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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    Cover Art: Photography From Sylwester Zacheja

    | Showcase | 18/10/2012 14:25pm

    Congratulations to our cover photographer Sylwester Zacheja’s. His beautiful photograph is used on this months Practical Photoshop. Amazing work!

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    Create a cracked portrait in Photoshop using Layer Styles and Filters

    | Tutorials | 28/07/2012 07:00am

    We delve into the world of Photoshop’s Filters and Layer Styles to show that perfection isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be!

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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