Beard-Detailing Demo December 31, 2017 21:10 18 Comments

Here's a peek at a portion of Lesson Three in my MTDC series, "Painting Portraits with the Mixer Brush."  In this chapter, I use my mixer brushes to add beard detail to an underpainting that was made in a previous chapter.

Mixer-Brush Painting Techniques: Video Sample April 9, 2016 09:37 6 Comments

This is a video sample from my tutorial, "Painting Portraits with the Mixer brush in Photoshop," Chapter 4, "Mixer-Brush Techniques." Demonstrated here are two painting methods - one showing a technique for painting onto a blank canvas, another for painting using the "mixer-brush cloning layer setup action."

The Mixer Brush Controls November 15, 2015 21:46

This video is an edited sample from my MTDC series, Lesson 3, "Painting Portraits with the Mixer Brush," Chapter 3, "Mixer Brush Basics."

Lesson Three: A Big "Thank-You" September 28, 2015 21:44

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the response I’ve received to the release of Lesson Three in my MTDC series, “Painting Portraits with the Mixer Brush in Photoshop.” I put a lot of time and effort into producing it, so it makes me happy to know that this is a technique you’re interested in - and that you’re finding this lesson useful. Here’s a sampling of some of the feedback I’ve received over the last few weeks.

So “thanks” to those of you who have purchased this title. Your support enables me to continue making tutorials that will hopefully - to some degree - inspire and inform.

Also, a quick “thanks” to Gary Rose who allowed us to use as a learning tool his wonderful photograph of this “Old Fisherman.” Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


MTDC - The Complete Set Now Available! September 11, 2015 09:51

complete setWith the release of Lesson Three in my “Mastering the Digital Canvas” training series, the complete set is now available as a digital download.

The first two lessons in this Photoshop training series explore the use of the smudge tool as a primary means of transforming portrait photographs of animals and people into portrait paintings.

In the recently released third lesson, “Painting Portraits with the Mixer Brush,” you’ll follow along from beginning to end as I transform a photo of an old fisherman into a painting using an assortment of mixer brushes that I've custom designed.

This fairly recent addition to the Photoshop toolbox has really expanded the creative opportunities for digital painters - like you and me. Whether you like to transform your photographs into paintings or paint onto a blank canvas, the mixer brush offers us a wonderful new means of creative expression.

The first two lessons were well received, and I hope this one will be as well. Both the smudge tool and the mixer brush are powerful creative tools in the right hands and with the right training!

Beyond the MTDC portrait-painting series, I have lots of plans for future tutorials that will cover a broad spectrum of subjects and digital art techniques - from the very basic to the more advanced. I plan to offer free products from time to time as well.

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