Hi-Res Textures: Snow


Well, after a long hiatus, I’m trying to get things back into gear with some content! To kick off one of the new resources on the site, I thought I’d share a few high-resolution snow textures that I captured a little while back after a snow storm. These very seasonal textures should come in handy if you have a project that requires a wintery or cold mood.
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Recreating a Curvy Website Header in Photoshop


The advent of the world wide web has opened up an entire new sphere of design — very good, very bad, and a whole gamut in between — readily accessible by hundreds of millions worldwide. For designers, it’s like an never-ending art gallery at the tips of your fingers. Now and then while surfing, you may come across a technique or element in design which strikes your eye. This tutorial will show you how to re-create one of those elements which grabbed my attention.
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FinesseFX Blog Post

Welcome to the New FinesseFX!


In case you hadn’t noticed (really, you might want to hone those observation skills!), there have been a few changes here at FinesseFX lately. After months of planning, preparation, designing, coding, and refining, and trying to fit this project into a busy schedule, the new WordPress-driven site is finally live! So let me tell you a little bit about what I’ve been up to, the changes to the site, and plans for the future…
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Flare Brushes Supersized (Volume 1)


This is an update which I’ve had on the back of my mind for years. I made my original flare brushes back in 2002 for Photoshop 7 (yep, you heard right). Consequently these brushes were small, and contained various sizes. Now you can download an entirely new and updated “Supersized” set that will allow you greater flexibility whenever you need to “apply a lens flare with a brush”.
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Stylized: Retro Set


Go “Retro” in seconds with this new “Stylized” set containing another dozen actions! A variety of realistic and artistic effects are produced, and each one is easily customized to suit your image and preferences. More information, sample images, and purchasing information is available on the product page.
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Stylized: Sepia Set


Make professional sepia-tone adjustments in a flash with this set of 12 actions! Six of the actions make adjustments on color information present in the photo, and six of them produce a monochrome effect. This set takes advantage of various layer adjustment techniques which means that you have full control over the strength and opacity of the effect. These actions are available to purchase for $15.
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“Titan” Text Effect Tutorial


Reflections are “in” with Web 2.0, and there are numerous tutorials out there which detail how to produce simple shadows for text. However, in this tutorial I am going to walk you through the process of incorporating both reflections and realistic shadows to produce a stunning text effect.
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Magic Skin Tutorial


In this tutorial I am going to take you through the process of several portrait photography enhancement techniques — particularly as they relate to enhancing the appearance of skin. This tutorial is a companion to my Magic Skin Action Set, which I will be referring to throughout the tutorial. Before we get started, let’s examine the image we will be working with during this tutorial.
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