Create a vintage toy camera look
The toy camera aesthetic is a great way to practice image-editing in Photoshop, since it really encourages you to push your use of colour processing and blended textures, and to be deliberately spontaneous and careless. While the looks you come up with might seem too heavily stylised for much of your everyday photo-editing work, they can always be toned down and mixed in more subtly where needed, using the opacity controls.
Complete the vintage toy camera aesthetic: textures to grunge up images
We’ll mix the bubbly light texture in with our image using a Light blending mode, to add a double-exposed film effect. Then for the light streaks we’ll use Screen blending to selectively lighten and fade parts of our image, creating an old Polaroid effect. Finally, we’ll mix the grungy border in using the Blend If sliders.
Video tutorial: Create a pseudo-HDR effect with local contrast
This tutorial covers a simple and versatile Photoshop process for creating a local contrast effect much like tone mapping. It involves using a low-frequency (blurred) duplicate of your source image to throw controlled light into darker image regions, and to darken bright image regions.
Video tutorial: Fix frizzy hair with Photoshop’s Oil Paint filter
This effect lets Photoshop work out how to smooth hair, and then reapplies the fine hair detail to avoid things looking too smooth and artificial. What we’re doing is creating a layer with an effect applied to it, then creating a top layer that is the original image minus everything that changed when the effect was applied.
Stylised gradient effects using Photoshop's channels
By using channels to create adjustment masks you can quickly and easily create very stylised photographic effects or tweaks on any kind of Photoshop work you’re doing. In the following walkthrough you’ll see how versatile channels can be in the creative process, enabling you to make quick adjustments that affect the overall look and feel of your image. And all in a non-destructive way, too.
Retouch images in Photoshop with frequency separation
How to achieve smooth yet sharp images, without losing realism, using frequency separation. Learn a non-destructive retouching workflow, separate an image by spatial frequencies, recontour shadows and highlights...
Replicate the look and feel of any photo
How often do you see a beautifully edited image and wish you could give your own photos a similar look? This instructional video shows you, step-by-step, how to recreate any image’s feel using Photoshop:
Match Color Effects by Creating Your Own Color Lookup Tables in CC 2014
If you’re like me, you frequently use your camera to shoot both photos and videos but it’s hard to match the color effect on both. Photoshop CS6 tried to solve this by introducing the Color Lookup adjustment but it was rarely used because it depended on LUTs created by others. New in Photoshop CC 2014 is the ability to create your own 3D LUTs using any adjustment layer which means you can now create your own custom color effect and match it in other software such as Premiere Pro and After Effects. Read this tutorial and learn how you can create your own 3D LUTs in Photoshop CC 2014!
Image Noise Revisited: Reasons Why It’s Actually Good
Bet you thought that image noise was always bad, right? Well, if you’ve been hanging onto that belief for a while, you’ve actually been wrong. It’s true! Image noise – yes, contrary to conventional wisdom and popular belief – need not be a bad thing.
7 techniques for turning ordinary subjects into intersting photos
There are times when it seems like the objects around you will not allow you to capture an interesting photo. In these situations, there are some creative approaches you can take to transform ordinary, or even boring, subjects into something that will make a quality photo. In this article we’ll look at seven different techniques that you can use in these situations, along with an example of each.
Master Fundamental Colors in Photoshop
Digital technology gives photographers a level of control over colour that the average film photographer could only dream about. Using Photoshop, it's possible to remove colour casts and adjust overall colour as well as working on specific tones and hues.
Create a Photo Manipulation of an Emotional Dancer in a Forest
In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a scene of an emotional dancer in a forest. You'll learn how to combine and blend different stock photos in a cohesive scene, adjust color, use layer mask, manage lighting, work with group and more.
How to Create a Beautiful Moonlight Angel Photo Composite
Everybody loves angels or demons - this is really popular theme in photo manipulations. You will create something new on the fundaments of old theme. You will earn much tricks for making your own photomanips. Sounds interesting? Read this tutorial and find out how easy it is!
What’s New in Photoshop CC 2014? New Features Guide
Photoshop CC has rolled out many updates since it first released. The latest 2014 release is packed with new and improved features that you need to know. Some of the more notable ones are Smart Guides, automatic font downloading, new Path and Spin blur modes, better 3D printing support, and more. Read this guide and learn about all the new updates in the 2014 release and how you can benefit from them.
The easiest way to remove acne
Acne, pimples, and blemishes begone! Follow Aaron Nace as he demonstrates this super easy and very effective way to remove acne in Photoshop... For best results, do a detailed sweep of every small spot and pimple, then do larger texture areas for skin smoothing...
How to Correct Skin Tones and Stylize Your Photo
This tutorial shows you how to get past those challenges and achieve the results you want in every part of your photo without having to sacrifice elsewhere. What we liked about this video is that, in ten minutes, he basically brings this image to life. The composition and execution were solid, but the effect the photographer was going for had made his models’ skin look very blue and washed out.
Prioritizing Devices: Testing And Responsive Web Design
My Android Galaxy smartphone is so sweet. It plays games, has a lovely screen and lets me check all of my favorite websites while I’m commuting to and from work. And my new iPad is even better; it’s all I use at home when I’m relaxing in the living room, cooking in the kitchen or toileting on the toilet. As a consumer of electronic gadgets, I’m happier than Angelina Jolie in an orphanage with all of the devices with which I can use to access the Internet.
The Quick Start Guide to Photoshop (Pt.2)
Photoshop is the industry standard when it comes to photo editing, largely in part to the powerful editing tools it has to offer. There are so many tools and features that using Photoshop can seem daunting to newer users. We created this episode to highlight the essential tools and features of Photoshop. In time you will want to explore the program in greater depth but we have found that a handful of tools are powerful enough to do just about anything in Photoshop.
How to Make a Pure White Background
If you have ever photographed someone on a “white” backdrop only to find the white came out more of a gray you know why this episode is so important. An image with pure white edges will fade perfectly onto most websites but how do you get your whites to be “oh so white”? In this episode we show you how to create that perfect white without losing too much detail in your images. As a bonus we also show you how to make pure black.
Techniques For Creating Custom Textures
Textures are everywhere — the concrete of a sidewalk, the fabric on your chair, even the glass (or plastic) surface of the screen you’re staring at right now. It’s natural that textures appeal to us because we see and feel them every day. And it’s no surprise why textures have become such an important element in design — so important, in fact, that I want to share with you the tricks and tools to create your own textures using Photoshop.