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Moving Backgrounds to Fix Backgrounds in Photoshop

May 15, 2013

What you see, below, is an aberration, a crime committed against a helpless photograph. Yes, a real photograph was harmed in the making of this mess. Why it was done is beside the point; it was done many years ago and now this image remains as one of the few a daughter has of her mother. This may not be a situation that comes up for the majority of you, but in case it, or something like it comes up, there’s a fairly easy way to get the white out…out. [More]

Creating a Glittery Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

April 11, 2013

Inspiration often comes from things we've seen as we go about out day-to-day business; posters, TV and printed ads, etc. I was in town the other day and noticed a poster in a bus shelter for a soft drink. The ad headline featured a fancy glittery text effect. I took a photo with my phone for reference and set about seeing what I could come up when I got back to the computer. I wanted to make sure it was easy to create and versatile enough to apply in different situations. [More]

Image Restoration With Photoshop – Getting Rid Of Red Spots

March 13, 2013

Just like us, photographs get age spots. That’s what those rusty spots are, places where the emulsion is breaking down due to age. Typically the ways they’re dealt with is either with the usual suspects, the clone or patch type tools, or by stripping away the blue and green channels (old school) or using the Black & White Adjustment on one of the red filters. [More]

Creating a Chiseled Text Effect in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

February 11, 2013

We'll be using Photoshop layer styles to achieve the effect as well as the somewhat obscure Type Mask tool. If you're not familiar with this tool, it's a little like a cross between the Type tool and Quick Mask; we can type our text as usual but when it's committed, instead of creating a layer with the text it creates a selection; this is perfect for the technique as we do not need to work on the text directly. You can follow the original tutorial using the link above but change the dimensions to 1000x200 pixels to create the correct document size. If you don't want to start the image from scratch, it can be downloaded here. [More]

Blur Gallery and Liquify Smart Objects

December 13, 2012

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 [More]

Tricky Cutout? Grab a Photoshop Pencil!

December 7, 2012

Photoshop has a powerful set of selection tools that can handle almost any cutout you care to throw them at. Occasionally, however, we’re faced with an image that foxes the likes of the Quick Selection Tool and can be mind-numbing and laborious to select with the Pen or Lasso tools. [More]

Photoshop – Quick Tip for Working with Paths

December 4, 2012

Hate the Pen Tool, no problem. My first tip is for you to try the Freeform Pen Tool, and be sure to check the Magnetic option. You're now creating paths with a tool that acts like the Magnetic Lasso. [More]

Creating an iPhone Effect in Photoshop

November 28, 2012

Like most of the population I’ve been using my phone a lot to take photographs and there is one particular app that I tend use. I really like some of the looks that this app creates and I wondered if could recreate the look of my favourite settings in Photoshop, so after some playing around I finally came up with the following recipe which is a fair approximation. [More]

Smart Solutions to Dumb Problems in Lightroom

November 22, 2012

Today's post is in response to a problem I sometimes have, and I'm guessing that I am not alone. The problem is that my Lightroom catalogue is fairly sizeable and as I shoot weddings I have quite a few images by other photographers within Lightroom. So how do I quickly and easily find only my photos or that of another photographer? [More]
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