Photoshop Lens Blur: take precise control over depth of field post-shoot

Photoshop Lens Blur: take precise control over depth of field post-shoot

Learn how to use the Photoshop Lens Blur filter to control your depth of field after you’ve taken your picture.

How to make a perfect Photoshop cut-out

How to make a perfect Photoshop cut-out: final image

Sometimes you can’t avoid shooting a subject in front of a background that’s not particularly interesting, and one way of making such backdrops less distracting is to shoot with a wide aperture setting, creating a shallow depth of field to blur the background and let the eye focus on your subject. Alternatively you can make a Photoshop cut-out of the person and drop them into a more interesting setting!

To do this you will need to use Photoshop’s tools to select, copy and paste a person into a more attractive location. However, creating a convincing composite can be a challenge, especially if the subject is standing against a detailed background.

How to blend two photos for perfect exposure

How to blend two photos in Photoshop: our final image

Landscape photography is all about capturing detail throughout the scene, and to do this you need to get exposure right. But in most cases where a sky is included, the land will be darker than the sky, especially if you’re shooting at dawn or dusk. To get the best results you need to balance the light, either by using a graduated filter or by exposing multiple frames for different parts of the scene so that you can later blend two photos in Photoshop.

How to fake perfect panning photos

Photoshop Effects: How to fake perfect panning photos

Previously we showed you how to pan the camera for more dramatic action photography. Now that you’ve had a chance to practice that panning technique we thought we’d show you how you can fake perfect panning photos.

Panning in-camera to record a sharp, moving subject against background blur is incredibly rewarding, but the panning technique can be impractical and tricky to perfect. So if you’ve tried, but failed, to get it right, all is not lost. Here we’ll show you a simple photo editing technique where you’ll learn how to get a life-like panning effect in Photoshop CS5 using a sharp image taken at 1/3200sec. We’ll isolate the car from the background with selection tools and add a layer mask to fine-tune the cut-out. We’ll then use filters to apply different types of blur.

Photo Editing: how to cut out hair in Photoshop CS5

Photo Editing: how to cut out hair in Photoshop CS5

Hair is notoriously difficult to cut out when photo editing. Including all those fine strands was once a job best left to the patient professional; pro Photoshop users generally made use of a complex method using Channels or third-party knockout plug-ins like Extensis Mask Pro. Everyone else had put up with something that looked like it’d been chopped out of Cosmo with a pair of garden shears!

That was until the arrival of Photoshop CS5, which made the whole hair-masking process a doddle with the addition of the Refine Radius tool. It’s part of the Refine Edge/Refine Mask command, and it enables you to make a rough selection around hair edges and then brush out the background automatically, leaving you with nothing but the hair and its fine strands.

Create a contact sheet in Photoshop CS5

Create contact sheets to send to clients quickly and easily in Photoshop CS5 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 tutorial you’ll find out how to use… Continue reading

Convert to black and white in Photoshop CS5

Using this advanced tutorial, you’ll find out how to convert your images to striking mono using Photoshop CS5 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 tutorial you’ll… Continue reading

Use the Photoshop CS5 Adjustment Brush for better photos

In this advanced tutorial, find out how to use Photoshop CS5 or CS4 to fix a variety of common photo problems 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… Continue reading

How to use layers in Photoshop CS5

Get to grips with layers in Photoshop, discovering how to improve your landscape photos in CS5 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, discover how Layers… Continue reading

Selection tools in Photoshop CS5

Discover the advanced selection tools in Photoshop CS5 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 find out how to use some of the more advanced… Continue reading