In this full start to finish Photoshop video tutorial, we are going to look at putting this image together of The Skillion that is located on the Central Coast of NSW in Australia. We go through the Camera RAW editing of the images where the files are edited together with the basics and we then move into Photoshop.

In Photoshop this is where the magic starts and we then combine several images with different foreground water movement to make one that is the most interesting. Doing this is a technique called Shutter Blending where when your out in the field shooting your images you taking numerous photos where you know you’re going to be blending in different parts of each image to make one final image with the best impact and interest.

We then go through our image editing workflow of adjusting Tonal Range, Contrast and then Colour. (Yes in that order).

Following on from here we then create our own Saturation and Vibrancy Masks in Photoshop to add colour to the image. We then finish up with some selective adjustments that are applied to the image using masks.

Note: During the video tutorial remember I am working on a Mac so any reference to the Command key being held down if you’re on a PC this will be the Control key. I don’t like repeating both in the video, it’s annoying and unnecessary.

In the tutorial, I list some resources that are used for making your own Saturation and Vibrancy masks and to do this you will need to install the Optional MultiPlug in from Adobe. Also on our video tutorial on this, I go into more detail about them. There easy to make as you will see.

I also use the Nik Filters in and this can be downloaded for free from Google. These are fantastic and a must have.

If you need more help on understanding Layer Masks you can check out this video of ours on the basics of them.

At the time of recording, we are using the latest version of Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop CC 2017.

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