TheFIX 008: Photoshop Texture Blending with Alan Shapiro

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In this episode:

Photographer Alan Shapiro shows how he blends textures with his photographs in Photoshop to create unique works of art. Alan also explains how processing his photographs has affected the way he sees and photographs in the field. He reveals how amazed he was recently to realize that he can “see” in black and white.

Highlights of this episode:

00:42 Alan and Jan chat about how post-processing has affected how he sees and photographs.
16:18 Photoshop Tutorial: Alan Shapiro demonstrates how to blend textures with photographs in Photoshop.

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About our guest:

Alan Shapiro makes heartfelt and uniquely creative photographs. In addition to his superlative work as a photographer, he somehow finds time to fill a high-powered position as Chief Creative Officer at the world's largest advertising agency network. Alan's special brand of creativity and storytelling is evident in everything he photographs, from streets portraits to wildlife. His skill in post-processing makes each piece unique. He is particularly well-known for his use of textures in post-processing to add color, depth, and mood to his photographs.

Alan is currently engrossed in creating a book of his portraits of “angels” called Among Us, soon to be published by a major photographic publishing house. Check out some of his photos from the angels series, along with his other very special photographic projects at

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Where's Jan?

To see what Jan has been up to lately, check out her in-depth Lightroom, Photoshop and Elements training courses at, her free YouTube tutorials, and her latest book The Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for Photographers Classroom in a Book.

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