Free Photoshop Tutorials!

Scroll through the list of free Photoshop tutorials at your leisure.   Visit frequently as this list is ever-changing.

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.

Is Photoshop Ruining Photography?

Is Photoshop Ruining Photography?

How often have I heard the worst things about Photoshop and its implications that it's ruining Photography? I guess being an educator in this space, I am subject to the microscope, and therefore I see a lot and maybe even sometimes get attacked a bit for what I do. I...

Workflows in Adobe Bridge 2022

Workflows in Adobe Bridge 2022

BRIDGE to the RESCUE! I can't be the only one... nope! I can't be the only one who has ever worked their tail off on a huge PSD file in Photoshop and accidentally saved all those juicy layers into a small file when resizing it for the web. I know, I know, it's a...

Art Sales… Where to Begin?

Art Sales… Where to Begin?

Where do I begin with selling my photography?If you have ever emailed me and asked me that question, you have probably received a less than ideal response.  I know you come to me for many things, and most of them I have an answer to.  But the truth is, I don't sell my...

HUGE milestone 100K – THANK YOU!

HUGE milestone 100K – THANK YOU!

So, here we are.  Another huge milestone for me in less than one month.  First military retirement, then 100,000 subscribers.  What's next?  Well, I do turn 40 this year, so there's that, haha. I made a video today to share my extreme gratitude for you and all your...

What your photography REALLY needs in 2022

What your photography REALLY needs in 2022

New year, new resolutions, right? Well, how did that work out for you last year? You may have started a 365 project and made it 50 days before realizing it wasn't doing you any good. That's okay, seriously, no worries there, you tried! But, do you know what will...

Color Balance in Photoshop

Color Balance in Photoshop

Have you ever looked for a White Balance tool or Adjustment Layer in Photoshop? Were you shocked to find that there wasn't one? I, after 22 years of PS experience, am still quite shocked that there is no White Balance tool. We have tons of tools to control color in...

Three Expert Secrets for Color Grading

Three Expert Secrets for Color Grading

Let's face it, Color Grading and Color Theory are hard topics to grasp. Without a solid foundation for them, though, all of our colorwork is left hanging in the balance. While having a great understanding of color is important, that is a long-term goal.  It takes a...

EASILY Color Grade ANY Photo

EASILY Color Grade ANY Photo

Finally ... Simple Color Grading! I have taught so many ways to color grade a photo that I can't even recall them all.  They range from Gradients to Gradient Maps, and how many using Selective Color?  Many of these techniques produce great results, but they can be...

Gavin Hardcastle Critiques Blake

Gavin Hardcastle Critiques Blake

The Critiquer Gets Critiqued! As you may know,  I conduct critique sessions on f.64 Elite.  I have been doing these sessions for over 7 years and in that time have critiqued just about 900-1000 images.  But in that time, I have never had a critique session of my own. ...

Is AI photo processing the future of editing?

Is AI photo processing the future of editing?

Artificial Intelligence, cool name huh? A big buzzword for the implication of the future right? At least it has been for the last 20 years or more.  But what does it mean for Photo post-production? Is there a place for it? Maybe, but as of right now, I don't see it in...

3 Expert Tips for Gradient Management

3 Expert Tips for Gradient Management

Expert Tips for Gradient Management in Photoshop CC 2020 Since my last video on the Diamond Gradient, I have received a LOT of questions about gradient management in Photoshop CC 2020.  In today's video, I will answer all of them summed up into three questions: Why do...

Intermediate Post Processing Tutorials

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

2 Slider Sky Replacement – Trick

2 Slider Sky Replacement – Trick

Adobe's Sky Replacement tool is pretty cool, right? I agree it is pretty cool, but did you know there is an even EASIER and more effective way to replace skies in Photoshop with Blend If? Today I will show you how to replace a sky with two sliders and two sliders...

The *UNTOLD* Truth About Inspiration

The *UNTOLD* Truth About Inspiration

Have you ever struggled with your "photo mojo"?Have you ever felt uninspired?Have you ever felt like inspiration was unattainable?Well, I can honestly say yes to all of those questions. And until recently, I felt like inspiration was one of those things you had to...

Avoid the #1 MISTAKE in COLOR Photography

Avoid the #1 MISTAKE in COLOR Photography

By now you know I really enjoy working with color, color theory, and color grading. I have spent the better part of the last 8 years devoted to the topic of Color Theory for Photographers. Through those years I would like to say I have seen it all, but I am still open...

RAW Masks vs Photoshop Masks

RAW Masks vs Photoshop Masks

You like those Raw masks now so much that you wish you could port them over to Photoshop, don't you? Well, you can't, but more importantly, why would you want to? Don't get me wrong, having masking at the RAW level now is incredible and game-changing for your RAW...

PRECISION Masking in ACR and Lightroom!

PRECISION Masking in ACR and Lightroom!

FINALLY!  The wait is over!Most of you may not have been waiting per se, but I certainly have.  6 years, as a matter of fact.  I have always wanted surgical precision masks at the Raw level, and we almost got there in 2017 with the introduction of the Luminance and...

3 QUICK Tips for BETTER Fall Color

3 QUICK Tips for BETTER Fall Color

Fall Color Photography is fun, excellent, in fact! There is nothing better than getting out there with your camera and showcasing the glory of all that yellow, orange, and red goodness in the tapestry of trees. What could be better, right? The problems with Fall...

Not ANOTHER Luminosity Masking Panel…

Not ANOTHER Luminosity Masking Panel…

Not all Photoshop Panels are created equal and all of them could have a place in your workflow. However, when I set out to make my Panel for Photoshop, I knew I wanted it to be different. I wanted it to be a Workflow Solution and not another tool for Photoshop....

Smart Objects Why I DO and DONT Like Them

Smart Objects Why I DO and DONT Like Them

The Smart Object is an interesting feature in Photoshop.  You can do all kinds of things in Photoshop with Smart Objects from opening a RAW file and then going back into the ACR settings to resizing layers and building templates.  But... these Smart Objects come with...

5 PRACTICAL Uses for Calibration in ACR and Lr

5 PRACTICAL Uses for Calibration in ACR and Lr

The Color Tool No One Uses... Except for maybe f.64 Academy readers, because you know better, right?  Today I want to show you five efficient uses for the Color Calibration Tool in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.  This is quickly becoming my favorite place to get more...

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.

Why I dont use the Photo Filter

Why I dont use the Photo Filter

I talk a lot about Color Grading, Color Theory, and the tools you can use to manipulate the looks of your photos. However, I have never spoken about the Photo Filter Adjustment Layer. Why is that? From my research and experimentation, I have found that the Photo...

Selective Color for Better Tones (Video)

Selective Color for Better Tones (Video)

Using Selective Color to get better tones in PhotoshopYou know my workflow, Tone, Color, Artistic Effects, right? I preach it all the time and more often than not, I teach how to get better colors through your tonal work first, right? Well, recently, I...

The Lighten Blend Mode

The Lighten Blend Mode

The Lighten Blend Mode and the Sea of a Million Waves! A few weeks ago I conducted a tutorial showing off the various Blend Modes in Photoshop, but I hesitated to get too far into the Lighten Blend Mode.  The Lighten Blend Mode can be a powerful asset in photo post...

Why the Zone Systems in Photoshop?

Why the Zone Systems in Photoshop?

The Zone Systems... with everything else out there... why bother? I get this question a lot... why the Zone Systems?  I'd say at least 3 times a month.  With the Launch of the new Zone Systems Master Class I feel like I have not heard the end of it!  However, I get...

Curves Adjustment Dodging and Burning

Curves Adjustment Dodging and Burning

Flash Tutorial Friday! This is the first tutorial in a series I am calling Flash Tutorials.  I wanted them to be under 90 seconds... ha, if you know me that just is not possible!  So I decided to go with 3 minutes.  In these Flash tutorials I will  show you a new and...

Focus Stacking in Photoshop

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...

Shadows/Highlights Adjustment Tool

The Shadows/Highlights Adjustment Tool in Photoshop CS 5 & 6 is a very powerful asset.  It is tucked away pretty deep in the menus and not found in the normal adjustment layer section.  It is very similar to that of the shadow and highlight adjustments in Adobe...