Chasing Light Artistic Tools for Creatives


Cloud Overlay Set

Actions, Textures-OverlaysNikki Harrison


So it is time to create a new cloud overlay set, but I still find using the same first set I created, easy to do.  Using so many options in Photoshop, you can create completely different looking skies, by changing the colors and different adjustment layers.  If you are still using Elements, you really need to step up your game and invest in your photography by getting Photoshop.  I use Photoshop CC because I need to use all of the entire suite of products that is available from Adobe.  Here is a before and after of an image that uses the cloud overlay.

Retouch like a Pro?

ActionsNikki Harrison
CL- Fairy

CL- Fairy

So many people contact me, asking how I retouch my images.  I have pretty much showed everyone in my video tutorial's how I retouch my images.  I retouch (edit my images) first in every portrait I do, then when I am finished, I simply start applying my actions and overlays until I get something that appeals to me.  Remember that this is a creative process.  I am providing you with all the tools I use, nothing more.

My tools are my camera, lenses, and photoshop.  Same as you.  How well you become technically skilled at using your camera and lenses, lighting, to create the image you want to, is always going to be up to you.  How well you develop your artistic side technically, by learning all of the possibilities that Photoshop offers, is up to you as well.   I cannot teach people how to be "Creative".  You do see people trying to mimic other photographers work, this will always happen.

You can either be a trail blazer, or a follower, the choice is yours.  Instead of trying to emulate another photographer, try to find out what makes YOU feel warm and fuzzy all over.  Find out what it is that gives YOU that big AH HA moment and makes y our heart sing!  I know that I am able to emulate many photographers and their editing style.  But do I want to?  Not really, I have slowly developed my own style, and have many people tell me now, "I don't even have to read who the photographer is, when a Nikki Harrison image pops up, I KNOW its yours."  THAT is what I love. You need to find YOUR niche.  Your image style.  I developed mine by combining skills I learned from MULTIPLE sources.  Multiple.

It is even easier now than it was when I started out.  You can find free educational resources EVERYWHERE online.  I have blogged about it before, you can find that blog HERE. I recently was interviewed by Portrait Professional on their blog.  I too started out using Portrait Professional, years ago when I started learning photoshop.  Do I use it now?  No, I have developed my own action in my retouch set which suites my style of editing today.  Would I recommend Portrait Professional?  Absolutely!

If you are more interested in hand editing and learning how to edit INDEPTH like the professional retouchers for magazines and fashion photographers, I highly recommend Pratik Naik.  He recently did an amazing workshop on Creative Live that is fabulous. Bottom line, don't limit your learning curve OR don't ever feel like you  have nothing left to learn.  I feel like I am stagnating if I am not learning something new every week!


Textures-OverlaysNikki Harrison

So I am putting up free .png files from time to time and last week I put up some Butterflies. On our Facebook Page, we had a bunch of followers show us how they used them in their photography.  I love seeing how photographers use my actions, overlays and give aways!

Here is a direct link to the FREE file if you can't find it. Here are a couple images showing how I used them!  Remember to "like" and "follow" us on Facebook so you don't miss contests and giveaways!

CL Butterfly PNGCL Butterfly PNG




Combining a Lot of Chasing Light Products

Actions, Textures-OverlaysNikki Harrison

So, like I always say,  use all the products that I create.  Many times I actually forget to use some of the older ones, like Romantica.  Right now you can still buy it, but only for April and then it will disappear again.  Romantica along with Romeo and Juliette and Antony and Cleopatra.  These are still some of my favourite actions.  Hansel and Gretel is still, the NUMBER ONE best selling action.  It too will disappear as of May 1. The best results that I get when I am creating images, is when I use ocean and cloud overlays, with texture overlays and multiple actions.  Unfortunately, NO one action is used to create the huge epic style imagery you see me create from time to time.

For instance.  This image I used the following:

  • Retouch set:  Skin Perfection, Cherry Cheeks and Lips, Smokey Eye
  • Ocean & Cloud Overlay:  #1
  • Texture Overlay:  Set #1 - Summer Skies
  • Robust Bundle:  Moulin Rouge
  • Chemistry Set:   Evening Walk, Magic Matt