January 2022 Shift Art Photoshop Challenge – CLOSED.

Theme: Beach Day

Let’s spend a day at the beach! Whether it’s a beautiful sunny day filled with beach chairs and sand castles, or a dramatic day with crashing waves and salty spray, we want to see what you can dream up for this month’s theme. Is it a bustling beach filled with laughter? A quiet beach for reflection and wandering? Will you give us a wide view of your scene, or a close-up that immerses us in the details? Something realistic or completely fantastical? We can’t wait to see what you create!

Bethany’s Pro Tip:

Sometimes the best way to win a challenge is to keep the image simple with a clear focal point. Throwing a dozen photos all over your canvas is sometimes less effective than a few well-placed images that convey a story or mood. The same goes for the textures. You can use a texture or two in small areas, or even just clipped to objects, to enhance them rather than overlaying one big texture over the whole artwork. Look back at previous winners and runners-up, and notice how cohesive their images are. This one tip will push your artwork forward quickly!

Top Prize:

An Individual Summit of Choice with Lifetime Access!

The winner of this challenge will receive an individual Summit of choice with Lifetime Access. All individual Summits are available for active Summit Members. This prize will give you lifetime access regardless of your membership level.

Runners Up Prizes, chose between:

A CJM Texture Collection

Texture collection pack of choice from CJM Texture Collection. These textures are created by Caroline Julia Moore, our top Shift Art Summit instructor.

A PSD Stack Lightroom Preset Pack

Lightroom Preset pack of choice from PSD Stack. The Lightroom presets are created by Bunty Pundir, a top Shift Art instructor and contributor.

A Texture Pack by Bethany Perron

Texture pack of choice from Bethany Perron. These beautiful textures are hand-crafted by Bethany, our amazing Summit Photoshop instructor.

Pixabay images included for this challenge:

Check out the images use in your creative entry!

The Rules:

Below you will find the rules as well as the images to be used in your composition. Entries will be judged by Caroline Julia Moore, Bethany Perron, and Andrei Tallent.

Special Challenge Rules:

Special rules only apply to this specific challenge.

  • None.

Standard Challenge Rules:

These general rules apply to all Shift Art Challenges.

  • All entrants must be Shift Art members. Join for free here.
  • Entries must be received by midnight on January 15, 2022 U.S. Pacific Time (UTC-8).
  • You must use a minimum of three Pixabay images provided in the download packet.
  • Previous challenge winners are welcome to participate in all challenges.
  • Entries featuring violence, hate, pornography or any other content deemed inappropriate by the judged will be disqualified. The decision to disqualify an entry is entirely at the judges’ discretion and is not negotiable.
  • You may use any of your own assets/images as long as they are under public domain, or if you have full commercial rights to them. This includes textures and overlays. See our article on finding images for ideas of where to find images.
  • Only one entry per member, per challenge.
  • Upload your entry image as a JPG with a width of 1200px on the longest side. Images with smaller dimensions will not be accepted. Maximum file size is 50Mb.

All images on this page, and in the challenge assets for this challenge, were found on Pixabay.


This challenge is open.

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