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Janine Smith

Coloring With Photoshop – Hair

June 13, 2012

We left our heroine a bit on the pink side, but we’ll get back to that in a little while. The color of the hair can affect the way we see the skin tone, so I’d like to work on that, right now. When colorizing hair, like skin, I like to take my colors from the historical era I’m trying to duplicate [More]

12 Courses, 2 Nuts and 7 Days Free at Lynda.com

June 4, 2012

Hi, Eric here with a slightly different post. I’m sending you off somewhere else! Today I’m offering you the chance to head off and get 7 days of free UNLIMITED ACCESS to all the courses at lynda.com. [More]

Coloring With Photoshop – Skin Pt. 2

May 16, 2012

When last we saw our heroine she was looking a little, well, colorless. Today we’re going to perk things up a bit with a little help from history. First, we need to ask ourselves a couple of questions; what era is our image from and what era’s style do we want to borrow from? Of course, you can color your images any way you like, but personally, I like to borrow styles from the era the image was taken in. For the really old images that may mean striving for a watercolor or pastel look of a hand tinted image and portraits taken in the 40’s may call for the more saturated, glamorous style of that era. I’ll go more into the styles of each era and inspiration at a later date, but for now, since the image I’m working on was taken in the 40’s, you can go online and find an image or images from that era that appeals to you in terms of skin and hair color. You may feel like it’s wrong to borrow an image, but It’s okay to use these images for this purpose – all you’re going to do is sample color palettes, you’re not using the image or reproducing it in any other way. [More]

Coloring with Photoshop – Skin

April 18, 2012

Coloring black and white images is not as easy as it seems. For one thing, finding realistic skin tones is just darn hard! The same with hair colors; the reason for this is that in the real world, hair and skin colors are made up of many different colors and tones. Using just one color will make the tones one dimensional, not realistic at all. Also, there’s a tendency to try to make skin tones either too pink, resulting in a lovely lobster-esque look, or too “peachy” which usually comes out more grey, resulting in the Corpse Bride look. Not very attractive, to say the least. To get a realistic skin or hair color, therefore, we need to layer different tones, tweak, tweak again, go away, add more, take some away…well, you see, it’s not easy. [More]

White Out Restoration

March 14, 2012

How faded is too faded? How do you know when an image can be brought back? Unless an image is solid white or solid black, you don’t know until you try! How about one as badly faded as this one? Can you bring anything back? [More]

Lightening Up A Dark Image with Photoshop

February 22, 2012

In a perfect world your old photographs will always be out of a frame, or can be easily removed, in great shape and you’ll always have the most perfect equipment. Unfortunately, for most of us [More]

Receding Background

November 16, 2011

Here’s a super simple way to add a little depth to an old image just by making certain elements stand out from the rest. [More]

Halloween Photoshop Brushes and Tutorials

October 27, 2011

Its that time of year again, so here’s a little rundown of some of the goodies we’ve posted here on TipSquirrel in previous years; Halloween Brushes from Janine Smith In this post Janine [More]

To The Max

August 17, 2011

Do you use Photoshops Maximum filter? Did you even know there was a Maximum filter in Photoshop? If so, you win a gold star! If not, you should; it may actually come in handy some day! Lines in [More]

Color Balance Correction

August 3, 2011

Ask what adjustment they think of when they hear “color correction in Photoshop” and most people will answer “Curves”. Nothing wrong with that, I pretty much always use it myself, either [More]

Photoshop Restoration – A Real World Walkthrough

July 20, 2011

Practically every decade has a signature look when it comes to portraits, not only due to the fashions of the time, but of the lighting and style of the photography. Today we’ll turn an ordinary black & white into a portrait reminiscent of the glamour portraits of the 30’s and 40’s popularized by George Hurrell. [More]

All Kinds of Flips

June 29, 2011

I used to run around like a chicken with my head cut off looking for images with obliterated eyes to practice flipping off…I mean flipping eyes, but then it hit me, duh! [More]
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