I am a newbie photographer who just purchased his first SLR. I am really enjoying myself, and I think I'm taking pretty good photos as I learn the ropes. I just picked up last months issue of Photography Monthly and was absolute struck by Matt Hoyle's cover. My question is, how did he do this? To clarify, I basically know how. I have worked with photoshop for years in web design. However, because it was for simple things like logos and buttons, there were a lot of things in photoshop that I simply ignored, which are now becoming important to me. I have practiced with a few of my pictures - doing things like messing with curves, hue/saturation layers, etc. Some of them begin to look as if they are going to have similar elements, but I'm not quite there. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips. Thanks Here is his cover piece: Matt Hoyle Photography - Colorful Characters The actual magazine has the before and after.