PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: 3 TOP TIPS for Cut Outs and Compositing #35

Hey Folks

How’s it going?

Well we’ve reached another Wednesday which can only mean one thing: a new episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Show / Podcast.

This week I have 3 of my TOP TIPS for you when it comes to making Cut Outs and Compositing.

Making selections and cut outs when the background is quite busy can be challenging to say the least but in this episode I show you how you can get perfect results by making use of brushes and layer masks.

PLUS I show how to fake realism in your compositing and also take a quick look at Topaz ReMask 3; a really cool plug in from the folks at Topaz that can produce fantastic cut out results REALLY quickly!

Hope you like it:)

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

Oh and if you want to give the Topaz ReMask plug in a spin, you can get a FREE 30 day trial here [Link]

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


  • February 12, 2014 - 8:10 pm

    John Skinner - Awesome addition Glyn.

    I’ve got an entire folder of bookmarks just for all of this fantastic content you have shared for months now. – Cheers.

  • February 13, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Sharon - ^^
    What the guy above said. Me too :o) thanks for all the hard work you put into these glyn

  • February 14, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Yoram - Awesome way to cut off specialy the last one

  • February 16, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Glyn - Cheers

  • February 16, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Glyn - Sharon, you’re very welcome. Thanks for looking in, Glyn :)

VIDEO: Unboxing Loxley Colour Alumini and Canvas Prints

Hey Folks,

Just thought I’d drop in today to share a new video that I’ve recorded.

I’m often asked which company I use to get my pictures printed, so seeing as I took delivery of some more prints yesterday I figured now would be a good time to cover that.

The company I use for all my printing is Loxley Colour who you may remember I visited a towards the end of last year [Link]. Now I’ve used quite a few printing companies in the past but with Loxley Colour it’s not just the quality of their printing and products (which is fantastic) but it’s their Customer Service and Support that TOTALLY impresses.

The prints that arrived yesterday were an Alumini and a Canvas and in the video you get to see not just how they’re packed but also a look at the quality…

Oh and one thing I really must mention is that I’m on no commission at all for promoting Loxley Colour in this way; I just believe in shouting out about those companies and folks that are at the top of their game so you too can take a look.

Right…get printing and I’ll catch you you back here tomorrow.


  • February 11, 2014 - 11:42 am

    Simon Ward - Hi Glyn

    Fantastic video and I echo everything you have said about Loxley and about product and presentation too!

    Fantastic company, product, people and service!

    Simon Ward

  • February 11, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Glyn - Couldn’t agree more Simon; they’re definitely setting the standard.
    Cheers for dropping in and commenting,

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:27 am

    David Kelly - I think the smile on your face when opening both products says it all really – there’s nothing quite like seeing your artwork in the flesh so to speak.

YouTube Channel Changes AND Newsletter Discounts

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Thanks for stopping by at the start of the week; I really appreciate it.

To kick off I’ve got a couple of things to let you know about i.e. changes to my YouTube Channel and my first Newsletter of 2014.

Ok here goes…

This past weekend I’ve spent a bit of time tidying up the layout of videos in my YouTube Channel.

I’ve now added a few more Playlists that should hopefully make it easier for you to find the tutorials you’re looking for:

  • Recently Uploads
  • Compositing Techniques
  • Retouching Techniques
  • Lighting Effects
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Reviews
  • Promotional
  • Just for Fun

There’ll be a bit of an overlap where you’ll see some of the same videos in playlists e.g. a video about selections / cut outs will appear in both the Composting and Retouching Techniques playlists but this one I figured it would make searching easier.

When you get a spare moment, let me know what you think and if it helps at all.

Also a HUGE thanks from me to you all that have so far subscribed to my YouTube Channel.

I’m putting a lot of work into providing FREE content each and every week and the only payment (for want of a better word) that I ask for is that you SUBSCRIBE and also let others know about the channel too.

Looking ahead I have lots of plans for the YouTube Channel so it’s great to have you onboard and also to receive such positive feedback. Knowing that the content I’m sharing each and every week is helpful makes it so worthwhile!

So again, thanks for the support!

You can SUBSCRIBE for FREE and never miss a video by clicking [here]

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Talking of subscribing, yesterday I posted out my first Newsletter of 2014.

The newsletter contains all kinds of information such as a Diary of Events, Tutorials, News, Reviews and more PLUS each month there’s SUBSCRIBER ONLY discount codes included.

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If you haven’t already then be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the newsletter and be kept up to date, oh and as regards to frequency, I’ll be posting out a new newsletter on the first Sunday of each month.

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


  • February 11, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    DaveT - Hi Glyn,

    Great idea to sort the video tutorials into groups,it will make it so much easier to locate a video containing a particular technique. Thanks so much for all the content you provide – it’s a great resource.


  • February 11, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Glyn - Thanks Dave; great to know the layout helps. I guess the more videos get added the more important this is PLUS it appeals to my Virgo side :)

Photoshop, Photoshop and more Photoshop…

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by…I really appreciate it.

Well today I’ve a few things Photoshop related to let you know about including a Contest and a Photoshop Show with lots of tips, tricks and techniques.

So, here goes…

Now this is just fantastic!!!

My Buddy Douglas Sonders has set up a Retouching Contest following his recent ROBOCOP Photo Shoot.

The contest is open to anyone and everyone and has some AMAZING prizes on offer to the Winner including a FULL Copy of Phase One’s Capture One Pro 7 software, a Case Logic Check Point Friendly Laptop Back PLUS lots of goodies from the great folks over at TetherTools.

Now to decide on a Winner there has to a Judge or Judges right?
Well thanks to Douglas for inviting me to get involved, this is where I come in also joined by folks such as Pratik Naik, Clint Davies (previous contest Winner), Justin Paguia (Douglas’ retoucher), Julia Kuzmenko and Douglas himself.

Together we’ll be looking through all the entries and deciding on an overall Grand Prize Winner as well as Honourable Mentions who’s details (web site etc) will be shared on the famous FStoppers website!

The deadline for entries is February 14th 2014 so there’s plenty of time left but no time like the present to get cracking.

Head on over to Douglas’ website for more information here [Link]

Good Luck:)

Earlier this week I was a guest on The Photoshop Show Google+ Hangout hosted by Jan Kabili and Ron Clifford.

I had such fun and it was great to finally meet everyone Gene McCullagh creator of the incredibly popular Lightroom Secrets web site, Seán Duggan: Photographer, Educator and Author and Erika Thornes as well as Jan and Ron.

Kicking off the Jan showing a very useful tip for all Lightroom users it was then over to me as I went through some Photoshop retouching techniques for Physiques, Lighting effects and more…

Great fun and a Great Show; definitely one to keep an eye on and subscribe to over on YouTube.

You can check out the show (episode 51) over on the YouTube Channel here [Link]

Also if you’re a Google+ user be sure to add the show into your circles [Link]

Ok before I go just a reminder that tickets for my NEW workshop series PHOTOSHOP MASTERY – Retouching and Workflow SKills are AVAILABLE NOW!

Spaces are limited to just 15 attendees so be sure to BOOK YOUR PLACE and take advantage of the Early Bird Pricing available until 18th February.

For more details and booking click here [Link]

Ok that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days for lots more Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom.


PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Creating Sunset with Shadows and Colour #34

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

As I’m writing this it’s just after 1am and very we’ll be going ‘Live’ as I’m a Guest on The Photoshop Show over on Google+

If you’re not or rather if you were not able to join us then I’ll be sure to post a link to the Hangout once it goes up.

Ok so for today’s blog post I have a brand new episode of my Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Podcast; now up to Episode 34!

In this episode I show you how to create a fake sunset into your pictures by adding realistic shadows and colouring PLUS there’s also a few extra little tips and tricks thrown in for good measure.

Hope you like it:)

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

In the mean time I’d really appreciate the support if you could just let others know about the my YouTube Channel and of course the Podcast seeing as we’re now in the iTunes Store too; that would be Awesome!

Ok that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to be sure to have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.


  • February 6, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    DaveT - Very, very useful- thanks Glyn. Keep adding those tips about the tools you use they are amazingly helpful.


  • February 6, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Glyn - That’s great to know mate thanks :)