Image Editing: Start-to-Finish#1 "Grand Teton Winter"

In the first video of my "Start-to-Finish" series, Image Editing: Start-to-Finish#1 "Grand Teton Winter", I take you through the entire editing process of my image "Grand Teton Winter" from beginning to final product. This video will give you a pretty good idea of the process behind my approach, and the steps involved in editing an entire photo from start to finish. The techniques that I use are fairly advanced, so a good understanding of layers and masking in Photoshop is recommended. Some of the techniques I use in this video include:
  • Raw adjustments in Lightroom
  • perspective adjustments using the Warp tools in Photoshop,
  • tonality adjustments using Tony Kuyper's new "Infinity Masks" (these are custom luminosity masks for any tonal value built in real time by simply adjusting a few sliders)
  • adjustments with the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop
  • adjustments using Nik Color Efex
  • dodging with color
  • Orton and soft focus
  • some fast and easy methods for web and print sharpening
In this video I use Tony Kuypers 16-bit Action Panel V4 and highly recommend having it in your arenal of tools. It is available from his website: Included in this video download is the original Raw file for practice purposes, and my own "Orton Protect Darks" action. Run time is 1hr 26min. Total size of the MP4 dowload is 931mb. 15% discount applied when purchasing both videos!
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Image Editing, Volume 1

In this set of six videos, Image Editing, Volume 1, I discuss editing techniques that I use on my images, such as:
  • adjustment layers
  • layer masks
  • luminosity masks
  • sharpening techniques
  • color adjustments
  • the Orton Effect
  • hand blending multiple exposures using luminosity masks
  • depth of field blending
In the final video of the set, Raw Preparation, Hand Blending Multiple Exposures With Luminosity Masks, and Depth of Field Blending, I take you through the entire process from start to finish on two different images. The concepts are intermediate to advanced so basic knowledge of Photoshop is recommended. I use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Photoshop Elements is not compatible with this video. Total size of the MP4 download is 1.1 gig. Total length is just over 3.5 hrs. Watch the intro video below for more information. 15% discount applied when purchasing both videos!
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"Thank you for the excellent video on processing the “Grand Teton Winter”. I have always enjoyed your method of teaching…very methodical and to the point without a lot of extra words to complicate it. The examples with TK Actions were very well illustrated and explained. I always enjoy your videos and viewing your work but this video was full of lots of ideas and excellent examples."


“I've gone through the tutorials a couple times now and you learn something new each time through. I consider this to be one of the best intermediate to advance tutorials I've seen. I especially like how he teaches us to make our own masks. Chip shows you how to create the masks and manipulate them using layers and channels. Even though it is considered advanced PS editing, he takes you step by step on how to create luminosity and color masks, using opacity sliders to get just the right look. $39.00 is dirt cheap in my opinion.”

Jack Garrett

“Just wanted to thank you for putting your tute together. I've just started using the more complex layer masking and you have just opened new doors for me again. I hope I speak for more than just myself that we as a photographic community really appreciate the time put into these, not just recording the vidoes, but the years of practice that you have put in to make it to the level you are at.”

Chez Watts

"I am a retired portrait photographer who practiced for over 25 years. This is the best information I have ever received.  I really have a great understanding of what luminosity layers do. In fact, all layers."

Joe Przybylo

“Chip, your tutorials have helped take my photography to another level. The valuable tips and details put into these lessons are incredible. Well worth the money spent."

Nate Kay

"I bought your tutorials and think that they are great. You are a very good teacher!"

Kajo Photography

" I use to buy tons of materials for image editing .. I would say this is the best photo editing tutorial you will ever receive for landscape photography. Thank you very much Chip"

Ajay Thomas

"Your tutorials are simply amazing. Easy to understand and to follow. Thank you so much for sharing. All these years, I wondered what was the secret of professional photographers to submit such beautiful images. Now I know! Now, all I have to do is find those beautiful places. ;) Thanks again! Your work is truly breathtaking. Very inspiring."

Anne Jutrras

"All I can say is it's the best tutorial I've ever gotten. I've been searching some years to get well processed images without the ugly touch of HDR and now I have found a way to achieve it. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge."

Dietmar Herzog

"Chip... just watched your video. Thanks so much for putting that together. Worth every penny of the $39 and probably a lot more. These images are outstanding and the techniques are really a game changer."

Clay Travis

"I recently bought your tutorial. I just have to say that it's really good and easy to follow. You are very good at teaching and I sure will buy your next tutorial."

Magnus from Stockholm, Sweden

“Hi Chip - I purchased and downloaded your videos not too long ago, and I have to tell you that I have learned sooo much more from just watching the first couple of videos than I ever did trying to understand what I was reading in a photography how-to book for CS6. The impetus to try your videos was a photo you posted on Flickr of a stunning scene at Bryce Canyon. I decided then and there that I wanted to be able to understand and manipulate layers, masks, and blending techniques to take my own editing talents up a notch or two. I'll be trying what I have learned on images I bring back from a visit to Arches National Park, Utah.”

Rebecca Latson

"What I want to say is that the tutorial helped me a lot to understand many things in layer and masks management in Ps. I have tried some of techniques from your tuts on 2 or 3 my images and it really works! Your tutorials are very concise, easy to understand and extremely useful for anyone who wants to make steps ahead in photo processing in Ps. Thank you for teaching me!”

Samir Bodi

“I was so happy when you released "Image Editing Volume 1". I bought them and suggested them to all my friends. The videos are very useful and they gave me a really long forward step. I cannot imagine how I was destroying my photos by using photoshop. Thank you Mr. Phillips for those great videos and I won't hesitate to buy the next lessons. I am a big fan of yours and I will keep working hard to reach your level soon.”

Abdullah alsobiae

“I just downloaded your videos and watched them for the first time last night. That was the best investment I've ever made ... and all that for only 39$ !!! A W E S O M E information.  I'm new in photography (since 2 years) and this will help me to make better pictures.  You are such an inspiration ...Big thanks again ... ”

Zoran Dujic

“I just wanted to thank you for the tutorial videos you recently put up. I have been admiring your work for a while now, and these videos have truly allowed me to truly convey what my intention was during the shoots. Cheers”

Nate Crabtree

“I would highly recommend Chip's Instructional Videos if you are looking to take the next step in taking your images from mundane to "wow". Chip's videos teach you many of the skills that make his processing so good in a manner that is easy to follow. If you know just a little about Photoshop, Chip's knowledge, patience, and expertise of both the complex and simple adjustment techniques will vastly improve your images. I especially enjoyed learning the simple way of using layers for blending, getting the image perfectly sharpened, and creating an orton effect to make light and fog really glow in an image. I also have embraced using his tonality techniques to no longer rely on saturation to make the image pop. Chip also explains in a simple way how to use actions to help create an image with high dynamic range without HDR. I am so excited to take what I've learned from him and go back and make some of my images what I always dreamed they can be. You won't be disappointed. The videos are worth every penny if you are getting serious about photography. I do not personally know Chip and was not solicited for this review. I was "wowed" by his work, purchased his videos to learn more, and am impressed enough to encourage you to buy the videos because they will help you that much!”

Brent McGuirt

“Hello Mr.Chip! I wanna tell you I watched your video and it's an amazing video !! You have changed the look to my pictures. I usually don't use masks , but from today I'll use them all the time. Thank you Mr.Chip. You are my idol. Thank you for everything.”

Mohammed Al Fozan from Saudi Arabia

“I LOVE the videos Chip!  I can't thank you enough.  I've been watching it (literally) every day.  I decided to use it as a barometer of my knowledge base.  I was delighted at first, then it got interesting.  You have a different way of modifying adjustments than I learned, and I like your approach.  It's more straight forward.  Then there's things I forgot about.  Then there's video's I haven't yet watched, because I'm watching some of the same video's over and over.  I open PS with one of my photos and follow along that way.”

Carol Harvey

“Hi Chip, I just purchased your video on layers, masks, luminosity, etc. I can't tell you how grateful I am. Your methods make it easy to follow and I now understand concepts that have evaded me for way too long. This will ratchet up my images by several clicks. I can't thank you enough! I appreciate that you are sharing information that will make anyone better at post processing. Honestly, I am not sure I would have been as generous as you were sharing these techniques.  I've spent too much time watching other tutorials and understanding the concepts, but your videos show the techniques being used and applied to some great photos.  Everything just clicked.”

Dom Marino

“I just wanted to say that I too have found your tutorials to be extremely educational. I've always disliked processing, but your videos run at a speed of which I can follow instead of talking way too fast like a You Tube tutorial. I've been able to really progress which has given me a new confidence in my work.”

Andrew Waddington

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