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.

    Photoshop collage: turn a single image into a series of overlapping prints

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 02/11/2012 16:29pm
    Photoshop collage: turn a single image into a series of overlapping prints

    Our easy to follow Photoshop tutorial shows you how to make a Photoshop collage and turn a single image into a series of overlapping prints.

    Sell Photos Online: edit your pictures to make money through microstock

    | Photography Tips, Sell Your Work | 29/10/2012 16:30pm
    Sell photos online: edit your pictures to make money through microstock

    As one improves as a photographer, you might find yourself asking less about photography tips and techniques and instead how to make money from photography. One popular method is to sell photos online via one of the numerous microstock libraries.

    In our post we’ll show you how to prepare and edit your pictures so that when you go to sell photos online through a microstock library you stand the best chance of making money.

    Abstract Photoshop: recreate the Harris Shutter Effect in Elements

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 25/10/2012 12:34pm
    Abstract Photoshop: recreate the Harris Shutter Effect in Elements

    The Harris Shutter Effect is a process discovered in the days of film photography. It’s achieved by taking a sequence of three exposures on the same frame, with a red, green and blue filter used for each.

    However, with Photoshop Elements it’s possible to get the same results using three standard colour images shot in sequence. In our latest Photoshop Elements tutorial we’ll look at how to use Elements to apply colour fills and blending modes to filter the three shots into their component channels.

    Cross-processing: a simple but effective way to get this classic effect in Photoshop

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 24/10/2012 16:30pm
    Cross-processing: a simple but effective way to get this classic effect in Photoshop

    Cross-processing (or ‘Xpro’) is an effect often used in fashion photography to give the kind of stylised look you can see here. Our simple, but effective, Photoshop tutorial shows you how to achieve the classic cross-processed effect in no time at all.

    Landscape photo ideas for creative pictures of mountains and hills

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 22/10/2012 02:00am
    Shoot like a pro: landscape photo ideas for creative pictures of mountains and hills

    As our Shoot Like A Pro series on landscape photo ideas continues, this week we take a look at how to take creative pictures of mountains and hills. We’ll give you our best photography tips for emphasising the grandeur of mountain ranges and how to use hills as the perfect backdrop for creative landscape photos.

    Old postcard effects: turn everyday scenes into historical wonders

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 05/10/2012 16:55pm
    Old Postcard Effects: turn everyday scenes into historical wonders

    Deserted streets and historic buildings make great subjects for a retro photography take on a notable landmark or scene. One way of doing this is to process your images to give them an old postcard look, which enhances the retro effect.

    Hazy Photos: the easy way to rescue detail and colour

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 01/10/2012 17:00pm
    Rescue detail and colour from hazy photos: Step 12

    When you take photographs on a hazy day, moisture particles in the air diffuse the light, causing distant objects to display a more subtle range of tones. This is a great way of evoking a sense of depth, due to the gradual change in contrast between objects in the foreground and those in the background.

    The downside of shooting in such hazy conditions is that those more distant objects can be somewhat lacking in detail and definition. The haze can bleach distant colour, too, especially when shooting into the sun.

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