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In “Exploring Editing” you’ll find a variety of Workshop recordings that dive deeply into some of my processes. 

Beneath, you’ll find smaller “bite-sized” lessons on more specific skills, with more being added regularly.

Is there a particular editing skill, technique or tool you’d love to see covered here? Let me know!

  • Generative Expand
  • Generative fill
  • Using Curves layers
  • Gradient for colour and contrast
  • Remove collar and dust
  • Remove harness
  • Remove a person (coming April 2023)
  • Fix cataracts
  • Make a panorama/composite
  • Mask out fur
  • Day to night
  • Add “sun”
  • Colour change
    • green to autumn
    • make backlight warmer
    • cool down snow
    • bright green to deeper green
  • Background flip (coming June 2023)
  • Underexposed (coming 2023)
  • Over exposed
  • Fix/reduce blown highlights (coming August 2023)
  • Straighten trees and fill edges using Generative Expand
  • Advanced clone-stamping
  • Final steps/using the histogram
  • Adding a watermark
  • Liquify eyes closed
  • Group photo of 4 dogs (headswaps) (coming July 2023)
  • colour casts on white chest/dog
  • removing fringing/chromatic aberration
  • reducing haze/lens flare
  • using Smart Objects
    • Returning to masks/adjustments made in LR
    • Layers flowchart
    • how to clone/heal/content aware when using smart objects
  • fake snow (coming November 2023)
  • Add Fog
  • lantern light

Important Resources

Inspawration Editing Process & Rationale: Start here!

In this FULL, step by step tutorial, we delve Em's editing process. A lot of people ask: "How would you edit xyz" or "Can we have an editing tutorial on abc"... but the fact of the matter is, 90% of her edits follow this same basic process or set of steps, adjusted to each individual photo. Starting here, you can get a feel for not only her "base process" but also the rationale for why she uses this workflow. Duration: 1hr 10mins

Open in Photoshop, Save to Lightroom, Open in Photoshop again

Layers Flowchart

Not sure how to structure your layers in PS? Don't know when to hide layers, where to put your clone-stamp layers, when to smoosh layers, or why any of it matters? This is a Whiteboard from Canva (and/or PDF) to help you structure your workflow depending on what you want to do & what you've already done.

Gradient Masks

Sometimes, we want a mask that gradually transitions, from visible to hidden, either in a linear fashion, or radial. This is easy in Lightroom, and my "elliptical selection" method has worked fine for me, but this is another way to make graduating masks, that go from visible to hidden, using the gradient tool.


Workshop: Curves in Photoshop

🥸 (all - with some PS knowledge) Curves adjustment layers! My favourite editing tool when it comes to light and dark tones in the image! Learn all about curves, how and why to use them.

Workshop: Fixing Backgrounds

(int/adv) Learn how to copy & move parts of the background, use the clone stamp, healing spot, content aware fill, content aware crop, and content aware scale tools.

Workshop: Shaping the Light

In this workshop, we're going to learn not only HOW to Shape Light, but also WHEN, and WHY. Best suited for INT/ADV students.

Changing Colours Workshop

Learn not only multiple tools to change the colours of your photos, but also looking into colour theory, and WHY you might want to make certain colour changes (and when not!)

Advanced Editing Workshop

In this MASSIVE Advanced workshop (total duration: 4 hours), we go through everything in my entire process, from white balance to smart object, selective editing in Lightroom, shaping the light, changing colours, removing a handler, adding special effects and more. Due to this being available for sale on the website (worth €200), access is restricted until you've been a member for 3 months, or have a yearly subscription

Face and Eyes

How to: Edit & Brighten Eyes in Lightroom

Editing Eyes

Tips and tricks for working on eyes, particularly in Photoshop (there's a separate lesson for eyes in LR). Includes a downloadable High-pass action, and goes through the process for editing very dark brown eyes to get them lighter and with more colour, while staying natural

15 Minute Tutorial: Face Contouring

🤓🧐 (int/adv): Learn how to see & find the shapes of a dog's face to effectively dodge & burn for a 3D effect

Remove a Reflection from an Eye

In this quick 6 minute tutorial, we're going to use Photoshop's Remove Tool to remove a reflection of me from Loona's eye

High Pass Action to Sharpen the Face & Eyes

Download the High Pass Action here! In this 8 minute video, I'll show you how to install and use the high pass action, to add sharpness and texture to your dog's face in Photoshop.

How to Close Eyes (using liquify & other things)

If you have a photo where the dog's eyes are partly closed, mid-blink, and you want to close them fully for a dreamy, whimsical effect, check out this lesson with some tips & tricks for how you can achieve closed eyes!

Background, Scene, Composition

How to: Fix your composition on location (and in LR & PS)

[all] If you chop your dog's feet off, don't give them enough space to look into, or if they suddenly look in an unexpected direction, don't despair! This lesson is for you to fix those composition issues ON LOCATION, as well as how to use this technique once home.

Editing Toolbox: Background Flip

Sometimes you need to fix, change, close in, or extend the background of your image, but you don't have any extra photos to work with. Copying and flipping the background CAN be a great solution, especially to add some symmetry to your location (eg., a track which is closed in on one side, but open on the other) but you need to be careful of mirror-images and duplicated leaves, plants, etc. Duration: 20 minutes

Photoshop Beta: Generative Fill

Photoshop has just released PS Beta (May 2023) which includes a new AI Generative Fill feature. Let's check it out, see how to use it particularly to expand a canvas, and an example of filling in a blown out sky.

How to Make Panoramas in Lightroom and Photoshop

I'm a BIG fan of making panoramas, for a number of reasons. Here's how you can use either Lightroom or Photoshop to make a panorama out of multiple images! Choose the technique that works best for your individual situation.

Effects, Overlays, Colours, Faking Things

How to: Add a Snow Overlay in Photoshop

If you've taken a snowy winter's photo but want it to feel even more wintery, or you feel like it's a bit "empty", adding a snow overlay or using some snow brushes could be a way to "fill in" the image a bit. This lesson will show you how to use a snow brush to add some falling snow to your photos.

How To: Use Overlays

Learn how to apply an overlay to a photo in Photoshop

15 Minute Techniques: From Grey Winter to Golden Backlight

[int/adv] Winter means a lot of dull, grey, boring skies. In this quick lesson I show you a few tools to "spice up" your sky or bokeh to give it a golden backlit effect.

Editing Toolbox: Grey-Green Warm Yellow Tones

Let's split our greens into two colours: a soft cyan grey, and a warmer soft yellow-orange. This can take harsh summer greens to a much more pleasing tone, with an interesting split-colour effect.

All Colour Change Tools in LR and PS

In this lesson, I show you (pretty much) every single possible tool and technique in Lightroom and Photoshop that you can use to change colours, and discuss when you might want to use them (or not).

Editing Toolbox: Add Snow

Use Photoshop to add a layer of snow to any image. We're going to be using a selection tool, colour fill layer, and adjusting the luminosity of the blend! Quite a few new things here and perfect if you live somewhere that it doesn't snow but you want those winter vibes

Editing Toolbox: Add Fog

A quick 10 minute lesson on how to make fake foreground/scenery fog in Photoshop, using two methods: brush stamp, and render clouds!

Editing Toolbox: All About Gradients

In this Editing Toolbox, we dive deep into the "Gradient" adjustment layer (not to be confused with gradient map!). We go over: how to add some colour and contrast, and even slightly change colours, add some light and separation behind the dog, add some foreground blur, and show you examples of when I've used different gradients in my edited photos. [Duration: 30 minutes]

Groups & People

20 Minute Tutorial: Merge Two Photos (Headswap!)

🥸 A 20 minute tutorial: combine two photos in Photoshop for head-swaps/background swaps etc.

Editing Toolbox: 4 Dog Group Photo: Headswaps!

In this lesson, learn how to use Photoshop to combine four different photos - one of each dog - to ensure everybody is in focus!

Fixing Things

Image SOS: Episode 1

Image SOS on 3 images: Patchy highlights in background & on the dog, extreme shade on face, fixing composition, fixing blown out highlights

Image SOS: Composition

In this Image SOS we fix several images, especially the composition, by copying & flipping the background, cloning, and adding leafy overlays to hide not-so-great perspective, give some more depth to the image, and so on. Duration: 30 minutes

Editing Toolbox: Removing Noise

In this Editing Toolbox, we take a photo from the Christmas markets, taken at ISO 5000 and a bit under-exposed. I discuss noise, when it matters, lighten up the image to bring out some more noise, and then apply my favourite denoise tool in Lightroom, and test out Topaz Denoise. Duration: 25 minutes

Editing Toolbox: Brightening Underexposed Images

An editing toolbox focusing on underexposed photos, giving you a selection of tools and techniques to brighten your subject when they've been underexposed.

Editing Toolbox: Reduce Highlights

It's totally normal and sometimes necessary to blow the highlights in your photo! Luckily, there's a few things you can do in editing to hide the blown areas, cover them up, or remove them completely. Just remember, sometimes the more you try and cover or hide the issue, the more obvious it becomes, so make choices based on the photo in front of you.

Editing Toolbox: Content Aware Fill to Remove Things

This lesson shows you how to use Content Aware Fill to remove large-ish objects from your photos. This does NOT need to just be handlers. It can be things in the background like shoes, a park bench, a trash can, another dog, etc. Anything that Photoshop can sample the surroundings for and fill in. We also dive into keeping our Smart Objects editable even with a layer on top.

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