From the classic opening credits of the James Bond films to Apple’s original iPod campaign, silhouettes have proven they can be the basis for powerful and iconic imagery.
Traditionally, the easiest way to shoot a silhouette was to place the subject against a bright background or backlight and expose for the brighter regions of the image. This plunges the subject into darkness, silhouetting them against the background.
Here, we’re going to show you a technique that partially silhouettes the model, with the shot taken so that a small amount of light just helps to pick out some of the facial features, giving the subject the look of the famous iPod silhouette.
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Many of us have been inspired by Japanese art, and by using Photoshop layer masks, blends, adjustment layers and the Gradient tool you can quite easily produce a creative Photoshop image with an authentic Far Eastern look. Of course, this technique can be applied to any garden or landscape, but for this Photoshop tutorial we [...]
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Capturing infrared images in-camera can be a real hassle. If you want to produce the same result, but without all the fuss, follow these 6 simple steps to create an infrared image in Photoshop
The Harris Shutter Effect is a process discovered in the days of film photography. It’s achieved by taking a sequence of three exposures on the same frame, with a red, green and blue filter used for each.
However, with Photoshop Elements it’s possible to get the same results using three standard colour images shot in sequence. In our latest Photoshop Elements tutorial we’ll look at how to use Elements to apply colour fills and blending modes to filter the three shots into their component channels.
When it comes to portraits, everyone wants to look their best. But with today’s high-resolution SLRs, every spot, blemish and flaw can appear in startling detail. There are of course a few shooting techniques you can use to minimise these, such as bouncing light with reflectors to avoid strong shadows, and using off-camera flash to control the direction of the light to complement the model. However, you don’t need to get bogged down with different techniques and equipment to get great portraits, because Elements has a range of tools specially designed for seamless Photoshop retouching.
SLR technology is always improving, and one key area is the image quality of photos shot at high ISO settings. But what if you don’t have the newest SLR or have raw images with potential that are suffering from image noise? Help is at hand! By utilising the power of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) software, it’s possible to rescue noisy raw images in a flash.
Out-of-focus highlights often result in spots known as ‘bokeh’. The bokeh effect is particularly apparent at night, when lights from street lamps, windows and cars are captured as pretty patterns.
How the bokeh effect looks is determined by several factors. Aperture, focal length and distance from a subject all play a part, as do lens quality and number of aperture blades.
While it’s satisfying to capture bokeh in-camera, success is dependent on location and background detail. Alternatively, you can add bokeh in post-processing, as we show here.