Photoshop Workflow Tutorial!

Roll over the image to see the before/after

Roll over the image to see the before/after

UPDATE #2: For people coming from, i’ve 2 more photoshop tutorials up at my tutorial site @ The tutorials are about how to work non-destructively in Photoshop and how to use the Clone tool in Photoshop. I hope you enjoy them!

UPDATE: I just want to welcome all the new viewers to my site! This tutorial was chosen as the winner for the ‘So you think you can teach Photoshop‘ contest held by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. For all of you that have never been to my site before, please feel free to look around, and if you want to see more of my tutorials, feel free to check out my other site at

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Hey all!

This is the first, in what I hope to be a series of tutorials, covering all sorts of topics related to visual effects… I have some grand plans in the works to start a new tutorial site dedicated to advanced compositing techniques using Fusion, and some other cool 2D apps. Keep your eye on my Twitter account @kertgartner for updates on that.

In the mean time, this is sort of a test run, just to get in the swing of things. Please, Please let me know what you think. How’s the audio/video quality? Is the instruction clear? Is this too advanced or too basic? Any suggestions and critiques would be greatly appreciated.

This tutorial goes over one of my latest photos: Clone operation fail. This image is pretty heavily modified in Photoshop and I’m going to show you my workflow and some of the techniques that I use in order to enhance it,

One of the things I reference in the video is a set of Photoshop actions. Here’s the link: Lomo Photoshop Actions. I use these as a starting point for a lot of my pictures. Some people hate actions, and I agree, they’re a bit of a cheat. But as long as you don’t just use the action, and call it done, I think they can be used to your advantage. I generally try all sorts of different combinations, and use one as a starting point and build off of it.

Please send your comments!




  1. George says:

    Good stuff Kert. Volume levels are all good and I was generally entertained. I haven’t learned a ton of new tricks in Photoshop since school and just keep applying the same things I learned then, so some new tricks and tutorials would be a welcome diversion when you have the time to make them.

  2. Kert Gartner says:

    Thanks George! :) I’m going to try and do a few more when I take some more shots this fall, and maybe do some fusion tutorials too. We’ll see.

  3. Jiwoon Kim says:

    Great Video. Kert.

    Fusion tutorials will be great, too. Good job.

  4. Nicole Young says:

    Congrats on winning the NAPP contest! :)

  5. Puna says:

    Wow, congratulations. I’m here from Planet Photoshop and I’m blown away by the tutorial. I’ll definitely be watching more!

  6. Debbi says:

    Love the advanced stuff, hard to find. I like that you talked about how you set the camera to get the shot. I added your link to my browser

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  8. J Catara says:

    Very nice tutorial. Concrats on winning the competetion.

  9. Toni Scott says:

    very creative and exceptionally well-presented. Hope you become a familiar face on NAPP!