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  • Sven 9:25 am on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Feather Effect or Faded Edge Effect 

    Feathering a selection in Paint Shop Pro allows you to take the background from an image leaving you with a soft blended edge around the selection you have chosen. This effect is great for achieving professional magazine type images. A lot of professional photographers use this effect with their portraits. This effect is called a faded edge effect. This tutorial was done using Paint Shop Pro version 7 but all other versions of Paint Shop Pro will achieve the same effect.

    In the tutorial below we have used a photograph of my sister Tanya.

    Lets get started with our Paint Shop Pro tutorial for Faded Edge Effect.

    Step 1:

    Open the image in Paint Shop Pro that you will be working with.

    Step 2:

    We first need to create a new raster layer to our image. To do this click on (Layers>New Raster Layer) in the top toolbar.

    Because I wanted to achieve the faded effect around image and not just an oval edge I used the “Free Hand tool” and had selection type set to “Point to Point” and feather set to 50. The size of feather depends on the size of your image, e.g. – if your image is smaller use a smaller feather, if your image is larger use a larger feather.

    Step 3:

    With the above setting selected, click around the area you want feathered (or faded) ending where you began. You should now see running ants around your image. You should have noticed that the running ants went wider than what you had originally selected. This is because of the feather setting we selected. Because we set the feather at 50 the running ants went 50 pixel’s wider than what we selected.

    Step 4:

    Now click on (Selections<invert) in the top toolbar. This will move the running ants.

    Step 5:

    There is just one more step to this tutorial. Simply click on (Flood Fill) and fill the selection with a color of your choice by clicking anywhere within the selection. I chose white to blend in with my background.

    That is it! Don’t forget to save your image before closing it.

  • Sven 4:59 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Remove Spots and Blemishes in Photoshop 

    The below tutorial is a retouching technique to help you remove unsightly and unwanted spots and blemishes from digital portraits using adobe photoshop. You might refer to this as a digital chemical peel. We all have photographs of ourselves, family or friends that aren’t quite perfect because of spots, marks or blemishes on the skin such as pimples, birth marks, scratches, wrinkles, freckles etc… The good news is that we now have a tutorial to teach you how to make them imperfections disappear leaving you with stunning professional portraits. In this tutorial we have used a photograph of my son Joshua, holding his pet blue tongue lizard, Bindi.

    There are two ways of removing spots and blemishes using adobe photoshop. The first is by using the spot healing brush tool and the second by using the healing brush tool.

    METHOD 1

    In this first part of the tutorial we will be using the spot healing brush toolin adobe photoshop to remove unwanted spots and blemishes. This is the easiest and quickest way of doing this.

    Step 1:

    First, open your image in adobe photoshop. Click and hold down the mouse button on the healing brush tool as seen below, then choose spot healing brush tool.

    Step 2:

    You then need to adjust the size of the brush big enough to encompass the area of the spot or blemish. Click on the arrow shown below next to brush 19, or simply change where it says 19px to a smaller number if you need a smaller brush size or a larger number if you need a larger brush size.

    All that is left to do is to left click on each spot or blemish and watch them disappear.

    METHOD 2

    There is a little more to removing spots and blemishes by using this method to the above method.

    Step 1:

    With your image open, select the healing brush tool from the tools palette. It may be set to spot healing so be sure to click and hold the icon shown in the image below then select healing brush tool.

    Step 2:

    To use the healing brush press ALT on your keyboard and click an unblemished area of skin. Adjust the brush size as mentioned in the above method to encompass the spot or blemish. Simply click on each spot or blemish and watch them disappear.

  • Sven 6:11 pm on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to change the eye color 

    There are many many ways of changing eye color in photos by using photoshop, but we are going to show you the easiest and quickest way to achieve this effect in our easy photoshop tutorial below. In our example pictures you will notice that the edited image is in black and white. You can learn how to turn a color image into a black and white photo by seeing our tutorial here.

    In the below photoshop tutorial we have used a photograph of our cat Kujo.

    Step 1:

    Open the image you will be using for this tutorial.

    Step 2:

    Select the Zoom Tool in the tool bar and zoom in on the eye’s as pictured below.

    Step 3:

    Next, select the Polygonal Lasso Tool. If the Polygonal lasso tool is not already selected, press and hold it on the tool icon shown below in the image and then select Polygonal Lasso Tool from the menu. It is the second icon from the top.

    With the Polygonal Lasso Tool selected, carefully click around the first eye. Be as accurate as you can. When the first first eye has running ants around it, hold down the shift key on your keyboard and do that same with the second eye. When you are done, you will notice running ants around both eye.

    Step 4:

    Now in the top tool bar go to (Image<Adjustments<Hue/Saturation).

    This will bring up the Hue/Saturation window. It’s now up to you to play around with each color until you get the desired color that you like.

    That’s it! You are now done with your image. Zoom out to see the effect. Don’t forget to save your image before closing.

  • Sven 12:49 pm on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to create Vignettes in Photoshop 

    We will usually get vingetting when using a wide angle lens but what if we wanted to get a vignette on a photograph we already have? This tutorial will show you how to create simple high quality vignettes using the lens correction tool in photoshop, with just a few easy steps. For this tutorial we have chosen to use a creative photograph of my son Luke, which was photographed in Canberra Australia. I have chosen just a slight vignette for my image but the results you can get using this technique is incredible.

    Step 1:

    Open your photograph that you will be working with for this tutorial.

    Step 2:

    We then need to duplicate our image. To duplicate your image click on drag on the background layer in your layers pallet ( if your layers pallet isn’t already open you can get to it by clicking on (windows<layers) or by clicking F7 on your keyboard and draging it into the create new layer icon at the bottom of our layers pallet.

    Step 3:

    With our background copy layer selected we now need to go up to our top toolbar and click on (filter<distort<lens correction).

    You will notice that the lens correction dialogue box is a very large dialogue box. There are a lot of corrective type items, but this tutorial will only require us to use the setting under vignetting and ignoring the others.

    Step 4:

    The first setting we will be adjusting is the amount slider under vignetting. Slide it to the left untill your image starts to get darkened at the corners. For my image I have used an amount of -60.

    The next adjustment will be made to the midpoint setting. Drag the slider of the midpoint to the left also. The midpoint will tell us how far into the image we want the vignetting to happen. For my image I have chosen to use the setting of +15. You will need to adjust both the amount and the midpoint to suit your image. If you want the vignetting to be a little darker you would slide the sliders further to the left but if you want it a little lighter you would drag it to the right.

    After you have the look you are happy with click OK.

    Step 5:

    The last step is to flatten your image and save. To flatten your image, go to (layer<flatten image) along the top toolbar.

    That concludes our tutorial for creating high quality vignettes using Photoshop.

  • Sven 12:38 pm on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How do you resize an image in Photoshop? 

    Resizing an image is pretty straight forward and easy to do. Below is our tutorial for teaching you how the professionals resize their images using Photoshop.

    Step 1:

    Open your image.

    Step 2:

    From the top toolbar select (Image<Image size).

    Step 3:

    Make sure that Constrain Proportions is checked. This will keep the image proportioned so you only need to adjust either the height or the width and the other will adjust automatically. Adjust the dimensions you want your resized image to be and click OK.

    That’s the end of our resize an image tutorial. Don’t forget to save your work before closing.

  • Sven 9:35 am on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to add reflections to your photos 

    ur easy Photoshop tutorial will show you how to quickly and easily add reflections to your photos using Adobe Photoshop. Creating a realistic water reflection to your images is quite easy and only takes a few simple steps to achieve this professional result.

    Step 1:

    Open your image in Adobe Photoshop.

    Step 2:

    Choose the Polygonal Lasso Tool from the side menu and make a selection around the object you want reflected. In our case it is the ship. The selection doesn’t have to be perfect. Just a rough outline will do. When you get back to were you are started from you will have running ants around the selection.

    Step 3:

    On your keyboard click on (Ctrl + J). This will paste our selection on a new layer. With the new layer selected go to (Edit<Transform<Flip Vertical).

    This will turn the selection upside down. Simply choose the move tool to move the boat down under the original boat.

    Step 4:

    Change the blend mode on the new layer to soft light. You will notice that now the reflection is much lighter than the actual ship.

    Step 5:

    The last step is to apply a ripple effect. This will make the illusion that the reflection is actually in the water. Go to (Filter<Distort<Ripple). Set the size to medium and the amount to 115%.

    Step 6:

    Once you are happy with the way your image looks simply flatten your image by clicking (Layer<Flatten Image).

    Congratulations. You have now finished this tutorial. Don’t forget to save your work when you are done.

  • Sven 4:32 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to Enchance the color of your Photos 

    Enhance and boost the color of an image – Use this Photoshop technique to enhance the color of your photos.

    In this tutorial we will show you a quick and simple way of enhancing and boosting the color of your images using the LAB color mode in Adobe Photoshop. We will be using Photoshop CS3, but the tutorial will also work with versions lower than this. For this tutorial I have chosen to use a photograph of a wildflower which I had shot while on holidays at Brunswick Heads in Australia.

    Step 1:

    Open your photograph that you will be working with for this tutorial.

    Step 2:

    We will then need to duplicate our image. To do this click on (image<duplicate) in the top toolbar. When the duplicate image window opens simply click on the OK button. It is always a good idea to get into the habbit of duplicating your image before working on it so you will always have the original image to work on at a later date.

    Step 3:

    Now we will change to the LAB color mode. Along the top toolbar click on (image<mode<LAB color).

    When you change to LAB color mode you will not see any change in your image but there is a difference when looking at the different channels of your image. To open your channels box if it’s not already open, click on (window<channels).

    Step 4:

    1. Before changing anything in our channels we first need to work on our layers pallet. To get to your layers pallet, click on the layers tab on the channels dialogue box.

    2. At the bottom of our layers pallet click on (create new fill or adjustment layer<curves) to open up the curves dialogue box. You will notice a grid in the dialogue box. We want to reduce the grid size so we will have a smaller grid to work with. Reduce the size of the grid by holding the ALT key down on your keyboard and clicking anywhere within the grid.

    Step 5:

    We first need to go to the A channel in the dialogue box. You can get there by pressing (CTRL + 2) on your keyboard or simply select Ain the dropdown menu. When you have A channel selected you need to slide the line at the top and bottom so they match up with the first vertical lines. We have shown you how to do this in the image below.

    The same needs to be done to the B channel. Select the B channel by pressing (CTRL + C) on your keyboard or select B from the dropdown menu and repeat step 5.

    NOTE: By clicking the preview button on and off you will see the difference from the original image to the edited image.

    When you have finished, click OK.

    Step 6:

    The next thing we want to do is to sharpen our image. In the layers pallet, click on the background layer to select it. Now click on the channels TAB at the top of the dialogue box and select Lightness.

    Next, in the top toolbar, click on (filter<sharpen<smart sharpen).

    The smart sharpen dialogue box will open. In the dialogue box make sure that the Lens Blur is selected and not the Gaussian Blur. For my image I am going to use a radius of 1.5 and the amount to 110%. You will have to play with your own setting for these two, so you get the best result for the image you are working with. There is no right or wrong setting. Just play with the two sliders until you get a good result in the image. When you are done, click OK. To see your image now in color, click on LAB in the channels pallet.

    Step 7:

    It’s now time to flatten our image so in the top toolbar click on (layer<flatten image).

    Step 8:

    The last thing we have to do is to switch back to RGB mode. So along the top toolbar click (image<mode<RGB color). Go ahead and save your image.

    That concludes our tutorial for enhancing the color in your images using Photoshop.

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