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As Promised: Photoshop CS6: Video QuickStart Sample

July 5, 2012 in Freelancing, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Photography, Photoshop, Tutorials, Video

To learn more about how to use Photoshop check out my series Photoshop CS6: Video QuickStart at!

This is an HD video, so it may take a few minutes to open. (If anyone has a better video player for WordPress, I’m all ears!)

Photoshop CS6: Masks

Photoshop CS6: Video QuickStart is Live!

June 21, 2012 in Graphic Design, News, Personal, Photography, Photoshop, Tutorials, Video

Photoshop CS6 Visual QuickStart GuideI am so excited to announce today that my new video series Photoshop CS6: Video QuickStart is now live on! The series  is to accompany the new release of the Photoshop CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide book. Both are designed to help beginners get up to speed with Photoshop using CS6 and are great resources that take you through some Photoshop essentials and provide a good foundation for getting started with this powerful program.

The link above (which is an affiliate link, by the way, which means I will get a little something if you buy anything from Peachpit via the link) will take you to the book itself, but if you then go to Topics>Adobe Photoshop>Store (on the left, under the topic header) you can purchase the videos there and watch a sample chapter on Masks.

If you know anyone who wants to learn more about Photoshop and wants a great guidebook for all of its bells and whistles, please bring them to this page and have them use this link so they can get started learning today!

(Once I have it from Peachpit, I will share a sample video here as well.)

Graphic Talk Radio Episode #5 – SEO Linking

November 28, 2011 in Freelancing, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Podcast, Photoshop, Tutorials, Web Design, Web Design Podcast, Workflow

Graphic Talk Radio - A podcast about graphic design, web design, and freelancing.

Episode #5 of my Graphic Design Podcast is now live here on the site! You can also subscribe to this Web Design Podcast in iTunes or stream it with

This week we are continuing our series about search engine optimization (SEO) tips for bloggers with a quick look at how links and keywords play a vital role in your SEO strategy.

Give it a listen! And if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say “hi” leave a message below, get in touch on one of my various Social Media outlets, use the contact form, or send me an email to

Photoshop Toolbox: Constraining Proportions

November 18, 2011 in Graphic Design, Photoshop, Photoshop Toolbox, Tutorials, Workflow

Photoshop Toolbox - Beginner Tips for Photoshop

This week in the Photoshop Toolbox we will be building off of our discussion of shapes from last week to discuss what kind of control we have when it comes to actually creating those shapes.

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Designing for Your Customer’s Browser/Device

November 16, 2011 in Graphic Design, Tutorials, Web Design, Workflow

As web designers we are tasked with developing sites that are not only attractive and functional but also provide a consistent look regardless of where they are being viewed.
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Photoshop Toolbox: Shape Layers, Paths, Fill Pixels

November 11, 2011 in Graphic Design, Photoshop, Photoshop Toolbox, Tutorials, Workflow

Photoshop Toolbox - Beginner Tips for Photoshop

On this edition of the Photoshop Toolbox we take a look at what those little buttons up in the Options Bar mean when you are working with shapes or the other drawing tools inside Photoshop. Read the rest of this entry →

Photoshop Toolbox: Guides

November 3, 2011 in Graphic Design, Photoshop, Photoshop Toolbox, Tutorials

Photoshop Toolbox - Beginner Tips for Photoshop

The Photoshop Toolbox is a regular series designed to help those who are still finding their way around Photoshop to learn some of the nuances of tools, layers, and other functions found in this powerful program.

On this edition of the Photoshop Toolbox we’re going to take a look at Guides in Photoshop. Guides are one of those little things that can be a huge help when laying out a new design. They can help you line up different elements, make sure elements are the same height/width so they fit within a row or column nicely, or they can be very useful when creating a new graphic so you can fit it all together.

The easiest way to create a new guide is to press Cmd/Ctrl+R to make your Rulers visible in your document window. Then, just click on the left-hand ruler and drag into your image to create a vertical guide. Do the same with the top ruler to create a horizontal guide. If you find that you need to reposition your guide(s), select the Move Tool (V) and hover over the desired guide until the cursor changes, then just click and drag to the new location. To remove a single guide, simply grab it and drag it all the way off the document window.

If you need your guides to be in a specific location – say, for margins or bleed areas or to locate the exact center of the document – go up to the menu and select View>New Guide. In the resulting dialog box, choose the orientation of your guide (vertical or horizontal) and type in the number and units (px, in, cm…) and click OK. If you still need to move your guides around, you can still do so using the Move Tool as we talk about above.

It’s easy to accidentally move your guides when using the Move Tool and clicking on an element located near one of your guides. Once you have the guides in place, go up to View>Lock Guides and they will remain in place until you choose to unlock them later on.

If you want to get an idea of what the design looks like without the clutter of the guides, you can temporarily hide them by hitting Cmd/Ctrl+H. When you are finished and no longer need your guides, or if you want to start fresh with your guides,  simply go up to the menu and select View>Clear Guides and you’re all set!

If there is a tool or feature in Photoshop that you’d like me to write about in the future, please leave a comment below or send me an email to

Working with Green Screens Article Now Live on Phototuts+

October 5, 2011 in News, Photography, Tutorials, Workflow

My latest article on Working with Green Screens is now up on Phototuts+! Once again, it is in the premium section for subscribers, but you can catch a preview for non-members.

I’m going to be focusing more on design and will be writing some more for them on one of their sister sites, so if you have any questions or suggestions, please send them my way!

Guest Appearances

September 7, 2011 in Guest Blogger, Photography, Photoshop, Tutorials

With my latest article now live, I thought I would share a list of guest appearances I’ve done around the web for your reading enjoyment:

Paint Your Subject With Light – Live on Phototuts+

September 7, 2011 in Photography, Tutorials

I recently wrote a light painting tutorial that is now live on Phototuts+. It’s in the premium section for subscribers but you can see a preview through the link.

They are asking me to write some more for them, so if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to se me write, please leave a comment below.