There are several ways to sharpen an image, and each of us has our own go-to method. And of course, some Adobe users prefer doing it in Lightroom while others rather choose Photoshop. In this video, Aaron Nace of PHLEARN compares the two programs and all of the available methods they provide. So, which one wins the sharpening contest?
This is quite interesting, and not something I’ve come across before, although it appears the idea has been out for a little while now. As more users are starting to use Linux on the desktop, they’re starting to turn to GIMP for some of their photo editing needs (after all, Adobe doesn’t do Linux). It’s a somewhat unfamiliar interface if you’re coming from Photoshop, but this GIMP patch could make life a little easier.
PhotoGIMP is a patch for GIMP 2.10 for Linux which essentially changes the UI to look like Photoshop. It’s not actually turning GIMP into Photoshop. It can’t do that any more than you can turn Ubuntu into MacOS. The changes are only skin deep. You’re not going to get all the latest CC tools, but what you will get is a familiar look and layout to get you up and running as quickly as possible.
Adobe has released their June update for the Creative Cloud, which they says is the biggest feature update since the Adobe MAX conference in November 2019. It brings some new selection tools to Photoshop, particularly suited to cutting out people and hair, rotatable patterns, font matching, and more for the desktop, as well as a slew of updates for Photoshop for the iPad and Lightroom for all platforms.
Layer masks are one of the most wonderful and powerful tools that have ever been added to Photoshop’s repertoire. Trying to imagine what life was like before them just seems kind of light a nightmare. I use them almost daily in my work with Photoshop, whether it be for photography projects or images to illustrate articles here on DIYP.
But they’re a little confusing for those still learning Photoshop, and there’s a lot more to them than most people think, too. Fortunately, landscape and commercial photographer Mark Duffy has put together this handy 17-minute guide going over everything you ever needed to know to get started with layer masks.
The best way to avoid glare in glasses is to simply position your lights and your subject in such a way that they don’t reflect off the surface of the lenses in the glasses they are wearing. In the studio, this is relatively easy to achieve. Out on location, where you have no control over the ambient light and sometimes your subject, we might have to resort to cleaning it up in post.
In this video, Unmesh at PiXimperfect shows us a method we can use to restore detail hidden behind glare and reflections in glasses in Photoshop. He does stress that you do need to have some detail there to begin with that you want to try to bring out.
The Nik Collection has had a tumultuous history, but it remains one of the most popular and much-loved plugin suites out there for Photoshop and Lightroom. After it was acquired by Google, its future was uncertain, especially after Google announced they’d pretty much abandoned it. Fortunately, they were willing to turn it over to DxO, who released a version 2.5 update a few months later to add some new features and fix a number of issues.
Today, DxO has announced the release of the Nik Collection 3, a major upgrade to the suite, with newly designed Nik Selective Tool (the plugin launcher for Photoshop), new quick edit and non-destructive workflow tools with direct one-click access from within Photoshop to your favourite presets in Silver Efex Pro and HDR Efex Pro. The new upgrade also sees lens and perspective distortion correction and tilt-shift style miniature effects with a new Perspective Efex.
Applying a cinematic effect to your nighttime city photos is a popular way to turn them from snapshots into something special, like in the examples of Masashi Wakui. I’ve been following his work for years, and finally wanted to try and figure out how this effect is done, without using any plugins in Lightroom and Photoshop. The key parts of this technique are the crushed blacks, the glow in the highlights, and the colour toning.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to recreate this effect by hand in Lightroom and Photoshop, adding a cinematic look to the photo below. The basis of this technique is to use an extreme white balance that is then recovered by split-toning.
Most of the time when we shoot an image, we have a pretty good idea of how we want the final result to look, even before we’ve hit the shutter. But sometimes we want to experiment and see how the image might look processed a different way. And maybe now and again we’ve no idea what we want to do with it and just want to see what our options might be.
Well, the new Infinite Looks plugin for Photoshop from the folks at Infinite Tools lets us do that quickly and easily. It utilises a million LUT files to create an endless amount of different grades that you can preview with just two simple sliders.
If there has been one message all of us have heard over the past few months, it’s been this: Stay at home! It’s important to repeat it and to do it in different ways, and Tony Fero and Helena Juan have found their own way. They have photoshopped people out of iconic artwork to symbolically “send them home,” which resulted in an inspiring and unique project.
Photoshop has a whole bunch of different blend modes but knowing what they all do… Well, even many of the most advanced Photoshop users don’t know what they all do. That not knowing could be holding you back, though. And this video is a perfect example as to why.
I’ve been using Photoshop since about Version 3.0 (yes, I’m that old), but I don’t recall ever once using the “Divide” blending mode. After watching this video from Unmesh at PiXimperfect, though, I wish I’d started looking into it years ago. Unmesh starts by showing how it works in a practical sense, and then explains the underlying maths behind it to help you understand how it does what it does.