Its a beautiful day here today, so nice in fact I’ve got my shorts on (apologies if you’re eating). No blog tomorrow, I’m off gallivanting once again. In Birmingham (the real one in the UK) tomorrow night watching the WWE. Should be fun.
Scott is back, but Matt is missing because of a visit to the doctor. Aside from the normal tutorial content, Rick Sammon returns with another installment of Snap Shots to Great Shots.
Dont forget to go see part 2 of “Creases” Challenge Tutorial
Top Tip – Easy Tilt-Shift Effect
The idea behind Tilt-shift is that the photo you have is made to look like a model. Now you could go and buy a new lens for this purpose, or you could do this…
For this tip I’ve gone to Stock.xchng and downloaded an image of the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
Press Q to enter into Quick mask mode
Choose the gradient tool reflected gradient in the options bar. While you’re there make sure Reverse is un-checked.
Starting on the part of the image you want in focus, draw out the gradient.
Press Q To exit quick mask mode and go to the filter menu and choose, Filter-Blur-Lens Blur. For this image I stuck to the defaults but feel free to have a play around. Then Press OK.
Press Ctr(cmd)+D to deselect and we are almost there. It looks a bit model-like, but let’s increase the saturation a bit.
Press Ctr(Cmd)+U to get the Hue/Saturation panel and whack up the saturation slider.
And there you are. All done.
There are some really great examples available on Flicker too
Have a great Tuesday, and Wednesday.
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