Author Archive for Gavin Hoey

Gavin has been a regular contributor to Digital Photo Magazine in the UK since 2003 where he writes “how to...” techniques on photography and Photoshop Elements. His Photoshop lectures are always in demand and he can often be seen popping up at camera clubs all over the UK.

Embed Your Copyright with Photoshop

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In this tutorial we’ll have a look at metadata and how to control what information you share when uploading your photos to the net or sharing then with clients.

Metadata is information that’s collected at various points along the process of image creation. It’s invisibly added to your photos by your camera, computer and by you if you so choose. The type of information it contains varies but can include what brand of camera you used, the lens zoom length, camera mode used, exposure information and even serial numbers of your gear.

Post processing in Photoshop adds more information such as which version of Photoshop you used and when it was edited.

Remove noise from video in Adobe Camera RAW

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With almost every DSLR now able to shoot amazing HD video, the worlds of stills photography and video are getting ever closer. Coming from a photographic background can be extremely useful when moving in to video. Both mediums require skills like composition, exposure control and understanding depth of field however there some things stills photographers take for granted that videographers do not.

Cropping in Photoshop CS6 and CC

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The crop tool is a fundamental tool in Photoshop. I use it on almost all my photos and not just for cropping closer. Used correctly the crop tool can straighten horizons, add a dramatic angle and even make a border. So when Adobe redesigned the Crop Tool in Photoshop CS6 they radically changes how the tool works. Any change to the Crop Tool was going to be tricky for die hard Photoshop users and some features are more welcome then others.

In this video I’ll run through the major features that I use day to day as well as some of the further changes made to Photoshop CC’s Crop Tool.

I know a few Photoshop users wish that Adobe had left the Crop Tool alone so at the end of the video I’ll tell you how to turn back the clock and get as close to the classic cropping experience as possible.

Cartoon Effect in Photoshop

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I love playing with filters in Photoshop and in this tutorial I get to use two of the old timers. The effect were going to create is similar to the classic look of printed images in newspapers and comics. It’s a bold graphic effect which can make use of any photo but by far the best photos are those with big bold shapes. Portraits are perfect… even the ones that aren’t perfectly sharp!

Draft Text Effect in Photoshop

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Photoshop comes with a bucket full of fonts as standard but let’s be honest, on the whole they are all very worthy and extremely dull. So in this tutorial I’m going to show you a simple trick that you can apply to any font to change it from dreary to dynamic.

The effect I’m aiming for is similar to how a designer might have drafted out text in years gone by. We’ll be adding guide lines, sketch marks and wobbly lines and it’s all done using standard Photoshop filters and a few layer tricks.

Steamy Window Effect in Photoshop

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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create the impression of looking through a steamy, misted up window. We’ll use a bunch of standard Photoshop filters including the Fibres and Diffuse Glow effects. If you’ve never used those before you’re not alone but it’s never too late to discover their power.

Hand Painted Border Brushes For Photoshop

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I’m a sucker for a border and Photoshop has a raft of ways in which you can create a border from scratch. The only downside with some Photoshop border effects is they can look digitally created and by that I mean they lack the subtle changes and randomness that only a handmade border provides.

So here’s a solution. Paint your own borders and turn them into custom brushes. Since Photoshop CS6 brushes can be up to 5000 pixels long, twice the size of Photoshop CS5 and that opens up a lot more creative possibilities.

Photographic Toning Maps in Photoshop

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Gradient maps have been around for a long time in Photoshop and many photographers have come to rely on them as a quick and powerful way of converting colour images into mono, toned and even split toned photos.

There’s really only one problem with Gradient Maps and that’s the limited range of effects that can be achieved with the default settings. That means you’ll need to spend time and energy creating a variety of maps and whist that’s not too hard to do (see the video for details) users of Photoshop CS6 have a great alternative.

One of the hidden gems of Photoshop CS6 is the all new Photographic Toning Gradients. These have been designed by the engineers at Adobe to recreate the toning of tradition photographic effects. Things like sepia, selenium and even spit toning is now one click away.

Dynamic Slideshows with Photoshop CS6

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One of the best new features of Photoshop CS6 is the amazing way Adobe have incorporated video editing abilities into Photoshop. Now if like me you’d call yourself a photographer rather than a videographer , then you might be tempted to skip this post but trust me, this is a 100% photo friendly tutorial.

Symmetry with Photoshop

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As a photographer symmetry is one of the hardest types of composition you can find. Nature has a habit of avoiding symmetry most of the time. You’ll never walk through a forest and find two identical trees and you’ll never see the left side of the sky perfectly matching the right.

However it is dead easy to create symmetrical images using Photoshop, the knack is disguising the fact that you used Photoshop at all.

In this video I’ll show you how to mirror an image and then apply a few tweaks to complete the perfect symmetric photo.

3 Mixer Brush Border Effects

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The mixer brush is one of those tools which, as a photographer, I’ve hardly used since it appeared in Photoshop CS5. If you’re an artist that paints, then the mixer brush is a brilliant tool but it can also be used to create simple painted borders even by someone like m,e who will never be able to draw or paint in the real world.

Three Ways to Go Mono in RAW

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Do you prefer Black and white or Monochromatic? Whatever you choose to call it, taking away the colour from your photo will completely change it and often for the better.

You might be thinking that black and white is just that, black and white? So how can there be more than one way to do it and why would you want to even bother? Well just because mono images only contain shades of grey, that doesn’t stop us taking control them and that’s exactly what I’m going to show you in this video.

Selecting Hair in Photoshop Elements 11

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Photoshop Elements keeps getting better and better with each new release. With the recent release of Elements 11, Adobe has crammed even more Photoshop’s power into Elements with the addition of edge detection. It’s called Refine edge with edge detection…

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