Even the magical light of the golden hour requires some enhancement in post-processing. There are a few ways to do it, and Denny Tang of Denny’s Tips suggest one of the simplest I’ve seen so far. He uses a single adjustment layer, and it’s the Channel Mixer. The whole editing process is pretty fast, yet gives natural-looking results on the photos taken during sunset (or sunrise).
There are so many ways to convert an digital photographs from colour to black and white it’ll make your head spin. Personally, if I know in advance I want black and white, I’ll just shoot it with film. But, sometimes, converting a digital colour image in post is your only option. The most common ways to convert images to black & white are through either Lightroom or Camera Raw or to use the Black & White adjustment layer inside Photoshop.
This tutorial from Unmesh Dinda at PiXimperfect shows another, rather novel, method of producing black and white conversions. It involves using Photoshop’s “Calculations” feature to look at the different colour channels in your image. Different blending modes are then used to produce a wide variety of options.
We at DIYP have featured many fantastic colorizations of black and white images. If you’ve always wanted to try it yourself, this tutorial by Chris from Spoon Graphics is the video you definitely need to watch.
It’s intended for beginners, and it’s simple and easy to follow even if you’ve never colorized an image before. Although this process takes a lot of time and skill, Chris makes it simple and gives you some basic guidelines for adding colors to black and white photos, which you will easily upgrade as you follow the tutorial. This video is a great way to step into the world of photo colorization, and it will make you try the technique out instantly.
Photoshop is full of shortcuts and tricks. Even professionals discover something new from time to time, and get surprised how come they didn’t know it before. Colin Smith from Photoshop Cafe shares seven tricks hidden in Photoshop’s interface, and some of them are hidden in a specific way: in plain sight.
These features have been in front of your face all along, but you may not have noticed them. As Colin himself says, these aren’t “Photoshop hacks,” but “engineered tools and settings that make your life easier. They will save you time and give you the information you need while working in Photoshop every day.” So let’s check them out.
The “orange and teal” look is quite a popular style of color grading, both in movies and photography. In this video, Denny Tang will show you how to create this look using only two adjustment layers in Photoshop.
Those of you who are annoyed by the popularity of the “orange and teal”, this video is for you, too. With this technique, you can get plenty of different color grading styles, so if this popular look isn’t really your cup of tea, you can still learn this technique and apply it to get the look you like.
This week I’m showing you a super quick and easy to way to reduce the highlights, no matter how complex they are, with a simple trick in Photoshop.
Happy Easter guys! This week I wanted to give you a handy guide for double-checking that your images (with people in them) are as free from distractions as possible, and how to fix any that appear, before you release them. There is another impressive article on how to do this with videos if you prefer some German humor ;).
I like to break my images down into 3 key areas (entirely because of Stefan). These are the following:
- Color Issues
- Luminosity Issues
- Texture/Structure Issues
As long as these three issues are covered, you have a wonderful base to assume that your image is going to be relatively distraction free.
Most of us use different Photoshop blending modes to achieve different effects. Many tutorials suggest which more to use to achieve a certain look, but you have to admit – they rarely state what exactly the blend mode does to the layers. This comprehensive and thorough video from Photoshop Training Channel explains them all! It explores each of the 27 Photoshop blending modes. It tells you exactly how they work, but also offers some useful tricks and shortcuts you can use.
Once, the idea of rotating my canvas when retouching was jarring to me. I knew it was something my peers were doing but I just couldn’t be bothered to try it myself.
After a few one on one lessons where I was “forced” to do it by David Neilands, I actually found a surprising improvement in not only the end result but also in identifying problems quicker with fewer revisions.
Rotating the canvas is actually a technique that was popularised by Pratik Naik of Solstice Retouch. The guy knows his stuff, he won retoucher of the year last year!
Each of us has our own style and our methods for editing photos. There are a few ways for color grading, and we can do it in different software. I have stumbled upon an interesting video from Eye Stocker for color grading in Photoshop. It uses only Solid Color Adjustment Layers and “Blend If” mode. It was published on April Fool’s Day, but it’s no joke – it works pretty well.