Recover clipped highlight detail: how to rescue your over-exposed photos

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 23/01/2013 15:55pm
    Recover clipped highlight detail: how to rescue your over-exposed photos

    In this Photoshop Elements tutorial, learn how to banish clipping by targeting specific tones to recover highlight detail in over-exposed areas.

    Christmas Portrait Ideas: a simple flash technique for natural-looking photos

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 20/12/2012 15:30pm
    Christmas Portrait Ideas: a simple flash technique for natural-looking photos

    Using flash is the perfect way to capture Christmas portraits in difficult mixed lighting. Follow the steps in our tutorial and find out how to use simple flash techniques to take natural-looking family portrait photography this Christmas.

    Cropping photos: how to enlarge small subjects at printable sizes

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 18/12/2012 12:10pm
    Cropping photos: expand small subjects at printable sizes in any version of Photoshop

    Photographing small subjects often requires cropping photos later on the computer. Our latest Photoshop tutorial shows you how to expand your smaller subjects and enlarge subjects the safe way – at printable sizes – in any version of Photoshop CS or Elements.

    Photoshop Effects: keep selective colour in black and white conversions

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 10/12/2012 11:52am
    Photoshop Effects: keep selective colour in black and white conversions

    Our latest Photoshop Elements tutorial shows step by step how to achieve popular Photoshop effects: keeping selective colour in your photos when making black and white conversions.

    Fake HDR effects in Photoshop Elements

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 22/11/2012 11:30am
    Fake HDR effects in Photoshop Elements

    Some photographers employ the processing powers of packages like Photoshop CS5 or Photomatix to bracketing exposures to combine into a single composite high dyanmic range image that reveals fine detail in the shadows, midtones and highlights. HDR photography editing techniques add rich (and sometimes false) colours that enhance the artistic look of a shot, 
and many even like the way the HDR process can add artefacts such as halos around object edges.

    Photoshop Face Lift: how to swap bad expressions for smiles

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 19/11/2012 12:10pm
    Photoshop Face Lift: how to swap bad expressions for smiles in your family portraits and group photos

    Give your awkward portraits a Photoshop face lift. Our step-by-step Photoshop Elements tutorial shows you how to swap faces so you can rescue your portrait photography by changing a bad expression into a smile.

    Low-light photography fixes: how to reduce noise but preserve image quality

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 14/11/2012 12:08pm
    Low-light photography fixes: how to reduce noise while preserving image quality

    There are two basic types of noise you need to tackle in your low-light photography. The first is Chrominance noise, which introduces itself with higher ISO shots and can be recognised by its coloured speckling in shadowed or even-toned areas.

    The second is Luminance noise, which is trickier to remove and can be seen in the form of random variations of brightness between pixels. Reducing this can result in a loss of overall image detail, so in this tutorial we’re going to look at techniques to reduce both types of noise while preserving quality.

    Composite images: why Elements won’t let you be defeated by contrast

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 13/11/2012 02:00am
    Raw composite images: don't be defeated by contrast just because you have Elements

    Remember that the version of Adobe Camera Raw in Elements is stripped-down compared to Photoshop proper, and that you won’t be able to target specific areas of your image to make localised adjustments.

    So a solution is to produce two or more versions of your raw file, then open them in Photoshop or Elements, combine them as layers in a single image and use layer masks to hide or reveal adjustments in specific areas. Here’s how it’s done…

    Black and white photography: take control of conversion

    | B&W, Photography Tips | 12/11/2012 02:00am
    Black and white photography: take control of conversion

    In the first part of our new Shoot Like A Pro series on mastering black and white photography, we explained how to compose for black and white photos – and what subjects work best. In the second post in the series we start to look at best practice post-shoot. We’ll look at how to take control of black and white conversion, and the subtleties of doing it both in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS.

    Autumn colour: how to tweak tones in Photoshop for best results

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 04/11/2012 06:00am
    Autumn colour: how to tweak tones in Photoshop for best results

    Recently we showed you how to add autumn colour to your spring or summer photos. In this post we’ll show you how to take your actual autumn photos and boost the colours subtly for pictures that pack more of a punch.

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