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Dash of Inspiration: Ray of Sunshine

February 16, 2015

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen Ray of Sunshine

As a photographer, I know that those who create through the lens of a camera are in complete control of light within the walls of our studios, but when shooting outdoors, we don’t always have the luxury of observing the light and returning at the perfect moment to capture the image. In this technology rich environment, it’s imperative for the professional photographer to have good post-processing tools, and that we take advantage of all the tips and tricks we can find to help us add character to our photographs we want to be marketable on greeting cards.

Remember, there are a million and one sunset, rose and cute pet photo being submitted to GCU. So what is the key to making YOUR photograph of these common subjects a highly marketable, big selling commodity?

Give it the WOW factor GCU is looking for, that – ‘stop you in your tracks to take a second look’ – factor and you are sure to have created a card that customers will be drawn to and once they look at your card, they can’t resist the purchase.

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Today, I’m passing along some great tutorials to add a little sun to those outdoor images which may need a little something to grab the viewer’s attention. Remember to treat yourself, at least once a month, to learning something new that will benefit your art, card design and ultimate will inspire you to create!

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Creating Rays of Light – Capturing the real rays of light in nature depends a lot on timing, angle and location. When you get it all right, yet still miss those natural light rays, add them yourself.

Create a Starry Night Sky – by Steve Patterson

Master Lighting Effects in PS – By Vince Fraser

Not enough? Still want more tutorials of creating light effects?
25 Powerful Photoshop Light Effect Tutorials by linen

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Here are some freebies for you this week too:

Rays of Light Brushes 2 – By Tijo

Sunburst Brush Set –  also by Tijo

Bokeh Texture/BG Pack  – by joannastar-stock at DeviantArt READ her TOU

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If you missed our latest Design Challenge post, there’s still time. Entry deadline is February 23rd, so be sure to check it out and submit your design. The winning artist gets some awesome promotion!

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So until next week … Learn … Create … Inspire

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One Comment leave one →
  1. paintedcottages permalink
    February 17, 2015 8:57 pm

    thanks for the reminder… learn something new at least once a month!

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