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Free Photoshop Tutorials!

Scroll through the list of free Photoshop tutorials at your leisure.  Here on Everyday HDR I create helpful tutorials for all of your photography needs from beginner tips to HDR post processing techniques.  

Visit frequently as this list is ever changing, constantly evolving to fulfill the needs of the Everyday HDR photographer.  My tutorials are extremely important to me, if you have any constructive criticism, please leave me a comment and I will do everything in my power to ensure you get the essential training you need.

HDR 101! The Basics

If you are fresh and new to this whole world of HDR and photo Post Processing, start here.

Beginner Post Processing Tutorials

Designed for those who are just starting out with photo post processing.  However, even the seasoned pro can learn something new here.

How to Make Your Adobe Portfolio

There is no excuse for poor representation!  Get on the web with your Adobe Portfolio! Recently Adobe Portfolio was announced as an added benefit to those of us high on the Creative Cloud.  While you may have overlooked that email, I implore you to take a closer look...

How to edit Cell Phone Pictures

Edit cell phone pictures like the Photoshop boss that you are! Every once in a while I receive a request to show my workflow editing cell phone pictures.  At first I thought this would be impossible as I rarely show my cell phone pictures to anyone.  Every once in a...

Intermediate Post Processing Tutorials

For those who already know a trick or two in Photoshop and want to learn a bit more.

How to Fix Blown Highlights in Waterfalls

The texturizer doesn't just work on clouds! A few weeks ago I showed you a technique for fixing blown out highlights in clouds.  Shortly after its release a friend and fellow Elite member, Don Chesnut, asked if the technique could work on waterfalls.  I was intrigued...

Dynamic Contrast in Photoshop

Dynamic Contrast in Photoshop made easy! httpv://youtu.be/66QOGUTn-B0 One of my favorite features in ON1 Effects 10 and Topaz Clarity is Dynamic Contrast.  Both Plugins allow you to increase the contrast in your images in ways you could only dream of in Photoshop.  Or...

How to Use Adobe Color Themes

Color Grading in Photoshop using Adobe Color Themes httpv://youtu.be/iCxLYrFsl8g One of my favorite tools in Photoshop is  Adobe Color Themes.  It is a neat little extension that helps you build color palettes around a central color that you have in mind.  It can be...

Noise Reduction Like a Pro

ACR Noise Reduction + Blend If = Awesome! There are many ways to do the same things in Photoshop, why would Noise Reduction be any different?  From Adobe Camera Raw to the Reduce Noise filter there are several options for getting rid of those pesky High ISO...

Advanced Post Processing Tutorials

While the title says “Advanced”, this category is for anyone who wants advance themselves further in photo post processing.  While these tutorials are not for the Faint of Heart, they are taught to a level anyone who is willing can understand.

Focus Stacking in Photoshop

When one shot just won't cut it, take many! With Macro Photography one shot usually will not cut it.  This is due to the high levels of magnification and the effect they have on Depth of Field.  f/2.8 on a normal lens has limited depth of field and creates that soft...

Smart Object HDR Workflow

Have you ever made some awesome adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw, opened the image, and then realized you forgot to reduce the Chromatic Aberrations or reduce the noise?  It used to happen to me all the time!  I would then have to close out the photo and re-open it in...

Actions In Photoshop CS 5

I am doing something new on EverydayHDR for my tutorials...  Video tutorials! That's right, click on the little link below for your very own video tutorial with yours truly talking you through making an Action in Adobe Photoshop CS 5.  The videos are up on Youtube, so...

Webinars and Podcasts

From time to time Blake makes guest appearances all over the web.  Here you can find all of his appearances on Webinars and Podcasts.

Building Your Workflow Workbench – Texture Effects

Topaz Labs Texture Effects Webinar Today I will be conducting a webinar with Topaz Labs showcasing their latest product release, Texture Effects.  Texture Effects fills a void in the Topaz product line that we didn't know existed.  Topaz has an abundance of useful...

The Zone System Podcast with Jpeg2Raw

jpeg2RAW's Zone System Podcast  https://youtu.be/Sk4FsFwOrl4 On September 8th 2015 I sat down with the hosts of jpeg2RAW to discuss many things!  It was such a great podcast and these guys really know how to host a show.   It was a pleasure to discuss a topic that I...

photofocus HDR Podcast

Getting Started with HDR - HDR PodCast I had the great opportunity of sitting in on a panel discussion about HDR Photography with Ron Pepper of HDRSoft (Photomatix) and Richard Harrington of Photofocus for their HDR month.  It was a fabulous discussion about the in's...

Finding Your Photographic Style!

A Topaz Labs Webinar Today! Today I presented "Finding Your Photographic Style" with Topaz Labs.  This is an extremely important topic that I think will be useful to any photographer from the basic beginner to the advanced photographer. A style is not something you...

Topaz Webinar: Compositing

It has been some time since the Webinar I did last month for Topaz Labs on Compositing.  They have recently posted the full webinar to YouTube for your viewing pleasure. If you want to follow along and put me on a strange background, you are more than welcome to...

Topaz Webinar: Actions!

I am posting the Topaz Labs Webinar I did earlier last month just in case you may have missed the live recording.  It was a pleasure working with Topaz Labs on this Webinar.  I have to be honest, I was very nervous at first, I mean wouldn't you be?  A live Webinar in...

Topaz Labs Tutorials

Blake loves the Topaz line of plugins.  He has done several tutorials using their software, here you can keep up with the latest and greatest.

Topaz Glow: A Closer Look

Blending Options within Glow   During the Topaz Webinar on Tuesday I showed quite a bit of information.  After the webinar my head was spinning, it felt like an hour went by in 5 minutes!  Sorry if you got sucked into my whirlwind of tips and tricks and spit out...

Topaz Impression

Finally an ACCURATE Paint Filter Program! I have used many Painting Filters in Photoshop.  I have also used many paint filter programs.  There was always something I did not like about them though.  I could always tell a Filter was applied to get the look.  If I...

Topaz ReMask 4: A Closer Look

Another Look at Topaz ReMask 4   After the recent Topaz ReMask 4 tutorial, I have received many requests to do a follow-up.  The original ReMask 4 tutorial was focused on one photo with no sky replacement or subject/background swapping.  It focused mainly on...

Topaz Clarity an Advanced Look

Topaz Webinar Follow-Up I love doing Webinars with Topaz Labs, they really are the highlight of my month in many cases.  I tend to cram a lot of information into one session.  I don't do this because I want to confuse people, I do it because I want there to be as much...

Topaz DeNoise 5.1 Tutorial

Next Tuesday (March 18th, 4 pm CST)  I will be conducting a Webinar for Topaz Labs titled, "Adding Artistic Expression While Avoiding Technical Flaws".  During this tutorial I will be showing many techniques to avoid making fatal errors to your images during the...

Topaz Black and White Effects 2

Are you a fan of Black and White photography?  I know I am, that is where I started in 1999, with a Canon AE-1 film camera that I ran hundreds of rolls of black and white film through.  I love the look of a true BLACK and WHITE photograph. These days, in the digital...

Topaz ReMask Tutorial

Topaz ReMask may be the most intuitive piece of masking software I have ever used!  Really, it rocks!  Masking can be a pain in Photoshop, even with the refine edge tool.  However, ReMask makes it simple, really simple, easier than finger painting and much less...

Quick Tips & Flash Tutorials

It’s not always about the long winded tutorials.  Sometimes Blake can make them quick!  here you will find all of Blake’s Quick Tips and 3 Minute Flash Tutorials.

7 Tips For Photographing Lightning

Last Saturday I received a notification on my phone that a severe thunderstorm was on the way.  I initially thought, "Sweet! I can try and get some pictures of it!"  However, the storms usually come so fast without me being prepared that by the time the lightning gets...

11 Tips for a Successful Art Gallery Show

A successful gallery event is not difficult to achieve if you keep a couple of things in the forefront of your mind throughout the setup process.  I will outline them in great detail, but first and foremost, you must understand the definition of successful.  If you...

Quick Tip: A Vignette of a Different Color

So vignettes have hit the streets running as one of those awesome ways to make an image go from eh.. to Wow...  I don't want to like vignettes because they seem so cliche, but they work, they really work.  They do a great job of diverting one's attention to the focal...

Quick Tip: Auto Align Layers

Auto aliging layers in Photoshop is an invaluable tool for any HDRtist.  It is very common to create a tone mapped file and use elements from the original exposures to enhance local areas.  Photoshop CS 5 has a very simple feature for making image alignment a breeze!...

5 Post Processing Tips for HDR: Photoshop CS 5

As a follow up to last weeks 5 HDR Tone Mapping Tips: Photomatix and the following weeks A Few HDR Shooting Tips, here are my top 5 post processing tips I cannot live without using Photoshop CS 5.  I have several hundred tips to give out, hence all of the tutorials I...

Tips For Speed Light Macro Photography

I have been experimenting a lot lately with speed light macro photography and I can easily say, I am loving it!  Once you get the basics down and start popping off shots, it feels like every one of them is a money maker.  I am pretty excited to see the bottom of this...

Quick Tip: Hiding Layers Quickly

Many times I need to hide my layers when I am working on either an HDR image with several adjustments or making a 60+ layer composite image.  I find it very painstaking and tedious to click each individual eyeball to hide the layers to see how the image is developing,...

Quick Tip: Quick White Balance

Have you ever taken a ton of pictures and found out you forgot to set the white balance?  Have you ever taken a picture with Auto White Balance selected and not received accurate colors?  Both of those questions are yes for  me.  More often than not, my white balance...

Quick Tip: HDR Noise Reduction

Noise reduction, where do I begin...  There are many ways to reduce the noise in your images and I can 100% guarantee that the next guy on the net with a self help blog is going to tell you his method is the best.... he is probably right!  My method has been developed...

Quick Tip: Flash With HDR

I recently purchased the Olympus FL-50R Flash and absolutely love it.  If you can find a proprietary flash that uses Through The Lens (TTL) technology, do it!  So I had been thinking, "Blake, there has got to be a way you can use this flash in HDR photography." So as...

Quick Tip: Selective Desaturation

Here's a quick tip.  A really easy Selective Deaturation technique for taking away the sky in an image.  Open up a Saturation Adjustment Layer, use the drop down box that says Master as the Default.  Switch it to Blues and drop the saturation to Zero.  Like magic your...

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