PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to Create Fake Rim Lighting #33

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Today I have a new episode (#33) of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Podcast / Show and this week we’re looking at a lighting effect.

Since posting my MYSTICAL WORLD picture online I’ve had quite a few questions asking how the coloured rim lighting effect was added onto the two girls seeing as it doesn’t come from original in camera lighting.

Well of course it was all done in Photoshop so today I’m going to show exactly how to do it…

As always if you have any questions / comments please feel free to give me a shout by emailing glyn@glyndewis.comor post a comment below.

In the mean time though have a great day and I’ll catch you later.
Thanks for looking in,

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  • January 29, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Shazz - Brilliant! always enjoyable to watch. Thanks

  • January 30, 2014 - 6:24 am

    DaveT - These just get better and better Glyn. Clear explanations and lots of tips as usual which really help. Thanks.


  • January 30, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Glyn - DaveT…Glad you like it mate; thanks for looking in :)

  • January 30, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Glyn - Shazz…Thanks :)

  • January 30, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Walkabout (the Colour Dodge) Way. | TP IMAGES - […] watching a tutorial from the excellent Glyn Dewis I was inspired to give this picture a new look. I wanted to give the […]

Catch My Photoshop Sessions and more at The Photography Show

Hey Everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend; get up to much?

On Saturday I headed to Whipsnade Zoo to take some photographs for a new picture project I’m working on.

I need a photograph of an Elephant but despite the ones there being simply gorgeous (especially the 3 month old Calf) it’s African elephants I need to photograph as opposed to Asian Elephants; difference being the size of the ears; however later this week I know exactly where to head so I’ll keep you posted.

The Photography Show – Photoshop Classes
So today I wanted to let you know some more information about The Photography Show coming up between 1st – 4th March at the Birmingham, NEC.

I’ll be there teaching several Photoshop related sessions over the few days of the show namely:

10:30 – 11:15: Pro Retouching using Adobe Photoshop

11:30 – 13:15: Adobe Photoshop Retouching Master Class
15:30 – 17:00: Adobe Photoshop Retouching Master Class

11:30 – 13:15: Adobe Photoshop Retouching Master Class
15:30 – 17:00: Adobe Photoshop Retouching Master Class

To see a list of all the Photoshop Sessions including a schedule of all the Lightroom sessions check out Adobe’s Head of Digital Imaging Solutions, Richard Curtis’ Bēhance page by clicking on this [Link]

There you’ll find the latest up to date schedules including a more detailed breakdown of what each session covers PLUS as the show nears and during the show itself he’ll also be posting updated material. So,  following him on Bēhance would definitely be a wise thing to do:)

Check out Richard’s Bēhance Page here [Link]

Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.


  • February 2, 2014 - 9:30 am

    Vernon Nash - I am looking forward to seeing your Masterclass on Monday afternoon and saying hello. Got a couple of other sessions booked that day so hope I get time to look around the stands as well.

  • February 4, 2014 - 7:19 am

    Glyn - Nice one Vernon; see you then :)

Excited to have joined the Team at PhotoFocus

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Wow, the end of another week; can you believe we’re over 3 weeks into the New Year?

So on that subject how’s the New Year Resolutions, sorry…Promises going?

Anyway today I’ve some news that I’m really excited to tell you about…I’m now a member of the Team of Authors at PhotoFocus.

• You can check out the first introductory post here [Link]

For as long as I’ve been around Photography I’ve followed the PhotoFocus site and more recently the PhotoFocus Podcast; a show that I was interviewed on whilst teaching out at Photoshop World, Las Vegas in September 2013

If you haven’t already be sure to head over to the PhotoFocus website and bookmark is one of your daily reads; there’s so much content available…particularly as it’s added to several times each day.

A HUGE thank you from me to everyone at PhotoFocus; in particular Melissa Niu, Richard Harrington and Pamela Berry for inviting me in!

Ok that’s all from a very smiley me for today so whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days.

In the meantime, here’s the recording of the interview I mentioned that I had with Melissa Niu (Editor) whilst in Las Vegas in September…

  • PhotoFocus Website [Link]
  • PhotoFocus Podcast [Link]
  • January 24, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Steve Hughes - Congratulations Glyn – flying the flag for the UK on such a highly regarded podcast is a real feather in your cap. Nice one.

  • January 30, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Steve. They’re a great bunch of folks for sure :)

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Creating Fine Art with Photoshop CC #32

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a new episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Podcast / Show.

In this episode I show you how to create your very own piece of Fine Art by making use of Lightroom and the recent update in Photoshop CC i.e. Scripted Patterns PLUS adding texture, using Plug Ins as Smart Filters, a super fast technique for extracting an object from it’s original background and more…

I’ll take you through the entire retouching process from start to finish so as there’s a lot to cover, best we get started…

As always if you have any questions then feel free to make use of the comments section below or drop me an email to

Also if you prefer, you can also now watch this weekly show as a podcast in the Apple iTunes Store where you can subscribe for free and watch the videos offline on your iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Computer; here’s the [Link]

Have a great day and I’ll catch you here next time,

•Royalty Free Digital Music in this episode courtesy of BEATSUITE [Link]

  • January 22, 2014 - 6:38 am

    Ronald Hoppus - Hey. Glyn,
    Just want to thank you for another great inspirational tutorial. Love your work and effective teaching style!
    Thanks for sharing your mad skills.

  • January 30, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    Glyn - Ronald…You’re welcome mate; I really appreciate you looking in.

MYSTICAL WORLD: New Picture PLUS Making Of

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Well today as promised, here’s a run through showing what went into making one of my recent pictures that I’ve called MYSTICAL WORLD

Finding the perfect location isn’t always possible so this was actually the first time I ended up using a miniature…

I went online and found a Dolls House Supplier and ordered a miniature wardrobe, some miniature skirting board and a couple of rolls of paper that had wallpaper pattern and wooden flooring printed on them; combine that with an empty cardboard box and some spray glue and voilà … instant room:)

You’ll see that I’ve actually cut out the shape of a window in the box. The reason for this was to shine a torch light through so that I could see how the shadows would behave against the back wall and what kind of shadow would be made when the light hit the wardrobe. I didn’t photograph the light and shadows for the final picture though but rather photographed them as a reference point so I knew how to paint them in during the retouching process; this gave me the option of having a picture with or without shadows as I hadn’t 100% decided what I wanted…does that make sense?

Once the room had been made (costing less than £10) and photographed it was then time to photograph the models / characters to be included…

I’d spoken to a close friend and asked if both he and his wife would be happy for me to photograph their daughters to be in the final picture and yeah sure they agreed; ALWAYS best to ask rather than assume it would be ok though…especially when kids are involved.

Anyway with regards to the lighting, I used a mixture of ambient and flash. The Flash was only there to add some highlights in the same kind of place / direction that would be coming from the wardrobe so in this case I used an Elinchrom RX600 Head with Elinchrom Rotalux 130cm  x 50cm Strip Box…

Once all the elements had been photographed it was then Photoshop time…

I started working on the room first which first of all meant making the wardrobe wider as I wanted it to feel like one of those large antique wardrobes similar to what you’ll see in the film The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; which incidentally is where the inspiration for this picture came from.

Once the wardrobe had been made wider it was then a case of slightly changing the perspective of the floor and adding in extra floorboards; something that would have been made a lot easier and quicker with the very recent update to Photoshop CC … Perspective Warp.

As for adding the shadows and making the night scene, here’s an video I posted on my YouTube Channel [Link] showing the process…

Adding the glowing light and spill on the floor around the girls’ feet was done using a technique that I again have posted a video tutorial for over on my YouTube Channel.

The video shows it on a different picture however the technique is the same…

Now anyone who has followed this site for a short while will likely know I have a bit of a thing for finding out ways to make selections.

Well in this picture I tried something different and gave Topaz ReMask a go and I must say it worked a treat cutting the girls off quite a tricky background and retaining important details like fine hair with just a couple of passes.

You can check out Topaz ReMask here and give it a FREE trial [Link]

Once all the elements had been put together, light, shadows and colouring added it was then a case of adding details and creating the look which for this whichI wanted to be a fairy tale / painterly feel.

Check out the Larger / Better Screen Quality version here [Link]
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So there you go…a quick run through to give you an idea as to what went into making this picture.

As always if you have any questions / comments please feel free to make use of the comments section below or drop me an email to

In the mean time though, thanks for looking in and I’ll catch you next time,

  • January 20, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Morgana - Bloody briliant! :D

  • January 20, 2014 - 7:28 pm

    DaveT - Its the attention to detail that nails it – great job Glyn!


  • January 21, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Glyn - Morgana…Thanks :) lol

  • January 21, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Glyn - DaveT…Cheers mate

  • April 27, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    cornelussen - Great jobs. Thanks for explanation.
    Greets, Gerard

  • April 28, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Glyn - Gerard…You’re welcome; thanks for looking in.