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Inside Photoshop, May 2015 Issue
by Amy Palermo
Photographing soap bubbles is challenging because you can’t control precisely where your bubbles will float, and you can’t always capture those swirling highlights of color. Also, you might want to add a specific quantity of bubbles to a pre-existing photo. No worries! We’ll show you how you can add custom soap bubbles—like the ones shown in Figure A—to any design, in just a few easy steps.
Shape and form a bubble
You can create bubbles on any photo, but if you want to follow along with our example, download the file bubbles.zip from the URL given at the beginning of this article, and extract the file daisy.tif.
If you examine a soap bubble closely, even though the bubble is clear, you can still see colors swirling around. The colors eventually dissipate, changing to black, right before the bubble meets its final fate—popping! To create a realistic bubble, we’ll start with the bubble’s primary physical characteristics: its spherical shape and swirling color. We’ll use the Elliptical Marquee tool to create a selection, and then use a few filters to define that form and color.
To create a round bubble and colorize it:
by Michelle Dick
With all the filters included in Photoshop, some pretty wild things can be done to text. To expand text options even further, you can play around with both layer styles and filters to create limitless text treatments. The results can be some pretty cool looking (or, in this case, hot) text, as shown in Figure A. We’ll show you how to quickly create this text effect
Applying a layer mask to fade an image is a great way to make the image more accessible for text in your layout, as demonstrated in Figure A.
If you’re unable to apply a layer mask to a layer, the key is that your image can’t be a locked background layer. To follow along with our example, launch Photoshop and open any image that has a locked background layer, as indicated in Figure B.
To apply a gradient layer mask:
by Amy Palermo
Long before the invention of color photography, photographers sought to add color to their photos. They did this by coloring or tinting their black-and-white photos with pastels, oil-tints, and gold paints. But even after the development of modern color photography in the mid 1930s, hand-tinted photos have remained a popular way to exhibit photos. By using Photoshop, you can avoid the fuss of actual hand tinting while achieving the same result. We’ll show you three ways to do this, which will enable flexibility and offer you options to achieve different results, as illustrated in Figure A.
Select a suitable subject
Important to the success of the hand-tined look is applying it to the right subject. Because you apply a tint as generalized color over a black and white or monochromatic background, the content of your photograph should be simple and normal in contrast. People, pets, and landscapes have been the traditional subject matter for hand-tinted photos, and they continue to work well for the technique.
To follow along using our example, download the file hand_tinted.zip from the URL given at the beginning of this article and extract the file first_kiss.psd. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.)
Prepare your image
Since two of the three techniques require us to pull color from the original image, we’ll start with a color image. We’ll set up three files from one image to include a desaturated copy of the image as the foundation for all three techniques.
To prepare the documents:
by Amy Palermo
Let’s face it; we all have blemishes, bad hair days, and facial features we’d rather not capture in a portrait. Not to worry—what the camera doesn’t hide, this technique will. We’ll show you how to create a stylized portrait painting from an ordinary photo, as shown in Figure A. With some simple brush strokes, you can flatter your subject but still maintain the integrity of the original photo.
Prepare your canvas
To get started with this technique you’ll need a portrait image. If you want to follow along with our example, download portrait.zip from the URL given at the beginning of the article and extract the file portrait.psd.
To begin our technique:
Select some grays
To ensure a well rounded tonal range, we’ll sample about five shades of gray from our Grayscale layer. We’ll add these samples to our panel to have handy while we paint.
To add some grays to your panel:
by Amy Palermo
While the Photoshop Clouds filter isn’t the best choice for rendering clouds, it’s very useful as a springboard for many different artistic techniques. Simply cho