MYSTICAL WORLD: New Picture PLUS Making Of

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Well today as promised, here’s a run through showing what went into making one of my recent pictures that I’ve called MYSTICAL WORLD

Finding the perfect location isn’t always possible so this was actually the first time I ended up using a miniature…

I went online and found a Dolls House Supplier and ordered a miniature wardrobe, some miniature skirting board and a couple of rolls of paper that had wallpaper pattern and wooden flooring printed on them; combine that with an empty cardboard box and some spray glue and voilà … instant room:)

You’ll see that I’ve actually cut out the shape of a window in the box. The reason for this was to shine a torch light through so that I could see how the shadows would behave against the back wall and what kind of shadow would be made when the light hit the wardrobe. I didn’t photograph the light and shadows for the final picture though but rather photographed them as a reference point so I knew how to paint them in during the retouching process; this gave me the option of having a picture with or without shadows as I hadn’t 100% decided what I wanted…does that make sense?

Once the room had been made (costing less than £10) and photographed it was then time to photograph the models / characters to be included…

I’d spoken to a close friend and asked if both he and his wife would be happy for me to photograph their daughters to be in the final picture and yeah sure they agreed; ALWAYS best to ask rather than assume it would be ok though…especially when kids are involved.

Anyway with regards to the lighting, I used a mixture of ambient and flash. The Flash was only there to add some highlights in the same kind of place / direction that would be coming from the wardrobe so in this case I used an Elinchrom RX600 Head with Elinchrom Rotalux 130cm  x 50cm Strip Box…

Once all the elements had been photographed it was then Photoshop time…

I started working on the room first which first of all meant making the wardrobe wider as I wanted it to feel like one of those large antique wardrobes similar to what you’ll see in the film The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; which incidentally is where the inspiration for this picture came from.

Once the wardrobe had been made wider it was then a case of slightly changing the perspective of the floor and adding in extra floorboards; something that would have been made a lot easier and quicker with the very recent update to Photoshop CC … Perspective Warp.

As for adding the shadows and making the night scene, here’s an video I posted on my YouTube Channel [Link] showing the process…

Adding the glowing light and spill on the floor around the girls’ feet was done using a technique that I again have posted a video tutorial for over on my YouTube Channel.

The video shows it on a different picture however the technique is the same…

Now anyone who has followed this site for a short while will likely know I have a bit of a thing for finding out ways to make selections.

Well in this picture I tried something different and gave Topaz ReMask a go and I must say it worked a treat cutting the girls off quite a tricky background and retaining important details like fine hair with just a couple of passes.

You can check out Topaz ReMask here and give it a FREE trial [Link]

Once all the elements had been put together, light, shadows and colouring added it was then a case of adding details and creating the look which for this whichI wanted to be a fairy tale / painterly feel.

Check out the Larger / Better Screen Quality version here [Link]
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So there you go…a quick run through to give you an idea as to what went into making this picture.

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

In the mean time though, thanks for looking in and I’ll catch you next time,

January 21, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Glyn - DaveT…Cheers mate

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Glyn - Morgana…Thanks :) lol

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DaveT - Its the attention to detail that nails it – great job Glyn!


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The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Today I have a new Photoshop book to tell you about that’s just hit the shelves called The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop …

Written by my friend Scott Valentine he describes the book as:

Photoshop’s adjustment and fill layers give you an amazing level of control and are the building blocks of innumerable techniques. In this definitive resource, Scott Valentine demonstrates how to use these simple but powerful tools through approachable hands-on examples, and he calls on other Photoshop experts to share their techniques.

 Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist, you’ll learn techniques that give you an edge in technical, personal, and commercial projects. Beginning and intermediate users of Photoshop will learn how adjustment and fill layers work and get up to speed on the most common techniques. Advanced users will find indispensable reference material in addition to speedy solutions to vexing problems. More than just a collection of effects and recipes, The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop explains why the techniques work and how to tune them for your specific needs.

Scott’s previous title The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop is one I have on my iPad and that I’ll regular refer to and recommend to others because it not only covers a lot of material but what is covered is relevant be you a Designer or Photographer and that goes for this, his latest book.

Guest Author
So as I’m sure you can imagine, I was honoured when Scott asked me last year if I would contribute to the book as a Guest Author…

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My contribution covers a technique I’ve never covered elsewhere and that’s how I go about realistically blackening/darkening windows.

This is one of those things that you might at first think to just fill or paint with black but if you want it to be realistic then you’re going to want to go a different route and so I show how to do it using a combination of selections, 50% grey, a filter and of course an adjustment layer PLUS some bonus tips too.

In addition there are contributions from other Guest Authors from the worlds of Photography and Design including friends and fellow Photoshop World Instructors such as:

Alan Hess, Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan, Mark Heaps, Colin Smith, Patrick LaMontagne, Janet Stoppee, Pete Collins, Howard Pinsky, Corey Barker, Rocky Berlier and Weston Maggio.

Naturally with Scott being the books author and contributions from folks above I highly recommend this book; like I said a lot of material is covered and the really great thing is that the book covers enough detail for people who want fast results and also those who like to dig even deeper.

 •Available as both a Paperback and Kindle version you can check it out on Amazon here [Link]

Price at £27.99 (Paperback) and £18.20 (Kindle)

Right that’s all from me so have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days with some behind the scenes from recent photo shoots, new tutorial videos and more.


March 9, 2014 - 10:46 am

Glyn - Jaap, rather than using the term ‘we’ just stick to ‘I’ seeing as you are the only one who has felt compelled to take time out of your life to write such words. You do not know me hence you have no idea about my morals so let me enlighten you…

I would NEVER recommend anything I did not believe it nor that I feel is quality and worthy of checking out. Recently I was offered $4200 to place a 10 second advert in 3 episodes of my weekly show but here’s the thing…the money would have been very easy to pocket BUT as I was not using the service because I didn’t feel it suited me nor was something I could recommend I turned it down!

So don’t come to me writing such uneducated comments and accusing me of recommending something purely on the basis I am involved in it in some way; those who know me would understand I would never have been involved in the first place had I not believed in the quality of the author; friendship or no friendship!

Believe it or not I too have purchased books in the past that I couldn’t relate to but that’s where I left it. I know MANY people who enjoy Scott’s style of writing so again I suggest you just refer to yourself when you write this as opposed to ‘us’.

Finally…I imagine Scott will sleep soundly despite you not purchasing the book and I eagerly await your first book to hit the shelves however instinct tells me I have a long wait ahead.


PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to Add Detail in your Pictures #31

Hi Folks

How’s it going?

Today I’ve a new episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom podcast / show and this week we’re talking DETAILS.

In this video I show you 3 ways to enhance the details in your images using Photoshop and Plug Ins PLUS explain why to choose one technique over another and the importance of adding knowledge to your Photoshop Tool Box.


As always if you have any questions / comments please feel free to give me a shout by emailing or post a comment below.

In the mean time though have a great day and I’ll catch you later.
Thanks for looking in,

•This content of this video is taken from a new fully downloadable tutorial I’ve recently added to my web store called RUNNING LATE; you can check it out here [Link]

AVAILABLE NOW: “Running Late” Full Length Tutorial

Hey Everyone,

Today I’m REALLY excited to let you know that I have a BRAND NEW Full Length Tutorial available in my Web Store.

This new tutorial is called ‘RUNNING LATE‘ and it’s the second in a series of full length tutorials I’m releasing all about Compositing.

I’m really proud of this one because I think you’re going to get a heck of a lot out of it. One thing in particular that I’ve taken time over is not just showing you the retouching steps but also covering why each technique was used and the process and thinking behind it…

When you purchase this Full Length tutorial you’ll get…

  • 17 Video Tutorials
  • 3 x RAW Files
  • Final Retouched Image
  • Full Layered psd File
  • Stock File


VIDEO 1: Introduction & Behind the Scenes

VIDEO 2: Image Settings and Enhancing Details in Camera RAW

VIDEO 3: Cleaning & Sharpening the Background Scene

VIDEO 4: Creating a Bespoke Background Part 1: Adaptive Wide Angle

VIDEO 5: Creating a Bespoke Background Part 2: Copying Elements 

VIDEO 6: Creating a Bespoke Background Part 3: The Magic of Vanishing Point

VIDEO 7: Replacing the Sky

VIDEO 8: The London Gent: Enhancing the Eyes

VIDEO 9: The London Gent: Skin Retouching, Sharpening and Working Smart with Smart Objects

VIDEO 10: Enhancing Details – 3 Techniques + Why & When to use them

VIDEO 11: Non Destructive Dodging & Burning Part 1

VIDEO 12: Non Destructive Dodging & Burning Part 2

VIDEO 13: Enlarging the Head for that Cartoon / Caricature Look 

VIDEO 14: Making the Selection / Cut Out

VIDEO 15: Minor Adjustments & Placing Subject into Scene

VIDEO 16: Matching the Colour between Foreground and Background PLUS Adding Birds

VIDEO 17: Finishing Touches

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I’m really excited about this one because not only is it a lot of fun, but you’ll also pick up tips, tricks and techniques that will enable you to create a background from anywhere!

One thing I make a point of doing, as in all my tutorials is to not just show you the retouching steps but also cover why each technique was used and the process and thinking behind it.

I’m a firm believer that anyone can learn techniques BUT the real skill is knowing when to apply them, and this I cover throughout this tutorial as well as showing how to work Non Destructively!

DOWNLOAD your copy of my brand new Tutorial RUNNING LATE over in my Web Store here [Link]

Priced at just $27


January 13, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Catherine - Thx Glynn for sharing your great knowledge; I can’t wait to buy it (will do so later today) and hopefully learn some new techniques. I imagine many hours going into creating the tutorial, as well as creating the image, so thank you again for letting us peek into your creative world and learn from you, as you really are a master talent.
Cheers and good luck with the sales.

VIDEO NEWS: New Tutorial, Screen Captures & Better Sound

Hi Folks

Today I’ve some video related content to let you know about:

  • My NEW full length downloadable retouching tutorial
  • Software for recording your computer screen
  • Tutorials for improving sound in your videos using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Ok so let’s get started…

RUNNING LATE: Photoshop Retouching Tutorial
One of the things I’m committed to for 2014 is to add a minimum of one new downloadable tutorial to the web store each month. However January will see two, namely Sleeping Beauty and this one called Running Late.

Over the coming weeks and months I’ve shoots being planned which will see new techniques being shown as what I want is for each picture to bring something different to the table.

As an example, kicking off with Running Late you’ll see a new approach to building the background using Vanishing Point; this way you can make a background from anywhere!

Check it out in my web store from Monday 13th January 2014 [Link]

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SCREENFLOW: Everything you need to make the Perfect Screencast
As someone who produces video content such as a weekly iTunes Podcast and YouTube content one of the questions I get asked quite often is what software I use to record my screen.

So just to let you know, the one I choose to use is SCREENFLOW from Telestream which is only available for Mac; great price and real easy to use.

ScreenFlow does have a lot of functionality available to enabling you to edit the video, add transitions and more but to be honest I use it purely to record my screen. For editing I’ll export the video from ScreenFlow and then take it over into Premiere Pro CC.

Check out ScreenFlow by following this [Link]

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HOW TO: Improve the sound in your videos
One thing I’ve very quickly learned is that when it comes to video…Great Sound is VITAL!

In fact as Adobe Evangelist Terry Ryan says in these two videos, “The secret to professional looking video, is professional sounding audio”

So, in these two videos which I caught in the Adobe Inspire eMagazine, Terry shows how you can very quickly and easily improve the sound quality in your videos when editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; seriously impressive!

Check the videos out by clicking on this [Link]

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As always if you have any questions / comments feel free to give me a shout at or leave a comment in the section below.

For now though that’s all from me so thanks for stopping by and whatever you’re up to have a great weekend.

Catch you back here in a couple of days,

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