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24 Apr

Create A Surreal Ocean Portrait In Photoshop

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We all have our heads in the clouds from time to time, and with the help of Photoshop, we can bring our day dreams to life. For this tutorial, you'll need a straight-on headshot, an image of water, a cutout of a dolphin and a cutout of a ship. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. Crop the portrait until it's a tight shot from the shoulders up. Make sure the Delete Cropped Pixels box is checked at the top of the screen. Use the Crop tool to expand the top of the image so that there's plenty of space for the effect. Click on the Quick Selection Tool on the lefthand toolbar, and make a selection of your subject. Once your subject...
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18 Apr

Perfect Drone Images with Lightroom’s Histogram Tool

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In this tutorial, we will show you how to maximize the Histogram tool located on the top right of your Lightroom screen to fully encapsulate your image's true potential. The histogram in essence tells you where your edits should be made when it comes to exposure, contrast, etc. It will outline where certain details are lost and how to recover them. We'll break down the tutorial into five categories: Clipping/Shadows Exposure Contrast Tones Luminance/Saturation Clipping/Shadows To check for clipping, we click the Show Shadow Clipping and Show Highlight Clipping triangular icons on the top left and right. In the photo below, we see a very small portion of red showing that there is no shadow clipping, but a little highlight clipping. Since it...
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6 Apr

Add Cinematic Drama To Your Photos In Lightroom With a Few Quick Steps

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Movie imagery has a specific style and mood that increases the sense of drama. The cool, blue tones, faded contrast and shallow depth of field draw the viewer in. It's a look that speaks to many still photographers as well. But not all still photographers have the right gear to recreate it on camera. Luckily, if you're a fan of the cinematic look, you can recreate it whenever you want with just a few simple steps in Lightroom. Start by opening your image in your Lightroom catalog and open the editing window by clicking the Develop tap at the top of the window, or by using the shortcut D. An editing bar will appear to the right of the image. Cinema tends to have a...
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3 Apr

Boost Colors In Lightroom Using This Simple Technique

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Photographers must live with the unfortunate reality that nature will often outperform even the most expensive gear. The rich hues of a sunset or the deep blue of an ocean won't always come out on camera the way it looks in real life. Luckily we have post processing to fix that. With the help of Lightroom, you can boost the colors of any image without making it look fake or over edited. Start by opening your image in Lightroom. Click on the Develop tab at the top of the window or use the shortcut 'D.' We're going to start with basic exposure edits. The photo I'm working with is very dark, so I increased the overall exposure, then decreased Highlights and increased Shadows. Removing...
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27 Mar

How To Remove A Tattoo In Photoshop

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Removing tattoos in the real world is a long, painful and expensive process. But if you want to remove a tattoo for a professional portrait or a family photo, a few simple edits in Photoshop will do the trick. Start by opening your image in Photoshop. Create a new layer. Select the Spot Healing Brush tool in the lefthand tool bar. At the top of the document, make sure Mode is set to Normal and Type is set to Content Aware. Then check the Sample All Layers box. The top of the document should look like this: Now you're going to use the Spot Healing Brush tool to erase the tattoo in small sections. Make sure you select a patch of skin with each...
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21 Mar

How To Add Facial Hair Using Photoshop

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Not all men can grow a full, luscious beard on their own, but with the help of Photoshop, you can sample a never ending variety of facial hair styles. So the next time you're considering that goatee or skinny mustache, try it out here first. That way you won't have any haircut regrets later. Start by opening up your portrait in Photoshop. Create a new, empty layer by going to Layer>New>Layer. An editing box will pop up. Keep all of the settings the same and click OK. You'll see a new layer in the layers panel that shows a gray and white checkered box. Select the Brush tool on the lefthand toolbox. Check the two small boxes in the bottom left corner...
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13 Mar

Reflectors: Every Portrait Photographer’s Best Friend

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In photography, lighting is everything - especially when it comes to portraiture. For portrait photographers, there's nothing better than that early morning or late afternoon natural light, but the sun isn't always gracious enough to behave how we want it to. That's when we have to call in help from external lighting equipment, which can come in many different forms.  While handheld flashes and studio lights are great for illuminating a subject, they can also be bulky and inconvenient to use. Large flashy lighting equipment can also be intimidating for a new or shy model. Reflectors, on the other hand, are easy to transport, require no batteries or electricity and can have a dramatic effect on a photo’s quality of light. Plus, they're...
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20 Feb

Create A Hippy Inspired Tie Dye Portrait

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Tie dying isn't only for big white t-shirts and hot summer days. Now you can get that multi colored, hippy inspired effect on your favorite portraits with just a few simple steps in Photoshop. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. This works best with a strong, interesting pose, rather than just a classic head shot. The effect will also be most successful if your subject is against a simple patterned background. Something like strips or bricks will work well. Duplicate the background copy by right clicking on the layer in the right side panel and selecting Duplicate Layer. Right click on the new layer and select Convert to Smart Object. Double check the two small squares in the bottom left corner to make sure the...
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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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