Sunday, May 30, 2010

John's Artists' Brush User: Judi Bailey

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Artist and photographer Judi Bailey created this still life of apples using a photo and John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5. Judi commented, "I recently purchased your Artist Brushes for CS5. You have done an excellent job organizing and planning this program. The tutorials are great and really helpful in getting started quickly and effectively with your great set of brushes. This is a quick painting that I think turned out well for a beginner..:-)) Thanks again for a great program!!"

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 are now available at an introductory price of $19.95. If you have Photoshop CS5 and are into painting, this will be the best investment you can make!

John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5

If you have an image created using John's Artists' Brushes, send me a JPEG and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

John's Artists' Brushes User: Claudia Pendlay

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Artist and photographer Claudia Pendlay created this painting of flowers from a photo using John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5. Claudia commented, "Thank you so much for these brushes, I love them! I decided to play a bit this morning with a photo I took yesterday with the new lens I got for my birthday. I used cloning layers and your new brushes."

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 are now available at an introductory price of $19.95. If you have Photoshop CS5 and are into painting, this will be the best investment you can make!

John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5

If you have an image created using John's Artists' Brushes, send me a JPEG and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!

Monday, May 24, 2010

John's Artists' Brush User: Karen Bonaker

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Artist Karen Bonaker created this painting of an artichoke from scratch using John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5. Karen commented, "I enjoy these brushes so much and look forward to playing with them."

Karen and I are both former residents of the Santa Cruz area, which is nearby Watsonville and Castroville—both known for their artichoke crop. We both commiserated how much we miss the local fresh artichokes available there. If you've never had steamed artichokes, you are missing a definite treat!

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 are now available at an introductory price of $19.95. If you have Photoshop CS5 and are into painting, this will be the best investment you can make!

John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5

If you have an image created using John's Artists' Brushes, send me a JPEG and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Russell Brown: Renaissance Man

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Russell and I will be co-teaching a pre-conference Photoshop CS5 workshop, From Reality to Renaissance, at Adobe MAX 2010 this coming October 23-25 in Los Angeles, CA. Using brushes from my Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5, I painted the above promotional image based on a photograph of Russell. Yes, he really dressed up for the occasion! Here's more on the workshop:

Starting with photographic portraits we will turn reality into renaissance. Participants will unleash the powerful combination of cameras, computers, and Adobe Creative Suite® 5 software to produce an original artwork on canvas.

This class will introduce you to a new set of creative techniques that will be useful for both designers and photographers. Our goal will be to turn the normal into the unique. Taught on the latest Mac computers, Russell Brown@MAX offers a limited class size and an intimate, inspiring environment for in-depth instruction on Photoshop CS5 and many of its new features. This unique, project-based class gives you time to ask questions of industry experts and network with others in your field. If you like crazy and inspirational events, then this is what you've been waiting for.

For more information, visit the Russell Brown website.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Painting with John Derry and Photoshop CS5

For those of you in the southern California area, I'll be presenting to the Adobe Technology Xchange of Southern California this coming June 19, 2010, talking about Photoshop CS5's new painting capabilities. I'll have lots of tips and techniques to share...and maybe a special price for my Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5!

The meeting of the ATX runs from 9 am to noon and will be held at the Burns Community Center in Lakewood, CA., 5510 Clark Avenue, Lakewood.

For more information, visit the ATX website.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

John's Artists' Brushes User: Janet Stoppee

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Artist Janet Stoppee created this painting of a door knocker using John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5. Using a photograph as a reference, Janet utilized my Cloning Layer Action (which is included with John's Artists' Brushes) to flow the colors of the reference photograph through her currently selected brush. The result is a non-destructive layer painting,

Says Janet, "I love the brushes in Photoshop and I never had the experience of getting totally lost in actually painting in my previous digital painting experiences! I am going to work on cloning an image today and then adding more color using the MagicPicker color picker, that John recommended. This is all new and very exciting."

Janet's husband, Brian remarked, "Janet just got into John Derry’s latest brushes, actions, and textures over the weekend. This the fastest she’s been able to produce an image like this."

You can visit the Stoppee's web site at M2 Media Studios.

John's Artists' Brushes for PHotoshop CS5 are now available at an introductory price of $19.95. If you have Photoshop CS5 and are into painting, this will be the best investment you can make!

John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5

If you have an image created using John's Artists' Brushes, send me a JPEG and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 Now Available!



I'm pleased to announce that my Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 are now available. Above is a short preview video of the tutorials included with the purchase of the brushes. Utilizing Photoshop CS5's new Mixer Brush and Bristle Tips, my goal with regard to the brushes was to create a set of expressive tools that can be immediately used without the need to tackle all of the available settings. The Artists' Brushes come with 48+ brushes, a set of 6 custom-built canvas textures, John's Cloning Layer Action, and over an hour of instructional tutorials.

John's Artists' Brushes are available at an introductory price of $19.95. For more information and purchase details, visit the Artists' Brushes webpage.

Monday, May 10, 2010

John's Artist's Brushes for Photoshop CS5 Preview: 48 Presets

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I'm in the process of recording the tutorials that will accompany John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe® Photoshop® CS5. Today, I did a segment describing categorization for the 48 tool presets. The above chart visualizes the category breakdown. I'm targeting the release for this coming weekend.

The Artist's Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 are $24.95 and will go on sale within the next 2 weeks. As an introductory offer, they will be available for $19.95. This special offer will be limited to a 30-day period starting the day the brushes go on sale.

If you would like to be notified when the Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 go on sale, email me at psbrushes@pixlart.com

Saturday, May 8, 2010

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5: Sample Painting

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Today's painting is another sample image done with John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe® Photoshop® CS5. A photograph was used as the basis for the image. I'm now in the process of creating a set of video tutorials which will accompany the brush set. I am planning on having the package go on sale in about a week. Stay Tuned!

The Artist's Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 are $24.95 and will go on sale within the next 2 weeks. As an introductory offer, they will be available for $19.95. This special offer will be limited to a 30-day period starting the day the brushes go on sale.

If you would like to be notified when the Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 go on sale, email me at psbrushes@pixlart.com

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Photoshop CS5: John's Artists' Brushes Deliver the Goods

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This is a close-up sample of painting with my new Artists' Brushes for Adobe® Photoshop® CS5. As can be seen in the sample, my goal is to have these brushes provide a high degree of natural-media realism. The selection of six custom canvas textures that ship with the Artists' Brushes supply an authentic paint character to the applied strokes.

The Artist's Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 are $24.95 and will go on sale within the next 2 weeks. As an introductory offer, they will be available for $19.95. This special offer will be limited to a 30-day period starting the day the brushes go on sale.

If you would like to be notified when the Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 go on sale, email me at psbrushes@pixlart.com

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Photoshop CS5: From Start to Finish...

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My Artist's Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 are $24.95 and will go on sale within the next 2 weeks. As an introductory offer, they will be available for $19.95. This special offer will be limited to a 30-day period starting the day the brushes go on sale.

If you would like to be notified when the Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 go on sale, email me at psbrushes@pixlart.com

Monday, May 3, 2010

CS5 Painting: The Crookedest Street in the World

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I've been testing out and tweaking my Artists' Brushes for Adobe® Photoshop® CS5. This image is a recent result. I shot this image several years ago in San Francisco. This is the famed Lombard Street, otherwise known as the Crookedest Street in the World. I shot it from several blocks away using a telephoto lens to get the compressed perspective to flatten the imagery. It seemed like a perfect subject for my brushes.

I recently hit upon a technique that enables painting from an image source without the source visible (Tim Shelbourne has independently arrived at the same technique, which has led us to conclude that we were separated at birth!). The result is akin to funneling a photograph (or any source material) through CS5's Mixer Brush and Bristle Tips to a destination layer (or layers). Using this technique, it is easy to build up an image with varying degrees of detail in the same spirit as traditional painting. Be sure to click on the image to view the detail at full scale.

This creative cloning technique will be included in the tutorial videos that ship with the Artists' Brushes. The Artist's Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 are $24.95 and will go on sale within the next 2 weeks. As an introductory offer, they will be available for $19.95. This special offer will be limited to a 30-day period starting the day the brushes go on sale.

If you would like to be notified when the Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 go on sale, email me at psbrushes@pixlart.com

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Coming Soon: Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5


I'm pleased to announce my Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5. This Tool Preset library features a full set of expressive fine art tools specifically tuned to deliver stunning oil- and acrylic-style bristle brushes in Photoshop CS5. These brushes take full advantage of a set of custom canvas textures providing rich, complex marks.

By utilizing Photoshop's Tool Presets, I can hand you a set of brushes that instantly deliver the expressive goods, meaning you will immediately get the most out of Photoshop CS5's new natural-media brush technology. The Tool Presets library is accompanied by a full set of video tutorials enabling you to achieve maximum performance and expression. An early version of these brushes was utilized by beta testers during the Photoshop CS5 Prerelease Program and received solid rave reviews.

The Artist's Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 are $24.95 and will go on sale within the next 2 weeks. As an introductory offer, they will be available for $19.95. This special offer will be limited to a 30-day period starting the day the brushes go on sale.

If you would like to be notified when the Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 go on sale, email me at psbrushes@pixlart.com