Blend If is a very useful Photoshop tool. Jesús Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel calls it “the unsung hero,” and he wants to teach you how to use this handy feature. In his video tutorial, you’ll learn some theory about “Blend If” and how to use it to replace the sky, create special effects and apply textures in Photoshop.
Photoshop shortcuts speed up our workflow without any doubt. But there are so many of them, that most of us probably don’t know them all. Jesús Ramirez from Photoshop Training Channel shares twelve very useful shortcuts in his latest video. You may know some of them, but I’m sure you’ll learn something new and speed up your post-processing work even more.
It’s that time of the year, and maybe you became impatient while waiting for the first snow to fall. Or perhaps you’re like me and hate taking photos while it’s snowing. Either way, Photoshop comes to the rescue. In his latest tutorial, Jesús Ramirez will show you how to add realistic snow to your photos. He demonstrates two methods, so you can pick the one you like better and enjoy the warmth of your home while playing in Photoshop. It’s a great way to spend a gray, cold afternoon.
When the vibrance slider was added to Adobe Camera Raw version 4, it was one of the most significant changes ever made to the popular raw processor. Today it seems difficult to live without it. Vibrance also came to Photoshop CS4 as an adjustment layer, and we gained a whole lot more control over how it’s used.
There is a massive difference between vibrance and the humble saturation slider. They each affect different colours that exist in the image in different ways, but do you understand the difference? Watch Jesús Ramirez from the Photoshop Training Channel explain in this video with some great easy to understand demonstrations.
Hair is one of those parts of retouching that I least look forward to. It just takes so long to get things looking perfect. Especially if the image is from a shoot that didn’t have a hair stylist on set. If only I could shoot bald models, and composite hair in post, that would make life so much easier.
Well, thanks to Jesús Ramirez at the Photoshop Training Channel, we can! In this video, Jesús walks us through the process of giving a model a completely new hair style in Photoshop, even if they didn’t have much hair to begin with.
Content Aware Fill is one of those features of Photoshop that many users love to hate. So much so that quite a few of us have called it Content Aware Fail since it was first introduced in CS5. Personally, I’ve only found it to be really all that useful for extending clear blue skies, and even there it occasionally wants to put a branch or a building flying in the middle of nowhere.
This video from the Jesús Ramirez Photoshop Training Channel, though, shows me something I never knew about Content Aware Fill. That it respects layer masks. Something which turns it into a much more reliable and useful tool. This method makes it very easy to use Content Aware Fill where you previously might not have even tried.
Puppet Warp is a useful Photoshop tool that lets you distort the image by dragging points. You can use it for shaping hair, changing the shape of objects, and even repositioning body parts in an image. Jesus Ramirez from Photoshop Training Channel shows you how to master this tool and all it has to offer in only a couple of minutes. Even if you’ve worked with the Puppet Warp before, you will discover some useful tricks to make the best of this tool.
Sharpening and the various techniques available to apply it are hotly debated topics. Everybody has their own favourite way of doing it, and they tend to stick with it. I certainly have mine. I’ve got 2 or 3 go-to methods I bounce between depending on the image in question. There are also techniques I don’t use because I just don’t like what they do.
This video from Jesús Ramirez at The Photoshop Channel covers pretty much every main method of sharpening images within Photoshop. How each of the different methods work, their advantages and disadvantages. He also talks about the different times during a photograph’s life when you’d actually need to sharpen an image.
Before delving into the mysterious world of photography, I started my visual arts career in graphic design and marketing, both freelance and on-staff. One request I became accustomed to was extracting all kinds of objects and people from all kinds of backgrounds and surroundings. Apart from “Make it look awesome,” this seemed to be people’s favorite.
There are many ways to mask and extract objects, and there’s really no “right” way to do it, so long as you find your method of choice effective. However, Aaron Nace of Phlearn (yes, we do seem to love Aaron) gives us an excellent tutorial on making a perfect selection in Photoshop using color channels, magic wand be damned.