Some Retouching Basics for Graphic Designers and Photographers

We’ve got important Photoshop techniques here for you, all focused on improving your photo manipulations and retouches. This tutorial will teach you how make skin smoother, and how to make charming eyes. By simply adjustment layers you will make better colors. Then, you will make grain on skin, to more realistic look.

Preview of Final Results

With this tutorial you will create amazing beauty retouch, which can be used in printed media – like in magazines, flyers, adverts and more. You can use this knowledge in your designs, or even if you are photographer! You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial.


Tutorial Resources

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Hipster [vintage ii] for Lightroom makes her smile. 77% off until Sunday makes you smile!  This is the KodaGraf preset

Hipster Effects: it’s 1975 this weekend!

Dig It! It’s a Hipster Retro weekend! So pretend it’s 1975 again – and pay 1975 prices for everything!

Now through Sunday August 3, you can get everything in the Graffishop at an absolutely retro-tastic price reduction of 77% – that’s roughly what everything would have cost were it available back in 1975!


21 Lightroom Presets for that Retro, Lo-Fi look

Hipster [vintage ii] for Lightroom drops TODAY, my friends, with all 21 of its lo-fi retro vintage style presets  – and it partners well with Hipster [vintage i] & Hipster [toy camera]

So you say you don’t have Lightroom, but you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? No worries – there’s a slew of retro vintage lo-fi effects (actions) for you too. You can find them all here

Remember, if you share something using the share buttons on the left side of each page in the Graffishop, you’ll get an ADDITIONAL 10% off – and if you write a review, you’ll get ANOTHER 10% off – and if you share your review, you get YET ANOTHER 10% off- – so stock up!

Hipster [vintage ii] Lightroom Presets set to drop Thursday 7-31

They’ll be available tomorrow21 Lightroom Presets that give your photos That Retro, Lo-Fi Look


21 Lightroom Presets for that Retro, Lo-Fi look

Special intro pricing will be announced REALLY SOON…..  including bundles, freebies, and social sharing specials!

Lightroom Presets: HIPSTER [toy camera] released

Snap 2014-07-20 at 14.27.59Released today – click the link, then share to your favorite social media site, for an immediate 10% off

I’ve been tweaking these for almost a year, first in Lightroom 4 and finished in Lightroom 5, and I’m pleased to be able to finally load them to the shop!

I’d love to get a review on them – if you write a review, it will give you 10% off (if you SHARE your review, it will give ANOTHER 10% off for a total of 20%off your entire cart!

New Lightroom Presets coming down the pike


Grab a sample from this brand-new set below, load it into Lightroom, and see what you think. Hit me up on any of my social media links, and I’ll definitely get back to you

Share it with one of the social links on this page, and get a 10% coupon code instantly!

Hipster [toy camera] Sample Wow! Downloaded 67 times so far!

Photoshop scatter effect tutorial: download our FREE brushes and textures

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to use brushes and masks to transform a portrait with eye-catching Photoshop scatter effects.

Photoshop scatter effect tutorial: download our FREE brushes and follow along!

The key to success is in mastering the Brush panel and the wealth of features hidden within. We’ve provided a great set of scatter brushes for you to use on your own images, plus a couple of gritty textures to add depth to the background.

The scatter effect works best on portraits with clean, simple backgrounds. So if you’re planning on shooting your own, photograph someone against a wall or a roll of paper, or alternatively, cut them out and place them on a light backdrop. Then load up the brushes and get scattering!

The NEW GRAFFISHOP is now open!

the new graffishop

the NEW Graffishop

I’m pretty excited about the new Graffishop!

After a long two months, it’s open and ready for action!

New features now available include “loyalty points” (spend a few bucks and get discounts in the future!), MUCH better security, a newer more modern design, social media integration, and a ton of other groovy gizmos that make it a nicer place to hang out!

This weekend (Father’s Day weekend here in the U.S.) EVERYTHING is 20% off (and there are a few other items 25% off – including Add-O-Matic) so stop by and check it out!

If you already had an account at the old shop, you will need to create a new account at the new shop. Also, if you would like to transfer any purchases to the new shop, drop me a note and let me know.

I’m very interested in hearing your feedback – – leave a review on any product, or leave me a message, or share or post on your favorite social media – these are the only marketing tools I use (no spam, no annoying social media stuff, no paid search engine placements).

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you like it!

~ Mike (aka Graffi)

13 Useful Photoshop Tips

1. Is that layer really empty?

When working in a multilayered document, it’s easy for lots of layers to stack up very quickly. Perhaps you got a little carried away and didn’t bother naming your layers. Now it’s time to clean up your layer stack and start deleting all the unneeded layers. Have you ever wondered if a layer is empty or not? Here’s a little time-saving tip: Hold down Ctrl key and click on the layer thumbnail. If you get a message that says, “Warning: No pixels were selected,” then you can safely delete the layer because it is indeed empty. If you just wanted to get rid of all empty layers, choose File>Scripts>Delete All Empty Layers.


2. Clean Samples