Monday, 17 October 2016

Using the Refine Edge Tool

One of the most asked questions I get is around how to perfect selections - Photoshop has a neat feature called the Refine Edge tool and while it is pretty good, the bare truth of any selection making process is patience. Making a selection is rarely going to be a cinch because we have a habit of shooting complex looking subjects. Here's how the Refine Edge tool works.
  Refine Edge Tool from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Lights ON at last

It was a moment of great concern for all of us.
It was time to hang the big light that we'd purchased almost a year ago.
Though we were told at the time it was Spanish, I think it looks more like a product from Morocco.
We loved it at first sight - but getting it hung was quite a different proposition...
Here's Con the sparky in his specially hired 'Skyreach' vertical platform.
On the day I was more concerned about it being driven into the paintwork or cracking the parquetry than whether the chain would hold the lamp!

Here's the final shot with our gorgeous lamp finally in position...
Having added the 10 globes, we immediately blew the electrical circuits, indicating that there was a fault
- with the unit, or the globes.
We spent 20 minutes resetting the power and, after removing all the globes, replacing them one by one.
Luckily for all concerned it turned out to be two faulty LED globes.
Hopefully the rest last a long time because I don't want to have to hire a Skyreach lifter again!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Cuba 2016

Here's a link to my latest travel book: Cuba 2016 featuring images edited in Lightroom and Jix Pix

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

InDesign from Scratch - with Robin Nichols at UDEMY

Learn the basics of this impressive and highly creative application with my new online class Learning InDesign from Scratch though

This class is completely online though and represents terrific value with 47 tutorials and more than 4.5 hours of video to help you set up new and exciting InDesign projects - from making a simple business card to creating flyers, brochures, page layout, text flowing, image handling, export options, multimedia .pdfs, and much more.

Friday, 22 July 2016

New Photoshop CC class at BPSOP

I have just posted a brand new class with called Adobe Photoshop CC Projects - this is all about using your skills with Photoshop to create new and interesting imagery.
Learn how to refine selections, find, import and use (free)  Photoshop brushes, play with custom text, have fun with poster art, make involved Polaroid style collages, black-and-white and colour infra-red effects, collages, using (free) clip and stock art, and much more. Check out availability and cost here:

Learn how to source, download and use a wide range of free Photoshop brush effects, including
lighting and cloud brushes
Have fun re-creating big name movie posters with your own details - learning about the use of custom fonts, selections and filter effects
Special effects
Convert an image from a single shot to one made from multiple Polaroid type prints.
Experiment with both black-and-white and colour infra-red effects 
Learn how to source and use an incredible range of downloadable (and free) clip art and free stock to add to and enhance your own projects.
Make a miniature mode scene
Add your own clouds using Photoshop brushes