PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to turn a BAD picture into a GREAT picture #37

Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know that the latest episode of my weekly podcast / show is now ONLINE!!!

This week I take you through the entire retouch of a picture from out of camera to the finished print ready version BUT focusing on how to turn a BAD picture into a GREAT picture.

The original starting image was a test shot taken at the very start of a photo shoot and actually a file I’d completely disregarded and thought of as a throw away HOWEVER seeing as I keep all the files from every shoot, from time to time I’ll revisit these throw away images to see if something can actually be done to make it portfolio worthy…

The technology we have at our finger tips these days with incredible sensors in our cameras and constant updates and improvements to Lightroom and Photoshop is definitely allowing us to push things that much further than we ever could; to the point where we can (at times) literally make something from nothing.

That being said, you can’t and never will beat getting the best possible file in camera but it’s a a lot of fun playing that’s for sure:)

Hope you like the video and as always feel free to share it with as many others as you like.

Thanks for the support and I’ll catch you here next time,

  • February 26, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    John Skinner - Great tutorial Glyn.

    That bit with the lights added and the different than usual color gradient really made it pop. I was a little shocked at he final image size being 1.32 GIGS !! WOW. I don’t think my system will handle an image that size on a good day.

    But it was a lot of food for thought on the ‘looking back through older images’ and see what can be done.

    THANKS for all this great and valuable content. I have taken away SO much for the last year or so following you and your style.

  • February 27, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Glyn - Thanks John and thanks for looking in; I really do appreciate the support. ;)

NEWS: New Photoshop Book, Backing Up and a FREE Seminar

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Hope you had a good weekend.

Lots going on this coming week so I’ll have to make this a quick one.

A few things to let you know about so here goes…

Ok so the much anticipated Volume II of Corey Barker’s Best Selling Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks book has just hit the shelves in Amazon!

At the moment it’s available in the Kindle Store and expected to be available as a hard copy book on the 3rd March.

I guarantee you this book is going to sell out judging by all the sneak peeks we’ve had of the content and remembering how Volume I was received so I DEFINITELY advise pre ordering.

Check it out on Amazon here:

Oh and there’s a couple of folks in there you might recognise:)

I’ll be recording some videos and doing a couple of write ups about this but I’ve now finally, thanks to Chris Fields of CHNO Technology, got what I believe is the perfect solution for my Backing Up needs.

As photographers / retouchers I think it’s fair to say that if there was one thing that’s common between us all is our concern about losing files to a dreaded Hard Drive failure. They (whoever they are) say that a hard drive is only ever in one of two states: Failed or about to Fail so with that in mind it’s more a case of making sure you have backups of backups and so on; not necessarily an easy thing to configure.

Anyway this little lot from CHNO Technology has me covered both for my main machine AND when travelling so I’ll let you know real soon what it is.

In the mean time here’s a link to my friend Chris Fields and CHNO [Link]

Also make sure you check out their blog as Chris regularly posts handy tips, tricks, did you know’s to do with technology and solutions particularly for photographers.

Now I can’t say too much at this stage but there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes developing my Successful Shoots…Guaranteed talk which in short is a formula that guarantees each and every time you take your camera out and have a photo shoot you get EXACTLY the results you wanted!

It’s been fantastic getting such positive feedback from folks who have seen the talk and found it incredibly useful so we thought we should take it further and make it widely available.

The first stage of this is happening this coming Saturday 1st March where I’ll be giving the talk to an invited group of around 25 people and this is being filmed but here’s the thing…

If you’d like to come along and hangout for a couple of hours this coming Saturday (FREE) to be part of the audience for this filming just drop me an email to

You’d need to be in Bicester, UK for 11am but spaces are limited to just 25!!!

At the end of the filming I’ll also go through some retouching techniques for those who came along; a kind of FREE mini 1 hour presentation

Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one and hey hopefully I’ll see you Saturday!

Catch you in the next post,


Hey Folks,

I hope you’re doing good.

Lots to tell and show you over the coming days so to kick things off I wanted to let you know about some BIG Events coming up in March…

The Professional Imaging Show in the Netherlands and The Photography Show, Birmingham NEC

A 3 day event spread over the 29th, 30th and 31st March 2014 and this will not only be my first time instructing there but it’s actually the first time I’ve ever been to the show!

I seriously cannot wait for this. I’ve heard so many good things about the show and how it’s the biggest show in The Netherlands…it’s going to be amazing. And if that wasn’t enough I’ll be out there teaching with friends Joe McNally and Frank Doorhof too before we all then head out to Atlanta, USA for Photoshop World! It’s certainly gearing up to be one heck of a year:)

Here’s a look at just part of the schedule for the 3 days…

If you’re coming along to the show be sure to say hi; it would be awesome to catch up with folks who read this blog and/or watch my YouTube Channel / iTunes Podcast:)

•For more information and tickets click this [Link]

We’re just over a week away now from the very first of the UK’s ‘The Photography Show’ and to say I’m excited could well be the understatement of the year so far:)

To even touch on what is happening over the packed four days would take way more than one blog post so make sure you head on over to the official show website to find out more, but with the BIGGEST names in the industry being present this most definitely is NOT the NEW Focus on Imaging..far from it!

As well as being an instructor at the show with sessions each day I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in some of the behind the scenes and I seriously mean it when I say that folks who come along are in for a real treat! The UK has needed something BIG for a while now and I reckon this is going to fit the bill well and truly!

If you’re going to be there, make sure to head on over to the Adobe Stages during the day as there’s a packed schedule of classes / sessions from a number of instructors.

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

•For more information and tickets click this [Link]

It’s most definitely an exciting time and this is only touching on what’s happening over the next few weeks; 2014 has lots more in store so with all that’s going on so I really do hope to see some of you at the events!

Have a fantastic weekend whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

  • February 25, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    Andrew Perkins - Hi Glyn, will definitely be there for this one, looking forward to it!

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Still Life Retouching Techniques #36

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Today I’ve a new episode of my weekly podcast / show and this time I’m taking you through the complete retouch of my recent COUNTRY BOUQUET picture.

In the video “Still Life Retouching Techniques” I start off by explaining about the photography side of things and in particular why I placed some grey seamless paper behind the flowers as a background.

Then it’s on to the retouching where I take you step by step from out of camera to the final print ready picture and at the very end I add a painterly/abstract effect using both a filter within Photoshop and a plug in by Topaz called Simplify 4.

Hope you like it:)

I’m really liking this new Simplify 4 Plug In from Topaz and think I’ll be bringing it into a lot more images to some degree or another particularly as the effect can be tweaked to create exactly the look I’m after AND be used as a Smart Filter; which is ALWAYS a good thing:)

Up until the end of this month Topaz have a 40% OFF deal on Simplify 4 so if you do want to get your hands on it just use the following code when you go to the link below:

Discount Code: febsimplify

Topaz Discount Link:

Right that’s all from me for today so as always if you have any questions / comments about anything in this weeks video please feel free to make use of the comments section below or drop me an email to

In the mean time though I’d really appreciate it if you could let others know about this video and indeed my YouTube Channel so they too can subscribe and keep up to date with all the latest FREE videos as they’re posted each and every week.

Thanks for the support and I’ll catch you next time,

NEWS: New Picture,Topaz Discount,Wacom Webinar and the R.P.S.

Hi Folks

Thanks for stopping by.

To kick the week off I’ve a few things to share with you so let’s go…

Ok so maybe not the most adventurous of names but hey I couldn’t think of anything else:)

This is a new picture I put together this past weekend in between photo shoots and retouching. One thing I’m making a concerted effort with this year is to create pictures, outside of what I would normally do, that I can hang on the walls in my home or maybe even have made into bespoke cards for sending personalised messages.

I really do think it’s a good idea to step away, just for a short time, and try something different so like I said I’m making a point of doing this more and more when I have some (albeit it limited) free time;  truth be told including setting up the photo shoot, taking the picture and retouching we’re only talking 30 minutes for this anyway.

I thought this might make a good tutorial for an episode of my Weekly Podcast / Show so keep an eye out for that this coming Wednesday.

I’ll touch on the photography side of things in the video too but just to give you an idea this was shot in natural light and behind the flowers I placed a piece of cardboard with some of the grey seamless paper I use torn off and attached to it.

Grey is fantastic for adding textures to and creating completely unique looks as in this case where I wanted to create the look of an old plastered wall with cracks in. The technique to do this is incredibly easy and quick so like I said I’ll be showing the whole retouch in this weeks episode which shouldn’t be more than 10-15 minutes from start to finish.

Incidentally in the final retouched picture of the flowers I made use (for the first time) of a plug in by Topaz Labs called Simplify.

I’m absolutely loving the painterly kind of look you can add to your images using this plug in and what’s more I’ve been experimenting with it and the quite unique looks you can create by tweaking the settings and then playing around with opacity in Photoshop. I think this is a plug in I’m going to be using more of in the future to some degree or another.

If you fancy giving it a whirl, Topaz have a 40% OFF deal running at the moment which you can access at the link below and using the discount code: febsimplify

Topaz Labs Simplify [Link]

Last Tuesday I did a webinar hosted by Wacom USA and Weston Maggio

In case you missed it here’s the recording showing the techniques I went through in a webinar that lasted around 1 hour…

Finally I just wanted to say  a HUGE thanks to everyone who came along to my seminar yesterday for the Royal Photographic Society (Thames Valley)

It was great to see so many people there for the day and thanks goes to everyone from me for making me feel so very welcome; I had a blast.

Right that’s all from me for today so have a great start to the week and I’ll catch you back here real soon.