Aaron Blaise Master Class in Understanding Light Values

Hey Everyone,

Hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to a few days R&R:)

Today I’ve a SUPERB video to share with you.

The video is a new episode of my Buddy Aaron Blaise’s Art Tips series over on YouTube and it’s all about Light Values.

Now the video is aimed mainly towards folks who draw and shows how by using 3 light values (Light, Medium and Dark) you can transform the lighting, structure and dimension in your pictures.

For Photographers and Retouchers this video is nothing short of a Master Class in Lighting!!! There is so much to learn from what Aaron covers especially how it relates to dodging and burning etc…

So grab a coffee, sit comfortably and press PLAY and enjoy seeing an Artist in Action explaining step by step…Brilliant!!!

Now if you haven’t already then make sure you head on over and SUBSCRIBE to Aaron’s YouTube Channel; it’s completely FREE and means you won’t miss out on any of the content he’s sharing each and every week.

Check it out here [Link]

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


PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to Fake the WET Look #44

Hey Folks

As promised here’s another NEW episode of my weekly podcast / show taking us up to episode 44!!!

In this episode I show you how to fake the wet look using a filter within Photoshop; namely Plastic Wrap.

Now I’ve actually shown this technique in an earlier video on my Wolverine Picture but in this video I explain the sliders we use in more detail and also about applying the filter as a Smart Object i.e. retouching non destructively which is exactly what we should all be aiming for to give us flexibility.

Hope you like it:)

Of course this is purely faking the look and you can’t beat the look of real water however I think you’ll find it does a pretty convincing job.

Here’s a look at my Wolverine in London picture where I actually forgot to spray water on our model Glenn during the photo shoot but thankfully…Plastic Wrap to the rescue and voila:)

As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to make use of the comments section below or drop me an email to glyn@glyndewis.com.

Also make sure that you SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel by clicking [here]

It’s completely free and just means that each time you visit YouTube you’ll be able to see quickly and easily how many new videos I’ve posted for you PLUS it’s the only support I ask to help this channel grow.

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


  • May 3, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    María García - Great! but it´s a pitty, I don´t understand English, only Spanish :(


Hey Everyone,

Just to let you know that today I have a new episode of my weekly podcast / show online and ready to view!!!

This week I show you how to create and add rain in your pictures and we do so using a brush; however it’s how you use the brush and how you create depth that gives it added realism…and that’s what we’re going to go through.

As always if you have any questions  / comments then feel free to make use of the comments section below or email me directly to glyn@glyndewis.com

Also be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel by clicking on this [Link]

Once SUBSCRIBED it’ll mean that each time you visit YouTube you’ll be able to quickly see if and when I’ve posted new videos for you PLUS it’s all the support I ask; well that and letting others know of the channel too:)

Ok that’s all from me for today so  have a good one and keep an eye out tomorrow as I’ll be posting another episode seeing as last week I was away teaching at Photoshop World in Atlanta.


Back from the USA and Photoshop World

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Well I’m now back after what has been the most incredible week out in the USA.

Kicking off with a couple of days hanging out with our dear friend, Artist and Animator Aaron Blaise and his girlfriend Jonelle Kiselich at their home in Stuart, Florida and then on to Atlanta for Photoshop World.

Today I’d just like to take the opportunity to share just a few pictures with you from the trip to give you just a taster of what we got up to; hope you like them…

The view on the very first morning sat drinking coffee out on the porch with Aaron and Dave; getting up at 5:30am had never been so easy…

We spent the morning out on Aaron’s boat around the bay where for the very first time in my life I saw Dolphins up close in the wild…Magical!!!

This beach is actually part of an island out in the bay and where Aaron will regularly visit to sit and draw away from it all; this place was just so incredibly peaceful…

The smile says it all…The Best of Times!

Smiles, smiles and more smiles…

The wildlife here was incredible…

I’m no landscape photographer but when you’re presented with a view like this in the morning you’ve just got to…


Grabbing some head shots sat on the porch…

This one of Dave someone said it looked like he had comedy eyes due to the reflection…lol:)


We were only in Florida for a couple of days before heading over to Atlanta together but in the time we were there we saw so much…

This picture shows the track that a Giant Leatherback Turtle had made when it came out of the Ocean during the night to head up the beach and lay it’s eggs. Seeing something like this is a once in a lifetime experience and there it was right on the beach and right next to Aaron’s house.

We could see the ditch that the turtle had dug out and buried it’s eggs in and what was fantastic to see was that the beach is patrolled by conservationists and before we knew it they were on scene and cordoning off the area to protect them.

A gift from Aaron to my wife Anne…

This is an original sketch from when Aaron was designing the characters for the Bare and the Hare cartoon he created for the John Lewis Stores Christmas TV commercial in the UK.

A quick group shot before heading to the airport…

So then it was on to Atlanta for Photoshop World 2014.

Kicking off the conference with the opening ceremony and keynote…

Packed house for my Real World Retouching Class…

Hanging out with friends in the hotel bar…

Was great to catch up with my buddy Zack Arias…

Look out for a few things coming up in the future that we’re talking about:)

Hanging out with top fella Peter Hurley at the Instructor Wrap Up Party…

Couldn’t resist a Reverse SHABANG for the camera…expertly Photo Bombed by Frank Doorhof and Colin Smith:)

HUGE thanks to Dave for grabbing this picture of me photographing Joel Grimes who kindly modelled for me during my Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background class…

Signing the Photoshop World Workbook…

It’s such an incredible honour being asked for an autograph but when speaking to folks and hearing that what I covered in my classes here at Photoshop World, Atlanta has really helped is such an incredible feeling!

Whatever you do…do it for the right reasons!!!

Thank you so very much to everyone who came along!

At the Instructor Wrap Party with the Legendary Jay Maisel…

And then all too quickly the final day in the USA was upon us and it was time to head home…until next time:)

So there you go just a few of the pictures to give you a taster of some of the goings on during the week in the USA.

It’s been an incredible time making some incredible memories with incredible people I’m so proud to be able to call my friends.

If you want to see more pictures showing what went on at Photoshop World then be sure to head on over to Scott Kelby’s blog here [Link] but in the mean time, let’s get cracking…

Have a GREAT day and I’ll catch you later,

  • April 14, 2014 - 11:27 am

    Mike - Looks incredible!
    One day…!

  • April 14, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    Aaron Blaise - Miss you guys already! I’m typing this back in my office and back to reality making Art Story. Can’t wait for July on YOUR island!

  • April 14, 2014 - 11:21 pm

    Jimmy Kuhn - Man oh man do I hate that I missed this…I will not miss the next one…Thanks for the update… I am going to put this page on my toolbar favs so that anytime I feel like giving up I can click on it and be inspired to fight another day….

  • April 14, 2014 - 11:41 pm

    Keith Hammond - such a great set of memories, and hanging with Mr Jay Maisel, he is THE man, i can’t wait to hear all about the trip at the next curry

  • April 19, 2014 - 12:56 am

    Ryan J. Rowe - You all look truly happy. Loving what you do and doing what you love! It was an honor to meet you at Photoshop World and I hope to see you again.

  • April 23, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Ryan; was great to meet you too and also to see you get the Guru Award!!!!

  • April 23, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    Glyn - Keith…Yes indeed…curry is a must!!!

  • April 23, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    Glyn - Miss you too Aaron; time went so quickly but hey…not long until July :)

Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post today as it’s full on busy here at Photoshop World, Atlanta and I’m up in just a few hours to teach my next class; 8.15am for Creating your First Composite.

Today I’d normally be posting a new episode of my weekly podcast / show but with all that’s going on I’ve not been able however I’ll be recording 2 new episodes once I’m back home this coming weekend.

Anyway today I taught my Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background so I as a follow up I thought I’d post the walk through video I recorded some time back as a reminder of this simple but really effective technique.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the class and especially a HUGE thank you to my friend and incredible Photographer and fellow Instructor Joel Grimes who came along to my class and was a great sport for being my model when demonstrating the technique…

Here’s the video I recorded showing how to create dramatic portraits using the Invisible Black Background technique…

Right, must dash…need to grab some sleep before day 3 of Photoshop World.

Catch you later,


  • April 12, 2014 - 7:34 am

    DaveT - Great reminder of this technique Glyn; I had forgotten how easy you make it look. So this time, I intend to have a go at actually trying it out rather than trying to commit it to memory.


  • June 11, 2014 - 6:17 am

    Marissa - Hello Glyn, I loved the video and the tutorial, just a question… what size of umbrella I need to do this? does the size matters?