Photoshop Techniques

Ice beach method video tutorial

Ice beach method This is a photoshop technique to enhance colours and contrasts in a landscape photograph. The technique uses luminosity masks similar to Tony Kuyper's technique. Different goals are achieved through blending modes such as; screen, soft-light and...

Ice beach method

This is the main method I use to process most images. After many years of doing this in photoshop, I have decided to share the technique with you. The aim of this technique is to enhance colours, to give them that contrast colour while maintaining a natural contrast....

Skype tutorials – Photoshop and Lightroom

Master Photoshop by Mastering 3 basic skills. Anybody want a one2one session over skype to go over a landscape image? I use a very simple technique which can be applied to a lot of Landscape images as it enhances colours and contrast and gives you total control. It is...

Blending modes for drama and colour

his section discusses a photoshop technique which is similar to Luminosity masking and just adds the extra flavour of various blending modes instead of traditionally adjusting curves. This can be a bit...

Easy masking for landscape photoshoppers

Luminosity masking is such a powerful editing technique.  In this tutorial I have simplified the technique and given some creative examples. Typically, we would use a luminosity mask with an adjustment layer such as "Curves" this allows us to control the contrast...

Starblobs

This photoshop tutorial shows how to correct out of focus stars. Night photography often involves a compromise, often the compromise is depth of field because large apertures (such as f/2.8) are commonly used to capture stars before they begin to trail. This means...

Using Luminosity masks

I recently came across the work of Tony Kuyper whos blog instructs the reader on a post processing technique for photoshop users. Tony describes how to create the various luminosity masks, but also has a downloadable action which can allow the user to generate all the...

Advanced Photoshop – Dramatic Mono Conversion

This tutorial looks at ways to convert your image to black and white using the tools available in Photoshop CS3. There may be work-arounds for other versions of photoshop or other image editors, but the work horse in this tutorial is the powerful 'Black and White...

Photoshop basics – simple colour correction

This is a quick and simple technique for correcting the colour of an image in photoshop. It is not always successful and will not give you the desired results 100% of the time. But as it is quick and easy it is definitely one to try first. My picture of Goðafoss has a...

Create a photoshop action – Colour boost

This tutorial offers an alternative to the saturation option when you wish to dramatically boost the colours in an image. We will make a photoshop action for this colour boosting technique so that it can be applied easily to any image in the future. The first step is...

Photography techniques – focus stacking

This articles looks at a lengthy and complicated procedure to render every part of a scene with perfect focus. the aim is to achieve a high depth of field (DOF) whilst maintaining the high quality of your lens' sweet-spot. The main challenge is, maybe, deciding what...

Photoshop Basics – noise reduction

No camera is perfect. If we push it to the limits of iso and low-light scenes, we are going to experience the number one weakness of a digital camera - NOISE. In camera noise control When you use the long exposure noise reduction setting on a D-SLR, it takes the same...

HDR4 – Photoshop enhancements

HDR4 - Photoshop enhancements 1) The first tutorial shows you how to fix strange HDR artefacts by using an original exposure as a selection aid and then using the clone tool to correct problems. Video Tutorial 2)The next tutorial shows you how to fix HDR generated...

Basic adjustments – Sharpen and save for the web

Basic adjustments - Sharpen and save for the web This tutorial is about creating small files for your website or online portfolio. This is assuming that you have an image that you have finished processing at its full size and you want to get the best possible quality...

Layers and Masks 2 – Adjustment Layers

Layers and Masks 2 - Adjustment Layers Adjustment layers do just that, they allow you to make adjustments to your images in a stack of layers. This has two benefits to the way you might normally adjust a picture; You can go back and change any part of you adjustment,...

Basic adjustments – Curves

Like layers, curve adjustments is a way of adjusting the brightness/ darkness levels in an image. The emphasis is put more on contrast and adjusting curves is a very smooth and sophisticated way of adjusting contrast. Open an image in photoshop and go to Image -...

Basic Adjustments – Levels

Basic Adjustments - Levels When you adjust levels, you are adjusting the range of the brightness/ darkness levels in an image. This is determined through a histogram. The histogram displays the distribution of the different light value in an image. For example, a dark...

Layers and Masks 1 – The Layers Palette

Layers and Masks 1 - The Layers Palette For this guide you need to have Photoshop open with an image and be able to see the 'Layers' palette. If you can't find the layers palette, go to the 'windows' tab and select layers. Now you can see it, so let me explain the...

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