Archive for the 'Photoshop' Category
If you have attended IT Training workshops in Photoshop and still want to learn more, sign up for our monthly webinars, entitled “Photoshop CS6 Extras.” These sessions are free to anyone–and the best news is, we will be posting recordings of them here.
Here is what we have so far:
Disappearing act 2/1/2013: Learn to extract one person from a group of people and make the absence look seamless. Learn how to add a new background to the image of the extracted person.
Change that foreground/background 2/22/2013: Learn four new ways to change a background–even around fine, blowing hair– and learn two new ways to add and modify a foreground item so it blends in perfectly. With Layer Comps, you can experiment with many versions of an edited image.
Create a 2001-style HAL computer – 3/22/2013: Create the whole thing: red eye and shiny surface.
Are there tasks you find yourself doing again and again in Photoshop? To spare yourself some time and exasperation, you can create a Photoshop Droplet. The Droplet is a little application consisting of a set of Photoshop tasks that you create and which sits on your desktop. You run the application by dragging a file on top of the Droplet icon.
Here’s how to create a Photoshop Droplet:
For more complex chores, you can also create Photoshop Actions and run them on batches of files.
First, create an Action:
http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/post-processing-articles/100-free-photoshop-actions-and-how-to-make-your-own/ (This set of instructions includes some free predefined actions for optional download)
Then, run your action on a batch of files:
There are myriad ways to remove red eye from a photograph.
First, see how to use the Red Eye tool in Photoshop:
While this technique works, I tend to use methods other than the Red Eye tool because a) it can result in overkill, and b) the tool actually changes existing pixels– and I almost always use nondestructive editing in Photoshop. On the rare occasions that I use the Red Eye tool, I first select the pupils and copy them to a new layer before using the tool.
If this tool is unsatisfactory–as in the case of animals–here are some other ways to remove red eye:
- You can use the regular Brush tool with a Color blend mode. Make sure that the foreground/background colors are set to the default black/white. (To set default with a keyboard shortcut, press the D key.)
- To keep it nondestructive, I would advise a modified approach to the same Blend Mode process above: add a new layer and set its blend mode to Color, then use the brush in normal mode on the new layer. Again, foreground/background colors must be set to default.
- You can use the Color Replacement tool with a black foreground. This tool is in the Brush tool family; press and hold Brush to activate it. Note that the higher Tolerance settings in the Options panel will result in stronger effects.
What about animals? The Photoshop Red Eye tool responds to only the color of reflections in human eyes–so that particular tool won’t work on animals. Following is a terrific article that includes animals plus a couple of other methods–including the Sponge tool, which is one of my favorites.
- Other ways to fix red eye: http://www.graphics.com/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=988 .
This article offers a terrific way to achieve luminous eyes, too!
When designing a logo or any kind of project, you may want to have several options to choose from or to work with. To that end, let’s see how to easily update our basic shapes with varying fonts or styles.
You Photoshop users probably know that you can move your windows and panels around so that everything is exactly where you want it to be. Now when I was a Photoshop newbie, I knew it was possible to modify the workspace, and I knew how to move things around, but I wasn’t sure how to put things back. Because I was intimidated, I decided to just leave everything where it was.
Here’s a little video tutorial for those of you who hesitate to take advantage of the workspace flexibility that Photoshop offers.
Click the image to watch.