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WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 09 2005
3 More Great Photoshop Tutorials From Lunacore
Our Photoshop "mad scientist" friend Reg has released another bunch of astoundingly detailed tutorials. I love the way he gets into the nitty gritty this man is obviously obsessed.
In the 4-page tutorial called Clouds you'll be guided on how to create a cloud brush and then shown how to best use it to make some fluffy, very realistic-looking clouds in Photoshop.
The tutorial is divided into 8 steps: creating the clouds brush (includes "downloading and installing a ready-made clouds brush"), preparing the background, painting the basic shape of the cloud, adding more contrast, adding shadows, correcting the tone of the cloud, creating a composition, and improving the background layer. There's also a free ready-made clouds brush you can download to get started quickly.
In Retouch A Damaged Photograph Reg offers up an in-depth 8-page tutorial that covers fixing colors, replacing a part of an image, improving global and local contrast and brightness, removing noise, applying some selective sharpening, along with some heavy use of layer masks.
He states at the beginning that "the extensive use of masks can be overwhelming for beginners. If you've seldom used masks or are still having a hard time with them, then you might consider to give this tutorial a try to train yourself in the use of masks. I will show how to create them, how to convert a selection to a mask, how to duplicate a mask, remove a mask, and how to use multiple masks to create complicated selections, etc."
So if you need to improve your masking abilities, this one's for you.
The third tutorial - Crop with "Rule of Thirds" - covers a technique that uses the creation of a custom shape that can be used as a "Rule of Thirds" overlay to crop an image.
From the intro: "The Rule of Thirds divides an image vertically and horizontally in 3 parts. The intersections of these imaginary lines suggest four options for placing the center of interest for good composition. Also placing some of the main elements on one of these lines can improve an image. Often we would like to correct an existing image by cropping it in such a way that the composition improves by taking the rules of thirds in account, yet our crop tool only shows a single rectangle. This means that it's often a case of trial and error to get the right crop. With a bit of effort it's possible to create a shape that can serve as some kind of 'Rule of Thirds' overlay. In this tutorial I will show you how to create the shape and how to use it."
These 3 tutorials should keep you busy for a while, and will definitely improve your Photoshop skills.
Photoshop Tip: Saving Bridge Workspaces
In Bridge, your custom setups can be saved as workspaces. For example, if you shoot a lot of portraits, you could use the previous tip to set up your Bridge window to your liking and then save it by going to the Window menu, under Workspace, and choosing Save Workspace (name it something you'll remember, like "Bridge Portrait"). Then, next time you're looking through some proofs, you can have huge previews in just one click. You can do the same thing for wide horizontal photos-just drag the divider bar along the Panel area to the right until the preview takes up most of the Bridge window. Now switching between huge portrait and landscape previews only takes one click.
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