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.
Dodging and Burning is an easy way to solve exposure issues, enabling you to darken or lighten areas as you please. Traditionally, printers would use special tools to Dodge and Burn, but today digital tools can be used. One main difference is that the digital photographer can work these tools more accurately, choosing the Burn options to darken or Dodge to lighten. This’ll give you more tonal control allowing you to quickly lift a flat image, create paths of light, or enhance shadows and reflections.
We all love the Lomo look, with its distinctive distortions and charmingly off-kilter colours. Sure, you can shoot with a cheap plastic lens or try one of the arty effects in your camera, but Photoshop is also a great way to get the Lomo effect without having to pay for the film processing. The key to getting this Photoshop effect is to introduce many of the ‘faults’ associated with cheap lenses, plus quirky extras like film grain and deliberately wrong colours. Here’s how to do it…
One thing people always seem to want to learn in Photoshop is how to superimpose a head onto a different body – or a Face Swap, as it is popularly known. This could be a father and son face swap as we’ve done here, or perhaps you could transform someone into a celebrity or bodybuilder.
Of course, there are more practical uses for face swapping, too. For example, if one person in a group photo has their eyes closed, you could copy a new head in from a similar image.
We’ll let you debate its merits, in the meantime, this is how it’s done…
Adobe has dropped the beta moniker and officially launched Photoshop CS6, the latest version of its benchmark photo editing software.
Launching its Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended software, Adobe says it has delivered photographers and digital artists “groundbreaking innovations and unparalleled performance breakthroughs” to deliver increased efficiency.
By adding a delicate tint of colour to the midtones of a black-and-white shot, you can easily change its mood. A cold wash of blue makes the image look more atmospheric, while a warm sepia tint recreates a retro romantic look. The trick to creating cyanotype or sepia-toned shots is to add a subtle tint while keeping the blacks black and the whites white. Here’s how to create these brilliant Photoshop effects using Elements.
Turning your colour photos into a black and white landscape is a great way to add impact, drama and emotion to your scenes. Landscape photographers have traditionally gravitated to mono using the traditional darkroom.
However, today it’s a lot less hassle and relatively easy to get great results quickly in the digital darkroom using photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop CS and Elements. Our Photoshop tutorial below will show you how to use the numerous sliders within the Photoshop black and white conversion palette so you can learn how to fine tune your black and white landscape when photo editing.
The Black and White tool works by enabling you to vary the luminance levels of eight individual colour ranges independently. Here’s how…
Retro is all the rage these days, and particularly the retro photo effect. Just because you shoot with a digital camera, though, doesn’t mean you can’t still get this lovely vintage film effect in your images.
In the quick Photoshop tutorial below we show you how you can get the retro photo effect in 4 easy steps.
Glyn Dewis is a Photoshop guru and artist and a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. He has recently taught alongside Scott Kelby at the worlds’ largest Photoshop event, Photoshop World in Washington DC. He talks to us about his career using Photoshop, what inspires his work, and his favourite Photoshop tools.