Make Parts of an Image Stand Out by Changing Focus
In this tutorial I will show you an easy way to take an image and make parts of it out of focus to bring the attention on another object in the image.
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Focus Area is a brand new selection tool in Photoshop, introduced as part of the 2014 Creative Cloud updates. With Focus Area, we can now make selections based on the in-focus area of an image! In other words, if we have an image where we need to isolate a person or subject from the background, and that person or subject happens to be in focus (inside the depth of field) while the background is blurred and out of focus, Photoshop can now analyze the image, figure out what’s in focus and what’s not, and make a selection of just the area we need. In this two-part tutorial, we’ll see how it works!
It's no wonder that the eyes are considered the window to the soul. They can give away your emotions and are, too many, a thing of beauty.
In the world of photography and Photoshop one of the most import things to do in a portrait shot is get the eyes in focus. The are instinctively the first thing we look at in a portrait shot, both of humans and animals. If you get the eyes out of focus it can ruin the shot. However if you get almost everything out of focus except the eyes the image can still work. In this second portraiture tutorial I will go through 4 ways to help you retouch the eyes to make them really stand out using Photoshop.
We’ve all run into situations where our image is a little smaller than the area where we need it to fit. For example, if you resize a digital camera image so it fits within a traditional 8×10″ image area, you’ll have extra space either above or below your image (or both). That’s where Content-Aware Scaling comes in—it lets you resize one part of your image, while keeping the important parts intact (basically, it analyzes the image and stretches, or shrinks, parts of the image it thinks aren’t as important).
Grain, which is often refer to as noise in modern digital photography, is reminiscent of the film days of photography. While most photographer focus on creating images that are technically perfect and with as little noise as possible, adding some subtle noise to an image can help it stand out and look less sterile.
When you take into account all the different ways to get a tack sharp image, it can be quite overwhelming. I’ve been photographing landscapes as a full time photographer for six years now, and have tested just about every method out there. Focus stacking is just one more option, but it is one of my favorites, if the conditions are right. Focus stacking is a life saver when you have a foreground subject that is very close to the frame, and a background subject that is equally important to the image.
In the first part of this tutorial on the new Focus Area selection tool in Photoshop CC 2014, we learned that Focus Area allows us to make selections based on the in-focus areas (the depth of field) of an image, making it a potentially great choice for separating a subject from its background. We also learned that creating a focus-based selection is really a two-step process. First, we use the tools in the Focus Area dialog box to create an initial selection of our in-focus subject. Then we take that initial selection and move it into Photoshop’s Refine Edge command where we clean it up, fine-tune it and make it even better.
It’s a new way to manipulate your images by changing their three dimensional perspective. You can manipulate parts of the image to give the appearance that the camera perspective changes, all without having to create a complex 3D model! This filter can be used for changing entire images, and is especially useful when aligning perspectives while compositing content from multiple images.
Today we will learn how to make a Color Stand Out in Photoshop. We will firstly take a wallpaper , then we will work on layer masks and other useful techniques related this tutorial.
Changing colors in Lab mode is a great way to change colors without altering vital portions of your image. Many times, such as when you are using Curves, or a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer, when you change one color, it alters the other tones of your image. You will get colors in the shadow and highlight portions of your image. By changing colors in Lab mode, you can change the tones of an image, while leaving the lightness and shadows untouched.
Make your photos glow and add a gentle soft focus in Elements First, we’re going to duplicate the image layer. This duplicate is the one that we apply the focus to. Ctrl/right-click on the Background layer and choose Duplicate. By editing a duplicate layer, it’s easy to tone down an effect later on just by controlling the layer opacity.