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Photoshop Blur Gallery – Path Blur

July 26, 2015

Blur, the nemesis of all photographers, but there’s times when adding it can really make a difference, in this tutorial I take a look at Path Blur, one of the latest additions to Photoshop's Filter menu; [More]

Photoshop Blur Gallery and Selections

July 21, 2015

While recently writing an upcoming post for Fotolia about the Photoshop Blur Gallery and Iris Blur I made a selection and found the difference between selection, non selection and Smart Objects is [More]

Using Upright In Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw

June 24, 2015

Often when we take images of structures we get this effect that makes it look like it’s falling backwards. In Lightroom 5 and later and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 8 and later there’s some settings that can really help. For this explanation I’ll take a look at the settings in Lightroom CC, its exactly the same in ACR however. [More]

Portrait Retouching Using Frequency Separation

May 4, 2015

With the trend for retouching heading to the more natural Frequency Separation fits the retouching bill perfectly, it maintains the texture of the skin as well as the tones and is incredibly fast and easy to do once you know how. [More]

How to Add a Split Tone Effect in Photoshop CC

April 1, 2015

n this video tutorial, I'll show you how to apply simple and effective split tone effects to your images, using the built-in Photography Toning gradient maps in Adobe Photoshop. I'll also look at how you can customise the effects using the Gradient Editor and Opacity sliders. [More]

Classic Movie Star and Marvel’s Agent Carter Inspired Photoshop Portrait

March 25, 2015

And now for something completely different, there’s this really great promotional poster for the T.V. show Marvel’s Agent Carter; have you seen it? It’s almost Black and white, but it’s not. It’s subtle, except for the vivid colors that just pop out at you. It’s everything a good ad should be… [More]

Photoshop Retouching Tips – Nondestructive Healing

May 13, 2014

The cloning and healing tools in Photoshop continue to improve all the time, and now most of the retouching tools offer Adobe’s amazing “content-aware” technology. However, in order to get the most from the Healing Brush, Patch Tool, Clone Stamp, and all the others, you’ll want to explore ways to accomplish nondestructive healing during your retouching sessions. [More]

Add a Subtle Punch to Eyes in Photoshop

September 9, 2013

In this video I add punch in such a way that you might first think that its counter intuitive. Subtlety is the key here. This technique is based on a tutorial I saw many years ago by retoucher extraordinaire, Dave Ceurdon. [More]

Quick Slimming Retouch in Lightroom 5

June 13, 2013

My first ever tutorial for TipSquirrel was on slimming a subject in Photoshop now, with the release of Lightroom 5, we can achieve that result in a new way. Oddly the way to achieve this slimming process is found in the new feature in Lightroom 5 which is designed to straighten vertical and horizontal lines; these features are found in the Lens Corrections panel in the Develop module. [More]

Photoshop Fashion Retouch Techniques

February 3, 2013

In this exclusive video author Richard Harrington takes us through some Photoshop techniques he uses for retouching portraits. Including masking hair, refining color and spot healing. [More]

Use Photoshop to Subtly Retouch Eyes

November 12, 2012

In this video I’ll demonstrate a very easy, yet highly effective way of bringing your subjects eyes ‘to life’ using nothing more than a couple of brushes and a mask in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. [More]

19th Century Beauty Experiment

August 15, 2012

What makes portrait photography so much better today than it was in the 19th century? Because, let’s face it, most of those folks didn’t look their best. Was it the lighting? Lack of make-up? The equipment? I imagine all of the above played a part, along with the fact that the subject had to sit up to 15 minutes due to the exposure time, hence no smiles. The lighting, especially at first, was quite harsh. In the beginning limelight was used, which resulted in extremely white, chalky faces, and later, battery operated arc lamps which were also quite stark. Later, around the turn of the century, full walls of windows were often used, taking advantage of daylight, as well as electric light. Even though the renaissance masters figured out how to harness and soften light to paint by (Rembrandt used shutters and a white cloth hanging over the windows to diffuse light), photographic portraiture wouldn’t reach that level until much later in the game. [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]
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