Photoshop Tricks: how to get the HDR effect from one image

    | Tutorials | 16/08/2012 03:00am

    When you’re faced with a subject that has a high dynamic range – that is, one that has high contrast, with both very bright highlights and very dark shadows – one technique you can use to capture the full tonal range is high dynamic range imaging. But as you will see in our Photoshop tutorial below, there is a simple way to get an HDR effect from just one picture.

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    Photoshop Tricks: age progression made easy

    | Tutorials | 15/05/2012 10:34am

    If you’re curious about how you’ll look in 30 years’ time, then this Photoshop tutorial is for you! Here we will show you how to mimic age progression in Photoshop.

    ]The process is made simpler by borrowing some age details from another face. We’ll grab some of the dark colour of wrinkles from an older man and blend them into our model’s face. We’ll borrow some eyebrows, too, and use small brush strokes to add some longer eyebrow hairs.

    Additionally, we’ll alter the skin colour to give the portrait a more sallow and aged look, then use the Liquify filter to enlarge some elements on the face that grow larger with age such as the nose and ears. Lips will be thinned, and the hairline receded.

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    How to fake the panning technique in Photoshop

    | Tutorials | 30/03/2012 08:00am

    Panning in-camera to record a sharp, moving subject against background blur is incredibly rewarding, but the panning technique can be impractical and tricky to perfect. So if you’ve tried, but failed, to get it right, all is not lost. Here we’ll show you a simple photo editing technique where you’ll learn how to get a life-like panning effect in Photoshop CS5 using a sharp image taken at 1/3200sec. We’ll isolate the car from the background with selection tools and add a layer mask to fine-tune the cut-out. We’ll then use filters to apply different types of blur.

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    6 traditional darkroom techniques you can recreate with Photoshop toning

    | Tutorials | 26/06/2012 10:30am

    Do you miss the days of the wet darkroom? Or rather, do you not miss that awful smell of chemicals but you long for some of effects you could create using your old traditional darkroom techniques? Here are six Photoshop effects based on traditional darkroom processes you can use to make retro-styled images

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    Photoshop Layers panel: a quick cheat sheet

    | Downloads | 25/06/2012 15:02pm

    Do you know your Blend mode from your Opacity control? While the seasoned hands will be quite familiar with the Photoshop Layers panel, many who are new to the software, or photographers who use Photoshop sparingly, might not. To help you along, we’ve made this handy cheat sheet to finding your way around the Photoshop Layers panel.

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    Photoshop Layers Palette: free photo editing cheat sheet

    | Tutorials | 12/09/2012 08:00am

    Are you new to photo editing and trying to make sense of the Photoshop Layers palette? You’re not alone.

    To help you along we put together this quick and handy photo editing cheat sheet that identifies what each little box and icon does, and what you might want to use it for!

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    Create a kaleidoscope in Photoshop

    | Tutorials | 29/06/2012 07:00am

    Almost any image can be converted to a wonderful kaleidoscope using this Photoshop technique. To begin, you will cut out a triangle from an image and then rotate and copy it a number of times until you create a repeating pattern. You’ll then flatten the image and duplicate and resize that shot to create a finished kaleidoscope effect.

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    Give your photos a solarization effect

    | Tutorials | 24/05/2012 09:37am

    Solarization, otherwise known as the Sabattier effect, is a traditional darkroom technique. It was popularised by the surrealist photographer Man Ray in the early twentieth century, when his darkroom assistant Lee Miller accidentally turned the light on while a print was in the developer. The quirky results saw a partial reversal of the tones in the image, and marked the advent of a fortuitous new look for Man Ray.

    In a darkroom, the effect is difficult to master because it’s unpredictable and, of course, means getting your hands wet with photographic chemicals. While this might give the technique some charm, it’s much easier to replicate it in the digital darkroom using the delights of Photoshop.

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    How well do you know Photoshop?

    | Competitions, Web links | 16/12/2011 12:55pm

    It’s one area of your life that until now probably hasn’t really been regarded as competitive, but your Photoshop knowledge is now something you can be tested on and, if you’ve really been swotting up you may find yourself top of the leaderboard.

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    Selling your pictures: photo editing steps you need to know to crack the stock libraries

    | Tutorials | 30/10/2012 10:00am

    As one improves as a photographer, you might find yourself asking less about photography tips and techniques and instead how to make money from photography. One popular method is to sell photos online via one of the numerous microstock libraries.

    In our post we’ll show you how to prepare and edit your pictures so that when you go to sell photos online through a microstock library you stand the best chance of making money.

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