Mark S. Johnson – Texture Lab Collections

If you are familiar with RMSP’s line-up of workshops, the name Mark S. Johnson is most likely very familiar to you. Based in Boulder, Colorado Mark has been teaching workshops for RMSP for over 10 years, in which time he has helped countless students learn to use Adobe® Photoshop® to add creativity and depth to their photography. I could go on and on about what a great educator and kind person Mark is, but this post would go on forever. Rather, I will use the words of Kathy J., a student in Mark’s 2012 Creative Compositing workshop: “If you want to learn creative techniques for your photography, the only one to go to is Mark Johnson. The best teacher I’ve ever experienced.”

Recently Mark announced the release of his Texture Lab Collections. These 10 collections include a wide variety of textures intended for photographers, designers and gamers to incorporate into their creative pursuits. Individual textures inside each collection can be used in any program that supports layers such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or PaintShop Pro. Although the number of textures varies depending on the collection it is in, most collections contain about 35-40 textures which cover an enormous range of “looks.” When combined with your own photos, personal creative vision and desired outcome, those 35 textures can translate into hundreds (if not thousands!) of masterpieces. Each collection ranges in price from $10 to $30 and are available to download from Mark’s site.

While the textures that Mark has created all hold unlimited possibilities and are diverse enough to work in a wide variety of situations, perhaps the best part of the whole package is that Mark doesn’t leave you high and dry once you have downloaded your textures. He has made available a number of free text- and video-based tutorials to help you work with your new textures. Combined with the textures themselves, these tutorials allow you to hit the ground running.

If these textures interest you, I highly encourage you to take a detour to Mark’s site and check out what he has to offer. Also consider joining Mark for his 2013 Creative Compositing workshop in Boulder, where you will get experience photographing in the field and then working with your images in Photoshop with Mark right by your side.