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Thursday, May 27th, 2010 | Author:

Want to get that perfect cut out? If so, try your hand in this new tool in Photoshop CS5, Masking. This tool will provide you with everything you need to put in place a perfect cut out. So much so that you can do so even with the most detailed edges you encounter; take for instance this dog which has strands of hair. This could just be your first move towards coaching yourself professional photo editing and image effects.  Just follow this 9-step tutorial and you’ll be right there!

Here’s how you can get a perfect cut-out.

Step 1

Take a photograph of a lapdog and open it in Photoshop. Please respect copyright laws.

Step 2

Select Lasso Tool.

Step 3

Use the Lasso Tool to create a selection around the dog. more…

Monday, May 24th, 2010 | Author:

Photoshop Tricks Application:

Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

Are your photos looking a little too pretentious and intense these days? If so, maybe it is time to rebel. Do not think much about perfecting tone and correcting color. In its place, you can make light of modern culture and use Photoshop tricks to create trendy, multi-toned images reminiscent of the resurgent pop art style.

Here we will show you how to transform an image into pop art:

  • Draw emphasis to the tonal values in your image with the Cutout filter.
  • Allow selective editing with the creation of channel masks.
  • Splatter brilliant bursts of color on your image with the help of multiple adjustment layers.

When you listen to the words “pop art”, the first name that you recall is probably Andy Warhol. Pop art started in the 1940s and reached its zenith in New York in the 1960s with Warhol’s quasi-photographic paintings of people and everyday stuff.  Andy Warhol’s art is provocative, sharp, frivolous, brilliant, irritating, intelligent, bold – in fact, it depends on whom you speak to.  Whatever said and done, its purpose however is undisputed.

So if you’re ready to say the heck with “Art for art’s sake,” we will guide you on ways to bring art back to the material realities of day to day life and pop culture. Warhol did so with flat, bright acrylics on silkscreen and canvas. We will perform this with a conventional image and a Photoshop technique. It’s not that tough and the results are certainly groovy.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 | Author:

Image editing techniques can boost your digital photos or for that matter mar them. To get the desired results, you should stick to these top five non-destructive pixel-pushing methods.

Your pixels never did anything to harm you, did they? On the other hand, you are probably roughing them up every time you improve an image. When you directly adjust color, contrast or focus – all staples of image digital enhancement – it physically alters your original data (i.e munches your pixels). Now you may not really care so much about your pixels, however you certainly will when you realize you would like a “do over” and they shrug and say, “so sorry.” Thankfully, Photoshop has a whole lot of techniques that fall under the category of non-destructive editing or NDE. These Photoshop design techniques allow you to go ahead and make all the changes you want without laying your hands on your original data, and you can always go back and do touch-ups later on.

1. Do not slack! Keep a back up of your file for sure

The easiest start, of course, is to have a backup of your file prior to the start of the plundering process. We suggest this practice, notwithstanding whether you follow the remaining suggestions in this write-up. Then, always duplicate your background layer by dragging it onto the Create A New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel prior to doing anything else. When you preserve that background layer, your Photoshop file will always include the original pixels.

2. Be fond of adjustment layers

You can get Photoshop’s image enhancing commands under Image > Adjustments from the main menu bar, as can be seen in Figure A. There’re adjustments to fix contrast, color, exposure, convert to black and white, and the like. The last adjustment, ‘Black and White’, is a great example of a problem with these adjustments. When you choose the Black & White adjustment, Photoshop, with some settings from you, converts your image to black and white, doing away with all of the color information. Therefore not only is the color information gone, the conversion settings are also a thing of the past.

Monday, May 17th, 2010 | Author:

—by Renée Dustman

Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3
Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows, Macintosh

We all know it is so difficult to capture real smoke in photographs. Time is running and very light that makes the smoke look good makes the rest of the image poorly exposed. With the help of simple Photoshop techniques we can teach you to add to perfectly exposed images digitally that’s helps it look better than the real deal.

This is what you do:

  • Design a customized smoke pattern with the Brush tool.
  • Soften your paint strokes with the Smudge tool to enhance their appearance.
  • Accentuate your strokes with the Plastic Wrap filter to make them look more realistic.
  • Enhance other images with your finished smoke image.

As we can see in Figure A that plumes from an extinguished candle are very captivating for our eyes. However, in this image smoke is a Photoshop enhancement. You might think of it as a difficult job, but as you read this article you’ll find that it’s much easier than capturing the real thing with your camera. Also you have a lot more control over the final image.


Start anew
As always, the first step is to create a new Photoshop document in which to work. In this document, you’ll fill the background layer with black to use as a backdrop for the smoke. more…

Wednesday, May 05th, 2010 | Author:

Are you one of those people who are fascinated by the mythical effect of a phoenix? What if we help you to play with it and with our expertise and your imagination? With this given tutorial you learn to add that otherworldly effect to a plain, bland and not-so-impressive picture of a phoenix. This will help you add the finesse which is required and make it look like a real deal. So let’s get started.

Here’s your guide to bring alive the mythical fire spirit on your screen.

Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Take a picture of a dragon and open it in Photoshop. Please respect copyright laws.

Step 2

Select Brush Tool with Soft Mechanical Brush: Size = 125px; Opacity = 91%; and Flow = 100%. Choose Color = # f76234 in Foreground Color.

Step 3

Create a new layer and scribble the brush on it as shown in the screenshot. more…