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8 Feb

Replace Any Background In Photoshop

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You've taken a stunning portrait in the studio, but now have grand visions of it with a sweeping sunset landscape, bustling city, or even underwater scene. Sometimes shooting these in the real world just aren't an option, so you have to take matters into your own hands. In this tutorial, we will show you how to take your studio shot and merge it with a landscape of your choice. Start by opening two images in Photoshop - a portrait with a subject you'll cut out, and background you will place them into. This is the portrait we choose, it should be easy to remove her from the white background as it provides contrast. She will be placed in this background. Use your favorite selection tool to...
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21 Nov

Boost Outdoor Portraits With Fall Inspired Tones In Photoshop

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We're just getting into that deep chill of real fall, come winter. November is characterized by those rich hues that take over the world once most of the leaves have fallen from the trees. Bringing those dark red and green tones to a picture can give any regular portrait a look of late fall. This effect works great with outdoor portraits, especially ones with backgrounds that are already dark, like green plants or a brick wall. If you're using a bright image, you might have to tweak the settings and colors to match the style of the picture and achieve an effect that works. Start by opening your image in Photoshop. Create a new adjustment layer by clicking on the half white, half black circle...
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7 Nov

No, Your iPhone Camera Isn’t Just As Good As A DSLR

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Movements like the 'Shot on iPhone6' campaign make some DSLR owners tremble with the fear that, at the end of the day, their expensive equipment is overkill compared to the recent high quality of cell phone cameras. But tremble not, you DSLR enthusiasts. Because, although the newest cell phone cameras might have breathtaking quality, they will never - or at least no time in the near future - live up to the power and complexity of a DSLR. As cell phone technology advances, and apps like Instagram become more and more popular, everyone now thinks they're a professional photographer. Gone are the days of complicated large format cameras and hours spent working over chemicals in a darkroom with expensive sheets of film. Gone, even, are the days of...
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24 Oct

Achieve The Perfect Bokeh Without Spending Thousands On A Lens

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We all love a good bokeh effect - that dreamy, out of focus background, created by shooting with an open aperture - but unless you're shooting with an expensive lens, the bokeh in your images might not be as extreme as you want it. Thankfully, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on top of the line lenses to get this nice bokeh effect in your photography. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps in Photoshop and you can create your own perfect bokeh in ten minutes. Start by opening your picture in Photoshop. This effect works best with an image that already has some bokeh effect, even if it's not much. Try this out with a...
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18 Oct

Give Your Portraits A Magazine-Quality Glow in Photoshop

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We've all seen the beautiful, airbrushed people on magazine covers and wondered how their skin can look so perfectly polished. The porcelain skin effect doesn't require thousands of dollars of studio lights and hours of editing, but can actually be done with just a few simple steps in Photoshop. Even if your subject already has smooth, flawless skin, this tutorial can help bring an extra touch of brightness and polish to their face. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. You can use either a portrait shot in a studio or one shot using natural light. This works best when your subject is placed against a darker background because the contrast will help make the subject's face and skin stand out as the...
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10 Oct

Create Your Own Photo Filter In Under 10 Minutes

Thanks to Instagram, we all know how big of a difference a filter can make for a photo. Filters can turn average, color pictures into antique, film prints, high definition landscapes or airbrushed portraits. They’re a great option for when you don’t have a lot of time to spend editing, but still want to make a photo look artistic or unique. Unfortunately, the small handful of filters that Instagram offers - the ones we’ve all see over and over again - can feel boring and overused.  But with the help of Photoshop and just a few simple steps, you can create your own personalized filter to apply to your images in less than 10 minutes. Creating your own unique filter will not only add...
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29 Sep

How to Neutralize Color Casts Created by ND Filters AKA Big Stoppers

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When you shoot in RAW you’re taking full advantage of what digital photography has to offer in terms of versatility. With this file type good images can become great, and even problematic shots can be rescued. With control over exposure, tonality, color and much more, RAW is the perfect option for landscape photography. Shooting long exposures with a 10-stop ND filter – aka a Big Stopper – attached to the lens is incredibly popular for shooting landscapes. But if you’ve ever shot with one you’ll be familiar with the strong color cast they create. For this reason many Big Stopper shots are converted to mono so they don’t have to deal with the color cast, even when shooting in RAW. But...
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2 Sep

How to Create a Sunset Effect Using Photoshop

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Golden hour photography is notoriously gorgeous - the glowing reds, yellows and oranges are hard to resist. Although sometimes, your outdoor shots just don't quite give off those warm and cozy sun-kissed vibes that you want from them. Photoshop can help! In just a handful of minutes you can take your backlit photos from drab to absolutely spectacular. Here's how: First, create a new layer over your image by going to Layer > New > Layer. Now go to your gradient tool and then click on the drop down menu circled in red to create your color scheme for your faux sun. Choose any of the pre-made gradients, it doesn't matter which, so you can change the colors into the ones you'll use! Select...
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29 Aug

4 Simple Retouching Tricks You Can Do in Photoshop

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Photoshop can be a daunting platform to master, especially for the uninitiated. Still, photo editors and photographers have a wealth of potential and capability at their disposal thanks to Adobe’s photo editing dream machine. While experts can create wildly artistic creations in Photoshop from their bare bones photos, the platform excels at easy, quick and seamless editing and retouching tricks. Most of these aren’t elaborate in nature or execution, but can still go a long way from taking your photo from ordinary to extraordinary. Below are four of the easiest and most effective retouching tricks that anyone can pull off in Photoshop. Using Healing & Clone Tools on a Separate Layer: This one is as easy it comes. Check off the box...
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20 Aug

Video Editing 101

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There's a lot more that goes into editing video than editing still photographs. You have to consider which editing software to use, how to transfer clips from your camera to your computer and how to cut and combine those clips to create a final story. It can be an overwhelming process, but with a little patience and practice, you too can become a pro. First, it’s important to consider the basics. Welcome to Video Editing 101! Choosing Your Software Although all Macs come with the free video editing software, iMovie, something more advanced is usually preferable. Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere are both professional video editing programs that are fairly easy to use, but will cost you about $19.99 a...
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