34 Photoshop effects every photographer must try

34 Photoshop effects every photographer must try

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Best Photoshop Effects: 26 Colour pop using a Black and 
White Adjustment Layer

Best Photoshop Effects: 26 Colour pop using a Black and 
White Adjustment Layer
This is a simple but effective technique for highlighting small areas of a black and white image in colour. First, select the object you want to be coloured, then invert the selection.

Best Photoshop Effects: 26 Colour pop using a Black and 
White Adjustment Layer

Now create a Black & White Adjustment Layer. Photoshop converts the selection into a Layer Mask, so that the whole image becomes black and white except for the single area you selected.

You can edit the mask directly to clean up the selection, add more areas or feather the edges.

 

Best Photoshop Effects: 27 Refine selections with the Quick Mask mode

Best Photoshop Effects: 27 Refine selections with the Quick Mask mode
There are many different tools for refining selections, but when all you can see on the screen is ‘marching ants’ (the dotted selection outline), it can be difficult to judge the effect.

Instead, swap to Photoshop’s Quick Mask mode, using the button near the bottom of the Tools Panel. The mask is now displayed as a red overlay, which has reduced Opacity where the selection is feathered.

You can now use the Brush tool, at different sizes and opacities, to modify your mask.

 

Best Photoshop Effects: 28 Shadows and Highlights sliders in Adobe Camera Raw

Best Photoshop Effects: 28 Shadows and Highlights sliders in Adobe Camera Raw
High-contrast lighting can produce images with very dense shadows and clipped highlights. In these situations it’s best to shoot raw format files rather than JPEGs because these have a higher dynamic range – and you can recover this ‘lost’ detail using the new and improved Shadows and Highlights sliders in Adobe Camera Raw.

It’s important to do it at this stage, because by the time the image is opened in Photoshop it’s too late – the extra tonal information will have been discarded.

 

Best Photoshop Effects: 29 Add texture with 
Blend Modes

Best Photoshop Effects: 29 Add texture with 
Blend Modes
While you’re out shooting, keep an eye open for interesting textures, such as rough paper, rusting steel or wood – you can use these later to give your images convincing ‘textured’ finishes.

Best Photoshop Effects: 29 Add texture with 
Blend Modes

Place the texture layer at the top of the Layer Stack and set the Blend Mode to Multiply. If the result is too dark, use a Levels or Curves adjustment to brighten the texture. Try other Blend Modes,
too, such as Overlay or Linear Burn.

 

Best Photoshop Effects: 30 Multiple exposure effect using Blend Modes

Best Photoshop Effects: 30 Multiple exposure effect using Blend Modes
Creating multiple exposures in-camera was a pretty hit-and-miss affair that was difficult to get right, but in Photoshop it’s much easier.

Simply combine your two images as layers within a single document, then set the Blend Mode of the top layer to Overlay.

You can try swapping the layers around to vary the effect, or try experimenting with different Blend Modes. The Multiply Blend Mode produces a darkening effect, while the Screen Blend Mode produces
a lighter composite.

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