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How to retouch photos: pro techniques in 10 easy steps. With fashion and portrait retouching, the devil really is in the detail; you might want to enlarge the eyes a little, remove a few spots, lighten the skin, or even reduce the size of the feet!

How to retouch photos: pro techniques in 10 easy steps

It’s all work that requires you to get up close and personal, not something you can accomplish with a quick sweep of the brush at 50% zoom. And this is what makes the use of layers and layer masks crucial when you retouch photos: if you make a mistake, you can easily delete or edit the layer and have another go. Do that same work on the original background layer and you might find, 20 minutes down the line, that you’ve got a wonky arm, one eye bigger than the other and skin that looks like a Botox accident.

It’s not until you see all the elements working together that you can really decide whether something looks right or needs a little tweak here and there – which is easily done when everything sits on separate layers. DSLR Video Recording: HD movies and what you absolutely have to know. We take it for granted that new cameras these days come with the capability of recording HD movies.

DSLR Video Recording: HD movies and what you absolutely have to know

Once scoffed at, DSLR video recording has come into its own, and this feature is now one of the first things people check on the specification list when new cameras are announced. In fact, advances in DSLR video capability have created legions of dedicated HDSLR users, who find the versatility of being able to record HD movies on your camera a wonderful creative freedom. In this tutorial we’ll start by answering some of photographers’ common questions about DSLR video, then explore some of the finer points of making HD movies, such as how to pace your film, understanding frame rates and what direct controls on your camera can make the DSLR video process easier for you. Common questions about DSLR video recording. DIY projects for the photography enthusiast. The latest version of Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads is out in the wild.

DIY projects for the photography enthusiast

The early version of the software was released last week to the general public ahead of its official launch later this year. But is it really a good idea for the average Joe to download the software? It seems that with every update of Apple's iOS software, anxious Apple fans worry about whether or when they should upgrade their devices. For the next iteration of iOS, Apple is giving the general public a peek at the next version of the software, iOS 9. At its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, the company announced that for the first time it was making the next version of iOS available early not just to software developers, but to everyone. This early version of iOS, which may differ from the version released in the fall when the next iPhone launches, offers changes to Siri, improvements to the Maps app, and better search tools. That's the question I answer in this edition of Ask Maggie.

Pinterest. Scribble Art Using Masks. Today, we used a mask in PhotoShop to create crazy scribble line portraits.

Scribble Art Using Masks

The technique is simple to learn but effective. You can watch this very short tutorial, less than 3 minutes, to learn how! The Best Kept Secret in Photoshop: Layer Masks. Facebook Twitter.

The Best Kept Secret in Photoshop: Layer Masks

55 Photo editing tips and tricks to live by. This collection of photo editing tips, tricks and techniques will save you time and help you enhance your images the easy way.

55 Photo editing tips and tricks to live by

We’ve pulled together some of our best Lightroom tips, Photoshop shortcuts and Adobe Camera Raw guides to show you how to speed up your workflow and cut your editing time in half. Most photo editors shares similar features to Adobe’s suite of photo software, so even if you’re not a fan of Photoshop, you’ll find that there’s plenty of editing advice and photo fixes relevant to you. You’ll also find links to some of our most popular photo editing tutorials and Photoshop effects throughout this list, so you can take your image processing and digital manipulation skills even further… Best camera settings for hand-held landscapes. Setting up your camera before you start shooting can save you time, effort and maybe even using the wrong camera settings.

Best camera settings for hand-held landscapes

50 Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials to Understand Photoshop Like a Pro. Email When it comes to photo editing, the first thing that comes to my mind is Photoshop.

50 Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials to Understand Photoshop Like a Pro

Photoshop is the second name of creativity. Photo manipulation may be one of the funniest things you can do with Photoshop. Of course, a person should have lots of patience and time to create some truly stunning artwork, but it’s worth a try. 100 Magical Levitation Photography Examples to Inspire You. Email People say that floating in the air or straightforward levitation is impossible.

100 Magical Levitation Photography Examples to Inspire You

Levitation Tutorial (and giveaway!) It’s been a while since my last tutorial but I wanted to wait until I had the right photo in mind before writing one, I hope that you find this one as informative and fun as the previous ones :) So this is what I think is the easiest way to do a levitation type photo, there are endless ways for you to interpret this style and editing and I hope that it gives you a good starting point for creating your own floating, flying, levitating photos.

Levitation Tutorial (and giveaway!)

First off, I’ll say that the most important parts of doing a levitation photo are basically to have a base image with nothing in it, and your main focus image. For the tutorial I’ll break it down into three main points; the set-up, the photos, and the processing. Salad Of My Life: how to levitate? Freelensing for Beginners. What is freelensing? Freelensing is a photography technique where you shoot through a lens that isn't connected to your camera; the lens is free of the camera, hence the name. Instead the lens is held in front of the camera at an angle.

Often, the results are similar to those achieved with a tilt-shift lens without the hefty price tag or the consistency. Under normal circumstances, without a specialized lens, the plane of your depth of focus will be parallel to your camera. Think of your depth of focus as a sheet of glass. (Helpful tips: Photography quick and easy here | Search for used lenses here | Retro Style Prints here)

30 Creative Self-Portrait Ideas. What is a self-portrait? It is when an artist attempts to and creates a portrait of himself or herself. It may seem somewhat of an indulgence but when you get right down to it can be pretty tough to achieve. There have been many artists that have tried to paint themselves like some famous self portrait paintings that these authors have created. 50 Creative Self-Portrait Ideas To Trump All Selfies.

Fairytales Come To Life In Magical Photos by Russian Photographer Margarita Kareva. Margarita Kareva is a Russia-based photographer who specializes in fantasy art photography. Her photographs beautifully portray women that have been transformed into fairytale princesses and witches. She adds surreal elements to her shots that make the photographs really stand out, combining Photoshop manipulation with real props. In an interview with Rosphoto, she explained that she finds inspiration for all her photoshoots in fantasy books. Kareva’s work is constantly evolving and growing because she took up photography just three years ago. Her portfolio is already full of vibrant, magical and creative images. More info: Website | 500px.

SandStorm Photoshop Action. Watch the above video for a demonstration of the action and detailed video tutorial Add pro lighting effects to your Sandstorm images with Soft Focus 2. Lines Photoshop Action. Other actions you may also like: Scroll down for the full list of over 50 photo effects. Lines Photoshop Action.

Handy Techniques for Cutting Out Hair in Photoshop. This post was originally published in 2009 The tips and techniques explained may be outdated. When trimming out images in Photoshop, human hair or animal fur always proves troublesome and can be tricky to achieve a realistic look. Here are two techniques I use on images with both plain backgrounds, and those with a varied background tones, each achieving pretty decent end results. Technique One: Images with Plain Backgrounds The best photos are those professional studio type shots that are taken against a plain white background.

These shots make it much easier to find the edges of the subject, but trimming out fine hairs can still be a little tricky. Open up your image in Photoshop.