Thursday, June 28, 2012

Before & After - Video Tutorial 1

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FINALLY! I figured out this whole online tutorial business! Several digital artists out there have been asking about my photo extracting and doodling/tracing technique, well, here you go! Step-by-step! Please, pretty please, leave me your thoughts in a comment. I would like some honest feedback. Thanks! :D If you create something from this tutorial.. Please leave a link to your creation here too!


  1. Hi, Leslie! I followed you here from Creative Souls. Nice tutorial! The video loaded quite nicely on my iPad. My ancient Mac, however doesn't seem to know what to do with it.

    The only thing I can think to tell you is that it would probably help if you stated which version of Photoshop you used. I'm still using CS2, amazingly.

    Your little boy is adorable!

  2. Thanks for the feed back! I watched the video again (for the 140th time LOL) and I actually said I am using CS5 once and then said later that I'm using CS6! OOPS!!!! (using CS6 in my dreams) ;)

    Thanks again for your feed back! :)

  3. Wonderful! I'm going to give this a try!

  4. Wonderful video. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  5. Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed seeing your process and how you created your extraction.

  6. First of all THANKS!!! It was awesome and i think it had just the right amount of content.

    I do have a few questions:

    1. At 11:40 when you are creating the wisps of hair you call the tool a blend tool, is it the smudge tool you are using?

    2. What software are you using?

    3. Are you recording the audio on top of the video or all at the same time?

    Thanks again!
    -- dalis

  7. dalis
    Hey, Thanks for the kind words! I'm more than happy to answer your questions! :)
    1 - Yes... I used the smudge tool. sorry. LOL.
    2 - I'm using photoshop in the tutorial, but, I used Jing to record the video and another video editing program to put the video together with graphics and music.
    3 - With Jing, I was able to record myself talking while recording the video (screen capture) which was nice! To include the music and to piece the clips together, I had to use a video editing software (which I purchased a while back)

    Thanks again and let me know if you have any further questions!

  8. Hi- I came to your blog via designhouse digital and the great layout you did for the 4Play challenge this week. I watched the video and the instructions are very complete. This would be something really different for me but I may be brave and give it a try.
    I really like that you include journaling on your layouts.
    Thanks so much for sharing your tecnique.

  9. Wow - thanks so much for putting this video tutorial together! I learned so much - I have always been frustrated with the lasso tool and now feel much more knowledgeable about how to best use it. I love your style - what a wonderful layout, great techniques! Thanks heaps!!

  10. This is great - not only did I learn about the collage techniques, but I learned a lot about Photoshop (which I really need to use) :)

  11. I enjoyed the tutorial but had a hard time hearing if you said ctrl z or d, they sounded the same. So you used the smudge tool for picking up pieces of hair, I know that PSE10 doesn't have that tool what would you suggest I use instead?
    You didn't mention how you brought your backgrounds into the picture, were they on another layer, and how was this done. Thank you for giving me some great hints on extraction. PSE10 has a Magic Extractor but it takes hours to work on a piece because I am a perfectionist and working pixel by pixel is so time consuming but if I don't I do see a jagged edge and the smoothing brush does little to help.