How to Create a Sketch from a Photo

Are you looking for a creative gift idea?  One you can make yourself; one that is easy, fast, and says.. “I care enough to create this just for you!”…. How about a coloring book, created from your own photographs?  Coloring is still very popular. Whether you want to...

Clearing the Preset Manager

Two weeks ago, we talked about How to quickly Locate a Photoshop Brush.  Faith A. left a comment asking,  “Do you know if there (is) a way to clear the brush options? I have so many brushes it only goes up to the “s” named ones. ” I did a quick Google search of how...

How to Change Brush Opacity in Photoshop

Learn 4 ways to quickly and easily change the opacity of a Photoshop brush. Updated & Edited 09-20-21 Photoshop brushes are an extremely powerful tool.  However, many Photoshop users don’t realize how easy they are to edit. In this tutorial, I’ll...

From-the-Center Styles Tutorial

I have never been a fan of horizontal text or other design elements placed on top of a shape that has curves or directional sections.   It doesn’t look realistic to me.  If I wanted text on a flower, for instance, I would take a piece of text, and patiently (sometimes...

Watercolor Styles & How to Use Them

Whether designed in bright colors or soft pastels, watercolor designs always call my name.  I frequently clip watercolor papers or overlays to elements, text, or graffiti; but this week I set aside time to create a set of watercolor styles that would make creating...

Basic Paper Making in Photoshop

Several weeks ago I  invited you to send in your tutorial requests. Today I will answer the request of Debbie Rucker who wants to know how to make a “background paper from beginning to end.” As with all things in Photoshop, there are various ways to...

Selective Coloring

This weekend I came across a black and white photo that I had hand-tinted. Do you remember doing that? Using special pens and/or inks? It was a tedious process and could take hours, depending upon what was being hand-colored. It made me soooo happy that I now work...