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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Tutorial - Tilt Shift Effect - How To Create The Tilt Shift Effect Using Photoshop Elements 10
The Tilt Shift effect is a popular technique that originated from the use of 'Tilt Shift' lenses. Architectural photographers use these specialized lenses to correct the converging verticals of the buildings they are photographing, but they can also be used creatively to shift the plane of focus so that areas of the image are thrown dramatically out of focus. The Tilt Shift effect is applied to Broadway, New York City - from Photoshop expert Mark Galer.
One of the most popular effects is to create a 'toy town' look where figures and cars look more like they have been placed in a model village. This effect can be created easily in post-production and the advantage is the cost saving (tilt shift lenses are extraordinarily expensive) and the fact that the point of focus can be changed at any time when and if you change your mind.
1. This technique works best when applied to an image that has been captured from a high vantage point - one where you are looking down on your subject matter. In this project I am using an image I captured in downtown Manhattan.
2. The first step is to duplicate the layer (Layer > Duplicate Layer). I have named the new layer ‘Layer 1’. I have then applied the Gaussian Blur filter using a radius of 20 pixels (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) and selected OK to apply the filter.
3. In this step I will create a layer mask so that I can hide some of the blurred pixels. From the base of the Layers panel I have clicked on the Add layer mask icon to add a layer mask to this blurred layer.
4. I have picked the Gradient tool from the Tools panel and selected the ‘Black, White’ gradient from the gradient presets (accessed from the Options bar). I have then selected the Reflected gradient option and set the Opacity to 100% (also from the Options bar).
To create the Tilt Shift effect I have dragged a short gradient from the area I want to be in focus to a point where I want maximum blur. I have held down the Shift key as I dragged this gradient to ensure the gradient is constrained to a perfect vertical. The Reflected option will ensure the effect is mirrored on the both sides to create the appropriate effect.
5. The addition of the blur has lowered the contrast in the out-of-focus regions of the image so I have corrected this using a Brightness/Contrast adjustment that only affects the blurred layer. I have chosen a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer from the Create new fill or adjustment layer menu at the base of the Layers panel.
I have clicked the clipping icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the Adjustment dialog and then raised the contrast and brightness of the blur. This adjustment will not alter the sharp tones on the background layer.
If you want to move the area of sharp focus within the image you must first break the link that sits between the image and its mask. First select the Move tool from the Tools panel, then select the layer mask by clicking on it and then click and drag in the image preview to relocate the area of sharp focus.
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This tutorial is taken from the forthcoming book 'Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Maximum Performance' and is published by Focal Press. Go to www.markgaler.com to discover a wealth of resources and Photoshop tutorials.
Photoshop Elements 10 Upgrade Offer - Upgrade From Any Previous Version For $79.99
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for Windows and Mac is available now at www.adobe.com. Photoshop Elements 10 Windows and Mac is available for a suggested retail price of US$99.99. New upgrade pricing allows past Photoshop Elements users of any version to purchase Photoshop Elements 10 for US$79.99.
Powered by the same engine as Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for digital imaging, Photoshop Elements 10 utilizes intelligent technology that makes it easy to give everyday photos a boost. Photoshop technology is brought to life through easy to follow steps for achieving stunning photo effects in an approachable way with new Guided Edits, which are very popular and successful.
These include innovations such as creating a shallow depth of field or designing a fun layout of snapshots with Picture Stack, or even adding a dream-like diffused glow with the Orton effect.
New text functionality, which scrapbookers will especially love, allows users to add curving, flowing text to a photo that automatically follows the outline of a subject, custom path or shape. In addition, special crop guides now help users at any level easily achieve interesting, visually appealing compositions. Also, the Smart Brush lets users paint unique effects onto specific areas of photos and now features 30 new effects like Pencil Sketch and Oil Pastel.
With Photoshop Elements 10, users not only have access to fun editing and creation features, but also the ability to organize photos. Object Search automatically finds objects within photos, such as a landmark, flower or pet. The Elements Organizer can even automatically detect duplicate or near-duplicate photos so users can clean up and delete the photos they don’t need and quickly group similar collections of photos. Also, photo enthusiasts who shoot video can now upload their clips directly to Facebook or YouTube®.
Photoshop Elements 10 users can purchase Adobe’s integrated online service, Photoshop Elements Plus, which includes 20GB of storage for automatic online backup and sharing (up to 15,000 photos or four hours of DVD-quality video), as well as access to an extensive library of how-to's, artwork and Online Album templates for sharing online.
Whether users are social networking or using sharing sites like Facebook, Flickr®, YouTube or Photoshop.com, Photoshop Elements 10 lets customers share their photos directly from within the Elements Organizer and view them from virtually anywhere on the go, offering a comprehensive set of sharing capabilities for today’s increasingly social and mobile worlds. For Facebook lovers, Photoshop Elements integrates users’ Facebook Friend Lists for easily tagging photos that can then be shared directly to Facebook.
On top of all these new features and capabilities, Photoshop Elements 10 enables developers to create tablet and mobile applications that interact with the software via the included API. This opens Photoshop Elements 10 to a new world where the fun and interactivity of touch devices and Photoshop Elements intersect.
Visit our Photoshop Elements 10 Resource Center. You can also signup to download a free 30-day trial of Elements 10. Also see our Photoshop Elements 10 Tutorials page, featuring a special Tilt Shift Tutorial from Photoshop expert Mark Galer.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 - Top Features, Frequently Asked Questions, And System Requirements
Here are the top features of the newly released Adobe Photoshop Elements 10:
choose a trusted solution—Bring your photos to life with a powerful solution from the makers of Adobe Photoshop software, the professional standard for image editing.
do it all with one powerful yet simple product—Use Photoshop Elements 10 software for all your photo needs. Edit, enhance, and find photos; make custom creations; share via print, the web, and mobile devices; help protect photos; and view photos virtually anywhere you are.*†
enjoy your photos on the go—Easily share your photos with your social network and view photos virtually anywhere you are. Photos are synced between your desktop and devices so you see the same ones at home and on the go.*†
easily find all your photos and video clips—Easily find all your media in the convenient Organizer. Use automated options to find your best photos and clips—or photos of specific things and people. Then dive into a range of creative activities and start enjoying your memories.
go from flawed to phenomenal in seconds—Use one-step shortcuts to whiten teeth; make skies bluer; and fix color, contrast, and lighting—and then choose the best result from a group of adjustment previews. Instantly unclutter photos, and use crop guides to improve composition.
dramatically transform your photos with easy-to-use options—Enhance specific areas of your photos with brush-on effects, including 30 all-new options. Convert your color originals to elegant, nuanced black-and-whites, or use color curves adjustments to get the perfect exposure.
count on step-by-step assistance—Want to easily fix a scratch, simulate depth of field, or design a scrapbook page? Use Guided Edits to get help with key steps so you can get the results you want fast.
easily create the perfect photo—Take advantage of amazing Photomerge technology to easily match the style of one photo to another; create fuller panoramas, perfectly lit shots, and great group shots; and combine elements of different faces for entertaining results.
get creative inspiration—Bring your ideas to life with relevant how-tos that appear just when you need them. New how-tos help you explore creative possibilities.*†
share experiences in fresh, exciting ways on the web—Show off your photos and videos in one-of-a-kind, interactive Online Albums with your choice of animated templates. Share them in public or private galleries—friends and family won’t have to register to look.*†‡
show off your creativity with flexible layouts—Make scrapbook pages, cards, and more in minutes using professionally designed templates, or customize every aspect of your creations. Get fun, fresh looks with new artwork and templates.
† Available in the U.S. only. Internet access required.
‡ Also available at Photoshop.com. No purchase necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions (Faq)
q: what’s the difference between adobe photoshop elements and adobe premiere® elements?
With Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, you can organize, edit, create, share, and help protect your digital photos. With Adobe Premiere Elements software, you can organize your video clips and create, share, and help protect your home movies. Both products offer a powerful, easy-to-use Organizer—the hub of your photo and video experience—that lets you automatically find and organize all your media in one place.*†
q: what is adobe photoshop elements 10 plus?
Get everything you need for your photos and so much more. Enjoy a complete photo-editing solution that includes convenient access to how-tos, backup services, and photo extras with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Plus software.‡ It includes everything in the award-winning software product; 20GB of online storage; exclusive access to libraries of how-tos, artwork, and templates; and ongoing deliveries of new how-tos. And a single Plus upgrade gives you benefits for both Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 software.
q: how does photoshop elements differ from adobe photoshop, photoshop extended, and photoshop lightroom® software?
A: Designed for people who are just getting started with digital photo editing, Photoshop Elements 10 delivers powerful yet easy-to-use options that help you organize, edit, create, share, and help protect your personal photos. Photoshop software is the professional standard for creating powerful images, and Photoshop Extended delivers everything in Photoshop as well as tools for creating and editing 3D and motion-based images. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software addresses the workflow needs of professional and serious amateur photographers, enabling them to import, process, organize, and showcase large volumes of digital photographs.*†
† Available in the U.S. only. Internet access required.
‡ Annual membership fees and terms apply to Plus membership only and are nonrefundable. Available in the United States only. Internet access required.
System Requirements Windows
1.6GHz or faster processor (including single-core support)
Microsoft® Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,® or Windows 7
1GB of RAM (2GB for HD video functions)
4GB of available hard-disk space (additional free space required during installation)
Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
1024x576 display resolution
Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver
Internet connection required for Internet-based services
System Requirements Mac OS
Multicore Intel® processor
Mac OS X v10.5.8 through v10.7
1GB of RAM (2GB for HD video functions)
4GB of available hard-disk space (additional free space required during installation)
1024x768 display resolution
QuickTime 7 software required for multimedia features
Internet connection required for Internet-based services
onOne Photoshop Plugins Sale - Plus Exclusive 10% Discount
onOne has launched a big sale that has reduced the prices of every one of their plugins. Visit onOne for full product descriptions. And if you decide to purchase one of their plugins, use our exclusive discount code - PSSPPT06 - for an additional 10% discount. Here's a list of the sale prices (before our 10% discount is applied):
Perfect Photo Suite $299.95 / $149.95 (upgrade)
Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes all of the onOne Software products and works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. Five of the products in the Suite even work as stand-alone applications now.
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The next generation of Genuine Fractals is still the industry standard for image enlargement. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.
Perfect Layers $69.95
Perfect Layers is the fast and easy way to bring a layered workflow to Lightroom and Aperture. Perfect Layers works with Lightroom and Aperture or as a standalone application.
FocalPoint $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
Add realistic depth of field to your images. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.
PhotoTune $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
Getting great color in your images is not as hard as you think. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.
Mask Pro 4 $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
For removing unwanted backgrounds, Mask Pro is the Photoshop plugin recommended by Advanced Photoshop magazine. Works as a plug-in for Photoshop.
PhotoTools $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
Instantly give your photos the professional look. Works as a Photoshop plug-in.
PhotoFrame $99.95 / $69.95 (upgrade)
Add the perfect finishing touch to your photos or create an album layout design. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.
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Fluid Mask is designed for photographers, image editors, graphic designers and all those who take digital image editing seriously. In a streamlined interface and workflow, Fluid Mask instantly shows key edges in the image and provides comprehensive easy to use tools that work with difficult-to-see edges and tricky areas like trees & lattices. Fluid Mask will also preserve all-important edge information for a professional quality cut out. Go to our Fluid Mask page for more info.
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Nik Software The Complete Collection (Plugins Bundle)
The Complete Collection includes all of Nik Software's latest award-winning plug-in software titles for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture including: Dfine, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, and Sharpener Pro.
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Color Efex Pro 3.0
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Site Grinder Web Design Tool
There often seems to be a strict division of labor within the world of web design and development. Creative professionals tend to stick to the Photoshop domain, while those well-versed in scripting are left to the task of implementing their work. Indeed, the two realms are quite different from each other, to which any of us even vaguely familiar with either can easily attest.
Essentially, Photoshop is a no-holds-barred design studio, offering the artist a seemingly endless array of creative options. On the other hand, HTML, CSS, Java and the like follow strict rules of engagement, requiring the developer to take any number of esoteric concerns into consideration in order to ensure that designs are properly displayed on the web.
Turn Photoshop Into A Complete Web Design Tool
SiteGrinder seeks to bridge this gap between design and development. Basically, SiteGrinder turns Photoshop into an easy-to-use and fully functional web design tool. With SiteGrinder, designers will now have the freedom to totally let their creativity loose and then, without skipping a beat, transfer their designs to the web. Bringing esthetic concerns together with more practical considerations, SiteGrinder is an amazingly powerful tool that would make a fantastic addition to any web designer's bag of tricks. Mac OS X and Windows versions of the SiteGrinder unlockable demo are available now via download.
WordPress Photoshop Plug-in Creates Wordpress Blogs & Sites
Designers can now create PSD to WordPress Themes in Photoshop with Media Lab's NEW SG3xpress for Wordpress Photoshop plug-in. In addition, Media Lab has released the SG3xpress Add-on for its SiteGrinder 3 for users who wish to add advanced blog and WordPress Theme-building to the already powerful SiteGrinder 3 website creation software.
If you know Photoshop then you already know enough to start creating WordPress themes and blogs for yourself and your clients. Creating a blog or a WordPress site in Photoshop is easy with SG3xpress. Now you can go directly to WordPress with your design saving even more time and money for yourself and your clients.
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onOne is offering some nice free products for photographers and designers. This software is not the same as the demo products they also offer. These free downloads are fully functional and do not expire. Customers who download these products will also receive special promotional pricing from onOne. The free products include the following:
PhotoTools 2.5 Free Edition - Add a professional look to your photos with the PhotoTools 2.5 Free Edition plug-in for Photoshop. Includes 26 professional-grade actions and photographic effects to make your images stand out from the crowd.
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Perfect Presets for Camera Raw - Designed to provide a streamlined workflow and make you more creative, these presets for Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) were designed to help you get the most out of your Raw images in Adobe Photoshop.
Free Photoshop Templates - Album templates, layouts, backgrounds and edges to save you time in Photoshop.
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