In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to make your photos have a sepia tone look. This really is one of the easiest effects to apply, and one of the most common effects that you see on photos that are meant to look old. You often times see this on photos that are taken of people that are dressed in old western clothing.
To start off, I just want to say that in order to complete this tutorial, you are going to need to know the basics of Photoshop. This is not a hard effect to do at all, but it can be if you don’t know how to get around Photoshop.
Okay, let’s get started with the sepia tone effect in Photoshop.
Step One. The very first thing that you need to do is to choose a photo that you want to apply the sepia effect to and open it in Photoshop. I like to apply the sepia tone effect to images that are meant to look like they were taken in the older western days, but this effect can be applied to any image, and look nice.
Step Two. Once you have your image open, you now need to create a new Adjustment Layer. The adjustment layer that you want is the Gradient Map. To create this new adjustment layer, click on the adjustment layer button at the bottom of the layers window (looks like a circle filled with half black and half white) and click on Gradient Map. This will open up the Gradient Map window.
Step Three. Once in the Gradient Map window, your goal is to make the image black and white. To do this, use the drop down beside of the long color bar, and choose the black to white gradient. It is usually on the top row, and the third to the right. Now you can click OK on the Gradient Map window.
Step Four. Now that you have a black and white image, the next step is to make another new adjustment layer. The adjustment layer that you want this time is the Solid Color adjustment layer. You can get to this one the same way that you did before, and choose Solid Color.
Step Five. Inside of the Solid Color window (called Color Picker) you want to choose a sepia color. You don’t need to be exact here. Just choose one that looks kind of close to the sepia color that you often see in photos. It is usually a yellow/orange type of color. We don’t need to be exact this time because you will be able to change the color later if you need to. Once you are satisfied with your color, click OK in the Color Picker window.
Step Six. Now that you have a solid color covering your image, you need to change the blending mode of your Solid Color layer that you just created to Color. You can do this by using the drop down on top of all of your layers and choosing Color as your blending option. Now you should see your image with that color applied.
Step Seven. You will notice that the color is way too harsh for the photo. To fix this, you need to take the opacity down on your solid color layer. Just play with it until it looks pretty good. I usually go pretty low so that I can get that good sepia effect. You are now done!echo $variable;
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Rather you’re new at photoshop or have been using the software for years, you can always benefit from various brushes and patterns for your work. The question is, where can you find such things that help you in numerous ways? There are tons of websites on the Internet that allow you to download free photoshop brushes and patterns for all versions of Photoshop. Before downloading a photoshop brush/pattern file, make certain that the brush/pattern is compatible with the version of Photoshop you have installed on your hard drive. Without first taking this step, your file will not recognize the brush/patterns, and you will not be able to use them. The best way I find to search for brushes and patterns for Photoshop is to simply search them on a search engine on the web. There will be countless websites appear that allow you unlimited brushes/patterns for you to download for your own personal use. To name a few:
Patterns can be great tools for various reasons. When you are working on a layout design of any sort, using the pattern tool can save loads of time. The pattern tool allows you to completely cover a background in any pattern of your choosing. If you wish to not cover an entire background, you can select what portion of the image you want to be covered in your desired pattern.
Brushes are just as easy to use and just as useful. Brushes have countless ways of using them. You can edit their size, along with enhancing them to any way you wish. You have to admit, not everyone is an excellent artist when it comes to drawing free-handed on a computer. How easy is it that someone has made all these designs and shapes for you? Brushes are indeed a wonderful and essential tool for Photoshop of any version.
Photoshop is an excellent program for anyone who wishes to design or just be artistic. Patterns and brushes for photoshop are needed to make your designs top notch. Not to mention, they’re easy to use and look great!echo $variable;
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Photoshop CS3 and ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) Guide
Photoshop is a very powerful program! If you’re in the market to purchase photoshop, some things to consider when purchasing the version that will suit you are…
Educational discounts are available for both versions if you look.
To the meat of the program.
Editing a JPEG or TIFF
Next, I work with Levels. Contro (option on the MAC) L and Levels will come up. Make sure you click the preview button. Depending on your photo you will use this differently each time. I usually have to take the middle slider and push it to the right a bit but really this adjustment will all depend on the photo you have but 90% of the time I use Levels on my photos.
Now, you need to look at your photo, do you have any color casts? If so, now would be when I go to Image>adjustment>match color. Make sure you click the preview button. Now click the neutralize button and slide the FADE slider back until it looks better. I find 66 is the magic number usually but it will depend on your photo. On this menu, I also adjust the luminance slider to the right a tad.
Now, basic edits to my photo are done. Stay tuned to future articles by me on various tips and tricks for using CS3 and preparing your photos for print.
Melissa Roth Cherniske
Editing a RAW photo file
RAW files will trigger CS3 to open up a plugin called ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) if you get an error message at this point you may need to reinstall the latest version of ACR on your computer. This is NOT hard. Go to Adobe’s website and type ACR in the search and it will come up to the page that you need to download. The directions for this really are clear from Adobe…trust me.
OK, so if it worked and the files have opened in ACR you need to do a couple things the first time you edit to set some defaults. In the bottom center of your screen, it’s going to say something about RGB(1998) click that and switch it to SRGB. Unless you know about color modes you should work in SRGB. No matter what color mode your camera is set to, RAW files come in unassigned to an ICC profile, you need to assign it. SRGB is an industry standard for web viewing and also commercial photo printing. This may change in the future but for now, I use SRGB but you may want to check with your printer to see what “color mode” they print in. If they say they “CAN” print in any color mode verify that they aren’t converting your images to their ICC profiles, you want to control this yourself or else you’ll have pictures that won’t match your screen. 90% of the web browsers can only see SRGB colors so if people are using IE or one of the other browsers that aren’t color managed, they will be seeing your photo as SRGB even if you embed a different color mode.
SO…. my conclusion on this is to change the color mode here to avoid any problems in the long run. This setting only needs to be made once and then it will be the default.
OK, now to begin your RAW editing. If your editing one photo, select the photo on the left and click on the white balance dropper. You can click this dropper on a black portion of the photo, a white portion of the photo, or an 18% gray portion of the photo and it will adjust the White balance and temperature of the photo. Alternatively, you can look on the right-hand side of your screen and tell ACR to use the AUTO WB, AS SHOT, or one of the preset WB settings. If your editing multiple photos click on select all on the upper left-hand corner OR if you want to select just a couple from a large batch just hold your shift key down and select a couple and you can do this as many times as needed until you’ve gone through your entire batch. A nice thing that ACR has when doing batches is a +++++ rating system. You can rate your photos to mark which you like and dislike so if you are running a large batch and see pictures you just don’t want to take the next part of processing, mark them and you can ignore them in the future. This ++++ thing is below the thumbnail on each photo on the left-hand side of your screen.
On the top right of the screen above the histogram are to buttons that I push. One gives you indicators when your blacks are clipped, shadows are too extreme. The other gives you indicators when your highlights are clipped/blown. These indicators are both VERY useful and I leave them on all the time. Again this is a setting that you only have to do once and then it is set as your default next time you open up CS3.
Next thing I adjust here is exposure. I use the AUTO button here to get a baseline for where to start my editing on this next set of controls. If the WB is set correctly this AUTO seems to work fairly well for my style. I usually need to adjust very little. Exposure, brightness, fill, recovery, clarity in that order.
Exposure, Brightness, and fill really are self-explanatory. Sliding them gives you a really good idea of how they should be used and how far a little shift left or right changes things is important to note. The more you use exposure, the more grain you are introducing into your photo. When shooting in RAW I tend to overexpose ever so slightly since I find it is easier to SAVE a photo then if you were to severely underexpose or overexpose. Spot on exposure is ALWAYS ideal.
Recovery, this is a great tool. If you have blown highlights (indicated with the RED warnings) slide this to the right and you’ll gradually be able to bring some of the details back.
Clarity, I always set this at 5. I really like how that brig back a bit of shine back to the photo (removes a little haze) without any real loss of data.
At this point I don’t use any other controls in ACR, if I’m editing one photo I click OPEN here if I’m editing a batch, I click Select all in the upper left-hand corner and OPEN ALL.
Now the photos will all open in CS3. At this point, go up to my directions above on Editing a JPEG or TIFF and continue with my editing directions.
Stay tuned for future articles from me on Actions, Scripts, Batches and other tips and tricks of CS3.echo $variable;
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Light Creation Using Photoshop with a Professional Touch
If you’re wondering how they create these magical sparks with amazing lighting effects on some of the designs you see, then this is your time to know how they do it using Photoshop CS.
First create a new document, normally 400*400 pixels but you can open a design that you’re working on to add this effect to it or you can start with a blank document.
I started with a time-warped photo of a drop of water with some waves I added to it.
Step 1. Apply a Layer style to your background layer. Add a radial style gradient overlay with a smooth color to add depth to your design. (For complete specification to the style see the attached photo “GradntOvrly-2”)
Step 2. Create a new Layer. Select the Ellipse Tool and create a white rounded shape over the center of your design, or over the part you wanted to be the center of your magical lighting flakes.
Step 3. Apply a Gaussian Blur to your rounded shape (Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur) and use a radius of 20px. (if your design have a dark background you may use a bigger radius up to 30px)
Step 4. On you, layer panel, on top of your layers create a new folder named “Lighting”.
Step 5. Change the “Lighting” folder blending mode to Color Dodge, then move your rounded shape into this folder. (See “Light-cdodge-3”)
Step 6. On your “Lighting” folder, create a new layer and set you foreground/background colors to white.
Step 7. Select your Bruch tool, and go to the brush engine. Then follow setting exactly as shown on “BrushEngine-4, follow the steps in order”.
Step 8. Now using the brush tool and after selecting the brush engine settings throw off some sparks as needed to your design.
Step 9. Using layer styles, apply outer glowing to the sparks. (Feel free to use my settings for it “OtrGlw-9”)
Step 10. Now you can add your touch to finish your design, maybe some smoke around the flakes and some text beside it…
Extra Step, if you want to add some smoke behind and around your fakes: (Note that this step is only for dark color background designs)
Create a new/blank layer before your “Lighting” folder.
Change the blend mode to color dodge.
Select the lasso tool with a feather of 40px, add a selection around the space you add smoke in.
Set your foreground to white and the background to black.
Apply Filters > Render > clouds and repeat this step (Ctrl + F) until you get the best effect.
Take a look at my final product “Product-10” after adding some text and fewer sparks. You can apply this technique in many cases that could have clouds, smokes and flakes. It’s not too hard to create and it really gives your design a gleam of magic and a professional touch which is a huge plus to your final Photoshop product.
Hope my description was enough and easy to follow… Until next time, have fun!echo $variable;
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How to Create Templates in Photoshop CS3
Here’s a little tutorial on how to create card or collage templates using clipping masks in Photoshop CS3. Clipping masks are wonderful tools. Basically what they do is make a layer take on the shape of the one below it. So if you create a shape on one layer and then place an image on the layer above it and put a clipping mask on the image layer, the image will suddenly only show within the constraints of the shape! Then you can use the Transform tool (CTRL-T or Edit>Transform>Scale) to resize the image, effectively cropping it to fit the way you want it within that shape you created. It’s very cool
So here’s how you do it:
To keep the outside edges crisp, choose the stroke to be done inside. For rounded edges, choose outside. For the middle of the road with slightly rounded edges inside and out, choose center.
If you make a mistake and accidentally put the clipping mask on the wrong layer, highlight that layer then go to Layers>Release Clipping Mask
Now, if you want to make your templates just that much better, here are some tips that might be worth trying out.
I could go on, but this is enough to digest for now. So now go forth, have fun creating and sharing these wonderful templatesecho $variable;
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It is not a mystery when it comes to photos for magazines that they are retouched to make celebrities look better or what they call better, then showing them in a natural light. Tyra Banks was one to admit that on Americas Next Top model that they had retouched the pictures of the contestants and even had a part on her talk show that she had shown the pictures that were not retouched and the ones that were because someone had made an error and released the wrong ones. Just recently his has shown again in the media that there was something wrong Demi Moore who was featured on the front page of W Magazine apparently missing part of her left hip and then again Emma Watson known for her role in Harry Potter was featured in a Blueberry ad with her brother, only to have part of her leg missing all the way up to her thigh. The fact remains that these little accidents can have a negative effect on women.
When seeing ads of girls that have rail thin bodies, you get an unrealistic idea of what your body is supposed to look like. This is what causes so many people to have eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia in the world today, they see something and it causes them to think that their body is not good enough. For someone with an eating disorder it is hard enough for them to ever think that they are thin, instead, they look at the magazines and television as a way to judge how their bodies should look. This only reinforces their bad eating habits to the point where it becomes unhealthy and even can cause death. We already as a society make judgments on people based on their weight as if someone is 160 pounds is called fat, how can that be? Maybe it is due to the fact that people are photoshopped into magazines as if they have no curves and weigh 80 pounds, this is just unrealistic but some people base their thoughts on what they see. The companies that do these things should really put out of business, but with so many people self-conscious about how they look this may never happen. People need to learn how to stand up for themselves and say this is the person that I am and I am going to be proud of it and not second guess their thoughts. No one has the perfect bodies and we all have our flaws, even celebrities.
Examples Of PhotoShoping:
Emma Watson Blueberry Ad
Demi Moore W Magazine Cover
Kim Kardashian Edit Mistake
Remember that nothing is real in the world of celebrities and that this is not the way a real person looks. Women have curves that they are not the bean poles that you see on the Magazine covers. No one should ever take into account that this is how anyone should really look. Until the Magazine Companies figure out that this type of thing can have a mind altering the effect of people there will be a steady incline of eating disorders in the world.echo $variable;
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Everybody has heard about the iPhone, the phone that shook the world of mobile phones. The iPod Touch is the same device, but without the phone. These devices have an interface consisting largely of icons arrayed on panels, and a dock. Both default icons for applications and themed icons are a necessity. This tutorial covers the methods and theories behind the icon making process. It will also teach you to incorporate standard graphics design methods into your icons.
Be sure to check the attached images for an example of parts of the icon, some finished products, and an example of an icon set.
Step 1 – Basics.
We’re going to need a slate on which to create our icon!
– Create a new document in Photoshop, size 60x60px with a transparent background.
Step 2 – Wallpaper the icon.
This is the back part of the icon, behind the symbol. This is typically what defines a theme, and stays the same throughout one (save perhaps for color).
– If you’ve deselected the layer, reselect its contents (Ctrl+Click on the layer preview on the left of the layer in the layers panel).
Step 3 – Symbolism.
This part of the process defines what the icon is for. From a simple text to the most detailed image, all of these are symbols. The symbol of the icon should convey what the icon is for, whether it be a web browser, a picture viewer, what have you.
– Design your symbol – this can be a photo, a cutout from a photo, a mono color design made on the spot, or anything else you can imagine. The size of the symbol should leave at least 5-10px of padding space on every side of it.
Step 4 – Reflection.
We’re going to create a professional reflectivity effect, to make the icon look crystallize, or glassy.
– Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N).
In order to create a reflection of the standard icon style (see the images for an example), follow these steps:
– Deselect anything you’ve got selected (Ctrl+D) and make sure you’re on the reflection layer.
Step 5 – Templates and Glory.
Save the icon files and revel in your now-evident icon-creation skills.
– Save the PSD file. Most of you would do this anyway, but it’s especially important with icons. This way if you’d like to make matching icons, you can simply re-open this and replace the symbol layer(s).
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Create a Quick Clipping Path Using Photoshop
Follow these three easy steps to quickly and effectively cut out images using Photoshop, for use in Adobe Indesign. Though you can customize your frames in Indesign utilizing Photoshop is often a faster option.
Open up the image you want to cut out in Photoshop. Then trace the portion of the image you want to cut out with the pen tool. You can do this manually or if the background is a solid color select the background using the quick select tool, then right-click the selection and select convert to path.
Create the Clipping Path
Under the Path Menu, double click the path you just made. A window will open prompting you to name the path that you are saving. Name the path whatever you like, then click ok. Now in the pull-down menu next to the tab that says paths there should be an option that says “Clipping Path” select this (see the second image if you want a visual). Another window will pop up just click ok.
Save for Use in Indesign
Save your file as a tiff, with any name you would like. Then exit Adobe Photoshop. Open the Indesign file that you prepared the image for, drag the tiff file onto your document and there you have it!
Editing The Path Using Indesign or Photoshop
You can access the path to edit it in Indesign by using the direct select tool. The path will appear red and it is editable, or if you would like you can reopen the image in Photoshop, by right clicking and select under the “Edit with” submenu Photoshop. If you simply save, and then close Photoshop any changes you make will automatically update.
Simply follow these three easy steps and you can cut out images quickly and effectively for all your Indesign projects.echo $variable;
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In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to make a blend of pictures for a header, which can be used for a website layout. In the tutorial, we will be using Adobe Photoshop CS2.
The first step, you want to gather about two to three pictures you want to use, and then open them up in Photoshop. I’m using Britney Spears for my example. Next, you want to make a bigger document, this is where you will be pasting your pictures together and blending them. Make it big enough to move the pictures around. Once you paste your pictures on the document, have them overlap each other.
Now it’s time to blend. There are many ways to blend. Some people use the lasso tool, layer masking, or the eraser tool. However, in this tutorial, we are going to be using the Eraser Tool since it’s such an easy way to blend pictures together. So click your eraser tool on your toolbar at the top in your Photoshop, and set the brush size to 100px.Take your eraser tool and erase over the extra pieces of the picture that is over-lapping the other picture. You’ll start to notice that it’s blending together.
Go to Layer then Merge Visible. Now this is optional, it really depends on your pictures. I wanted to bring my pictures out, so I went to Filter-Sharpen-Sharpen. Notice how it made the pictures a lot clearer? Next, I’m also going to brighten my pictures a little bit. This also is optional, and it really depends on the pictures you are using. If your pictures are not that dark, I would not recommend this step, because you don’t want your pictures being too bright. Now onto the brightening the pictures. Go to Layer – Brightness/Contrast and play around with the settings until you find something you like. I did a few other things to get my pictures how I wanted them, just play around with different settings until you find something you like.
Now time to add some color. Go to Layer- New Fill Layer- Solid Color. I picked a pretty pink and then set the Layer to Screen 100%. I added a texture, that I got from HG, and put it over my pictures, and erased whatever was over the faces. I also added some text and some brushes for decoration. You can add whatever brushes and text you want. After that, you’re all finished!echo $variable;
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Intro: There are a lot of effects you can create when using Photoshop. In this guide, I will show you how to define face textures. To really show you how to define facial textures, I will be defining wrinkles on the face. Using Photoshop, you can go into depth on how to enhance facial textures. These steps are easy and can really change an image. You can also use this effect on younger people with smoother skin, but it works best with wrinkles. Here, I will be using Photoshop CS3. If you have older versions of Photoshop, you need to use Hue/Saturation instead of Black and White.
Step One: Open the image you want to define facial textures on (File – Open).
Step Two: To add a black and white adjustment layer by clicking on the New Adjustment layer Button in the Layers Palette. The icon should look like a circle. Half of it is white and the other half is black. This should create a new layer. Select the Black & White option. Select “Okay” with the default settings. Preset: None. Red – 40. Yellow – 60. Green – 40. Cyans – 60. Blues – 20. Magentas – 80.
Step Three: Next you will want to blend the layers. Change the blending option of the layer Black & White to Overlay in the drop down menu.
Step Four: Duplicate the Background Layer. To do this, click on the background layer (Layer – Duplicate layer). Another layer of the same image should appear.
Step Five: Apply a Plastic Wrap effect. (Filter – Artistic – Plastic Wrap). Your settings should read Plastic Wrap. Highlight Strength – 20, Detail – 15, and Smoothness – 15.
Step Six: On the Plastic Wrap Duplicate layer, change the Blending option to Multiply by going to the drop-down menu.
Step Seven: Next, add a Layer Mask to the Plastic Wrap Duplicate Image. This icon is in the layers palette and looks like a square with a circle inside of it. Once pressed, you should have a layer mask.
Step Eight: Select the Eraser tool in the Tool Palette. Make sure your eraser brush is a decent size and the hardness is set to 0%. Now erase around the skin. This means to erase the plastic wrap that isn’t covered by the skin (the background, the shirt, etc). Make sure when you’re erasing, you’re erasing on the layer mask, not the image.
And that’s it! You have now brought out the texture of the skin in eight simple steps! Just remember to select the layer mask option when you’re erasing the plastic wrap. Also, Remember this tutorial is used with Photoshop CS2 and newer. If you have older versions of Photoshop, you would need to use Hue/Saturation instead of Black and White. Hope this tutorial has helped!echo $variable;
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