Creative Effects for Nature Photography

-by Austin James Jackson

Photoshop tutorial for adding Orton Effect, Star Glow, Saturation Mask and more to create jaw dropping finished photos.



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  • 6 teaching videos for landscape photographers who want to create breathtaking Milky Way photos.
  • More than 45 minutes of video content – in-depth explanations, examples, workflow, and case studies.
  • Easy-to-follow Photoshop tutorial presented by professional landscape photographer Austin Jackson.


  • Compatible with: Photoshop CC2019
  • Video Created with: Photoshop CC2019


  • Explore variety of creative effects to take your nature photography to the next level.
  • Find out how to add subtle photo-realistic glow to accentuate the stars in night photography.
  • Discover how to use local contrast to bring out rich details and incredible textures in nature photography.
  • Learn to use targeted Orton Effect adjustments to add creative glow using Photoshop Layers & Masks.
  • Discover how Pros use saturation masks to accurately balance colors in different parts of your image.
  • Follow along as a photography pro explains post processing techniques using real-life case studies with straight-forward, non-technical lessons.

Is this Creative Effects Photoshop Tutorial for me?

This tutorial is for you if:

  • You have a basic knowledge of RAW processing in Lightroom and a working knowledge of Photoshop.
  • You want to go beyond the basics, and learn how to glow to the stars in your night photos with specific tools in Photoshop.
  • You want to find out how to balance saturation for your landscape photography and create photos with rich contrast, and vibrant colors.
  • You want to learn creative post processing techniques to add orton effects, local contrast and much more.

This tutorial might not be the right fit if:

  • You are just getting started in post processing. If you don’t know how to use Lightroom or Photoshop, you may want to find out more before you start this course.
  • You want to learn the basics. You’ll get the most from this course if you have a solid foundation in Lightroom and Photoshop. 
  • You want in-depth explanations of how global & local adjustment work in Lightroom, or how to use layers & masks in Photoshop.
  • You want to learn about camera settings including bracketing, exposure, focus and composition. This course is focused on post-processing only.