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How to Add Life, Grass and Shadows to a Composite

Oct 29

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Grass Brush

We are including the brush we made in today’s episode to make your life a bit easier. The next time you have to blend an area of grass, just grab this brush and get to work. Bonus: Use this brush with the Clone Stamp Tool!

This Week’s Contest

This weeks theme is Specific Color and the color we chose is RED. Submit your best image below containing the color red.

The winner will have their image edited on Phlearn as well as get a free Phlearn PRO!

Contest Guidelines:

How to Enter
Simply add your image to a comment below. Please only submit one image each week. You're submitting images to be edited, so don't do too much Photoshop beforehand. We want to teach not just how, but why edits are being made.

How to Win
The person who best exemplifies the contest theme will be the winner. If two entries are close, the amount of likes, comments, and a great description will be the deciding factor. Winners are chosen by the Phlearn team.

By submitting images, you give Phlearn LLC the right to digitally alter your image and display on, and use your image and any resulting derivatives to promote We reserve the right to change the rules whenever we want.

Be sure to tell your friends you entered a contest on Phlearn. Use this convenient tweet button!
  • Taisia Petrovna

    red tie

  • Seif Ragheb
  • Carrie
  • Shantel Crawford Rich

    This one is not red enough where I want it (in the cheesecake) and too red for the skin tones.  Fix me pleeeeza!

  • Cjclay

    My contest entry.

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    wondeful image. really

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    This is part of a project called Rust. I didn’t work a lot in photoshop, i just add the strong texture that is a photo taken in a microbiology lab, a petri plate shot in macro

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    how to delete a comment? i uploaded 2 images… and, again, i made up my mind. i forgot my best red!

  • Reem
  • Mark Colangelo


  • Mark Colangelo


  • Jeroen

    Passing this crazy doorman every on my way to the office… Creepy, fellow. Not much done to it, so very curious how you’d plearn this ^-^ Greetings, Jeroen.

  • Bryan Chavez

    halloween isn’t over yet!

  • Barnulf

    Actually don’t have a “red” photo (so I mad one, haha). But the other contains red, but not as the dominant color.

  • Julian Carvajal


  • Kim Kocinski

    Pencil Holder Shadows in RED

  • Robinsonrivasv


  • Robinsonrivasv


  • Nat Osm
  • Carolyn

    “Life in RED”

  • Carolyn

    ” Life in Red”

  • Gabriele

    I’ve made this image for a project I’m kind of thinking about: I know this might be a little too out of the contest, but I’d like to share this with the Phamily anyway because it happens to have red in it and hey, maybe someone will find it interesting. :P
    Have a nice Sunday. :)

  • Bassapower


  • Daniel Gerngross

    Red Bowtie

  • Jurgen Windcaller

    I like the straight razor! :)

  • Guest


  • Grant Norwood


  • warriour

    red bowtie, red lips, red hair… I guess that fits the criteria! :D

  • Anthony Drool

    Portraits like this one are at least not boring, the shaving foam great xD

  • Melody Spencer

    love it!

  • Lucia Torrez

    Fresh and clean :)
    Wonder what Aaron could do with it ;)

  • Christopher Odd

    Never Stop Playing

  • Houston Brown

    An underwater shoot.

  • Margaret Perez

    Holy crap. What camera did you use to shoot this?

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