TheFIX 021: Photoshop Exploding Guitar with Mark Johnson

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Photoshop Exploding Guitar Effect

Creating sophisticated particle effects, like explosions and sandstorms, from scratch in Photoshop is challenging and time consuming work. Fortunately, an Australian Photoshop genius known as SevenStyles has developed a clever, customizable action that makes short work of producing dazzling particle effects that look like they've been torn from a Hollywood movie poster. In this episode of TheFIX, Photoshop artist Mark S. Johnson shows how he uses this action to create a spectacular exploding guitar in Photoshop.


Mark Johnson's inspirational Photoshop training website
Sandstorm Photoshop Action by SevenStyles at Envato Marketplace

About our guest:

Mark S. Johnson is a Photoshop luminary and photographer from Boulder, Colorado. His website,, is a treasure house of unique Photoshop training videos. He's a longtime contributor to KelbyOne and PlanetPhotoshop websites and an author for Trey Ratcliff's Flatbooks. Mark is a terrific Photoshop instructor and artist. You can purchase prints of his work here.

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  1. Fantastic episode and very inspiring. I will be checking out Mark’s web site.

  2. Mark Johnson’s talk was absolutely awesome. Thank you Jan for bringing him on Fix. Taking his advice, I did buy Sandstorm action & work on some of my images. I was pleasantly surprised as to what I could achieve without too many digital summersaults. Here is an image of a dancer.

  3. Manpreet Sokhi – What an intriguing image you posted. I’m happy to announce that you’ve been chosen to receive the Rocky Nook book giveaway for this episode of TheFIX! Please contact me– — to arrange to receive the book.

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