Interview I did for the Photoshop Creative magazine issue 107. The artworks displayed on this page are, Waiting At The Water’s Edge, Inquisitive Huntress, Into The Sky and Wistful Abandonment.

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Below is the full unedited version of the interview for anyone that may be interested.

Q1. Why did you start learning Photoshop?

It was a job requirement at first when I started working in the printing industry (way back when Photoshop was version 3 with no layers) and my interest for image manipulation grew with each new development that Adobe included alongside Russell Brown’s flamboyant presentations and sometimes wacky tutorials that got me experimenting within the software. Once I had gained a good deal of technical skill I found that I really enjoyed expressing myself through art using Photoshop and then I was hooked.

Q2. Describe your creative process?

Ideas are developed over time as an evolving thought process and chosen concepts are written down and sometimes sketched and as this is an ongoing process I’m always on the lookout for suitable stock images which I start accumulating. Other times I’m inspired in the moment.

Once commenced I create a quick composition with the stock images blended together on separate layers, all of which are smart objects, using layer masks. When the overall image looks correct I then finish it off by using and adding clipping path, detailed layer masks, adjustment layers and painted details.

Q3. What do you look to achieve with your compositions?

I hope to achieve a feeling of surreal reality in dream-like emotive images that tell a story or have a message by engaging people on an emotional level. I have always preferred art that has a concept and message and I hope this comes through in my work.

Q4. What are you favourite parts or tools in Photoshop, and why?

Without a doubt the non-destructive editing techniques that can be used such as layers, smart objects, layer masks and colour adjustment layers. And the ability to add editable filters to smart objects such as the new camera raw filter. These save time and allow for any changes that may need to be implemented at a later stage including maintaining the quality when up sizing the final psd, which the the smart objects allow for if layers are placed at a smaller percentage.

Q5. If you weren’t an artist, what could you see yourself doing?

I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing if it wasn’t for art. Art changes people for the better I think and creating it helps artists communicate and better understand themselves in this modern age. Besides the only outcome I could conceive off without this passionate hobby of mine would be a great deal of spare time to get up to no good.