Abuse your raw files for a striking high-key portrait

Abuse your raw files for a striking high-key portrait: how to deliberately overexpose the highlights using Photoshop Elements to get a stunning effect

A high-key portrait tends to be lit from the front, creating a relatively shadow-free image. The over-exposed highlights help to smooth out skin tones and dial down distracting details so that key features such as the eyes and lips stand out more dramatically.

The challenge with high-key portrait photography comes when deliberately over-exposing a shot to produce bright flat skin tones while preserving shadows and midtones on the eyes and lips.

Raw Tuesday: what to edit (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw

What to edit (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw: essential advice for how to process raw files to get the best results

In our ongoing series about working with raw files, we’ve told what you need to know before shooting raw files, the honest truth on what shooting raw can actually do for your images and last week we showed you how to convert raw files.

This week on Raw Tuesday we’ll explore what edits to make (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw.

How to cross process photos in Photoshop

Photoshop Effects: how to cross process photos in Photoshop

Despite its origins in traditional film photography, the cross-processed look is still hugely popular with photographers who want to give their images a creative edge. Typically, the characteristics include skewed colours, increased saturation, and enhanced contrast. In this Photoshop tutorial we’re going to show you how to cross process photos digitally and add a black-edged border to a raw image.

20 tips for faster photo editing

20 tips for faster photo editing

Want to take your photo editing skills to the next level? We take a look at 20 essential tips that will have you working faster and smarter with Photoshop in no time. We cover everything you need to know – how to import and organise your photo; getting more from raw files; adding impact to your images; and the secrets of retouching creatively. Whether this is your first foray into photo editing or you need to fine-tune your techniques, this is your essential guide.

Express Yourself: make a portrait photography collage

How to make a collage with your portrait photography

For some people, the appearance of a digital camera – especially a DSLR – brings on a sudden facial affliction. No sooner have you got them in frame then their face contorts through a variety of bizarre expressions. Whether intentional or not, this can be a real issue when shooting portrait photography – particularly in group shots, but individually it is possible to use it to your advantage.

5 unbeatable ways to convert black and white portraits

Photo Ideas: 5 unbeatable ways to convert black and white portraits

Quick: think of your favourite portrait photography. Tip the scales in your brain for a moment, and you’ll probably find that most of your favourites are black and white portraits, no?

Black and white portraits have an inherent classic quality about them that stands the test of time, and if you want to give your portraits this sort of impact, you’ll want to give them a really punchy black and white conversion.

How to correct white balance in Adobe Camera Raw

Use the ACR editor to tweak your photos for improved white balance, tones and exposure Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete video reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your photos in the digital darkroom. In this video you’ll discover how to… Continue reading

Photoshop video: Cross process effect in Adobe Camera Raw

How to mimic the cross processed look in CS5’s ACR interface to recreate a cool filmic effect In this cross process Photoshop tutorial video, you’ll find out how to recreate the classic film look in your digital photographs just using CS5’s Adobe Camera RAW interface. Discover how to adjust tones, exposure and more for the… Continue reading

Master exposure in Adobe Camera Raw

Photoshop Guide 3.1: How to improve exposure using Adobe Camera Raw In this video you’ll learn how to improve exposure in raw format images to reveal detail in shadows, and to ensure you have a good range of midtones, shadows and highlights to create texture, detail and colour in your landscape photographs in the camera raw… Continue reading