A blog containing photographs, ideas, discussion and image manipulation tutorials from incurable hippie, a disabled photographer in the north of England. All this, plus inspiration from others' photographic work, and technical aspects of photography.

24 December 2008

Tutorial: Bring out Shadows and Highlights in Photoshop

This tutorial is for Photoshop but probably works in a similar way in other programmes.


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Before
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  1. Open the photograph you want to improve in Photoshop
  2. Duplicate the background layer
  3. Filter > Other > High Pass
  4. Set the radius to 8 pixels
  5. Click OK
  6. Set the Layer Mode to Hard Light
  7. Right click on the top layer and choose 'Merge Down'
  8. Save as... and you're done.




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Before

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23 December 2008

18 December 2008

Season's Greetings!

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I'm rather pleased with this image I created this afternoon. It started off as a photo of a wall display in a garden centre, then I cloned out the poster, price tag and marks on the wall, increased the contrast using levels and curves, then created a red fill layer and played around with the blending mode and opacity. Finally, I created an outline, using a colour from the red branches.

So, I hope this time of year isn't too stressful and is instead filled with cute red robins and nice lovey world peace stuff.

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