A Priceless Gift of Art

Hey Everyone. I thought I’d kick the week off sharing something extra special…

Earlier this year, as some of you will know, our little lad, Morris Cat, became ill and is now no longer with us.

So, as this past Saturday was my wife Anne’s Birthday, and because Morris was such a character and has left such a big hole in our lives, I really wanted to get something special; a painting that really captured his personality.

Originally I’d thought about something comical but changed my mind and so spoke to my dear friend Aaron Blaise.

Talented, Gifted and all other words spring to mind when I think of Aaron and when he literally jumped at the chance to draw something for Anne I was over the moon! Blown away is most definitely an understatement when I saw what he’d done…


But that wasn’t all…he’d even recorded a video showing the process.

The painting is breath taking but watching the video is extra special as it seems to bring Morris back to life as you watch Aaron’s brush strokes…

Aaron…We can’t quite express in words what this means, but prepare for a bear hug when you meet Anne:)

Folks, I know I mentioned it on Friday but seriously, you need to head on over to Aaron’s website and check out his work and all that he has available in his web store; there is so much to learn. I’m 100% convinced that as Photographers and Retouchers we can learn so much from traditional artists and with all that Aaron has to offer and is so willing to share it’s a no brainer to head over to his site and his YouTube channel.

Have a fantastic Monday and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


•Oh and just to follow up from last Friday’s post about Aaron’s Photoshop Hair Brushes, they’re AVAILABLE NOW from his website [LINK]


  • December 24, 2014 - 5:43 am

    Erica` - What an amazing gift… and such a joy for us to see the process. I was mesmerized!!

Fantastic Photoshop Hair Brushes from Aaron Blaise

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog or follow me over on social media will definitely have heard me mention the name Aaron Blaise.

Aaron is such a dear friend; someone I feel truly blessed to have in my life but that aside he is without question THE most talented person I’ve ever met!

An Artist and Animator who worked at Disney for over 20 years creating and bringing to life, lead characters in films such The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas to name but a few, PLUS directing the movie Brother Bear, serving as 2D Animation Supervisor and Character Designer for the John Lewis Stores ‘Bear and the Hare’ Christmas Television Commercial and so it goes on…

In previous posts, plus in videos over on my YouTube Channel I’ve eluded to how much we as Photographers and Retouchers can learn from traditional artists such as Aaron. In this digital age, even more than ever, there are workflows and techniques that are most definitely cross platform and can be used to enhance and develop our work on both sides.

So, today I wanted to point you to Aaron’s online store where he has many tutorials available which have invaluable information you can take and learn from with regards to the behaviour of colour and composition. There’s also texture packs he’s created that he uses in his own art and we all know how much value textures can add to an image.


Very soon Aaron will be releasing a new brush pack that you’ll be able to install into Photoshop and use to recreate hair/fur. I’d HIGHLY recommend that you get hold of these but also make sure you check out Aaron’s tutorials for how to best use them so you too can begin recreating realistic hair/fur. For one, you’ll end up saving a ton of time making tricky selections and cut outs a thing of the past by learning how to paint in hair!!!

Here’s just a sample of some of what’s coming in Aaron’s NEW Photoshop Hair Brush set…


Of course, there’s always fun to be had…I just wish the hair could be painted in for real:)


Check out Aaron’s web store where you can download tutorials, texture packs, tutorial bundles and of course very soon this incredible hair brush set:


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


PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to Fix Pet Eye #68

Hi Folks

Today I’ve a brand new episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom video show for you; can’t believe we’re now at 68!!!

Just over a week ago now, I received an email from a great guy named Tony Walker asking if I could give him some advice about how to fix part of a picture. The picture he sent over was of his beautiful dog, Lady Charlotte. In the photograph Lady Charlotte had ‘Pet Eye’ caused by the on camera flash and Tony just asked that I point him in the right direction with Photoshop.

Being an animal lover I just had to do it for him when I had a few spare moments, but also rather than write a reply with a ‘walk through’ I thought it would be a great opportunity to record a video and show each of the steps I went through. Also in it, I could explain why the red eye removal tool in Photoshop and Pet Eye option in Photoshop Elements wasn’t my ‘go to’ method.

Hope you ‘Like’ it and as always if you have any questions feel free to make us of the comments section below.


ps> SUBSCRIBE for more FREE tutorials by CLICKING HERE

New Picture PLUS Making Of with Elinchrom D Lite One

Well, what a fabulous weekend!

One thing I especially love about this time of year is getting together with friends, and this weekend we did exactly that.

On Saturday I was over with a group of close friends to surprise our dear friend Noel Hannan for his 50th Birthday. His wife Catherine had somehow managed to keep it secret that we were all heading over for a meal and get together, so when he arrived back home having been strategically encourage to go to the cinema, it was such a great surprise. So much laughter my sides hurt at the end of the evening.

Not all the group could make it for the evening but all sent in their wishes to Noel, but seeing as a few of us were there I thought it would be a great opportunity to grab some quick portraits; I’m of the opinion that any chance we can grab to take photographs of friends then we should do it!

Anyway I took along just one lens (70-200mm f/2.8 is II) and for lighting an Elinchrom D Lite One and the Elinchrom 44cm Square Reflector and Grid; one of my favourite combinations for simple one light portraits when indoors; light, portable, and I love the square reflector for the light fall off it gives.

I also took a sheet of black card to be held behind each person when being photographed but in all honesty because the light was in close and using the principles of the Inverse Square Law, the light fall off was rapid…


Here’s one of the results of the set up; this one being of my dear friend and fellow photographer Jonathan Thompson…


•Be sure to check out the larger/better screen quality version over on my 500px portfolio page here [LINK]

Feel free to drop any questions into the comments section below but in the mean time, have a great week and if you see any friends…grab their portrait!

Have a good one,

ps> Check out Jonathan’s website; he’s a commercial food photographer and is absolutely ROCKING it!!! [LINK]

  • December 15, 2014 - 7:28 am

    Tony - Great work, thanks for sharing, Glyn! Any insight on some of the post-processing you did to accomplish the dramatic look?

  • December 15, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Jonathan Thompson - What a fantastic evening this was only topped by the company, the best group of people you could wish to call your friends.

    Thanks for the fantastic portrait Glyn, looking all rough and tough, deep sea fisherman like… Sooooo far from the truth but I love taking on a new character.
    Thanks for the mention and the link too.


    JT :)

  • December 18, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Mark Wood - Excellent as ever Glyn, would love to see how you processed this afterwards please.

  • December 20, 2014 - 3:08 am

    Doug Gardner - Would you get a similar effect with an 18 inch round reflector with grid?

Photoshop SOS: Can You Help???

Folks, I’d really appreciate your help with this…

You know I run a YouTube Channel covering Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom right?

Well for the coming months ahead I’m looking to add in something and a new project BUT it all depends on you; let me explain…

As someone who uses Photoshop, be you a beginner or seasoned user, have you ever found yourself needing help with a certain part of a picture? Maybe there’s something you just can’t figure out and could do with some help or just pointing in the right direction.

Well, what I’d like to do is introduce something I’m calling Photoshop SOS where each week I can record videos showing how I would tackle the issue/challenge/question…and this is where you come in.


Just email me a picture that you need help on and write a few lines saying what you need help/advice with, and I may well use it in a video to give you an answer, but also at the same time everyone else benefits too.

If you’d like to take part, email me your images to glyn@glyndewis.com and in the subject field type PHOTOSHOP SOS and let’s see how this goes.

Let’s make 2015 the year we ALL take our imagery to the next level!


  • December 11, 2014 - 5:45 am

    Jonathan Thompson - Morning Glyn…
    How very timely, I was just saying this morning how I’d get in touch to ask your advice on a tricky bit of sign removal in a tricky part of an image. I’ve remove some but the last bit it crucial to get spot on. The annoying thing is that it should have been removed at point of capture, a silly mistake but one we all can make.
    I’ll email it over to you. Great idea by the way, Something we’ve thought of doing but a very different subject.

    Cheers, speak soon

    JT :)

  • December 11, 2014 - 5:56 am

    Craig McCormick - Now this is a cool idea!

    Time to scour the web for awful stock images and ask you to help make them “modern”, “futuristic”, “designery” and other snazzy buzz words that people who request help use :P

    Jokes aside, I’m looking forward to seeing these episodes. I predict some cool stuff will come from this.

  • December 11, 2014 - 6:08 am

    John Skinner - Glyn

    Seeing as yourself and Joel are about the only real composite people left standing with us. Here is one I can never work out.

    Scenario: You have a photo that you’ve taken to the best of your ability to match an ‘idea’ in our head. Now you’ve search the stock sites for a background that matches with your mind’s eye theme. so one goes about cutting and pasting, tweaking, and tuning it to ‘sell it’. How do you place that ultimate finished look to make a REAL shot feel as thought that STOCK shot IS one in the same? Some people place a color conditioning to the image, some throw odd lights in.. Whatever !

    I just want a way to have a stock formula as a starting place. A step in the process where I can have a place where I can go to try effects (or in this case, learn them period) to tie these images up and make the whole thing as seamless as possible. Thank you for asking the question, and thanks for your consideration.

  • December 11, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Steve Healy - briliant idea!! I’ll start diggin’…

  • December 11, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Jessica - I would love to do this I’m about to start the 10 a month with photoshop I have never used it and would love help. :)

  • December 11, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Carol Pearl - Hi, Glyn,
    I’ve been learning 3D and love your SOS – how’d you do the ‘O’ with the rope and white parts? How ’bout a tut on that or anything in 3D! Thanks.

    Don’t have any specific image, but am confused by the texture folders – when do you use the Diffuse folder and when do you use the Environment folder at the bottom? I think I’m getting a grip on the Bump folder. Can’t seem to find any info on this. Thanks!