PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Body Resizing (Super Fast)

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Ok so following on from my webinar yesterday with Topaz I thought for today I’d post a short Photoshop Tutorial.

I recorded this once we’d finished up yesterday and had originally intended to do it as a written walk through but to be honest it’s such a quick technique that it would taken me longer to log in than in would to record it…well not quite but you’ll see what I mean.

The technique in the video is for Body Resizing and by that I mean how to make the subject of your pictures slightly wider or slightly narrower and it’s a technique I use quite literally all the time; I hope you like it.

Oh and make sure you don’t miss the tip at the end…you’ll understand why I say that when you hear it;)

As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to drop me a line to glyn@glyndewis.com but in the mean time have a good one and I’ll catch you tomorrow for Episode #24 of my Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Weekly Show.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • November 20, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    Patty - Your webinar yesterday was off the charts fabulous Glyn! Thanks for opening the door to so many new ‘short cuts’ and for posting this body resizing video.

  • November 21, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Glyn - Hey Patty,

    Thanks so much for your kind words; great to hear you enjoyed it :)

    Best wishes,
    Glyn

Register NOW for my Topaz Webinar Later Today!!!

Hey Folks,

Just a quick post today to send out a friendly reminder about this evening’s webinar.

At 9pm UK time I’ll be presenting a webinar  on behalf of the great folks over at Topaz Labs.

The Photoshop Plug Ins by Topaz form an integral part of my retouching workflow and in this evenings webinar I’ll give you a quick look at how I use some of them in my retouching workflow.

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There’s limited spaces available for the webinar but Registration is FREE so head on over to the Topaz Site here [Link] to secure your place.

PLUS those folks who do register get a pretty hefty discount from Topaz on any of the plug ins!

The webinar lasts for just one hour and that’s made up of 45 minutes showing how I use the plug ins and 15 minutes for Q & A.

Hope to see you there,
Glyn

  • November 19, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    Mark Coons - Can’t wait Glyn!!

  • November 20, 2013 - 12:48 am

    Walter Sanders - Great webinar, Glyn!
    Its the first time I’ve seen a pro use the topaz tools.
    Thanks.

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My Favourite Place for Inspiration

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Good weekend?

Ok so today I thought I’d kick the week off with a website to check out.

You see one of the most commonly asked questions I get asked at Seminars and Workshop is “How do you come up with ideas for pictures?”

There are so many places we draw on for inspiration and from Day 1 I was always tearing pages out of magazines whenever I saw a picture that I liked and I’d stick them all into scrap books. The pictures I collected weren’t necessarily taken so that I could copy them exactly but more because there was something about them that I liked i.e. the colouring, the posing, the lighting effects and so on…

I remember a while back now being hired for a photo shoot and the client actually saying to me that they wanted it to have the feel of the TV programme ‘Mad Men‘. Now I’d never heard of let alone seen Mad Men but a quick search on YouTube and moments later I got what it was they were asking for.

So magazines, newspapers, posters on the Underground, iTunes Movie Trailers, YouTube and such like are all great places for inspiration BUT my favourite place of all is the IMP AWARDS website:

IMP AWARDS is a HUGE website that has an ever increasing library of Movie Posters from past, present and future and the really great thing is that it also has most of the alternative posters that were created too.

I’ll spend ages literally browsing around the site and collecting pictures to save in a folder in my iPhoto library and then ultimately my Moodboard App on my iPad. There’s so much inspiration and knowledge that can be gained from looking through images like this as there can browsing through photography books containing images from famous photographers from over the years.

So today seeing as it’s the start of the week why not check out places like IMP AWARDS and start putting a personal project together, put a date in the diary for the photo shoot and go for it!

Check out the IMP Awards website here [Link]

Have a good one and I’ll catch you tomorrow,
Glyn

ps> If you have favourite places where you get inspired I’d love to hear them so why not share them in the comments section below so everyone can benefit;)

  • November 18, 2013 - 7:50 am

    Fraser Bishop - I only play with photography but my favourite place for inspiration is the Westover Gallery in Bournemouth. A great collection of artists many of whom have inspired me to be more creative with black and white pictures. As I say only an amature at best but I do love my camera.

PERSISTENCE: The Sun Will Come Up Again!!!

Hey Everyone,

Today I’ve a video to share with you.

Those of you who join me over on Social Media like Google+ and Facebook would likely have seen this already BUT I’m going to urge you to stick with me and watch it again.

Allow me to explain…
You see ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by successful people however what I mean by that is not the size of the success but rather what it is about the person that made them become successful.

I’m not talking luck or anything like that, I’m talking about drive, determination, the guts to get up and keep going despite endless failed attempts and feeling like life is giving them a kicking!

Outside of Photoshop and Photography related books the only other books I read (well listen to) are autobiographies. Ive just started Michael Caine’s having had it recommended and before that (for the second time) Arnold Schwazenegger’s Total Recall – My Unbelievably True Life Story

Now here’s the thing…
Out of all the autobiographies I’ve listened to and all the successful people I’ve spoken with there’s one thing they ALL have in common…Success didn’t come easy!

Each and everyone of them went through hardships, times when things just didn’t go their way, knock back after knock back and times when they could have thrown the towel in put their head in their hands and said “Why me?” … BUT they didn’t!

Earlier this year when I was invited to teach at Photoshop World, Orlando Scott Kelby asked me to speak at the closing ceremony; a huge honour to be one of 5 instructors including Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Jack Reznicki and my other brother from another another mother Aaron Blaise.

Part of what I spoke about covered how we ALL have challenges in our life and how I remember once being told that if you were with a group of people and each one of you wrote down your ‘problems’ on a piece of paper and placed them in a bowl, closed your eyes and reached in to grab one out…you’d want you own back! It can be all to easy to look at someone perceived as successful and think it came easy to them but very rarely is that the case.

So here’s what I’m going to leave you with…a recent video shared online by my friend Aaron Blaise where he talks about being persistent despite constant knock back and tragedy; it’s a truly amazing and inspiring video that I know would have taken a lot of courage to record.

So sit back, watch and listen for the next 19 minutes and hear the message that EVERYONE goes through ups and downs but ‘The Sun WILL Come Up Again!”

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.
Enjoy,
Glyn

  • November 15, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Chris Fields - Indeed. Aaron’s video resonated strongly with me too. On ‘one of those days’ when I was feeling a bit down, it gave me that bit of inspiration that if I keep plugging away, things might get better. Certainly a sad story, not more importantly,a hopeful one. It also reminded me a lot of a quote in Cast Away oby Tom Hanks’ character, Chuck Norland.

    “I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back. In Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass… And I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”

  • November 15, 2013 - 8:57 am

    Glyn - Chris…thanks so much for commenting.
    I love the quote you posted…I’m gonna have to re watch that movie now!
    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • November 15, 2013 - 9:48 am

    Terry Donnelly - Amazing and inspirational.

    What a closing quote “Its our job to make someones else’s life better”

  • November 15, 2013 - 10:51 am

    Aaron Blaise - As I’m laying in a little motel in Wyoming waiting for the sun to rise 4 hours from now, I come across your post Glyn. I feel a profound closeness to my new friends across the sea. Thank you for the post and I so look forward to our time together in April. You are amazing.

  • November 15, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Travis Foster - Aaron’s willingness to share his story was truly inspiring. Aaron has persevered through hardships and heartache, ups and downs. We celebrate with him on this up, the commercial has a profoundly deep message and the team did an award winning job on it’s execution. Aaron was the perfect man for the Bear and Hare animation. I’m grateful that Aaron is willing to share with others through his teaching.

  • November 15, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    adepetun akinfolarin - The story is wonderful. Insipirational and very very inspiring. I am going through what i describe as a turbulent period in my life. Am just been inspired to hang in there and not to give up.

  • November 15, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    DaveT - This video is good on so many levels. Apart from the very moving story that Aaron relates, there is such a great insight into the making of the commercial which is not only fascinating but informative too.

    Good luck Aaron and to you too Glyn – you both work very hard at what you do.

    Dave

  • November 15, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    Myriam De Clercq - Goodness me, this story is so endearing! I almost cried… We all have no other choice than to keep going and do the best we can. Thank you so much for sharing, Glyn.
    Greetings,
    Myriam

  • November 15, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    Tom Chambers - Glyn thanks for sharing this, loved the ad and even more so having watched this. Truly inspirational.

  • November 18, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Richard - What a GREAT video, thx for sharing! Life is as life does, but we need to remember to look for and towards the light. Keep living our lives, keep pushing ourselves to give the most. Our lost loved ones would want nothing less, I’m sure of that.

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: The POWER of GREY

Hi Folks,

Just to let you know Episode #23 of my Weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Show is now online.

In this episode I show you can turn a BAD location into a GREAT location using Selections, Layer Masks and the Power of Grey:)

Hope you like it…

Make sure you click on the SUBSCRIBE button so as not to miss any of the videos that I post out each and every week and share this video and my YouTube Channel with other folks you know that might like to see and benefit from all the FREE content  (nudge, nudge, wink, wink); I really appreciate the support.

As always if you have any questions / comments feel free to drop me a line to glyn@glyndewis.com or leave a message in the section below.

In the mean time though have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.
Enjoy,
Glyn

  • November 14, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    José Parcerisa V - Glyn as usual your teching is extraordinary, it is a shame that I live very far from you I live in México so I have not been able to assist to your seminars, but I can tell you that following your tutorials I have taken my skill to a different level. Thanks a lot for sharing and sorry for my bad english.
    Your friend José

  • November 15, 2013 - 5:14 am

    Glyn - Hey Jose,
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting and thanks too for the kind words….it means a lot!

    Cheers, Glyn

    ps> You’re English is absolutely fine!

  • November 15, 2013 - 6:55 am

    torkil storli - really great tutorial Glyn! Thanks for sharing, i really learn a lot from you tutorials.

  • November 15, 2013 - 7:14 am

    DaveT - Another masterclass Glyn.

    The video also shows how much vision you have – I would never have had the creative foresight to see that drab hotel room and turn it into something else.

    Dave

  • November 15, 2013 - 8:22 am

    Glyn - Thanks Dave; really great to hear you enjoyed it!
    Oh and I find the Badger Ale helps with ideas…lol (only kidding…honest :)

  • November 15, 2013 - 8:23 am

    Glyn - That’s great….thanks :)

  • November 16, 2013 - 4:23 am

    Fotini Theodosiou - Glyn, I just discovered you today. I added you on tweeter, I subscribed to your youtube channel and I reposted this creative and easy to comprehend tutorial to two of my photoshop related groups on facebook grphotoshop and photoshopluv and will repost to my blogs etc..

    Well I guess I loved your style and accent :) @Artfabuladesign take care my friend.

    Fotini

  • November 18, 2013 - 1:47 am

    Ansa - Saw you PSW orlando earlier this year. Love your style! You are inspirational! I was wondering are we still able to see the webinar on The power of a Grey? To watch the completion of this masterpiece?

  • November 18, 2013 - 7:08 am

    Glyn - Hiya. Thanks for the message and kind words. Re the webinar it hasn’t happened yet but will be advertised real soon. Cheers, Glyn

  • January 19, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    Alan - Hey Glyn, I just found your work yesterday. OUTSTANDING! I have gained many years of experience with PS just over the past 24 hours watching your work. Where is the Webinar? you left me hanging on the Gray wall. lol. Seriously, I looked all over but can’t find the rest of the video.

  • January 21, 2014 - 10:43 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Alan, glad to hear the videos are helpful. As for the webinar it wasn’t recorded however the retouch for that picture is due to be released in a few days time ;)