So many thoughts. So little time.

Terry’s Photoshop Show #5 – More Non-Destructive Editing Methods

In this week’s show, we are going to discuss many more techniques for non-destructive editing, with a quick review of using layers and masks, but then diving into using the Image duplicate techniques, more mode-combining tricks, painting into layers with the brush, layer blending tricks and an awesome sharpening approach – all without ever damaging the original.

This is the fifth of a weekly series of Photoshop tutorials that will each focus upon a specific technique.

Upcoming shows will cover the following topics:

*Text on a Path*
*Fonts Taken Into Imagery – Rasterization*
*Combining Mutiple Exposures for HDR effects (High Dynamic Range)*
*Using Camera Raw to create Multiple Exposures for HDR Effects*
*Using the Pen Tool for Selections*
*Repairing and Retouching Photos – Overview*
*Repairing and Retouching Photos – Rebuilding Lost Image Data with What You Have*

Past Shows:
Luminosity Masks

Non-Destructive Editing, Masks and Selections

LAB Mode Curves Tricks

LAB A/B Channel Tricks

If you would like to be on the panel and share any related tricks or insights you have, please contact me before each program. I have room for up to 9 guests on each show.

#photoshoptutorials #photoshop #LAB #color

Aspiration: Choosing to be Happy
The Abundance Project, Week 4

The Abundance Project – Aspiration vs. Goal Setting
With John Harris
(do yourself a favor and add him to your circles)
https://plus.google.com/+JohnHarrisOnGoogle/posts
http://empower-yourself.com

This show was inspired by a discussion I had with my students when I taught college and led to me writing an article on aspiration vs. goal setting which they read and then discussed in class. Here is a link to a copy of that: http://terrybritton.com/Aspiration.docx

John Harris, my first guest (and my first time hosting a show with a guest) made the flow of the conversation take on great depth, and we went into many, many aspects and spin-off topics related to the subject of Aspiration. Choice, Mindset, Creativity, Goals, Deadlines, Happiness, and how People can help each other “spot” themselves in analyzing their choices. A terrific time! I know you will enjoy it!

Also mentioned in this program were Robert Fritz, author of the classic, “The Path of Least Resistance” who has a Facebook page you should probably go give a “Like” to: https://www.facebook.com/RobertFritzInc and James Redfield, author of “The Celestine Prophecy” https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJamesRedfield

Future shows will be on the following topics:

*Simple Exuberances*
*Enough love to go around*
*Money as a gift of praise and thanks*
*Pay it Forward*
*Random Acts of Kindness*
*All there is to Learn (For Free)*
*People Learning by Teaching*
*The Universe is in Your Backyard*

Past shows:
Mindset
The Holographic Universe
The Seeming Magic of the Working Premise

If some of these sound a bit esoteric, believe me, they all have practical implications and applications! I hope to see you there!

If you would like to be a panelist on any of these programs, please let me know. I can hold up to 9 panelists per show to share in the discussion.

Terry’s Photoshop Show #4 – Photoshop LAB Channel Tricks & A/B Channel Masks

In this week’s show, we are delving further into a very powerful tool in Photoshop’s arsenal – the L*A*B color space and how to use the channels, masks and the Applied Color tool with it. Much thanks to color master Dan Margulis for alerting the world to the techniques possible using this mode.

Recommended reading:
http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-LAB-Color-Adventures-Colorspace/dp/0321356780

This is the fourth of a weekly series of Photoshop tutorials that will each focus upon a specific technique.

Upcoming shows will cover the following topics:

*More Non-Destructive Editing Methods*
*Text on a Path*
*Fonts Taken Into Imagery – Rasterization*
*Combining Mutiple Exposures for HDR effects (High Dynamic Range)*
*Using Camera Raw to create Multiple Exposures for HDR Effects*
*Using the Pen Tool for Selections*
*Repairing and Retouching Photos – Overview*
*Repairing and Retouching Photos – Rebuilding Lost Image Data with What You Have*

If you would like to be on the panel and share any related tricks or insights you have, please contact me before each program. I have room for up to 9 guests on each show.

#photoshoptutorials #photoshop #LAB #color

Terry’s Photoshop Show #3 – Photoshop LAB Channel Tricks – Color Contrast vs Luminosity Contrast

In this week’s show, we are delving into a very powerful tool in Photoshop’s arsenal – the L*A*B color space and how to use the Curves adjustment layers with it. Much thanks to color master Dan Margulis for alerting the world to the techniques possible using this mode.

Recommended reading:
http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-LAB-Color-Adventures-Colorspace/dp/0321356780

This is the third of a weekly series of Photoshop tutorials that will each focus upon a specific technique.

Upcoming shows will cover the following topics:

*Photoshop LAB Channel Tricks – A/B Channel Masks*
*More Non-Destructive Editing Methods*
*Text on a Path*
*Fonts Taken Into Imagery – Rasterization*
*Combining Mutiple Exposures for HDR effects (High Dynamic Range)*
*Using Camera Raw to create Multiple Exposures for HDR Effects*
*Using the Pen Tool for Selections*
*Repairing and Retouching Photos – Overview*
*Repairing and Retouching Photos – Rebuilding Lost Image Data with What You Have*

If you would like to be on the panel and share any related tricks or insights you have, please contact me before each program. I have room for up to 9 guests on each show.

#photoshoptutorials   #masks   #photoshop

Terry’s Live Music Show #4 – Dissonance Without Being Ugly

*Terry’s Live Music Show #4 – Dissonance Without Being Ugly*

*Please view/listen in 720p HD mode for the 192kbps audio quality.*

This week the challenge is to produce as much “Pretty” music with dissonance as possible, composed live from the two Korg Wavestations and the Kawai K5000s.

Dissonance is usually associated with painful, annoying or aggravating content in modern “classical” music, but it doesn’t need to be so ugly! I am going to try to prove that during this show by producing as much pretty atonal and dissonant audio content as I can!

See the first show for the conceptual basis for this project. If things get rocky music-wise, just wait a few moments and it will change to something new!

*New Regular Time! 11:30 PM Tuesday nights* (and likely going well into Wednesday morning). The online gamers have not yet taken over by that hour, so we should get a good stream. I’m sending out *a 192-kbps audio stream* out of this, so the audio should be pretty darn good!

I call this “Conceptual Music”. See the first show for a complete explanation.

Here is a link to the mind-map used if you’d like to have that:
http://www.mindmeister.com/364548475/conceptual-music

Upcoming shows/themes:

*Scary Spaces With Melodies*
*Scary Spaces Without Melodies*
*One-Note-Wonders*
*Sync Doesn’t Matter Online Jam*
*Sync Does Matter – A Multi-tracking Exercise*
*SATB – Voices Pieced Together*
*Completely Random – Composing As Inspired By Sounds*
*Incompletely Random – Composing Variations On A Theme As Inspired By Sounds*

More shows will be planned for and announced as this concept gains traction. See you there!

#livecomposition #livemusic #conceptualart #conceptualmusic

Terry’s Live Music Show #3 – Space Music Deluxe!

First try!

Revisited!

*Terry’s Live Music Show #3b – Space Music Deluxe – Revisited!*
Please watch at 720p to hear the Live Streaming audio at 192kbps!

This week the challenge is to produce as much “Space Music” as possible, composed live from the two Korg Wavestations and the Kawai K5000s. See the first show for the conceptual basis for this project. If things get rocky music-wise, just wait a few moments and it will change to something new!

My first attempt at this show ended with dismal streaming conditions due to the massive (for the south) snow storm we were having that night. So, we’ll try again!

New Regular Time! 11:30 PM Tuesday night (and likely going into Wednesday morning). The online gamers have not yet taken over by that hour, so we should get a good stream. I’m going to try to get a 192-kbps audio stream out of this. (Seems to have worked!)

I call this “Conceptual Music”. See the first show for a complete explanation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgFSyRueM9U

Here is a link to the mind-map used if you’d like to have that:
http://www.mindmeister.com/364548475/conceptual-music

Upcoming shows/themes:

*Dissonance Without Being Ugly*
*Scary Spaces With Melodies*
*Scary Spaces Without Melodies*
*One-Note-Wonders*
*Sync Doesn’t Matter Online Jam*
*Sync Does Matter – A Multi-tracking Exercise*
*SATB – Voices Pieced Together*
*Completely Random – Composing As Inspired By Sounds*
*Incompletely Random – Composing Variations On A Theme As Inspired By Sounds*

More shows will be planned for and announced as this concept gains traction. See you there!

#livecomposition   #livemusic   #conceptualart #conceptualmusic

Terry’s Live Music Show #2 – Melody Challenge

This is the second “Live Composition” conceptual music program, where the challenge this week is on melodies.

I am taking chord patterns and working them against individual notes to see how many melodies I can churn out. Some of these may have already been discovered, but as this is a live experiment, fair use applies as it is for demonstration purposes of one way composition is accomplished, and this all comes into existence as merely a part of a larger conceptual art piece, which ultimately is what this series is. (See first show for explanation.) This is not intended as a musical performance – it is rather a piece of Performance Art.

I call this “Conceptual Music”.

Here is a link to the mind-map used if you’d like to have that:
http://www.mindmeister.com/364548475/conceptual-music

There will be very little explanation of things in this and following weeks – I’ll jump right into the music, likely with the Electric Sheep screensaver running behind the music for entertainment sake (rather than you all looking at me play – I’ll run a small window of the camera for those who like that, though!) Let me know how you like the format!

Upcoming shows/themes:

*Space Music Deluxe*
*Dissonance Without Being Ugly*
*Scary Spaces With Melodies*
*Scary Spaces Without Melodies*
*One-Note-Wonders*
*Sync Doesn’t Matter Online Jam*
*Sync Does Matter – A Multi-tracking Exercise*
*SATB – Voices Pieced Together*
*Completely Random – Composing As Inspired By Sounds*
*Incompletely Random – Composing Variations On A Theme As Inspired By Sounds*

More shows will be planned for and announced as this concept gains traction. See you there!

Terry’s (Live) Music Show #1 – How I Roll – Live Composition and High Risk Conceptual Art

Terry’s (Live) Music Show
*How I Roll – “Conceptual Music” – Live Composition and High Risk Conceptual Art*

This program of Live Composition on various synthesizers, the first of 12 weeks of daily shows I’m doing in seven subject areas, is fitting as the launching program for the series, as all of these shows will have an element of the “Live Composition” energy to them. I will explain the approach this show is going to have and show the equipment setup, and perhaps actually pump some sound waves into the Internet for a while. This will be the most talkative program of the set (includes a brief explanation of how I do and think about conceptual music, with some demonstrations) – all others are going to be music created according to a planned theme. I call this “Conceptual Music”.

Here is a link to the mind-map used if you’d like to have that:
http://www.mindmeister.com/364548475/conceptual-music

Upcoming shows/themes:
*The Melody Challenge* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A31xrMzgXEw&list=UUbulI45impdqk2bvZaIG6ng
*Space Music Deluxe* First try – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3mu4SodvfY
Second try – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r-2ySvZPvc
*Dissonance Without Being Ugly* – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4iy8fr_8kY
*Scary Spaces With Melodies*
*Scary Spaces Without Melodies*
*One-Note-Wonders*
*Sync Doesn’t Matter Online Jam*
*Sync Does Matter – A Multi-tracking Exercise*
*SATB – Voices Pieced Together*
*Completely Random – Composing As Inspired By Sounds*
*Incompletely Random – Composing Variations On A Theme As Inspired By Sounds*

More shows will be planned for and announced as this concept gains traction. See you there!

#livecomposition   #livemusic   #conceptualart #conceptualmusic

Terry’s Photoshop Show #2 –
Non-Destructive Editing, Selections and Masks

Photoshop – Making and Using Masks – part II

 

This week, first we’ll cover some basics of non-destructive editing, and then we will focus on doing some masks (ways of removing parts of an image), and if I find some images I can use with a curly haired person in them, I’m showing a trick using a brush set to Overlay Blending Mode that does this like nothing else I’ve ever tried.

Here are the two other tutorials I mention that show how to mask complex objects like hair. The first uses a similar technique to what I did with the brush tool in overlay mode:

Masking hair and soft edges with overlay brush. photoshop tutorial
by Eric Schaap 2,266 views

This masking tutorial helps with hair and soft edges using:
a black/white adjustment layer …

The second shows how it can be done in CS5 and afterwards:

Photoshop: REFINE EDGE & QUICK SELECTION
by Blue Lightning TV 180,966 views

HD Photoshop CS5 Tutorial showing how to use the Refine Edge, the Refine Radius tool, Edge Detection & the QUICK SELECTION tool!

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