Controlling Photoshop: Color Picker, Part Two!

So now that I’ve put my tutorial about the technical reasons for switching your color pickers mode, I want to add the second part where I apply it to the work flow. This is an old doodle that I colored to show what goes through my head while coloring. With all the numbers there, the process seems overly technical, but I promise, its really not that crazy, just give it a try and feel it out. 

Dragon Suit McStabby

Alright, so lets put some base colors on this. 

So at this point its time to start thinking about light. As we established, the default color picker is in “hue” mode. I think thats the reason that I see a lot of pallets like this when people first start digitally painting in PS:

Now, for one, I don’t like making the little blob of on canvas color swatches. I generally just use the color picker when ever I need a new color and use the eye drop tool to gain access to colors if used already. The only time I’ve used these blobs is when I’m specifically using limited color.  
Anyway, Here’s that pallet in action. 

Okay, so other than some sloppy quick application, you can see this is a functional selection of colors. Still, I like retina burning rainbows and toxic purple secondary light sources. The problem is finding those colors in this:  

to me is really tedious. Finding a blue that will go over my orange involves a lot of messing with the color slider and adjusting the brightness and contrast in the color field. Really what I wan to do is start with my orange and simply add blue, not start with a blue and adjust its brightness. So lets look at this chart from the last blog of the color picker in red mode.

In red mode you can adjust based on color rather than brightness and saturation of the hue you already have picked out. The amount of red will be locked by the color slider, and you can modify the amount of green and blue in the color field. 

Here is the base orange

Alot of red, a little green and a smidge of blue.

To get a shadow color, I’m going to add some blue, and take out some green.

This gives me a salmon-y pink, but note that the color slider will display what will happen if I start to also take away red with the hue I currently have selected. I’m going to take away some red and green, and add some more blue. 

Now I have a purple, sweet. It might look a little odd as a color blob, which is why I hate color blobs. for proof of concept lets throw that purple over the base colors:

Hey, that’s not too shabby! Way more vibrant than the hue pallet equivalent. Of course, when actually working this is all about flexibility and experimentation. I like to play with different color pickers, layer modes, and overlaying textures while I color. I hope this helps explain the color picker and gets you to try something new in your next PS session! 

As of yesterday I've been with my lady a full year

If you asked me a year ago I would have told you I never thought I’d be with someone for this long again….let alone in such relatively close proximity to my previous relationship. 

That said, I couldn’t be happier or more thankful to be with such a wonderful person who challenges and cares for me in all the ways she does. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been worth it. I am a very, very lucky man.


Have I ever told you about how I am the luckiest guy in the world?

I have two great jobs, make a good living, travel regularly and I get to date this beautiful woman. Yesterday her grandfather died after struggling with some health issues over the last few weeks. While there isn’t much I can do to make that better, I can tell you why she is the best woman I could ever hope to trick into loving me.

  • She is the most loving, caring, generous, compassionate, insightful, understanding, intelligent, positive person I’ve ever met
  • She is an incredibly talented artist/soon-to-be yoga teacher who works longer and harder than anyone I know.
  • She is almost impossibly sexy and stunningly beautiful.
  • She has an adventurous, curious spirit and wanderlust that just may surpass my own. 
  • She is a strong, determined, driven, self-reliant woman who knows what she wants and how to go about getting it. 
  • She doesn’t let anyone stand in the way of her goals and dreams.
  • Did I mention shes crazy hot?!?! and bilingual?!?! and an artist?!?! and a yoga master?!?!

Check out this video of my lady and I doing acroyoga at Golden Gardens in Seattle.


Scarlett JohanssonJessica BielJessica AlbaMinka KellyEva LongoriaEmily BluntSofia Vergara, and Lindsay Lohan doing Humpilates on Jimmy Kimmel. Be still my heart.

Won't lie...

The past two days have been pretty damn hard. Definitely the hardest since I dropped her off at the airport.

I feel hollow. I miss my best friend. I miss her touch, laugh and companionship. I miss cooking with her and waking up next to her. I miss kissing her forehead when I sneak out of bed to go to work. I miss being able to surprise her, see her or even talk to her whenever I wanted. I miss the way her eyes would light up when she saw me. I miss her smile.

The idea of the next month, let alone months or even years without her as a significant part of my life makes me sick to my stomach. The thought of being with anyone else makes me want to throw up. The thought that I may never get to visit her or even see her again makes it nearly impossible to get out of bed in the morning…..but i do.

I will get through this. I will be better because of this and if we end up making it we will be better. It doesn’t help now but someday knowing that will. I have that hope. Because a life without hope is a life lost. I will not be lost. I will feel better….


Just signed up for OK Cupid...

Never in a bajillion years thought I’d be filling out an online dating profile. Never, ever, ever. Yet here I am. One thing is immediately obvious in just filling this thing out and looking through my “matches,” this shit is the worst. If nothing else, it will be good for some laughs…maybe?

Also, holy poly amorous relationships batman!


Before my lady left for England to begin her two year graduate school adventure I put together a number of presents to help remind her just how special she is. This is one of those gifts. 

I took a deck of standard playing cards and on each wrote one reason I loved her. 52 reasons plus 2 bonus ones for the jokers (which is were the really, really naughty stuff goes) later and she has a fairly good start as to what makes her the most incredible woman on the planet…and when you’re alone, 7,000 miles from home and the only person on Earth you want to be with sometimes you need that. 

As part of my teacher training I had to go observe a yoga class during my lunch break. Afterward I swung by this old, favorite spot to take in the view. It had been 7 1/2 months since I had last stood there. A lot has changed since then. A few things still haven’t.