Today you are going to learn how to apply an old Venice effect using Photoshop. This effect is often used to make a photo look old, but have a different and unique look to it. I use this often for out of town vacation pictures and pictures of old buildings. This is a great and fun tutorial to learn so that you can make any photo look old and add more drama to your work.
Let’s get started on make your photos look old with the Venice effect in Photoshop.
Step one. The first thing that you need to do is to open your image that you want to apply the effect to in Photoshop. I like to use old buildings and things that are meant to have the old look to them. Some of my photos of recent things just don’t look too good when I make them look old. They seem like they are too fake if you know what I mean.
Step Two. Now you need to make a new layer in Photoshop, and fill the entire layer with the color that simulates the color of sepia photos. It does not have to be exact, as long as you get the same color. It looks like a yellowish brown if that makes sense.
Step Three. Now that you have the solid background, go to Filter, down to Noise, and over to Add Noise. You will want to keep the noise to around 3-4% depending on the quality of your image. After you have the desired amount of noise, click OK on the noise window, and we need to bring the effect down. So, on the keyboard, you can press Ctrl+Shift+F to bring up the window to fade the effect. Bring it down enough so that you just see the noise in the color.
Step Four. Now we need to a little bit of the Sponge effect to the image. To do this go to Filter, down to Artistic, and over to Sponge. Inside of the Sponge window, you will want to adjust the sponge effect to your liking and hit OK when you are done. Now you need to fade the effect by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F on the keyboard and fade the sponge effect so that you can see more of the noise than the sponge.
Step Five. This is where you need to find an image of a crinkled piece of paper. You can scan one if you can’t find one on the web, but open that image as a new layer in your Photoshop project. You need to then desaturate the image and set the opacity of the paper image to around 30-40%. You also need to set the blending option of the paper layer to Overlay.
Step Six. Now we are ready to see our image as an old photo. To do this move your image that you want to look old to the very top of your layers so that it is on top. Now all that you need to do is to change the blending mode of that image to Overlay. Now you should have a finished image that looks old and looks great.echo $variable;
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Make Your Dull Photos Come to Life
Sometimes you can get just the right moment, with just the right lighting, but it still seems like something is missing in your photo. The picture isn’t as vibrant as you would like, perhaps. Here is a great way to really make the colors in your photos pop using adobe Photoshop.
The first thing you need to do is open your picture in the Edit mode of Photoshop. At this point make any corrections to your photo, such as cropping, color correction, and removing flaws. Many people go to “temperature” under the quick fix menu to warm up their photos, but hold off on that step for right now.
Now right click on your background layer, under the layers bar on the right. Select “duplicate layer”. You can name this layer whatever you want. I just leave it as background copy. Right under the word Layers is a drop down menu that should say normal. Click on it and choose overlay. The colors and contrast should immediately pop. This is usually too vivid but it is easy to find just the right level. Simply click on the opacity drop down menu and move the slider until you have just the right amount of pop. I usually keep it around 30 to 50 percent.
Once you have the level set where it looks best you can right click on your background layer and choose merge visible. This makes it possible for you to save your picture as a .jpeg file and do more editing to your photo.
This technique works great on portraits because it really makes the eye color stand out. It also works well in pictures with bright colors. It does darken your photos a bit, so if your picture is dark, to begin with here is a tip. Before you create an overlay layer, create a screen layer. You follow the same steps but instead of choosing overlay you choose screen. This dramatically brightens your pictures. You can then repeat the process with an overlay. Once you get started you can try any combination of screen and overlay and play around with the opacity. This will really add some crisp color and vibrancy to dull photos. The look is also very modern, which I like.
Adobe Photoshop is a great tool for enhancing your photos. You can learn more tips by reading articles, watching video tutorials, and experimenting with it yourself. Hope this helps you polish your skills!echo $variable;
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Photoshop brushes are incredible tools for various purposes. The most basic brushes on Photoshop, such as the history brush or paint brush, can help you with numerous types of graphic design and editing tasks with your project. However, there are a number of third-party plug-ins that offer many other types of stylistic choices.
A simple Google search with the terms, “Photoshop brushes” will render you some excellent results. Some of these brushes are available completely free, while others are offered for purchase.
My first Google result was a site called Brusheezy. It’s slogan reads, “Stupid name. Cool brushes.” And they are right. They offer many different types of free brushes such as the grunge brush, which has the effect of a faded text on cement look. Others include the splatter brush and the lace brush. They can be found at www.brusheezy.com.
Another site worth noting is myphotoshopbrushes.com. This website also offers free Photoshop brushes that are available for download.
The web is full of resources when it comes to Photoshop tools, particularly brushes. New ones are literally being developed every day. There are other ways to find these tools, besides Google.
Blogs are a useful resource, as many creative professionals now have their own blogs and update them frequently. In my searching, I found one particularly useful from Elite By Design.
Another incredible and valuable source of information comes from Adobe. Adobe’s website is full of useful tutorials and resources. They provide links to third-party distributors and offer their own products as well. They have a good resource for brushes too. Just check out Photoshop Support.
If you’re not familiar with forums, try checking them out online. Many forums offer advice, resources and links to provide people with the best possible information and tools the internet has to offer.
Another great website to check out is about.com. They have professional writers on staff to write about every topic imaginable, including graphics software. Most of the links that they provide are for Sue’s Brushes. The brushes were created by Sue Chastain, about.com staff writer.
In addition to about.com, there are sites like Suite101.com and others that have great advice from professionals in the graphics industry. They provide some very good advice to those seeking brushes and other tools.
Another way to obtain brushes for Photoshop is to create them yourself. This is only recommended for experienced developers of course. A good resource for this is Bittbox. There is a wonderful article on creating brushes in there.
Another really great website to look into is Easy Elements. This website is great for artists and professionals seeking help in graphic design, as it has great tutorials and advice articles.echo $variable;
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My most favorite graphics are always the flowers. In large part, they’re my favorite because they look like they should be so difficult to create – and yet, if you know the tools to use, they’re actually very easy.
This guide will help you create colorful, lovely pansy clipart in Photoshop. You won’t need any special plugins, filters, shapes, or anything else. What you will need is Adobe Photoshop, version 7 or higher. This tutorial is being written using Photoshop CS3, so some tools may be located in different spots if you’re using an older version of the software – but they’re all there, I promise.
Drawing Pansy Clipart – The Steps
What we’re going for is a basic petal that is pointed (sort-of) at the bottom, and wider and flatter at the top. See Illustration 01 for reference.
Now, click “Edit”, choose “Transform Path”, and select “Rotate”. Going through your petal layers, set your two top-side petals first, and rotate the two bottom petals last. This way, all your petals are in the right order (starting at top center, each petal goes in front of the next one to the bottom petals). Reference Illustration 01 – a stroke has been added to the petals early, just to let you see how they’re laid out.
When you have situated all of the petals, right-click each petal layer and choose “Rasterize Layer”.
Before you click OK, go to the “Stroke” setting. Set the color of your stroke to black, and the size of 1 pixel. Then, click OK. Now, go through the rest of your petals and apply the same stroke setting.
When these are drawn, rasterize the layers and apply the same stroke setting that you did on the full petals in the last step.
Reference Illustration 02.
Now, we’re going to make a stem. Grab your square shape tool and draw a long, thin rectangle behind your petals in a green color. Do not rasterize this layer yet. Instead, go to “Edit”, “Transform Path”, and choose the “Warp” tool again. We want the stem to ripple just a little bit, instead of looking like a straight line drawn in green crayon.
Finally, rasterize the stem and then apply (yet again!) the stroke setting we’ve been using. Reference Illustration 03.
You can easily change the color of your pansy by going back into your Layer Styles (Layer, Layer Styles) and choosing “Color Overlay”. Set the color, and then change the mode to “Color” or “Hue” to quickly change the petals without having to re-draw your flower.echo $variable;
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So you’re new to Adobe Photoshop and you don’t know how to use it? Not a problem. This tutorial will teach you the Basics of it and what each option does. The most commonly used tools in Photoshop are located on the Toolbar on the side.
On the toolbar are following tools and what they are used for.
Rectangular Marquee: You use this to change to different types of marquees. By doing this, you will click and hold the little black arrow on the right bottom corner. This can be used for several things, but a lot of people use it to select certain areas of graphics and fill it with different colors, or patterns.
Underneath the tools, there is the Color Palette which is where you choose your Background color and your Foreground Color. Underneath the Color Palette is the Layer Masking Tools, which is used to cut out images. The small three icons under the Layer Masking Tools are used to make your screen to different sizes such as Full Size. Lastly, the bottom icon is used to transfer your work into Image Ready.
Everything is pretty much easy and common sense. The Help option on Photoshop also helps a lot if you ever get stuck with a problem.echo $variable;
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Anyone who’s browsed the internet enough has heard of Photoshop. It has the largest use on the internet. From movie poster to simple photo enhancements, you can make them all in Photoshop. What people don’t know is how easily one can achieve the most magnificent effects.
Layer blending and blending options
By using these simple tricks you can decrease the time you spend on a file, you can create and design smarter and even invent your own methods of “photoshopping” images. These are some simple things that can redefine how you work with Photoshop. Simply toying around with these options will give you infinite ideas to do much more creative work. These are tricks all Photoshop gurus will vouch for.echo $variable;
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If you have freckles, you know how everyone tells you how “cute” they are, but when you want to evolve from being “cute”, you can follow this tutorial for a simple way to remove freckles in Photoshop by using a blur filter.
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Guide to Make a Painting in Photoshop
Did you ever try painting digitally? Painting ‘virtually’ with some great software and converting real photos into paintings can be much fun. Without any mess and expense, digital painting allows you to work more freely and soar high along with your creativity. Step by step you can save your work and make changes wherever you want. It allows you to experiment more and more and in the end you don’t have to wait for painting to dry. No odors, no chemicals, and no expenditures. It’s fun!
If you’re a beginner then here are some tips and tricks to get started with digital painting/mixed media. Though there are many ways to do this one thing but I am going to tell you the simple steps. If you’ll follow them you will be able to master this style soon.
What will you need?
Photoshop (I use Photoshop Element 6.0)
Start with any image. Try human figures, animals or birds.
Open the image
On the right-hand side is your ‘layer bin’ .Your photo will open and be labeled as ‘background’
The photo needs little ‘enhancement’. Click the tab >>>’Enhance’tab.You will see adjust lighting >>>
Start messing with these settings .Play until what you get what you want.
Under the same “Enhance” tab you can see adjust Color’. Adjust Hue / Saturation. Just increase the ‘saturation’ until you get bold colors.
You can also hit the ‘Color Variations’ tab and mess around there to get a good balance of colors. There are many options to choose. Play there too.
Scroll down to>>> Fill Layer and then over to >>>Pattern.
You will see a box popping up. You see the check box by Group with Previous Layer. DON’T CHECK IT. Down to Mode, it by default is on ‘Normal’, click the arrow comes down. You will see a big list of but you hit the ‘Overlay’ tab. Leave opacity at 100 %.>>> Click OK.
After clicking OK, another box will come up. Click the down arrow by the little box with the ‘texture’ in it. Now you see many textures popping up. Click any of them. See what will work best and then add the best texture. It just depends on the photo. Make sure link with the layer is checked.
Time to add a layer.
Go back to layer, select a new layer.
This layer will auto name itself ‘Layer 1’
Leave it to ‘Normal’ mode and Opacity 100%. Then click>>> OK.
What do you see in your palette bin?
You see your original photo (background)
The Pattern Fill Mask layer
and a new ‘layer 1’. Currently, it is a ‘checkered box pattern.
Can you see paint-bucket tool on the left-hand side of PS (Photoshop)? >>>Click it.
Down at the very bottom make sure ‘white’ is your top color and ‘black’ is your background color.
With ‘layer 1’ selected in the bin,>>> click anywhere on the screen. What do you see all white screen? Don’t panic!!!
it should turn white and that’s what we want now. So you’re sure that ‘Layer 1’ is all white.
Now click the eyeball by ‘Layer 1’.
Hurray!!! you got your image back. Can you see you image now?
Now go back to Layer and >>> click>>> New and then>>> Layer.
Name it ‘Layer 2’.
This ‘Layer 2’ is not going to appear in your layer bin. We have to leave it transparent. It’s going to be our final product.
Now you are all set to start painting>>>
Could you see the icon of smudge too down from our paint bucket tool?
The smudge tool should look like this
Normal mode>>> Strength at 100%>>>> checkbox by Use All Layers >>> no Check by Finger Painting.
To the left-hand side of the screen on the same toolbar, there is a drop down menu that allows us to select our brushes.
Choose a brush.
By clicking the double arrow >> on the side to you can change your brush sets to find different ones. Every brush will have different affects on the project. So pick what you think will be good for your photo.
Now start clicking
Just click and drag to spread your color around.
It’s a lot of clicking and really time taking so keep painting
When you think you have painted all over the photo and finally created a painting then>>>
Delete Layer 1
Delete pattern fill 1
And now you will see only two boxes>>>
Go back to layer, scroll down and click Merge Visible (or Shift–CTRL—E).
It will merge the two layers.
Just remember>>> follow each and every step.echo $variable;
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Photoshop is an easy way to make pictures look like they were taken by a professional. Photoshop can be very addicting to those who haven’t used it much, and when you figure out how to edit your pictures like the professionals, you will love photography!
The key to photoshopping pictures is layers. Each time you want to add something or change something on a picture, you need another layer. To fix splotches or blemishes, use the spot healing brush. The spot healing brush takes all of the colors from around the spot you want to work on, and averages out the colors to blend the spot. This brush comes in handy eighty percent of the time when working on blemishes. Another helpful tool is the clone stamp tool. The clone stamp tool samples an area from the spot you click on and you can click another spot to send the clone image to the area. The clone stamp tool is great when you are working on skin tone and the back round of an image.
Fixing spots and scratched areas can be fixed easily with a few tools in Photoshop.
Brushes are very important when working with photoshop. you can add many different effects to an image with a few clicks of a brush tool. Brushes range from different shapes, sizes and textures. You can add more texture to images and change the backgrounds very easily with the brush tool.
Photoshop is a professional editing program and in order to really learn the program, you should take some classes or just play around with it for a while. Some tips for editing with Photoshop are that when taking pictures, you can always change the color or turn it to black and white with a single click. If you start with a black and white image in Photoshop, it is much more difficult to change the appearance of the image. Photoshop is a great program and it is important to have fun with the images you are working with, rather than making images bland and unnoticeable.echo $variable;
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Adobe has finally ripped off its premium software tag and released a lighter and free version of their path-breaking Photoshop software called Photoshop Express. There is no need to install anything since it is on-line at http://ift.tt/2uK7Q81. Though still in the beta phase it still is better than its peers already out in there on the web.
The flash based interface is extremely intuitive and is very different from any of the other competitors. The first step is to register where you can specify your own unique URL for your photos. The selection for the country is restricted to the United States in the beta phase. The rest of the registration process is routine.
Adobe Photoshop express is a combination of a photo sharing website and an on-line tool for adding some breathtaking effects to your photos. Adobe has already partnered with Picassa, Facebook and Photobucket and there are talks about bringing Flickr on board soon. That way you should be able to edit photos stored on these websites, edit them via Express and re-upload them to the original websites. As of now, the photos can be open only in Express there is no API in place in the partner sites for the same. Photoshop Express offers 2 GB space for on-line storage and lets you organize them into albums, share with friends and also create flash slideshows. It has its own uploader in case you would want to upload your photos faster.
The effects that have been provided are more than sufficient to let the average photographer retouch his photos with basic effects such as removing red eye, removing blemishes and enhancing colors. In addition Express also provides with effects such as distort and sketch. There is just about enough here to convert the boring photos into exciting works of art.
Any beta application has bugs and Express has its fair share. At this point in time, there is no help available except for a bunch of video tutorials and a forum. Express only supports photos with dimensions less than 4000 megapixels, so the bulk photos cannot be edited. Currently, there is no printing possible and no search based on keywords or tags. Also, the uploader does not let you create directories or upload them. Photos have to be organized only after they are completely uploaded.
Adobe has big plans for Express. There will be a premium edition in the future which might offer more space and better effects. There are also plans to integrate with other products such as Lightroom and also video support with Premier Elements. It should be worth the wait to see how these products are integrated into Express. Except for the minor bugs and glitches, Express brings in a fresh change in the monotonous world of photo sharing sites. It also raises expectations to all the fantastic changes that could be seen in the future releases.echo $variable;
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