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A nice time-saving tip I’m just now aware of is to use the caps lock key when rating your images in
Lightroom.  It will automatically move you to the next image!
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}


You know that feeling when an image is so powerful it hits you somewhere between your throat and your
heart?  That’s the feeling I get when looking at Mallory Morrison’s work.  Mallory’s background in dance
is evident in her graceful and stunning images. If you are in the Santa Monica area, make sure to check
out her show at gallery 169 which will be up for 2 more weeks.
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A great post production tip from Mallory is that she often shoots an empty pool so she then has the
ability
 to composite or add depth to the image on the bottom or sides.
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{Image: Mallory Morrison}


Ah, the life of a freelancer!  This illustration by the incredibly talented Katie Evans made me smile.  I am
so fortunate to be doing what I love and with a great deal of freedom.  However, this freedom still needs
to be managed.  Here are few things I have learned help create a happy freelance life.

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1. Make self discipline a priority.  Loving what you do helps but there will still be days when the beach
feels like a much better place to be.

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2. Set some boundaries and give yourself “time off” – no phone, no email, and no looking at your desk
with a feeling of guilt. (fyi – I could still work on this tip)
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What are some of your tips for a happy freelance life?

{Illustration: Katie Evans}


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A product I love, amazing people to work with, and beautiful images…I hit the trifecta of happiness in
this shoot for Made By Dawn’s 2012 collection!  It’s interesting how when you are in such a nurturing
environment, the creativity just flows.  Our model Sophie (a designer and artist herself) really embodied
the relaxed, feminine,and natural beauty of Dawn’s collection. Did I mention I own over 7 of her suits?
You can find Made By Dawn at Free People, Shopbop, as well as their online store.


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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio,}

 


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I have a design crush and her name is Kelly Wearstler.  Kelly is such an inspiring artist where her
aesthetic moves effortlessly between the world of interior, fashion, and her own personal design.
Check out an image of Kelly hand-painting some of the fabric from her line. Her blog is also a daily read.
You can create the look of these lose lines in Photoshop by using the brush palette.  Make sure to
experiment with different shape dynamics, scattering, and dual brush options.

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{Image of Kelly Wearstler tank: Christy Schuler Studio}

 

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Converting to black and white can be done many different ways.  One method I like to use is the gradient
map adjustment layer with a final curve adjustment.  The gradient map can give you a full tonal range as
a start and then alter to taste with a curve.
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}

 

 

 

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Use this to view your image full screen in Lightroom.
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}

 

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What a lovely mix of old and new!  Described as the most “un-Apple” Apple store, the Apple Store Paris
reminds me of the entrance to the Cota St. campus at Brooks Institute where I teach a number of post
production classes.  It’s a beautiful setting to walk into each day!
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{Image: Apple}

 

 

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A nice little retouching technique I often use for retouching roots or coloring hair can be found in Scott
Kelby’s new retouching book.  You can check out the technique in an excerpt from the book here.  It was
also cool to see a thank you from Scott in the preface.  Thanks Scott!
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}

 

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Adobe has just made the beta version of Lightroom 4 available for download and a few improvements to
the develop panel have me very excited!  One feature is the white balance brush.  You will now be able to
selectively paint your color temperature (great for mixed lighting situations).  Another improvement is the
ability to edit individual RGB channels. Download the beta here and a number of resources can be found here.
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}

 

 


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I absolutely adore the cover of Angus & Julia Stone’s album down the way (designed by the artists
themselves).  The fonts, the beach, the simplicity, and especially the color treatment.  There are many ways
to achieve this look (desaturated split tone with much less saturation in the shadows), but one thing that
takes this a step further is the slight marbling texture applied over the image.  This can be achieved by
placing a texture over the image and setting the layer to the soft light blend mode and lowering the opacity.
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{Image: Angus & Julia Stone}

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… or create it in this case.  While gathering materials for my new website I came across this matte painting
I created at hydraulx for a Michelle Branch music video directed by the amazing Francis Lawrence. I love
how the power of Photoshop can transform a pond into a virtual wonderland.  A little tip the next time you
are creating a distant misty atmosphere, try applying the difference cloud filter to your layer mask and
alter to taste.


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I have always loved this image, especially all the white.  A little tip if you are trying to create the perfect
white in post.  Make a blank layer, place it on the COLOR blend mode, and paint with a neutral white.
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{Image: Shabby Chic}
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Meg Fish, with the help of Enjoy Cupcakes and Bluebird Cotillion threw the most beautiful 1st birthday
party for her daughter Ella.  Meg also created the crown for Ella’s cake.  You can purchase these crowns
from her store Crowned Embellishments.

Post production tip: To get a slightly more “film” look, have the highlights fall off softly.  Highlights in
digital capture fall off very abruptly which is one reason some people prefer the look of film over digital.

 

{Images: Christy Schuler Studio}

 

 

A few of my favorite online magazines.  Want to create your own magazine or online publication?
Check out Issuu.

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{Magazines: Adore, Lonny, also check out Rue, Anthology}

 

 


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Use this to duplicate a layer or “Jump” a selection to its own layer.

 

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}

 

 


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Often when retouching, if you are zoomed in too tight you may be doing more work than necessary and
if you are zoomed out too much you may miss key areas.   A helpful tip is to create a 2nd window of your
image.  Keep one window zoomed in and the other window zoomed out.  That way you can dynamically
see your work from 2 different perspectives!

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}

 

 

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Need a creative gift idea?  This is a Polaroid camera I created out of corkboard pieces.  I got the idea from
Anthropologie display coordinator Ruthi Auda.  A few pieces of cork, an exacto knife, super glue, and
you are all set!  Luckily I have a nice stockpile of Polaroids, but if you need to create one,
give these actions a try.

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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A great way to create selective focus without using the blur tools is to shoot the same image with
different amounts of focus, then mask the layers to create the effect you are looking for.
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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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Maintaining texture while skin retouching is incredibly important.  Here are a few tips to help keep
that texture:
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1. Treat your brush strokes as if you were painting, not clicking.
2. Dodge and burn to even out tone, remember there is usually a light and dark side to every imperfection.
3. Color is just as important, I like to paint with the skintone color on the soft light blend mode.
4. Bring back a little texture by adding noise to the affected areas.  Make sure to blur that noise slightly.
5. Be patient and keep practicing:) This is a skill that takes time to develop.

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{Image: Christy Schuler Studio}
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