Hey Everyone,

Just to let you know that today I have a new episode of my weekly podcast / show online and ready to view!!!

This week I show you how to create and add rain in your pictures and we do so using a brush; however it’s how you use the brush and how you create depth that gives it added realism…and that’s what we’re going to go through.

As always if you have any questions  / comments then feel free to make use of the comments section below or email me directly to

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Ok that’s all from me for today so  have a good one and keep an eye out tomorrow as I’ll be posting another episode seeing as last week I was away teaching at Photoshop World in Atlanta.


Back from the USA and Photoshop World

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Well I’m now back after what has been the most incredible week out in the USA.

Kicking off with a couple of days hanging out with our dear friend, Artist and Animator Aaron Blaise and his girlfriend Jonelle Kiselich at their home in Stuart, Florida and then on to Atlanta for Photoshop World.

Today I’d just like to take the opportunity to share just a few pictures with you from the trip to give you just a taster of what we got up to; hope you like them…

The view on the very first morning sat drinking coffee out on the porch with Aaron and Dave; getting up at 5:30am had never been so easy…

We spent the morning out on Aaron’s boat around the bay where for the very first time in my life I saw Dolphins up close in the wild…Magical!!!

This beach is actually part of an island out in the bay and where Aaron will regularly visit to sit and draw away from it all; this place was just so incredibly peaceful…

The smile says it all…The Best of Times!

Smiles, smiles and more smiles…

The wildlife here was incredible…

I’m no landscape photographer but when you’re presented with a view like this in the morning you’ve just got to…


Grabbing some head shots sat on the porch…

This one of Dave someone said it looked like he had comedy eyes due to the reflection…lol:)


We were only in Florida for a couple of days before heading over to Atlanta together but in the time we were there we saw so much…

This picture shows the track that a Giant Leatherback Turtle had made when it came out of the Ocean during the night to head up the beach and lay it’s eggs. Seeing something like this is a once in a lifetime experience and there it was right on the beach and right next to Aaron’s house.

We could see the ditch that the turtle had dug out and buried it’s eggs in and what was fantastic to see was that the beach is patrolled by conservationists and before we knew it they were on scene and cordoning off the area to protect them.

A gift from Aaron to my wife Anne…

This is an original sketch from when Aaron was designing the characters for the Bare and the Hare cartoon he created for the John Lewis Stores Christmas TV commercial in the UK.

A quick group shot before heading to the airport…

So then it was on to Atlanta for Photoshop World 2014.

Kicking off the conference with the opening ceremony and keynote…

Packed house for my Real World Retouching Class…

Hanging out with friends in the hotel bar…

Was great to catch up with my buddy Zack Arias…

Look out for a few things coming up in the future that we’re talking about:)

Hanging out with top fella Peter Hurley at the Instructor Wrap Up Party…

Couldn’t resist a Reverse SHABANG for the camera…expertly Photo Bombed by Frank Doorhof and Colin Smith:)

HUGE thanks to Dave for grabbing this picture of me photographing Joel Grimes who kindly modelled for me during my Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background class…

Signing the Photoshop World Workbook…

It’s such an incredible honour being asked for an autograph but when speaking to folks and hearing that what I covered in my classes here at Photoshop World, Atlanta has really helped is such an incredible feeling!

Whatever you do…do it for the right reasons!!!

Thank you so very much to everyone who came along!

At the Instructor Wrap Party with the Legendary Jay Maisel…

And then all too quickly the final day in the USA was upon us and it was time to head home…until next time:)

So there you go just a few of the pictures to give you a taster of some of the goings on during the week in the USA.

It’s been an incredible time making some incredible memories with incredible people I’m so proud to be able to call my friends.

If you want to see more pictures showing what went on at Photoshop World then be sure to head on over to Scott Kelby’s blog here [Link] but in the mean time, let’s get cracking…

Have a GREAT day and I’ll catch you later,

April 14, 2014 - 11:41 pm

Keith Hammond - such a great set of memories, and hanging with Mr Jay Maisel, he is THE man, i can’t wait to hear all about the trip at the next curry

April 14, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Jimmy Kuhn - Man oh man do I hate that I missed this…I will not miss the next one…Thanks for the update… I am going to put this page on my toolbar favs so that anytime I feel like giving up I can click on it and be inspired to fight another day….

April 14, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Aaron Blaise - Miss you guys already! I’m typing this back in my office and back to reality making Art Story. Can’t wait for July on YOUR island!

April 14, 2014 - 11:27 am

Mike - Looks incredible!
One day…!

Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post today as it’s full on busy here at Photoshop World, Atlanta and I’m up in just a few hours to teach my next class; 8.15am for Creating your First Composite.

Today I’d normally be posting a new episode of my weekly podcast / show but with all that’s going on I’ve not been able however I’ll be recording 2 new episodes once I’m back home this coming weekend.

Anyway today I taught my Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background so I as a follow up I thought I’d post the walk through video I recorded some time back as a reminder of this simple but really effective technique.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the class and especially a HUGE thank you to my friend and incredible Photographer and fellow Instructor Joel Grimes who came along to my class and was a great sport for being my model when demonstrating the technique…

Here’s the video I recorded showing how to create dramatic portraits using the Invisible Black Background technique…

Right, must dash…need to grab some sleep before day 3 of Photoshop World.

Catch you later,


April 12, 2014 - 7:34 am

DaveT - Great reminder of this technique Glyn; I had forgotten how easy you make it look. So this time, I intend to have a go at actually trying it out rather than trying to commit it to memory.


It’s time for Photoshop World, Atlanta

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Ok so I’ve just landed in Atlanta, USA for Photoshop World having been in Florida for the last few days.

This week I’ll be posting as a kind of diary to let you know a few of the things going on over here especially any news and updates that come from the conference.

The past few days I’ve been over here with Dave and we’ve caught up and hung out with great friend Aaron Blaise and his partner Jonelle at their home in West Palm Beach. It’s been a truly amazing few days hanging out and experiencing things that have quite literally blown my mind.

Those of you who have joined me on social media will know the kind of things I’m talking about here but I’ll be posting a few pictures later too.

In the mean time here’s a shot of Aaron, Dave and myself from our last morning in Florida before we all headed over to Atlanta.

Enjoy the rest of the day and I’ll catch you back here soon.


NEW PICTURE + Composite Images: Mamma (Elephants in the Rain)

Hey Eveyone,

I hope all is good with you and you’re looking forward to the weekend.

As always thanks so much for stopping by; I really do appreciate it!

Following on from Wednesday video tutorial I thought you might like to take a look at the final image of the elephants and also a look at all the images used to put it together in Photoshop.

So first of all here’s the final retouched imaged that I’ve called MAMMA (Elephants in the Rain)

Check out a Larger / Better screen quality version here [Link]

Below you can see all the images that were combined to make the final picture.

I’d been looking for a suitable photograph of elephants to use in this picture having had the idea in my head for quite some time. I’d visited a Safari Park here in the UK but due to the weather the elephants there (Whipsnade) the elephants weren’t wandering in an area suitable due to the ground being so wet. I also made the mistake of going to a zoo here in the UK too which is something I will never do again; incredibly upsetting to see such beautiful animals clearly not being themselves and in enclosures way too small. It took me 2.5 hours to drive there and I must have been inside for no more than 15 minutes before I left!

Thankfully whilst instructing at The Photography Show, NEC recently I caught up with a friend of mine (Dave T) who told me he’d only just returned from having been on a Safari in Kenya. I asked if he had any elephants photos he’d be happy for me to use in a new picture I wanted to do and without hesitation he sent a few over.

So along with DaveT’s photograph here’s other images I used in the final picture; the field being 5 minutes from my front door…

I’ll be recording a couple more videos over the coming weeks showing some of the retouching techniques but in the mean time if you missed the video n Wednesday showing how to create the Sun Beams here its is:

As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to drop me a line to or post a comment in the section below.

Over the coming months I’m going to be working on a new personal project based around animals so rest assured I’ll share them as they’re complete along with a look at the the making of etc…

Finally, A HUGE thank you to those of you who have since viewed, liked and commented on this picture over on 500px; I saw this morning that it reached the Number 1 spot with 99.9% !!!

Ok that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to, have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.


April 7, 2014 - 5:01 pm

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April 5, 2014 - 7:38 pm

mariam - hi mr. dawis, i really like ur techniques and i was interested in invisible blak background technique but unfortunately is currently unavailable in our country. if you may be kind enough to share the technique in words, i would be very thankful to u.