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Ted’s Photoshop Tips: SKIN SMOOTHING

Photoshop Skin Smoothing using Neural Filters.

We have been using many different techniques for skin smoothing, and it can be a time-consuming retouch.

1 MINUTE PHOTOSHOP TIP

Here is how:

  • Open the picture in Photoshop
  • Go to the FILTER tab, and select the “Neural Filters.”
  • Click on the SKIN SMOOTHING tab to turn it on.
  • Wait for Adobe AI to make its magic.
  • Tweak the BLUR and SMOOTH sliders to your liking.
  • All done!

Photoshop Skin Smoothing Tip

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Ted’s Lightroom Tips: LIGHTROOM TRANSFORM

Adjust Perspective Distortion Using Lightroom Transform Tool

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All lenses, especially wide-angle lenses, create perspective distortions. In Real estate Photography or Landscape Photography, distortions can be disturbing. Lightroom Transform tool can fix these flaws with just one click. 

In this article, I look into the Transform tool, correct the Upright Perspective automatically, and fine-tweak it manually.  

Lightroom Transform Tool

Lightroom Transform
In real estate photography, correct perspective is crucial. Thanks to the Lightroom Transform tool, Photographers can make the corrections easily.

Where is the Lightroom Transform Tool?

You find the Lightroom Transform tool in the Develop module under the Transform tab.

1- Open the image in Lightroom Develop Module.
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2- Do your regular editing such as Cropping, Basic, etc.
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3- Click on the Transform tab, and then click on AUTO. Lightroom automatically calculates the perspective of the image and applies the correction.

Lightroom Transform Tool

Lightroom Transform Tool

Here are the before and after images using the Auto.

Lightroom Transform Tool

Lightroom Transform Tool
Distorted image due to wide-angle lens

Lightroom Transform Tool

Lightroom Transform tool
One click on Auto in Transform tab, and Lightroom corrected the distortion!

Of course, it is just a quick fix. Lightroom Transform tool offers more; you can manually adjust the perspective using available sliders and fine-tweak pictures to your liking.

In the Lightroom Training program, I cover all tips and tricks on using each slider to achieve the best possible results.

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Change Colour in Photoshop

Change any Colour in Photoshop. 

#ThursdayPhotoshopTip

We all know #Photoshop is an editing powerhouse. In this short tip, I show how to change any colour, with little to no effort in Photoshop. 

How to easily Change Colour in Photoshop

It is quite effortless to change colours in Photoshop. There are many different methods, and I picked up the easiest one for this Photoshop Tip:

  • Open the photo in Photoshop and select the area that you wish to change the colour.
  • Then go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENT > REPLACE COLOR.
  • Use the eyedropper to pick up the colour.
  • Hold the SHIFT key or select the eyedropper with the plus (+) sign to add different shades of the selected colour. 
  • Modify the FUZZINESS slider to subtle tweak the selection.
  • Adjust the HUE, SATURATION, and LIGHTNESS to your liking.
  • Click OK. Good job! 

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Change Colour in Photoshop

Change Colour in Photoshop

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Change Colour in Photoshop

Colour Change
Changing Colour in Photoshop is effortless.

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Lightroom or Photoshop

Do you need Lightroom or Photoshop

Previously, I discussed the Raw, Jpg, and Tiff formats. You can edit all these formats in Lightroom or Photoshop. However, which of these two programs do you really need?

In this series of articles, I am going to explain some of the significant differences between these popular applications.

 Lightroom or Photoshop; or Both?

Firstly, let’s discuss the power of each software, then look into their differences.

Lightroom

Lightroom is a program for organizing and editing digital photographs. It is a Catalog Base program. Therefore, the original images stay intact, no matter how many times you manipulate them. Thus, Lightroom works perfectly for photographers with an extensive library of pictures and want to keep the original images. In other words, Lightroom is a Non-Destructive application. Previously, I explained many of the Lightroom advantages in this article.  

Short story, the Lightroom is a non-destructive software, it provides fast and easy means to Organize, Rate, Search, and Filter the picture library. However, for a subtle retouching or photo manipulation, you need a different program.

Lightroom Organizing Power

Rating Photos in Lightroom
Lightroom has many advanced organizing tools. Rating is one the most popular ones.

Photoshop

Generally speaking, Photoshop has the same editing tools as Lightroom has, but lack in organizing tools. Therefore, Photoshop users need to use the Bridge to organize the photos. Although the Bridge is free and shipped with Photoshop, it is a pain to work in two programs to achieve the same result as one application (Lightroom) can do it.

On the other hand, Photoshop applies the changes directly into the photos, unless you save the final picture with a different name. Therefore, if you need multiple versions of the same image, you need to keep several copies of the same photo. It means that these copies use up your disk space very quickly. This is one of the biggest cons of Photoshop.

However, Photoshop has its exclusive perks. For instance, adding or subtracting an object from a photo, or combining multiple images or shapes to create a composite image, is just a few to mention of the Photoshop power.

In conclusion, a photographer needs both programs to save time and maintain the picture quality. I will discuss more in Lightroom or Photoshop. Stay tuned for the next article.

Photoshop Power

Lightroom or Photoshop
Photoshop allows you to add texts, images or shapes .

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Designing Christmas Cards

Designing Christmas Cards in Photoshop

Christmas is right around the corner. Do you send ready made Christmas cards? This Holiday be original and send your beloved ones a custom Christmas card. If you use Photoshop, why not create a custom greeting card this year. Designing Christmas cards in Photoshop is fun and easy.

Designing Christmas Cards in Photoshop (Easy Way)

Let me show you an easy way for designing Christmas cards in few steps using Photoshop Custom Shapes. It took only a few minutes to finish the job. If you are to use this template, just LIKE OUR FACEBOOK page and send us a message. I will send you this Free template in Photoshop format to use. It contains fully functional Photoshop Layers that you can tweak them to your taste and use your own pictures.

So let’s get started:

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Designing Christmas Cards in Photoshop

1- Open a new document in Photoshop. In this tutorial I used a 7×5 inches at 300 ppi format. 7X5 is a popular greeting card size.

2- Use Photoshop Pen tool to draw the curve line for your template.

Use Pen Tool to draw a curved line

3- Go to Path Tab and right click on the Path, then convert it to Selection

Right Click on Path and select the Selection

4- Select Paint Bucket tool. Then Pick up the colour that you wish to use. Click on the document and Photoshop fills the selection with colour.

Designing Christmass Cards

designing Christmas cards
Fill the selection with colour of your choice.

Creating Shapes

5- Go to Shape tool. Select Custom Shape. From dropdown menu select the Snowflake shape. There are several versions of Snowflake shapes. Pick the one that you like. You can use any other shapes as well. I selected the white colour for Fill with no Stroke. But you can pick up different colours according to your design.

Choose Custom Shape Tool


Select your choice of Vector Shape

6- Back to the document, start clicking on and dragging to create the shape. I prefer to create different sizes. By holding down the Shift Key you maintain the aspect ratio. Keep repeating this step to fill as many snowflakes as you like. Be careful and don’t make it too busy!

Adding Vector Shapes

Making various sizes of shapes adds pleasant effect
Making various sizes of shapes adds pleasant effect

Adding Text

7- Go back to Path tab and select the Working Path

8- Select Type tool. The cursor changes when you bring it close to the Path. It means that you are going to type over the Path. Type your message.

Adding Text to the Path

When using the Path, the Text will run along the Path.
When using the Path, the Text will run along the Path.

9- Select the Background layer. Go to FILE, and select Place Embedded. Pick up the photo that you want to use and click Open. Congratulation! your first Custom Designing Christmas Cards are ready to be printed and mailed.

Final Card

It is very simple designing Christmas cards in Photoshop
It is very simple designing Christmas cards in Photoshop

Power of Photoshop Layers

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Free Template for Christmas Card

Just add your photo and text to this Free Template, or modify it to your desire.
Just add your photo and text to this Free Template, or modify it to your desire.

Changes that you can apply to Free Template for Christmas Card

Change

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Learn Photoshop Skills & techniques

Learn Photoshop in a practical and affordable way

Photoshop can be one of the most complicated editing programs if you don’t approach it with the right education. We believe you can learn Photoshop at your own pace with a focus on digital editing skills specific to your needs.

There are many ways to approach the task of editing in Photoshop, but which one is the correct one?

This is a question I am asked all the time and my usual reply is: They are all correct as long as you get the desired effect that you have visualized. An even better question to ask is: How can I get the desired results and spend less time editing?

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Learn Photoshop in modular mini sessions

Introducing Photoshop Mini Sessions

I developed Photoshop Mini Sessions to answer the need many photographers have for skills to edit digital photographs. To become an expert in Photoshop you would be required to invest years and thousands of dollars to learn it completely. But do you really need this level of comprehensive knowledge? I leave the answer to you.

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Creating a logo in Photoshop is very easy

Learn Photoshop in smaller modules that matches your style

Photoshop Mini Sessions were developed with the awareness that not all photographers need to learn everything in Photoshop. It is a modular program, with each module independent of the other modules, which mean you pick only the ones which suit your style of photography.

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Photoshop Tip – Retouching Tools

Photoshop Tip - Retouching Tools

Photoshop Tips for Stamp, Healing, and Patch Tools

Photoshop is the best digital retouching tool in the market; with so many tools it sometimes seems they overlap each other. In this edition of Photoshop Tips I am going to look at a few of these wonderful tools and discuss their differences. So grab a cup of joe and join me as we explore the amazing world of Photoshop!

Photoshop Tip # 1

Stamp or Clone Tool

Stamp or Clone Tool (shortcut letter S) copies the targeted area and pastes to the selected area. You can adjust the appearance of the border via the Hardness setting of your brush. Stamp Tool does not try to blend the areas together. It just copies and pastes over, which means that if the selected area has a different texture than the targeted area, the texture of targeted area overwrites the texture of selected area.

Photoshop Tip # 2

Spot Healing Brush

Unlike the Stamp tool, Spot Healing Brush tries to recreate a uniform or similar result. You don’t need to select a target area because the Spot Healing Brush works on your selected area by analyzing it.

Photoshop Tip # 3

Healing Brush Tool

Healing Brush Tool works just like the Spot Healing Brush and behaves like the Stamp Tool. You can call it a hybrid of Stamp tool and Spot Healing Brush, if you wish! Healing Brush Tool examines the selected area and applies uniformity to the targeted area to match it with the selected area. To use the Healing Brush tool you need to select the targeted area first (just like you would when using the Stamp tool).

Photoshop Tip # 4

Patch Tool

If you need to retouch an area of the image, for example a black suit with small pieces of lint, and you want the exact texture copied, look no further than the Patch Tool. Patch Tool works like a Lasso tool, which allows you to make a selection around the targeted area and apply it to the selected area. Depending on the settings for your Patch area (Content Aware settings) the Patch tool recreates a patch to match the selected area as well as having the content of the targeted area.

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Digital Camera White Balance

Digital camera White Balance

Digital Camera White Balance Mystery 

Digital Camera White Balance can be a little confusing for almost all digital photographers. That is why we receive lots of questions regarding White Balance in Digital Cameras as well as editing software. In our Digital Photography Classes, whether in classrooms or outdoors,  one of our major topics is White Balance. As a matter of fact, in digital photography, we can consider White Balance as having a part to play in our Exposure. We all know that Exposure rules are solid and, for creating better images, these rules should be applied all the time.

My camera has an Auto White Balance, is it not good enough for capturing great images?

The answer is quite simple! Your camera has an Auto Mode as well, and Auto mode makes an OK image! The same with the Auto White balance. In many situations Auto White Balance can bring out almost good colors, but not perfect color.

Auto White Balance Vs Preset

Auto White Balance Vs Presets
Auto White Balance vs Cloudy preset. (Notice that the preset did a better job)

White Balance is one of the most confusing concepts for digital photographers, can you make it simple?

It is not only confusing for photographers, it is confusing for Digital Cameras as well. In our Digital Photography Classes, I explain White Balance in detail and in plain english. Then, in our Outdoor Photography Workshops, you have a chance to experiment and apply all the technical data in real life.

Almost all digital cameras are equipped with White balance Presets.
Almost all digital cameras are equipped with White balance Presets.

I shoot in Raw format, do I need to be concerned about White Balance?

That is the part that we cover in our Photoshop and Photo Editing classes. When we look at a photo, our brain adjusts the colors for us in less than 4 seconds! Which means, if you don’t see the color cast in less than 4 seconds, then it is very difficult for you to adjust colors properly. In our Photoshop and Colors workshop, you learn how to identify the color cast in a photo quickly and then you learn about the tools that you should use to adjust the color without changing the other parameters in pictures. RAW capability is great, but when we make adjustments to the color in our images, we lose some information.

Use a Grey card to set Custom White Balance

Custom White Balance
Custom White Balance Technique using Grey card

Can I use the same color cast removal techniques for jpegs?

The quick and simple answer is Yes, but up to a certain point. You don’t have the same amount of Raw Data in Jpegs, so there is less room to adjust than you would have in a RAW file.

Can you give us some examples about when and where to use Custom White Balance?

Using Custom White Balance will depend on the level of digital photography that you do. If you are doing some candid shots just for fun, you don’t need to be too concerned about Custom White Balance. But if you take important pictures and also want to simplify your editing process, you should consider switching to Custom White Balance. As a rule of thumb:

–  when there are multiple sources of light (more than one) you need to tell the camera what to do about color.

  • whenever you take pictures indoors, using Custom White Balance will provide the truest color for you.
  • When taking photos in Shade/Shadow. The light temperature varies from location to location and cameras usually don’t have the data to adjust for these situations.
  • When you take pictures in a very colorful environment. You need to help the camera see past these

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Auto White Balance Vs Presets
There is no white or grey colour present in this shot, that is why auto White Balance couldn't adjust the colours properly. (notice that the sky is overexposed and camera can not consider it as white or grey colour

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