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ALT-DEL TO FILL FILL LAYER WITH BLACK – MUST BE SET TO FOREGROUND COLOUR
[ ] CHANGE BRUSH SIZE
ALT-CNTRL-SHIFT-E – STAMP LAYER.
UNSHARPEN MASK USE BICUBIC SAMPLER.
all RAW images need contrast and sharpening adding in Photoshop.
Don't use auto sharpening in lightroom.
apply effects to areas of picture that need it.
ALT-SHIFT-CNTRL-E creates a stamp layer a copy of all layers below.
do below on the STAMP LAYERS.
filter unsharp mask - 40 pixel radius amount 24 - micro contrast makes picture pop.
filter unsharp mask - final sharpening 1-1.1 pixel radius amount 70-80 check by magnifying glass.
TO CREATE THE NEW LAYER WITH ALL LAYERS BELOW IT CLONED PRESS cntl-alt-shift-n
Then press the CLONE STAMP ICON
NEXT GO TO OPTIONS PALETTE -> SAMPLE AND CHOOSE CURRENT AND BELOW FOR THE LAYERS.
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TIP TO CREATE AN IMAGE TO USE WHERE YOU WANT TRANSPARENT BACKGROUND TO BE SAVED YOU MUST SAVE AS PNG OR GIF IMAGE
HOW TO DO A DISPLACEMENT MAP OF AN IMAGE WRAPPED AROUND ANOTHER.
Move tool to drag image from one window to the other
use free transform to put image where you want
image - desaturate to turn into black and white
push arrows in both directions to increase contrast - left end is black
do a gausian blur at 0.7
save as MAP.PSD
undo to get image to be wrapped to how it was
copy wrap layer to top layer using copy layer icon
now use displacement filter set to 25 --- DISPLACEMENT DONE HERE --
go to object to be wrapped and select CNTRL TO select it
go to top layer and add a layer mask
reduce opacity and do a guasian blur again
go back to image to be wrapped and move arrows to right to increase contrast
put an empty layer above bottom backround layer and fill this layer with white
select eraser tool and make it large - click on centre of white fill layer and do a gausian blur again.
HOW TO REMOVE SPOTS AND BLEMISHES FROM A MODELS PHOTO
open photo in photoshop > create new layer > select sample all layers at top of screen > choose healing tool and paint over spots.
cntrl key = mask
alt + click see how mask looks
alt+drag move mask
eclipse + shift = circle.
IF YOU WANT TO MASK THINGS THAT ARE ON THE BACKGROUND LAYER. DUPLICATE BACKGROUND BUT THEN PUT A BLACK FILL LAYER SANDWICH BETWEEN THESE LAYERS.
ADD MASK TO TOP LAYER.
SELECT PART OF IMAGE YOU WANT TO USE AS MASK USING SELECTION TOOLS - THEN CREATE MASK AND INVERT THE MASK.
to add more selections use selections tools- you should see marching ants around selection - then image>invert click on CNTRL and then MASK SQUARE on Layer this will keep adding selections to the mask. Use refine edges to feather the selections otherwise they look too cut-out.
Then finish with levels, curves and final sharpening.
refining your masks in photoshop CS5 if technique does not work fully manually paint more black into mask and re-try.
use transform to flip a layer - image rotation will flip all layers.
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IF PS won't open a File go to File properties by right clicking on File - select Advanced tab - type in au (all users) - press check name.
I would suggest white Balance, Exposure, levels - then you can start to play with the rest. A final check with curves, resize and sharpen. You can use the fx button under background to change layer effects. selective lightning of an image within photoshop
adjustment level tutorial layer mask example using graduated mask to darken part of an image
making selective adjustments layer mask example to just brighten selected object
changing only part of an adjustment layer hue adjustment to change colour of objects and left>right mask
levels adjustment tonal range, colour, contrast. midtones.
clipping layers - for graphics etc
CREATING AN OVAL CLIPPING MASK - I PREFER NORMAL MASKS AS YUO CAN FEATHER EDGES - CLIPPING MASKS THOUGH GOOD FOR GRAPHICS
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Painting into a Layer Mask to Reveal Image
NOTE Open the file you wish to modify
NOTE Choose: Layers > New Adjustment Layer > Hue / Saturation
The Hue Saturation dialog will open, and a new adjustment layer will appear.
NOTE Slide the saturation slider all the way to the left to remove all color. You may want to adjust contrast/brightness if the resulting black and white image doesn't appeal to you.
NOTE Click once on the WHITE layer mask generated by the adjustment layer (2)
NOTE Tap the letter "D" to set your foreground color to BLACK
NOTE Tap the letter "B" to select the Brush Tool, and in the Options bar above set the brush to a medium softness, and an appropriate size for working with your image
NOTE Now move into the image window and begin painting over the part of the image you wish to be in color. Painting BLACK into the white adjustment layer's mask will "erase" it to reveal the color subject below.
Change brush sizes as needed. You could also use the Lasso Tool (L) to make a selection, and then Alt/Delete (Option/Delete) to fill the selection with black and accomplish the very same thing.
NOTE That's all there is to it.
The only ones that you need for photography are:
Multiply - darkens
Overlay - adds high contrast
Soft light - adds contrast
Screen - lightens
All best applied by brushing in gradually through a mask.
I'm sure that there will be stuff on the net but don't know of a website to advise.
USING OPACITY TO ADD EFFECT
TOP LAYER > BACKGROUND COPY AND MASK OFF OBJECT AT FRONT OF IMAGE MIDDLE NEW LAYER FILLED WITH WHITE AND CHANGE OPACITY. BOTTOM>BACKGROUND IMAGE.
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NB:- A lot of photo shop filters only work in the 8 bits per channel mode.
Ctrl+M = Curves Adjustment
Ctrl+U = Hue/Saturation Adjustment
Ctrl+L = Levels Adjustment
Ctrl+J = To make copy of a selected layer OR to apply "layer via copy" on a selection from a layer.
Ctrl+Shift+U = Desaturate
Ctrl+I = Invert. Could be used to invert image or invert mask (makes white black and vice versa).
Ctrl+Shift+I = Invert Selection
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E = To merge the composite onto a new layer of its own. Make sure you're on the topmost layer for this.
Ctr+Alt+Shift+C = Content Aware Scale
Ctrl+N = New Document
Ctrl+Alt+I = Image Size
Ctrl+Alt+C = Canvas Size
Ctrl+T = Enter Transform Mode or Open Character Properties Box if you're working with Type
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+I = Document Properties
Ctrl+Alt+Z = Step Backward (Anti Clockwise Key Presses)
Ctrl+Shift+Z = Step Forward (Clockwise Key Presses)
Ctrl+S = Save Document
Ctrl+Shift+S = Save Document as
Ctrl+R = Show/Hide Rulers
Ctrl++ = Zoom in
Ctrl+ - = Zoom Out
Ctrl+0 = Fit on Screen
D = Changes the Foreground and background colour to Black and White
X = Changes between background and foreground colour
F7 = Toggles the Layer Palette
F5 = Toggles the Brushes Palette
Alt+Backspace = Fills with selected Foreground Colour
Ctrl+Backspace = Fills with selected Background Colour
Ctrl+F = Re-apply the last applied fliter
Ctrl+W = Close Document
Ctrl+Alt+W = Close All
Ctrl+Q = Quit Photoshop. If you're sane you'd never use this. Photoshop runs, life runs. :
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If you hover over the Black and White preset filters they show you what the image will look like.
Use the J key to turn on the black and white clipping points.
Use the ALT key to change the Dynamic range - then move the black and white sliders.
2nd option is to grab the bottom corner of the tone curve for Black and drag to the right - the screen will show you where the image clips.
For white drag top right of tone curve and drag to the left.
You can also use the Black and White Mix and then drag individual colour tones to change tones within the image.
BLENDING TWO PHOTOS TOGETHER USING LIGHT ROOM AND PS
In LR open photo and create a virtual copy by going to Grid.
Now go to Develop and increase Exposure, Shadows.
Go to effects and increase Luminence to about 25 - keep an eye on details
export both photos.
USE modified photo as background. Make sure Brush mode = normal not screen.
create a new layer and drag in virtual copy of photo here.
Now create a black mask and paint white on mask say where you want sunset etc to show through.
>Library>Import>uncheck all>check ones to open>import
>Develop>Lens Correction>Enable Profile Correction>Level>Vertical>Crop Overlay
>Basic>Colour temp (5600k)> Exposure> Vibrance
>Tone Curve to acheive rounded mountain and true black and white with no burnt out hightlights
> Selective adjustment tools> Gradient filter; Radial filter; Adjustment Brush
> Detail> Sharpening (85;1;25) > Noise reduction
> Soft proofing> Create proof copy> colour profile> Before and After view> adjust brightness etc
> create proof copy
> print module
> layout style> single image
> image settings > Stroke border 1 unit - this is not 1 pixel
> layout > adjust size ( max, for ratio, crop as necessary)
> print job> resolution (300) > colour management> profile or printer manages colour for monochrome
> printer> printer driver> properties> advanced> advanced B&W or ICM ( no colour adjustment).
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USING SELECTIVE COLOUR IN LIGHTROOM
OPEN IMAGE IN DEVELOP TAB
GO TO LENS CORRECT - BASIC TAB - SELECT ENABLE PROFILE AND CHROMATIC ABERATION - CHECK LENS IS RIGHT PROFILE
GO TO HSL COLOURS B&W
SELECT ALL COLOURS
LEAVE YELLOW BUT BOOST SAT +40 AND LUMINENCE TO +30 MAKES IT LIGHTER
LEAVE BLUE BOOST SAT TO +40 BUT CHANGE SAT TO -30 MAKES IT DARKER ( IMAGE WAS A NIGHT IMAGE)
GO TO THE BASIC TAB
INCREASE CONTRAST +25
SHADOWS +100 HIGHLIGHTS -100
PRESS THE ALT KEY WHEN CHANGING WHITES DRAG TO RIGHT SEE THEM CLIPPING
PRESS THE ALT KEY AGAIN AND DRAG BLACKS TO LEFT -20
SET CLARITY -25 TO SOFTEN IMAGE
NOW GO TO TONE CURVE RGB ALL COLOURS - CLICK TO ADD A CONTROL POINT
LIFT BOTTOM LEFT CORNER UP
NOW DO BLUE
LIFT BOTTOM CORNER UP BUT ALSO TOP RIGHT CORNER DOWN - WILL ADD MORE YELLOW . YELLOW IS OPPOSITE OF BLUE.
NOW DO SPLIT TONING
HIGHLIGHTS 52 FROM COLOUR PALETTE
SHADOWS (BLUE) SAT 50% PICK 215
NOW BRING YELLOW UP PUSH TO RIGHT +74 (TEMP)
USE A GRADUATED FILTER PRESS SHIFT KEY
THEN ADD SECOND GRAD FILTER
SET TEMP TO 3695 TINT +12
ADD SHARPENING AMOUNT 80 WHEN USING MASK PRESS THE ALT KEY
NOW SET LUMINENCE +15 NEXT EXPOSURE +0.5
WHAT TO DO IF PHOTOSHOP STOPS RUNNING.
TRY COMPATBILTY MODE
Assuming you still have the original PS CS5 installed and is not corrupted (you haven’t said you went through the un-install process), try this method of trying to start it up.
Press the Alt + Ctrl + Shift keys as you click on the icon to open Photoshop. When asked if you want to delete the settings file, say yes.
The timing of the key actions is crucial and the dialog box with the option can be easily missed.
The PS Preferences file occasionally becomes corrupted and deleting the settings can solve a multitude of issues and it is always worth a try.
A new file will be created if and when PS opens.
Preferences will need to be reset though.
An alternative method is to copy the following (with PS closed):
%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Adobe Photoshop CS5 Settings
Paste what you have copied into the Taskbar Search Bar and click the ‘Best Match’ or paste into the Run Command (R/click Start > Run.
Locate the Prefs file and rename it by adding .old to the end of the showing name.
Now try to open PS.
The latter option is sometimes preferable as if issues aren't solved by renaming, the original file can be renamed back after deleting the newly created file.
Gradient maps in Photoshop
Gradient maps map shadow and highlights to brightness and tones.
Open image in Photoshop
Press CNRL 0 (ZERO) to see whole image.
Add a gradient map this layer will appear above your background image.
It will show as monochrome.
As we want to work in colour we change the blending mode to overlay.
Set opacity at 60 percent.
Left side of map affects shadows of histogram.
Right side affects highlights.
At the bottom are the colour stops.
All along left side of square are just tonal values from black to white 000000 – ffffff
As you move in box to right you change colour tones
All these have a hex value # followed by 6 digits in hexadecimal 0-f
We want #fff1e5 = orange for left colour stop = shadows.
We want #000309 = blue for right colour stop = highlights.
Next add another map but this time make blend mode = soft light
Left = #edffe2 = green, right =#94ffb7 also green
This is to brighten trees with greener colour.
Trouble is this affects other parts of image
But gradient maps already have a box for a mask.
Select 100 percent opacity
Set hardness of brush at 0% to make it soft.
Select a black brush and paint mask in. to set colours back to default in photoshop press D.
Now we need to add 3rd map.
Select blend mode = hardlight to brighten image and warm it.
Left colour stop =#787776 a grey colour, right = #dcd783
blending a night and day image in photoshop.
Night star image from raw
Shadows all way to the left
Mask day shot and move down
THE BEST WAY TO USE DODGE AND BURN IN PHOTOSHOP
select a new layer whilst holding down the ALT key
select dodge or burn tool and brush
use opacity less than 6 percent and build up the effect slowly - you wont notice anything at first
LEVELS OR CURVES IN PHOTOSHOP
both adjust the contrast of an image
It is best to use some level layers first to adjust the tones of the photograph - curves can cause problems with colours.
If you right click the layer with Levels on you can select OVERLAY from the properties menu.
The arrows can be then split using the ALT key - this is usefull for say a layer of the moon with another of clouds below - to get the look you want
Once you have got image correct the final stage should be sharpening and then a Curves layer.
HOW TO CREATE A POLAR PANARAMA IN PHOTOSHOP CALLED A PLANETTOID.
IDEALLY FIND A PLACE THAT HAS PLENTY OF OPEN SKY ABOVE
MOUNT CAMERA VERTICALLY ON TRIPOD AND USE MANUAL SETTINGS - CHOOSE F8 - FOCUS ON BUILDINGS AND MAKE SURE EXPOSURE IS IN CENTRE OF METER.
CHECK WITH ANOTHER BUILDING AT 180 DEGREES TO THIS - WE WILL BE USING BEST EXPOSURE FOR ALL SHOTS
OVER LAP EACH PICTURE VERTICALLY AND MAKE SURE SPIRIT LEVEL ON TRIPOD IS CENTRED
THEN GO INTO PHOTO SHOP - PHOTOMERGE -PANARAMA AND CHOOSE IMAGES
THEN FLATTEN THE IMAGE PRODUCED - LAYERS FLATTEN
CROP IMAGE TO CUT OUT WHERE THERE IS NO PICTURE
USE CLONE STAMP TOOL TO ADD SKY TO MISSING AREAS AND FOREGROUND TO BOTTOM OF THE PICTURE.
WE NOW NEED TO RE-SIZE IMAGE SO IT IS SQUARE SO GO TO IMAGE RESIZE AND INPUT WIDTH SETTINGS INTO HEIGHT BUT MAKE SURE CONTRAIN PROPORTIONS IS NOT CHECKED
IF WE FLIP SQUARE UPSIDE DOWN THEN DO POLAR TO RECTANGLE FILTER WE WILL GET A PLANNETOID OTHERWIDE YOU WILL GET A PORTAL IMAGE.
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