How To Create Realistic Steam in Photoshop | Brian Rodgers Jr. | Digital Art That Rocks™

Brian Rodgers Jr. of Digital Art That Rocks™ shows you how to create realistic looking steam from scratch, right inside of Photoshop CC! His unique approach will have you creating realistic steam in no time!

As a retoucher, one of the things that I love about Photoshop is the ability to create things from scratch. Recently I was shooting a commercial product assignment and I had a cup of coffee in the background as a prop. It really added to the image, but it was by no means the focal point of the image. By the time I had everything right where I wanted it on set, the coffee was cold and no longer had real steam. Instead of brewing more coffee, as I had drank enough already that day, I decided it would be best to create it in Photoshop. I tried a few a few things first before ultimately coming up with a really cool and repeatable technique. I tried creating some custom brushes, and I got some pretty good results, but it was taking way too long to do it with the brush tool. So after about 10 minutes of experimenting, I developed a really cool technique that allows you to create realistic looking steam in just minutes! It utilizes one of Photoshop CC's new features. Check out the video to see how it works! 

A Retouchers Guide to Dodging & Burning in Photoshop | Brian Rodgers Jr. | Digital Art That Rocks™ | South Bend, IN

In today's episode, Brian Rodgers Jr. of Digital Art That Rocks demonstrates 3 ways to Dodge & Burn in Photoshop. This tutorial will have you dodging & burning in no time! Thanks for watching Digital Art That Rocks on youtube!

Method #1 - RGB Luminosity Dodge & Burn

Method #2 - Dodging & Burning with Curves

Method #3 - Dodging & Burning with a 50% Gray Layer

Brian Rodgers Jr. | Digital Art that Rocks LLC |South Bend Indiana Commercial Advertising Photography

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
— Steve Jobs

I don't typically get all philosophical on my blog, but I just wanted to simply say, find something in life that you love doing, and just go for it! Put your heart and soul into it. Could you imagine, if everyone in the world could do what they love for a living, the world would be a much better place.

If you're in a job right now, dreaming of bigger things, go out and make your dreams a reality! Start today! You can't wait for things to happen, you have to make things happen. It's going to take some time, maybe even years. It's going to be a lot of hard work to get there. Through struggle comes strength.

This is just me having fun testing some lighting before photographing some executive portraits on location. Did you know that smiles are contagious? I kid you not, when you smile, other people smile, imagine that...the camera looks both ways

Fstoppers Photo Of The Day 9-9-15 | Brian Rodgers Jr. Commercial Photographer/Digital Artist | Digital Art That Rocks | South Bend Indiana Commercial Advertising Photography

It is a huge honor to have been chosen again for Photo Of The Day by the team at Here is the link:

The product shot of this watch is the result of hours of meticulous post production. I focus stacked about 35 frames and also manually masked areas to get the entire watch in focus. It required a lot of cleanup, when shooting macro, you will see every spec of dust imaginable. I titled this image "Time Traveler" because of the amount of time it took to produce the image made me feel like I traveled in time. The time flew by working on it, because I absolutely love what I do!

If you're a photographer, check out Those guys rock! Great contributing authors, great information. I'd love to write for Fstoppers someday!

If you want to this image with greater detail, check out my portfolio! 

10 More Photographers You Should Be Following On Fstoppers | Brian Rodgers Jr. | Digital Art That Rocks | Commercial Photography South Bend Indiana

Lee Morris Co-Founder of Fstoppers created a list of "incredible photographers who shoot much more than your average portrait" and featured their work in this particular article. Brian Rodgers Jr. Commercial Photographer/Digital Artist at Digital Art That Rocks LLC made that list! 

Brian was also selected as Fstoppers Photo Of The Day on August 6th for his beverage/splash photography!

Brian’s product work has really made an impression on me. In some of his most memorable shots he has combined fire and smoke with his products to produce some unforgettable finished images. -Lee Morris of Fstoppers

Read the entire article & check out some work of some other truly amazing image makers: