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New Release: Photoshop Panel Effects Pack

Create unique three-dimensional panel effects in Photoshop with my custom templates and complete tutorial.

I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of a set of 20 custom panel (triptych/polyptych) effects templates for Photoshop. Along with the panel templates, you also receive a complete PDF guide, Creating Panel Effects in Photoshop and an instructional video companion. My Photoshop Panels Pack works with any version of Adobe Photoshop that supports Channels and Layer masks. Along the way, you’ll learn about creating clipping masks in Photoshop (not a bad skill to have).

The Photoshop Panel Effects Pack includes:

  • Printable PDF eBook with step by-step instructions
  • QuickTime video workshop
  • 20 custom image files to use for panel effects

Creating Panel Effects in Photoshop is available exclusively from Luminescence of Nature Press. 

Focus-Stacking Landscape Photos

Infinite depth of field and maximum sharpness without a tilt-shift lens

Get infinite depth of field in landscape photographs with focus-stacking
Get infinite depth of field in landscape photographs with focus-stacking

Focus-stacking is a technique that macro photographers have used for years to maximize depth of field in close-up images. You can apply the same technique to landscape photos, too. While dedicated focus-stacking software has been around for a long time, this tool is now built-in to Adobe Photoshop CC (you just have to know where to find it). That means if you have the Adobe Photography subscription package, you can start experimenting with focus-stacking right away.

Free Download: Focus Stacking Tutorial (PDF)

I’ve put together a FREE focus stacking tutorial eBook (PDF format), which is free to all my newsletter subscribers.

My step by-step tutorial will show you how to:

  • Capture focus-stacks
  • Process RAW images in Adobe Lightroom
  • Merge the stack automatically in Photoshop CC

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Finish Strong.

The “Secret Sauce” for Fine-Art Image Processing

Nik Collection plug-ins have been my "secret sauce" for creating images with impact after processing RAW files in Lightroom.
Nik Collection plug-ins are my “secret sauce” for creating images with impact after processing RAW files in Lightroom.

Photography, like any other medium, is a craft. In woodworking, you produce a finished product through a serial application of sandpaper, working from coarse to fine. The best finish is only obtained after using the finest-grit sandpapers, sometimes even between coats of lacquer. So it is, too with photography.

Your camera settings apply the foundation of the image, but they cannot refine the image in the same way your editing software can. Even seemingly small adjustments can be the difference between a snapshot and a gallery print. For years, my “secret sauce” has been to finish images with the “Big 3” Nik Collection plug-ins (Color Efex/HDR Efex/Silver Efex).

For a limited time, my collection of PDF guides to the Nik Collection by Google are available for only $9.99 each. Or, you can purchase the set of three guides for only $24.99. No coupon code necessary!

Each PDF guide is user-printable and also includes a set of installable custom presets for the Nik Collection plug-ins.

Nik Collection PDF Bundle
Includes all three guides listed above

*Special Note: These products contain multiple files and are delivered as a ZIP archive.  To download the files to an iPad, you will need  a free ZIP utility, such as iZip for iOS. Android users should consider using WinZip. Otherwise, download and extract the files to a Mac or PC and then transfer them to your tablet device.

Luminosity Masking Tutorial Now Available

Mastering Luminosity Masks CoverI’m pleased to announce the immediate release of Mastering Luminosity Masks: A Photoshop User’s Guide. This new tutorial is available as a printable PDF eBook and includes my custom Photoshop actions for creating and managing luminosity masks. If you are a Photoshop user, this is the reference you need for learning these powerful enhancement techniques.

Luminosity masking is one of the most powerful image enhancement techniques available today for Adobe Photoshop. Target color, contrast, and tone enhancements directly to specific image tones, with masks that are perfectly feathered every time without using brushes.

Along with the step by step instructions for creating and using luminosity masks, I’ve included my custom set of Photoshop actions that you can use to create 23 different luminosity masks with just a simple mouse click.

Mastering Luminosity Masks is available immediately via electronic delivery from Luminescence of Nature Press.