My Entry In the PhotoShop Masters Group - Kurt Tutschek

The chosen image:

1: Tell me something about the image?
It all started with a small scratch on a sheet of paper. A ladder standing in the water, some clouds and a girl reaching for the night sky. I liked the idea and began to collect the images neeeded. Own stock and stuff from sxc.

2: How did you create it? ( you don’t have to give away any secrets )
Started with the background (water) – added a new sky – added the planet – put the ladder into the water – placed the girl into the image – added the clouds – added the stars.
The rest? A lot of blending, color matching, dodging and burning.
And remember: the smudge tool is your friend – with this tool you can blend different parts of the image quite convincingly.

3: What version of PhotoShop did you use?

4: Any tips or tricks you would like to share?
- always work non destructively, use layers and layer masks – aka: the eraser tool is not your friend ;-)
- if you’ve never tried the smudge tool, do so! It’s really great for blending (as said before)
- if you’re into collages/montages: take your camera and shoot. Take photos of everything. textured walls, autumn leaves, a pile of rubbish, clouds during sunset, dirty pavements, your feet, colorful caterpillars, broken windows… you’ll never know what you will need tomorrow.

5: How did you go about learning PhotoShop?
I started with PS6 – self taught. A lot of trial and error. ;-)

Interview by Randy Monteith


  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyover 6 years ago

    Brilliant work Kurt and thank you for the tip about the smudge tool, and taking pictures of everything! Your work is outstanding!

  • justimagine
    justimagineover 6 years ago

    This is a brilliant capture Kurt , I always admire and look forward to seeing your work.

  • kdm22222
    kdm22222over 6 years ago

    Congrats Kurt…this shot was so well deserved of recognition

  • kdm22222
    kdm22222over 6 years ago

    Congrats Kurt…this shot was so well deserved of recognition

  • frogster
    frogsterover 6 years ago

    Great work my friend

  • jewelskings
    jewelskingsover 6 years ago

    Thanks for all the info! I don’t have photoshop out of my price range I work with elements ,bryce , and picture it! Trying to win CS2 on ebay ! Hope to soon I love to play and your work is so inspiring! My husband asks me a lot of times why are you taking picture of that…. you said it so well you never know when you may need it!

  • RLHall
    RLHallover 6 years ago

    Ah Ha! Tips from the master…cool…Into my fav’s list to refer to later!

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 6 years ago

    great info,,,,,,,,,,

  • SnowDog
    SnowDogover 6 years ago
    Thanks for agreeing to be a member of PhotoShop Masters Kurt. Great image!!
  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsover 6 years ago

    This image is enchanting; so beautiful, perfection!