As a retoucher, one of the things that I love about Photoshop is the ability to create things from scratch. Recently I was shooting a commercial product assignment and I had a cup of coffee in the background as a prop. It really added to the image, but it was by no means the focal point of the image. By the time I had everything right where I wanted it on set, the coffee was cold and no longer had real steam. Instead of brewing more coffee, as I had drank enough already that day, I decided it would be best to create it in Photoshop. I tried a few a few things first before ultimately coming up with a really cool and repeatable technique. I tried creating some custom brushes, and I got some pretty good results, but it was taking way too long to do it with the brush tool. So after about 10 minutes of experimenting, I developed a really cool technique that allows you to create realistic looking steam in just minutes! It utilizes one of Photoshop CC's new features. Check out the video to see how it works!
Brian Rodgers Jr. is a commercial advertising photographer based in South Bend Indiana. Brian has a wealth of commercial photography experience photographing everything from commercial portraits, RVs, large commercial vehicles, product and food photography, to multi-million dollar mansions. Furthermore, he has created brand images for national companies and his work has been published in various national and international publications including Photoshop User Magazine, Dentaltown Magazine, Incisal Edge Magazine, and the popular web based show "Photography Tips & Tricks" produced by Kelby Media Group to name a few. Brian’s overall body of work demonstrates a real cultivation of skills behind the lens as well as a wide array of cutting edge post production techniques. He provides his clients with exceptional images and ensures customer satisfaction through his relentless work ethic. Brian is not just a photographer, he is an artist. Retouching his own work allows him to deliver a product that reflects his vision as an artist. And his clients are never disappointed in his abilities to produce consistent, compelling images. Fun Fact: He shot his own portrait