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Compositing in Adobe Photoshop: Time-Saving Tips - Smashing Magazine

Compositing in Adobe Photoshop: Time-Saving Tips - Smashing Magazine
Advertisement Compositing is a skill and process that spans the entire spectrum of creative industries. At the high end, compositing boasts its own specialized profession in film and television post production and visual effects. Dedicated software such as NUKE and Shake have taken the craft to powerful levels of its own, leaving behind the relatively basic compositing toolset of Adobe Photoshop. In this article, I’ll share some of my own time-saving tips for compositing in Photoshop. Tip 1: Matching Tones, Channel by Channel One of the challenges we face when compositing is matching the colors and tones of various images to produce a realistic and convincing composite. 1These are the three images we will composite together In the following example, we will composite three people into one shot and address the differences in lighting, tone and color balance. 2Masked images placed on background In the above image, I have masked out the images and placed them together on a background. 1. 2.

100 Best Photoshop Tutorials of All Time that Yield Professional Results Photoshop tutorials are one of the most popular subjects on the web, as the digital art community continues to grow and new designers bring their unique skills. However, quality Photoshop tutorials that teach you a useful effect, have a quality finished result and are well explained are harder to find, and with the large number of tutorial sites available, it can be hard to sort the quality from the mundane. In this massive roundup, we’ve collected the top 100 best Photoshop tutorials that have ever been created, that yield professional results, teach you a useful effect, are well explained, and will have you designing like a pro in no time. These tutorials are collected from niche tutorial sites around the web, and range in age from creation in 2008 to a few tutorials that were created just last week. If you liked this post, check out our other design tutorial roundups: Design a Traditional Liquefied Car Create Dynamic Distortion Effects Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop

Mastering Photoshop: Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers We all have shortcuts that are essential to our daily workflow. A majority of them are staples such as Copy (Command + C) and Paste (Command + V), but occasionally we stumble upon a shortcut we wish we’d learned years ago. Suddenly, this simple shortcut has streamlined our process and shaved quite a bit of time off our day. Collected here are some lesser known but extremely useful shortcuts. Many of these are not documented in the “Keyboard Shortcuts” menu, and some of them don’t even have equivalent menu options. Please note that all of the shortcuts listed below assume that you are using Photoshop CS4 on OS X. Layers Link Selection Link Sifting through nests of layer sets to find the layer you need quickly becomes tiresome. Changing auto-select behavior. There will be times when you want to select a layer that is located below a number of other layers. Right-clicking to display all layers beneath the cursor. The keyboard can also be used to select layers. Sorting Link Viewing Link (al)

Joining Images for Montage & Collage One of the more frequent questions we receive is how to bring photos together for montage or collage. Actually layer masking is by far the best method to learn, however my layer masking seminar isn't quite complete yet. I was complaining about how much time it takes to put an article together-- finding the appropriate photos to use, running the process, documentation and gathering screen captures -- when Mr. Pixelsmith said: "Here, take these and just use layer blending modes." Merge Photos: Quick & Easy Way Getting started with merging photos using this method will get you up and running in no time and will open your vision to lots and lots of possibilities using this way-too-simple technique. First, gather your photos for the montage. Step 1 Create the base Photoshop file to the size and resolution needed for output. Step 2 Show the Layers Palette and open each file to be added Use the Move Tool (Tap V) and one-by-one drag each image to be added into the base file. Step 3 Step 4

GuideGuide: Free Plugin For Dealing With Grids In Photoshop Advertisement This article is the fourth in our new series that introduces the latest, useful and freely available tools and techniques, developed and released by active members of the Web design community. The first article covered PrefixFree; the second introduced Foundation, a responsive framework; the third presented Sisyphus.js, a library for Gmail-like client-side drafts. Today we are happy to present Cameron McEfee’s Photoshop extension GuideGuide which provides a tool to create pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints and baselines. Take a moment and think about creating a multi-column grid in a Photoshop comp. Have your palms started to sweat? (siteWidth - (gutterWidth × (numberOfColumns - 1) ) ÷ numberOfColumns = columnWidth I was sitting at my desk one day doing this exact equation when I thought, “Man, this looks just like code. Enter: GuideGuide Columns and Rows Designing a site that needs multiple columns and gutters? Midpoints Save It For Later The Fun Part Measure Navigation (il)

Create a Funky Urban-Inspired Scene in Photoshop As an artist, I am always listening to, and being inspired by, music. I wanted to do a tutorial that pays tribute to this art form for what it has contributed to our culture. In this tutorial, we are going to create a colorful scene inspired by breakdancing and the urban lifestyle. Preview Click the image below to see its full size. Tutorial Resources Step 1: Preparing the Breakdancer Once we’ve opened up Photoshop, we are going to download and open our breakdancer stock image (purchased from Bigstock). After opening the image in Photoshop, we want to remove the background so that we have the dancer isolated on a transparent background. Instead, I would recommend using either the Pen Tool (P) to trace around the subject or a layer mask where you can simply brush out the areas you want to get rid of. Once you have removed the background, save the image (Cmd/Ctrl + S). Take your time when making selections and isolating your images — the details are important. Step 2: Preparing the Boom Box

Photoshop shading and lighting theory - practical examples Shadows are a very important aspect of any photo manipulation. Just as it happens with lighting effects, if the shadows are used the right way, you can end up with a stunning image. In this tutorial I will show you a few techniques I use to create realistic shadows and lights with Photoshop The first step will be only theory to help you understand how lights and shadows work and on the following steps I will show you how to actually create the shadows. 1) Light source and shadow angles. Before even starting to do anything on you image, you must decide whether you need shadows or not. You can see that the light source on the original image is on the top left side. Below you have a similar case. Sometimes there are no reference points to help you identify where the main light source is but the existing shadows on the image can help you. The original image didn’t have the road sign, I added it with photoshop. That’s the basic theory. A) Contact shadow B) Soft Shadow C) Cast shadows Method 1

Useful Photoshop Tips And Tricks For Photo Retouching Advertisement When it comes to designing in Photoshop, there is a myriad of ways one could use to achieve a certain result, especially when it comes to photo retouching. Designers use technique they are most confident as well as comfortable with, which is great because it’s always useful to peek into the workflow of our colleagues and learn new design approaches. We have had articles on cloning1, compositing2, masks3 and obscure Photoshop time-savers4 in the past. I’ll be covering some of the useful techniques and tricks which I’ve learned from my experience. Here is a short overview of the techniques we’ll be covering: Naturally Increased Light The light of the sun creates texture. Increase light on a separate layer. Then use the brush tool with a soft brush, and hold the Alt/Option key to pick up colors from the area that you want to brighten. The blending mode “Color Dodge” creates realistic results. Simulate Infrared Images It’s almost like an infrared image. Levels Sunset Gradient Map

Why Do We Need Selections In Photoshop Written by Steve Patterson. As you may have already discovered on your own if you’ve read through any of our other Photoshop tutorials here at Photoshop Essentials, I’m a big fan of “why”. Lots of people will happily tell us how to do something, but for whatever reason, the why is usually left out, forever limiting our understanding of what it is we’re doing. Take selections in Photoshop, for example. None of this, however, explains why we need to make selections in the first place, so in this tutorial, we’ll take a quick look at the "why". Do You See What I See? As I write this, summer is once again coming to an end. Red, delicious apples. Obviously, the main subject in the photo above is the apples, right? That’s great for us, but what about Photoshop? The simple answer is no, it can’t. A close-up view of the edge of an apple showing that it’s really just a bunch of tiny square pixels. Select None To Select Them All Selecting the Brush Tool. Ultra-realistic photo effect.

Astuces et Conseils pour la photomanipulation avec Photoshop Smashing Magazine nous a dernièrement gâté d’un article sur les techniques de photomanipulation avec Photoshop. Suite à la demande exprimée sur la page Facebook de Design Spartan je me suis chargé de traduire le principal en donnant mes impressions. Voici ces conseils et astuces repris dans notre belle langue afin de parfaire votre technique et maîtriser diverses situations. Chaque professionnel et même chaque amateur possède ses propres techniques et ses habitudes sur Photoshop. Voici donc les astuces et conseils sur la retouche photo abordées ici : Augmenter la lumière de façon naturelle Voici une technique très efficace pour contrôler l’intensité lumineuse d’une photographie et l’augmenter à volonté sur un calque séparé. Ensuite récupérer la couleur d’une zone à éclaircir avec la pipette (I) puis avec l’outil pinceau (B) et une forme aux bords flous, peignez au même endroit avec cette couleur sur notre nouveau calque. Les niveaux Cela fonctionne aussi pour trouver un gris neutre.