The Osmonds, woodchip wallpaper… plenty of things from the 70s are best forgotten, but the faded look of round-cornered prints have lasting retro charm. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for this type of print if you’ve got an old photo album lying around.
The 70s retro look can put the finishing touch to any shot, but combine it with a source image taken using one of the techniques in the first part of this feature, and you will end up with
a really eye-catching result.
There are many ways to create soft focus Photoshop effect, but one of our favourite techniques is the Orton Effect.
It has a distinctive look and can really add character to your images. Plus, not many people seem to use it so it’s an opportunity to make your photos look a little different.
You probably know all about Actions. But if not, in Photoshop, they enable you to record certain tasks and then repeat them to edit multiple photos at once.
It’s simply a matter of creating a new action in the Actions Panel, hitting the Record button, applying your effect, adjustment or other tweak and then hitting the Stop button. Whenever you play the action in future on an image, the same effect or adjustment will be applied.
But if you have a number of images to which you want to apply an effect, adjustment or series of tweaks, you need to pay a visit to the File>Automate menu.
There are plenty of decent image-editing tools for the iPad that enable you to carry out basic adjustments and enhancements or apply special effects.
However, Photoshop Touch is altogether more ambitious. In Adobe’s own words, it provides the core features of Photoshop in an app designed for tablets. It’s already available in an Android version, but now you can get a version for the iPad, too.
At £6.99, it’s a fraction of the price of the ‘real’ Photoshop. But then it also has to make do with a fraction of the computing power of a desktop computer, a fraction of the storage space and a much smaller screen. Can it really match the desktop version in features and performance?
Adobe’s much-anticipated Photoshop CS6 is finally here. Having now upgraded to CS6 in the office, we can say that so far it looks to be a great upgrade, with lots of new features to be excited about. A few red herrings have been thrown in for good measure, such as the Content Aware Move tool, and at first glance you’ll notice the shiny new charcoal interface among the many Photoshop CS6 new features.
Often it’s necessary to add a degree of electronic sharpening to your pictures, and the Unsharp Mask filter in Photoshop offers the ideal solution. This tool allows you to alter the amount and location of sharpening applied to suit the image you’re working on. Below we’ll offer our top suggestions for how to use unsharp mask subtly and effectively.
But before we get to our tips, we thought we would take a quick look at how to use Unsharp Mask at a glance. Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask filter provides you with three sliders, each of which affects sharpness. Below we’ve explained each of the three sliders and typical settings you might use with them.
Hidden Photoshop tricks can easily be applied to images to enhance atmospheric effect.
The creative use of light can transform almost any photographic scene, helping to isolate detail, enhance colour and form a visual structure. In the quick Photoshop tutorial below, we’ll show you how to you can give new life to your images by emphasising light.
Are your photo editing skills a little on the slow side? Could your Photoshop knowledge be better? If so, you’re in the right place. Below we’ve culled from experts 101 of the best Photoshop tips and tricks you need to streamline your photo editing skills and start working faster and smarter.
We’ve broken our list down into categories of Quick tips, Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge tips, Tips for using Layers, Tips for using Photoshop’s many tools and, finally, Tips for using Brushes. We hope our round-up of cunning techniques, shortcuts and cool effects gives you the help you need, and if you have a suggestion for something we missed… let us know!
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.
Capturing a decent family portrait can be a major challenge – particularly if it’s a group photo. For starters, you may not be able to fit everyone into the shot, and even if you can, someone will usually have their eyes closed or be pulling a less than flattering face! By shooting an empty sofa, you can extend it by learning how to stitch photos together in Photoshop to fit in as many people as required, without being limited by your lens or location. In our Photoshop tutorial below we’ll show you how to select a sofa’s sections, move them onto separate layers and transform their position to extend the sofa’s width.
You can then shoot your friends and family one by one in the same spot. This helps you to ensure that everyone is looking their best. By capturing each one under the same lighting conditions they will look like they were all sitting together on the digitally extended sofa.