Add Water to Your Photo Work

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Today I wanted to share with you how to add water to your images. As always I like to push the limits to see what you can do with plugins and various software programs. I make so many mistakes, or I’ll call them trial and errors. 😉   Sometimes I’ll spend hours on an image while playing with software (digital darkrooming) and then after a day or two come back to the work and ask myself, what the hell I was thinking while processing that image. I really do laugh out loud! But even when I don’t like what I’ve done in post work, I know that I have learned something new from it.   With that said I wanted to share the tools of the flood program that I had fun with working on my 2017 Calendar.

This is a detailed video explaining each slider. If you go to the YouTube video, I broke up the time slots if you just want to watch a segment of the video. The plugin is only $33! You can also receive 30% off that price until the end of November using: SJPFLOOD

This is the completed work from the video:

Flooded Flower Fun!


I know you’ll have fun!


Just a couple of reminders…

The following contests end soon!  Please submit your works ASAP!  I’d love to see them!  🙂


Close Up Art – Deadline November 11, 2016


Reptiles and Amphibians – Deadline November 9, 2016



Cheers to plug-ins!

Janice Sullivan

Sharpen your Image with a Photoshop Action

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We all need to sharpen our images after we’ve cleaned them up so today I would like to teach you how to sharpen your images in a faster and easier way.

It can be so monotonous, but not when you record an action in Photoshop! So let’s get to it and talk about how to sharpen your images with Photoshop actions.

Tip: I always use the search tool in Photoshop if I can’t remember the tool location.



Photoshop has pre-made actions for you to play with, but when you find yourself continually completing the same steps on your images, then it’s time for you to record an action! Click on Window>Actions, you’ll see this:



Now that I’ve shown you all of that, let’s record a sharpening action:

Open any image in Photoshop to get this started.



As you can see, there are several icons. Hover over them with your mouse to see what they are. This basically is the area where you will make a new action, record it and save it. Click on the second to the last icon (next to the trashcan) to start your action.


Name the new action, “Sharpening”.  You can set defaults, assign a color & function key, but today I left all of that alone.


Now click on the record button.

click record


You will now see a red bottom at the bottom of the action panel.  This means you are recording every step you do in Photoshop.


red button

Next duplicate layer:

duplicate layer


Name that layer Sharpen High Pass press OK:

sharpen highpass name


Make sure that layer is highlighted:

highlight layer

Next, click on the area in the red circle and click on Insert Menu Item:


You will see this pop up…don’t do anything yet:




Go to Filter > Other > High Pass…after this, click on the OK button.




instert menute

Click on STOP the button in the red square:stop-action


Now you are ready to use the sharpening action. Open any photo and go back to actions. Highlight your Sharpening action and click on the play button and you’ll see it run.

highlight action

play button


Here is a sample of the high pass layer. A good place to start for sharpening is in the 3ish area but it really depends on your image. If you have a small file you will use less Radius and if you have a large file you’ll increase the pixel radius amount.  You only want to see an outline of where you want to sharpen.  The example below has been sharpened to much and hallowing will be a problem.

sharpen sample


Now add a quick mask to the layer so you can change your adjustments with the mask and change your layer to soft light. You can also use hard light for more sharpening or overlay.


What I like about this is that you can use the mask to adjust areas of your choice instead of adjusting the entire image.

A huge thank you to Allan Guzak for making this for me.   I enjoy his photography, his creativity, and how he always makes me laugh!  Another amazing person from The Arcanum.


It’s been raining here in Southern California.  I’m hoping the poppy field will pop this year.  I’d love for you to do a rain dance for us.  🙂

Click here to see a couple fun pics in Antelope Valley.


Janice Sullivan

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Adobe Camera Raw: Navigation Tools

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Today I would like to talk about Adobe Camera Raw’s Navigation tools.  I  figured I’d take my YouTube info and add it to this post as an fyi.   If you’re interested in signing up for my channel, you can click here or on the youtube hearts on this website.

I started the Adobe Camera Raw series because I received an email from a photographer asking me what it was.  I emailed her back and said I would explain to her in more detail… 🙂


Today’s video is all about Adobe Camera’s Navigation tools. I give you the details on how and why to use them and a bit more. I also show you the new ACR viewing tool: mode, swap, copy.

See how to utilize the following:

Zoom Tool
Hand Tool
Full Screen
% Tools
Preview Tools

My video tutorials are for anyone that loves photography. From beginners to the pros you all will learn tips and techniques to enhance the experience of photography. My specialty is Macro photography but I also shoot Landscape and Travel images too.

Have a great day!
Janice Sullivan


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Until next week!


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Dodge and Burn in Adobe Photoshop

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Dodge and Burn…


Today I’m going to show you how I dodge and burn my images.  The image in front of you is the uplifts of the St. Andreas Fault in Mecca Valley in Southern California.  I think it’s a perfect example of showing you how to dodge and burn your images.  Some quick tips:

Photograph in RAW format


Dodge: brighten areas

Burn: darken areas


I’m so excited!  We’re planing a road trip to the Grape Vine in Southern Cal so look out for those images soon!   Also, want some great tips on how to Photograph while Road Trippin?   Check out my eBook and video tutorial package called Road Trippen here.


Janice Sullivan

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How To Make the Rule of Thirds Grid in Photoshop

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If you would like to see the rule-of-thirds on your image in Photoshop, you’ll need to add that feature to your Grid.  It’s super easy!!  Check out my video tutorial to see how you do this.

Also, you can see various grids when you’re using the crop tool.  Below are some images to help you see what I mean.

Have questions?  Please feel free to comment or jot me an email using the contact tab.


Top of the crop tool pane:


The variety:



Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!


Janice Sullivan
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Make a Black and White Picture Except One Color

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Today’s video lesson is on how to take your color image, change it into a black and white, and then add one color to it using Adobe Photoshop. In this image I added the yellow line on the road back into the photograph.

Steps on the video:

  • Open Image as a smart object in Photoshop
  • Add B&W layer
  • Add a mask and set color range
  • Use Channels to detail your mask
  • Change contrast in ACR

To License:

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