Quick Mask Quick Tip: PHOTOSHOP #73

Ok so here’s the latest episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom video series.

Now at episode 73, this time it’s an incredibly useful Photoshop tip for those times when you’re making selections and need to add what is known as feathering.

The tip makes use of Quick Mask and takes the guessing game out of knowing how much feathering to apply.

Hope you ‘Like’ it

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YouTube Channel: Your thoughts needed

I just wanted to say a HUGE Thank You to each and everyone of you that tune in, Subscribe to and watch the videos I post each week on my YouTube Channel.

Hearing from folks either by email or sharing a post on social media about how useful the videos are definitely adds to the enjoyment of putting the videos together that’s for sure.

As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s quite a commitment to produce a weekly video (yes I do all the filming and editing myself) so at this point to now be about to post episode 73 feels like a real achievement; especially when I started out a few people suggested I’d only manage a few episodes before it all came too much to stick to.

Truth be told, producing the weekly videos is as beneficial to me as it is to those of you who tune in. It’s kind of like when I first started out and set up this blog. The reason wasn’t necessarily to write content for others at first, but more of a commitment to myself to HAVE to produce content each week, which in turn forced me to get out and organise photo shoots continually. This commitment certainly helped me to grow as a photographer by constantly shooting as opposed to every now and then; does that make sense?

Anyway, back to the YouTube Channel…

As more and more videos are added (there’s over 200 in total on there now) I wanted to know what you would like to see, to make it easier to find a video covering a specific topic. I created playlists a few months back but are these enough? What categories do you think would make it easier for you to find stuff?

I want to make sure that the channel as well as containing lots of information, also makes it as easy as possible to find so any of your advice / thoughts were would be great.

Thanks again and thanks for subscribing.


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  • February 24, 2015 - 8:20 pm

    Jay - Hi Glen, I have been watching your tutorials since day. You ran out of fingers a long time ago.

    Since watching your tutorials I have been dabbling in composting and have found your techniques helpful. I continually apply your suggested lighting effects.

    I am happy with all that you produce, but have an interest in tutorials that ‘sell the fake’.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for sharing your knowledge

  • February 25, 2015 - 3:27 pm

    Ray Fidler - Hi Glyn, I have had a mull which included exploring your You Tube page. I feel you have got it pretty well nailed there. I searched by putting in say Glyn Dewis Selections and it threw up various tutorials to explore. Plus some other key words.I check out your playlists which are very comprehensive.

    I have also cross checked to other photographers and yours seems to be up there at the top for sourcing particular videos. On You Tube itself I can’t see how you can make it easier..
    The only thought that occurs to me is within the description that lists the techniques a given video cover. For example masks, blending modes, layer styles, selection pen tool etc. In saying that it adds to the time producing new videos let alone dealing with your back catalogue. Ray
    If you do think that is worthwhile add a link to your book on your back catalogue.

  • March 1, 2015 - 1:51 am

    Yelle Hughes - Hi, I love your videos and they have helped me so much with Photoshop. One of my biggest issues is finding a tutorial that shows how to blend a subject to a different background. I work with Poser figures and always putting them against different backgrounds that are not in the Poser system. I’ve gone through the tutorials you’ve uploaded and didn’t find one. Say for example: a figure that is flying in the air. My pics look like they are cut and pasted on the skyline and I’d like to learn how to do a better job.

    Great work and thank so much for all your doing!


  • March 2, 2015 - 5:16 am

    Glyn - Yelle…Making something match the background you drop it is in more about the lighting matching than anything else. The rest in Photoshop (cut out with a slight feather around the outside, colour matching etc) are all just finessing.


  • March 2, 2015 - 5:17 am

    Glyn - Cheers Ray; I’ll look into it.

  • March 2, 2015 - 5:17 am

    Glyn - Thanks Jay

Photography: Powerful, Emotive, Storytelling

Those of you who a regular readers of this blog will be aware that one of my ongoing Photography projects involves photographing animals in captivity (wildlife parks, zoos etc) and then use Photoshop to create pictures that look as though the animal is in it’s natural environment and free.

As a Photographer and Retoucher, and as an animal lover, the project for me, combining them altogether is a marriage made in heaven. Of course nothing would bear seeing them in their natural habitat for real, but at the time of writing this post, I’ve yet to tick that off the wish list.

For today’s post I wanted to share a video of my favourite Photographer Nick Brandt, who’s work for me epitomises what photography is all about.

When I first saw Nick’s work it was the first and only time that I’ve ever been stopped in my tracks and overwhelmed with emotion about photography; just so incredibly powerful. However, it’s not just the sheer beauty of his work that is so powerful but the stories that they are telling.

I know this sounds kind of heavy but when you watch this short video, you’ll see what I mean AND you’ll see why Nick Brandt is such a big influence in my own animals project.


Nick Brandt Website [LINK]

Big Life Foundation [LINK]

Comic Style with Gabor Richter

Hey Everyone

Finishing the week off with a recommendation for you…

One of my great friends, truly nice guy and incredibly talented Photoshop artists, Gabor Richter has recently released a brand new Photoshop Training.

Called ‘Comic-Style’ it covers all of the tips, tricks and techniques he uses to create his quite simply, brilliant cartoon caricature pictures from portrait photographs.

Check out the video below to see what his new training covers and includes; which having seen it is A LOT!!!

Check out Cartoon-Style by clicking on this [LINK]

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


Fake Real Horizon Lines (How to) with PHOTOSHOP #72

Hi Folks

In this episode (#72) of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom show I show you a technique I use for creating horizon lines in composite pictures.

This technique helps to add much more realism when combining a new sky and new ground together; mainly when there’s foliage like grass, straw etc and is one I’ve been using quite often when working on my Animals Project.

Hope you ‘Like’ it:)

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

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