duminică, 5 decembrie 2010

Photoshop Tutorial : How to correct very bright / too dark pictures

Here's a simple tutorial about correcting underexposed / overexposed pictures using Adobe Photoshop. Let's say that your camera didn't do well on your last photography session. Just open the picture you want to edit in Photoshop using CTRL + O / File --> Open . Correcting this type of photos is just a simple matter of changing the blending mode of simillar layers.

After you got the picture opened in Photoshop , you have to duplicate the background . Just drag the layer with your photo onto the Add a new layer button.

OK ! Once you've duplicated the layer with your photo , you have to know what's wrong with your photo . If it's too bright , first select the new duplicated layer you have created , go to the Blending Mode drop down menu , and select Multiply . Wow ! Awesome , right ? If it's way too dark , you have to change the blending mode from normal , to Overlay .

How do you go to the blending mode menu ? It's right on top of your Layer Menu !!
Click the next photo to see where it's located.
Here are a few examples of photos edited using this very method
( Please click the images to see them with decent quality )

Well , i hope you liked it ! See you on my next tutorial :)

Photoshop Tutorial : How to correct the orientation of a photo

This is a tutorial used to correct the orientation of your photo . So you took a few pictures , but on the photo that you liked most , the photographer rotated the camera a little bit , just enough to ruin it. Don't worry ! There's a simple way to correct this in Photoshop !

First , let me give you an example of what i am talking about :
Ok , in this tutorial , i am going to use those 2 photos you've seen few seconds ago.This is the original picture.

Open it in your Photoshop , using CTRL + O or File -> Open . After you got it in your work space , we have to use the Ruler Tool . This ia a special tool , that most of the so called Designers out there , don't even know it exists . Where is it ? Right - click the Eyedropper Tool , and select Ruler Tool.Once you clicked it , we have to let Photoshop know about the way we want to rotate the picture ! Draw a line with the Ruler Tool just about where the horrizontal line of the picture should be. In the example with the buildng and the woman , i'm going to draw a line where right where the building's front side begins. It's pretty hard to explain it , but it's very easy to do it. You may have to experiment a bit , just so you can understand what Photoshop is doing , and why it's doing it.

Ok ... so : you drew the line , now you have to go Image --> Rotate Canvas , and click Arbitrary . After that just click OK and you're all done. You may want to crop this photo using the Crop Tool , so the white edges are gone . To use the Crop Tool , just press the hotkey C on your keyboard.

marți, 30 noiembrie 2010

Photoshop Tutorial : How to install Custom Shapes in Adobe Photoshop

Here's a small tutorial on how do it : ( Also , don't forget to click each image to zoom it )

First , you have to click on the Custom Shape Tool , or press the Hotkey (U) on your keyboard. If it's not there , try to right click the icon in that spot , and after that , left click the Custom Shape Tool.

After this , what you want to do , is click on the small arrow pointed downward at the top ! After that click on the arrow right pointed small black arrow to go to the Custom Shapes options.Once you're there just press Load Shapes... and go to your custom shapes file and press OK.

Photoshop Tutorial : How to install a brush file .abr or .png in Adobe Photoshop

So , the first step is to get the actual brush file . They are usually named something.abr but , they can also be something.png . Here is how they look .

So , you got the brush file , ha ? Good , now you have to install it . Copy the brush file into your Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Brushes folder. This path depends on where you installed Photoshop. So , if you , for example didn't change the default pathway , it should be something like C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop X\Presets\Brushes ( X is your Adobe Photoshop version , for example CS3 ). Anyhow , you should manage to copy the .abr file in your Photoshop's Brushes folder .

After that you just have to do as i do in the following images. First , select the brush and click on the little black arrow pointed downwards , next to where it shows you the shape and size of the brush.
Also , don't forget to click on each picture , if you want to zoom it.

After you've clicked there , click to the next small arrow , to activate the brush files options.

After you're in the small menu over there , click Load Brushes... .

After that , just navigate to your .abr / .png brush file , and click OK/Confirm.

duminică, 28 noiembrie 2010

Photoshop Tutorial : Godfather Effect Threshold

This is the second way to get the Godfather effect on a photo.
Basically , what you have to do is once you opened the image in photoshop , go to Image -> Adjustments -> Threshold . Play with it until you get the desired effect. After that , just paint the background black so it all blends together .
Once you're done with this :


Save them both to your computer , and open them in Photoshop.You should now have something like this :

For the rose:
Go in photoshop on the window where you have the rose , and press CTRL + A . This will select the whole image . Press CTRL + C after you selected the image , and then , go to your own picture window , and press CTRL + V to paste the rose image there . You might notice that it's not the proper size . While on the rose layer , press CTRL + T to free transform the rose . After you got it to the size you need , press enter. Go to the first tool from your Tools Bar . And move the rose till you get it in the right position.
For the Godfather logo:

Repeat the whole operation you did for the rose , and adjust the logo to the correct position.

Photoshop Tutorial : How to Godfather Effect / Poster

Here's how the actual Godfather movie poster looks :
Cool , right ? I'm going to teach you how to get the same effect on a photo of you.We're gonna use an image that i found on google for this test :

Save it to your computer , and open it in Photoshop , unless you already have your own photo in a suit that you wish to convert into a Godfather poster. Once you got it , use one of the many tools to select the outline of your silhouette , so you can select the subject.Here's how it should look. It doesn't have to be that perfect , but , at least try to make it convincing , at least the head.
Ok , so once you have a proper selection on your subject , right click the subject , and press Layer via cut . What this does , it splits the existing layer into the part that you selected and all the parts that remain. Now , click the layer with your subject. And do the following :
First , you have to make the subject black and white . To do this , while you're on the subject layer , go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation , and turn the Saturation all the way down to -100 . Click OK . Now we have to add a little bit of contrast to our subject . Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness/Contrast , and pump up just a little bit the Contrast. Now , the most important part : Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Posterize . Try to adjust it while keeping an eye on the Godfather poster , to see what works a best . It's usually a low value between 2-3 and 5-6. I think 3 works best in my case. After you've done playing with it , press OK. You should now , have something close to this :

Now , change to the background layer , and get a big size for the Brush , and paint it all black , so that the subject and the black background kinda' blend in together. Don't worry if there are still some dots left . You can remove those by selecting back the layer with your subject and closely , with a medium sized black Brush , paint the outlines of your subject so it can really blend in with the black background . If you don't like the shades of the subject , click the layer with the guy , go to Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness/Contrast and feel free to play with the settings until you get the desired effect.

For the next part you need 2 more images.



Save them both to your computer , and open them in Photoshop.You should now have something like this :

For the rose:
Go in photoshop on the window where you have the rose , and press CTRL + A . This will select the whole image . Press CTRL + C after you selected the image , and then , go to your own picture window , and press CTRL + V to paste the rose image there . You might notice that it's not the proper size . While on the rose layer , press CTRL + T to free transform the rose . After you got it to the size you need , press enter. Go to the first tool from your Tools Bar . And move the rose till you get it in the right position. For the Godfather logo:
Repeat the whole operation you did for the rose , and adjust the logo to the correct position.

Here's the final result . This whole operation can be done in less than 2 minutes , so it's really no big deal. If you want a more detailed look , well , you have to spend more times correcting and polishing the details .

sâmbătă, 27 noiembrie 2010

Photoshop Tutorial : How To Make Your Picture Look Better

So .. let's say you took a picture of yourself , or maybe a friend . But it's not quite the way you wanted it to be . Maybe the camera messed up the colors , or maybe you just happened to have a spot on your skin when the photo was taken. What to do ? Open your image in Photoshop , and follow my lead !
First , you have to get your skin allright.Click the Spot Healing Brush Tool in your Tools Bar.

After you've done that , change the size so it'll be just about the size of the spot on your skin. Press once on the spot you want to remove , and you'll see that Photoshop magically removes it from your face. Repeat this for all the noticeable spots that make you uncomfortable . After you're done , you'll notice that the picture really improved ! But wait , that's not all !

Now , maybe you're still not 100% happy with this photo. What you want to do is , click Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness/Contrast .
When you're there try to play a little with the 2 options untill you see improvement on your picture.
Now you're really happy with it ... maybe you'll post it to your facebook account .. Hold on ! There's more !
Again , go to Image -> Adjustments and then , click Color Balance

Again , play with the options until you're satisfied . When you're done , try to change from Midtones to Shadows and then , to Highlights !

When you're done , you'll have a nice , cool looking picture , that you can be proud of ! Go ahead and post that piece of art on your facebook account. Thanks for reading , and see you on the next tutorial.

Photoshop Tutorial : Duplicating a Layer

How to duplicate a layer ?
Here is a mini-tutorial that will help you understand and work with layers.
To duplicate a layer , first we need an actual layer. Then , we have to left click and drag the layer we want to duplicate , all the way down in the layer menu , to the "Add a new layer" Button.Take a close look in the following image.

click this image to zoomSo , you have to left click the layer you want to duplicate , and then , drag it all the way down to the marked button i showed you before , that says "Add a new layer" , and then , release the left click when your cursor is pointing that icon.That's it ! That's how easy it is. Thanks for reading see you on my next tutorial !

Photoshop Tutorial : Working with Layers

First , we're gonna learn how to do a simple layer.We do that by clicking the Create a new Layer button on the bottom right corner.It's the one next to the "Bin" icon.
On it's right side there's the Bin-looking icon . That's the button we use to DELETE .
And , on it's left side there's the button that looks like a folder . We use that one to Create a new Group.We can drag layers into that group just to organise our workspace.

Up next , i made a small scheme that will help you to find the buttons.

Click to zoom

Photoshop Tutorial : Colorize and Retouch an Photo

Let's start out by saving and opening this following actress's photo. (Naomi Watts)

Duplicate this layer.If you don't know how to do that , check my previous tutorial on How to duplicate a layer.Once you duplicated this layer , you need to go to the menu and click Filter , after that go to Noise , and after , Median . Once you're there enter a value of about 3 pixels .

Once you're done there , go to Filter --> Blur , and press Gaussian Blur .

Create a Layer Mask . Go to Layers --> Layer Mask --> Reveal All. Fill it with black. After that pick a soft brush and paint with white , also changing the opacity white painting , all the skin .Don't go over the face lines , so you can have a neat , professional looking image.Do NOT blur the eyes , the hair or mess up the lips.

click this image to zoom

Now , press CTRL + M to add an Curves Adjustment. You will notice that you can change the settings from RGB to Red , Green , or Blue . Adjust each of them using the following settings :

Now , add a Selective Color adjustment layer with the following settings then fill its mask with black.

Reds: -55 0 0 0
Neutrals: -20 +15 –40 +5

Now , try to paint with white over the lips and you will notice they’ll turn a light pink. Make sure you follow the edges of the lips properly for a professional effect.

Once again , add another Selective Color adjustment layer with these settings:

Yellows: -100 0 0 0
Whites: 0 0 0 –25
Neutrals: +20 –10 –50 +8

Fill its mask with black and carefully paint with white over the eyes like you did with the lips.

Now that you're done with that , go to Layer --> Flatten Image, then to Filter --> Sharpen --> Smart Sharpen and use the settings from this picture:

Now that you're done , take a look on the effect you have just added ! Voila !

Pretty cool , right ? Thanks for reading , and see you on the next tutorial !

marți, 8 iunie 2010

Photoshop Tutorial : Editing and replacing parts of a photo

Here's a cool tutorial for all you newbies out there :
First , let's open this nice apple i found on the net . Right click it and save it somewhere you can remember on your computer.
How do you open it in Photoshop ?
Just double click the photoshop icon , and once it's done loading and you're in the menu. Just do like i do :
Browse till you find the image , and click Open .
Now that you have it in your Photoshop space , right-click the fourth icon down on your tool bar and after that , left click the Magic Wand . After, just left click once the white space on the photo ( the white background of the apple ).
Once it's selected you can either drag new images from your Photoshop space on that one , and they will appear only on your selection , or you can use the Brush Tool to paint that area . It's all up to your imagination.

Photoshop Tutorial : Tools in Adobe Photoshop

I have put together a little tutorial about all the tools that are available in Photoshop. To work your way around all the tutorials on the internet , you have to know at least just a little bit about the tools you're going to use .
Make sure you click on the image to see it HD.

Here is a small description that i wrote for the most important ones that we'll use :
  • Marquee Tool(M): Create a new document and basically just keep pressing left click on your mouse on the document space to draw a square . Everything inside the square you just draw will be selected.
  • Lasso Tool(L): Use this tool to select parts/objects in your current layer.
  • Crop Tool(C): This basically crops the part you select.
  • Healing Brush Tool(J): You will be using this tool mostly to correct and edit imperfections on a photo , like spots on the skin , pimples etc.
  • Eraser Tool(E): Erases parts from the current layer and makes them transparent.
  • Pen Tool(P): Very useful tool.It's one of the most used tools by a professional designer.
  • Zoom Tool(Z): Basically just zooms on the image.We'll use this alot to make sure all the details are perfect.
  • Brush Tool(B): Freestyle painting on the layer using different colors.
  • Foreground Color: Select the main color , to use it with different tools.

Photoshop Tutorial : Layers

Layers are one of the most basic things you should learn , when begining to learn Photoshop. Think about layers as simple images stacked on top of another. Most of the cool images you see out there are the result of hours of intense photoshop work and many many layers .

For example :
The next image has been made from 3 layers !

Here are the 3 layers :

You can find these layers in the Photoshop menu , right bottom corner :

Click this image to zoom .

You will need to know only of these 3 buttons for now.Also , take note , that layers act as single standalone images. If the layers don't have a transparent background they will simply overlay and only the last layer will appear.

marți, 25 mai 2010

Photoshop Tutorial : Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Brief introduction

Here is a brief introduction in Photoshop.All the cool images you see on the internet , i mean ... about 90% of them are done in Adobe Photoshop . I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 . If you're serious in learning Photoshop , and making a career out of it , i suggest you buy the software . Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS5 also do very well . So ... somehow you managed to install and run the software . If not , make sure you meet the following requirements :

  • Operating System : I recommend you to use Windows XP Service Pack 2 if not 3. It's a little old , but it's one of the most standard and stable OSs (Operating Systems) out there. It will also work with Vista Business , Ultimate, Enterprise or Home Premium . If you own a mac , Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS4 Extended will also run fine on a MAC with OS X v10.4.11 through 10.5.4 , 10.6 .

  • Processor : If you want a smooth running Photoshop , i suggest you to upgrade that old , dusty hardware of yours to an at least 1.8 gigahertz processor . For MACs PowerPC G5 , or a multi core Intel processor will do just fine.

  • Memory : You will need a minimum 512 megabytes of RAM. I have about 2.5 gigabytes of RAM , and i can't say that it runs perfect. So memory ... the bigger the amount , the better it will run.

  • Hard-Drive Space : 2 gigabytes for a PC and about 3 for a MAC. Others : You will need a monitor capable of displaying a resolution of at least 1024 by 768 pixels and a 16-bit video card that supports OpenGl 2.0 and Shader Model 3.0. I have a nVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT , but any card that will meet those requirements would do just fine.
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