Friday, March 26, 2010

Easy Color Pop Tutorial

I use Photoshop CS4. The photos in the tutorial were done in CS3. There are some other programs that you can use that are similar as long as you have layers and can go into a Channels tab.
Step 1:
Open the photo that you are wanting to add a color pop to and then click on the "Channels" tab.


Step 2:
Holding down CTRL, click on the RGB Layer. This will highlight pixels as shown in the photo.

Step 3:
With any tool except the magnifying glass selected, Right click anywhere on the photo and select "Layer via Copy"

Step 4:
After you have done the previous step of making a copy layer, click on the "Layers" tab. Your layer will appear above the background layer as shown. With the Layer selected, click on the Layers pull down tab and select "Overlay" If you click the eyeball icon on and off you will see a difference. To add even more, simply copy the layer as many times as you'd like(CTRL+J) You can also adjust the Opacity to your preference. When you are finished, simply flatten the image and save.

Here is my finished product with the before and after:

I also added a small vignette to it as well.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hawaiian BBQ Bacon Burgers

These are fabulous! Seasoned hamburger and a slice of pineapple grilled, and wrapped in bacon. It's so easy and adds a wonderful flavor to a regular burger! I must stress though, when you add the BBQ sauce to the meat, don't let it sit for long because the sauce breaks down the meat and makes it very, very tender and it will start to fall apart.


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup prepared barbecue sauce(I used a honey BBQ)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced pineapple
  • Bacon Slices(I used a thick cut)


  1. Prepare grill for indirect cooking. If you don't have an indoor grill/griddle, you can also use a large skillet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together hamburger meat and barbecue sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Shape mixture into 4 large patties. Place a slice of pineapple on top of each. Crisscross 2 bacon strips around each burger, and secure with toothpicks.
  4. Brush oil on grate. Place burgers on grill over medium low heat. Cook, covered, until the burger is cooked through. Turn often to avoid burning the bacon.

If you prefer, you can cook everything separately and assemble at the end. It's awesome to sear the pineapples in a skillet that the bacon was fried in! You can also add any topping you'd like such as caramelized onions. Enjoy!