Author Archive for Dan Moughamian

Dan Moughamian is an experienced photographer and educator, and has worked with Adobe Photoshop since the early 1990s. He also has extensive experience with Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, plugins from Nik software, and many other digital imaging products. As an educator, Dan's focus is to help photographers at all levels get the most from their digital workflows.

Quick Tip: Perfect Black & White

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The first thing you’ll notice if you’ve used the perfect suite before is that the user interface is brand new and very slick. The whole cast of characters now use the same UI, which has a similar look and feel to Lightroom, and is more responsive compared to some older versions of these plugins. (Some of the previews can still take a second to catch up to your mouse, but all in all much better in this version.)

Improve Quick Selections with Photoshop Refine Edge

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Today we’ll examine how the Refine Edge command (also available as the “Mask Edge” command when working with layer masks in the Properties panel) can further improve our selections. While Quick Selection is fast and useful for selecting items that contrast strongly with surrounding elements in the frame, sometimes your subject may blend in with other elements.

Photoshop Quick Selection Tool

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One of the easiest ways select objects with complex shapes, especially in a high-contrast photograph, is to use the Quick Selection Tool. It provides a simple “brush to select” technique, with several options for tweaking and refining the initial selection, including direct access to the Refine Edge command.

Color Effects with the Photoshop Color Lookup Adjustment

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Today we’ll take a look at an image adjustment that is often overlooked by photographers. The Photoshop Color Lookup adjustment was introduced in CS6, to provide video makers with a means of modifying the “color look” of their clips, as they move them through different parts of the post-production workflow. However, this adjustment can also be useful to photographers, and lends itself well to experimentation.

Blur Gallery and Liquify Smart Objects

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I thought today would be a good time to post an update on Photoshop CS6, and the new Photoshop features Creative Cloud members received this week. Chief among them is Smart Object layer support for the Blur Gallery, and the Liquify Filter. This tutorial provides a quick overview of how the features in Blur Gallery and Liquify can be combined for an interesting creative effect. Sure, it’s fall colors but I bet some of you are already tired of the barren winter trees

The Photoshop CS6 Oil Paint Filter

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Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and have a little fun with Photoshop. Try new filters, new blend modes… experiment a bit!  CS6 offers plenty of opportunity for this with new features like Blur Gallery, greatly improved Lighting Effects,…

Fixing Chromatic Aberration in ACR 7.1

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Shortly after Photoshop CS6 was released, Adobe provided a very useful update to users of the Camera Raw plugin: brand new tools for removing CA or chromatic aberration! CA is the fancy term given to the fuzzy “color fringes” that we often see, in shots taken under bright light. Just zoom in between 100-300%, and as you pan around the subject, check the high contrast edges. Subjects shot against a bright skies or lights are particularly vulnerable to displaying CA.

Fortunately there’s a very easy solution in Camera Raw 7.1 that requires only a few clicks. Let’s take a look.

Reviving Afternoon Skies with Photoshop Multiply Mode

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Dealing with overly bright skies is a challenge photographers of all stripes must deal with on a regular basis. We’ve all been there: on vacation, in a great spot, just a few hours to photograph but sunrise and sunset are not an option. So we photograph our subjects when the sun is overhead, showering everything in blue light. Skies suffer the worst sometimes, with areas that are partially blue and others partially blown out or too bright. The shot below exemplifies this.

Simulating Infrared Photos with Exposure 4 – Part 2

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I thought this would be a good week to wrap up our simulated infrared photography tutorial. To review, in Part 1 we launched Exposure 4 after making some tweaks to our raw image in ACR, then applied the High Contrast preset in the B&W Infrared category. Afterward we tweaked the Halation settings (to control the glow effect), and made adjustments to the tone curve in order to render an ink-black sky while recovering some highlight details.

Creating Painterly Effects with Topaz Simplify 3

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If you’ve ever wanted to create interesting and varied paint effects for your photographs, without having to invest a lot of time and money in a complex product like Corel Painter, you should consider Topaz Simplify 3. Simplify carries several basic preset types ranging from Cartoon and Color Sketch looks, to simulated Water Color, Underpainting and an interesting preset called BuzSim. In this tutorial we’ll take a look at the latter and see how it can assist us in creating painted landscape images from our photos with just a few steps.

Lightroom 4: Sharing Pictures Via Email

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One of the most useful workflow enhancements in Lightroom 4 is the ability to quickly email photographs to colleagues or clients, without leaving the application. A range of popular email services are supported such as Gmail and Yahoo mail, as as well as the default email client installed on your system (such as Outlook). Best of all, it’s easy to validate existing web mail accounts.

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