duplicate your image
The first thing to do is to duplicate your image as we’re going to create a Displacement Map. To do this simply go to IMAGE…DUPLICATE

Doing so will open up the following dialog box asking you to give your duplicate image a name. In this case we’ll call it something creative like ‘displacement map’ and click OK.

Step 2: Prepare the Displacement Map
The image in front of you is now the duplicate so we’re going to make this a displacement map by turning it to black and white. This doesn’t need to be an award winning black and white conversion so we’ll just go IMAGE…ADJUSTMENTS…DESATURATE then boost the contrast a little by IMAGE…ADJUSTMENTS…CURVES and choosing Medium Contrast from the presets menu…

Next go to FILTER…NOISE…DESPECKLE and apply that about 3 times, and to finish off the displacement map all we need to do now is to save it as a .psd (Photoshop) file.

Step 3: Add texture
Now that you’ve saved your displacement map close it and then left on your desktop is your original image. We’re now going to place a texture ontop of this image and in this case we’re going for a peeling paint image which will be used to give the final impression of peeling skin…

With the peeling paint layer uppermost in your layers panel and positioned to where you’d like the finished effect to appear, first off desaturate it by IMAGE…ADJUSTMENTS…DESATURATE and then change it’s Blend Mode to Multiply View full post »

  • August 5, 2011 - 9:21 pm

    Russell - Thanks for sharing this Glynn,
    only problem is my skin looks like this girls BEFORE i get any texture added !!

    Great tutorial as usual.


  • August 10, 2011 - 11:04 pm

    Glyn - Russell…Very funny but I don’t believe a word of it…lol :)

Join me in Oxford for Scott Kelby’s 4th Annual World Wide Photo Walk

No matter what level of Photographer you are…from the seasoned Professional to someone who just likes to take the occasional snap with their camera phone then you’re not going to want to miss this…

The weekend of the 1st and 2nd of October sees the 4th Annual Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk: an event where last year in excess of 30,000 photographers or to say it in it’s broadest terms ‘People who like to take photographs’ in cities across the world took part in the biggest social event of it’s kind in the World taking photos, making friends, winning incredible prizes and what’s more…all for FREE !!!

Each year the event grows and grows in popularity as word spreads about how good it actually is and this year is yet again set to be another record breaker with even larger numbers expected and even more incredible prizes on offer.

To give you more of an understanding of what this is all about, you can check out the Official World Wide Photo Walk website at this [Link] and to give you a glimpse at what goes on here’s a short video from last years’ Photo Walk which I lead over in Windsor, UK:

Come to Oxford and join the Party
I’m really excited that this year on Saturday 1st October I’ll be leading a walk in the gorgeous City of Oxford; a City steeped in history with beautiful architecture, Universities, stunning Gardens, a famous indoor market and of course the home of Inspector Morse:)

It’s guaranteed to be a fantastic, fun social day of Photography and meeting and making new likeminded friends so don’t whatever you do miss the opportunity to come and join the party. Walks are limited to 50 participants and spaces have already started being filled so make sure you head on over to the Oxford Photo Walk page and reserve your free space [Link]

Look forward to seeing you there,

ps> In addition to the prizes that are up for grabs Dave Clayton of N.A.P.P. Member UK [Link] and myself will be running a few other competitions on the day with extra fabulous prizes available plus I’ll be adding a few extra surprises…maybe a mini Photography and Photoshop editing workshop for those who want to hang around a little longer afterwards.

World Wide Photo Walk website [Link]
Oxford Photo Walk page [Link]

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Photoshop, 67 Layers and a Super Hero!!!

Hi Folks.
Thought I’d kick the week off by sharing a composite image with you that I’ve been working on since last Saturday’s Workshop [Link] and also give you a look at the lighting set up for the original shot plus the editing involved…

Lighting Set Up:
The original studio shot of our model for the day Steve Lewington was taken at the end of the Workshop’s morning session when we were going through full length shots and here’s a lighting diagram to give you an idea of the set up…

Decided to shoot Steve on grey seamless as it was a full length shot and this would enable me to bring over the original shadows into the final composite as opposed to ‘painting’ them in.

One thing that isn’t shown in the lighting diagram is that for some of the shots a silver reflector was held just out of shot by Steve’s left shoulder to throw a little bit of light onto his chest; without it his chest area was going a bit too dark because of his position to the medium octabox.

Here’s the original starting point i.e. the ‘out of camera’ image and next to it the final composite (minus the title) which took somewhere in the region of 7 hours, contains 67 layers and has a file size of 1.5Gb:)

The images below show some of what was used to make up the final composite minus what was drawn in Photoshop…

  • The original studio shot of Steve
  • 2 photographs of sky/clouds (thanks to Joey L [Link])
  • A photograph of the road near to where I live along with some cracks in the tarmac  (All photographed with a point and shoot on the way to the local pub one evening)
  • A helicopter and an atomic mushroom cloud

The Editing:
I would normally include a written walk though of exactly what editing was done in Photoshop to get to the final image but quite frankly it would take forever and a day especially as it’s made up of 67 layers. So as a compromise and to satisfy the ‘Photoshop Hungry’ of you out there I’ve stitched together the layers panel so you can see the kind of things that were done such as: adding in the road surface, the cracks where Steve has punched the ground, the sky and so on, and to see it just click on the ‘View Full Post‘ link below:

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  • August 1, 2011 - 6:46 am

    DaveT - Fantastic vision and creativity, not to mention the Photoshop skills. I can’t begin to imagine working on a file of this complexity and layers, what vision you have. Well done Glyn.

  • August 1, 2011 - 6:46 am

    Ali Rajabi - Dear Glyn, Hi

    Strong Composite, Love Your way for Using Channels, Dodging

    and Burning. The Cracks in the road are beautiful.

    And finally the Unsharp Mask Contrast is my favorite. :)

    Well done

  • August 1, 2011 - 9:20 pm

    SC - Love it – very cool.

  • August 2, 2011 - 10:04 am

    David Kelly - Fantastic work Glyn and thanks for sharing the layers panel info with us. I need to take a bit of time looking at those in more detail given that I’m hoping to achieve a similarly veined superhero theme for my image of Steve. I’m hoping mine won’t take any where near as long as this has taken you though!

    BTW Are you sure you don’t want to do a walk through video on this? Speed it up a bit and I’m sure it’ll only take a few minutes to run through ;-)



  • August 2, 2011 - 10:29 am

    govind vekaria - WOW – and I thought I was taking too long on a photo (normally 10minutes).
    Terrific result. Well done

  • August 10, 2011 - 11:02 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Dave ;)

  • August 10, 2011 - 11:02 pm

    Glyn - Hey Ali, thanks for that…glad you like it ;)

  • August 10, 2011 - 11:02 pm

    Glyn - @SC…Cheers

  • August 10, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    Glyn - @David…Looking forward to seeing your picture mate…sounds fascinating. Oh and re the video walk through…not a chance! :) lol

  • August 10, 2011 - 11:04 pm

    Glyn - Thanks Govind; hope all is well with you :)

  • January 13, 2013 - 8:31 am

    babaljeet singh - wow……….. Fantastic ur work glyn.

  • January 13, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    Glyn - Thanks for that :)