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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

I prepared a Photoshop Template of this design. You can use this template and modify each and every layer. Just LIKE OUR FACEBOOK page and send us a message. I will send you this Free template in Photoshop format to use. You can change the colours, shapes, Text, and photo to create your own version

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

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That is all for now. Stay tuned for another Holiday photography tip. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for upcoming tutorials and tips.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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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.

Stay tuned for more Photography and Photoshop articles. If you are interested in mastering Digital Retouching, check our Photoshop Mini Sessions workshop and register to learn how to have more fun with editing without the frustration!

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Replace selective colour in Photoshop

Replace Selective Colour in Photoshop

Have you ever wanted to replace a certain colour in your picture without affecting the other colours? For example you took a photo of your backyard in the middle of summer and you want to make the grass in your picture greener. Or may be you want to know how your living room will look if you changed the paint and want to experiment with different paint colours to match the furniture! In this tutorial I am going to show you an easy, quick way to replace selective colours in Photoshop. Then use your imagination and have fun!

replace selective colour in Photoshop

I just changed the colour of my shirt. Which one is the original photo? Hard to say!

 

-Open an image in Photoshop and copy the layer. It is always recommended to work on a layer not directly on the original image.

 

Replace selective colour in Photoshop

Replace colour in Photoshop can be used in many situation to enhance the image

 

-Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > REPLACE COLOR. Select the “EYE DROPPER” with the Plus sign. Next select the colour that you want to change. By moving the eye dropper to the different shades of the colour, you add them to your selection. By adjusting the FUZZINESS you can see how much of the colour is selected (White means selected, Black means not selected)

 

Replace selective colour in Photoshop

Under the Image Menu, locate Replace Colour

Replace selective colour in Photoshop

Colour Replace in Photoshop can be fine tuned by using the Eyedropper and Fuzziness slider

 

-Start to adjust HUE to the colour that you like. In this photo I wanted to have more green instead of brown.

 

Replace selective colour in Photoshop

Using the HUE slider you can replace colour to your liking

 

-To fine tweak my changes I used a HUE/SATURATION layer adjustment and added a touch of saturation and changed the hue a small amount.

 

Replace selective colour in Photoshop

Adjust the global adjustment by using Layer Adjustment

 

The job is done! Here is a Before and After for you to compare:

 

Replace selective colour in Photoshop

Before “Replace Colour”. Notice the brown tone in foreground.

 

Replace selective colour in Photoshop

After “Replace Colour”. The image looks much nicer due to vivd green in foreground.

Can you see how, with a little artistic vision, this simple technique can create amazing pictures?

In our Photoshop Layers and Masks workshop on November 18 and 19, you will learn many simple yet powerful techniques for beginners to intermediate Photoshop users. If you are an advanced user and want to learn more about advanced techniques, please give us a visit and we can arrange some private lessons for you.

Have fun with using selective replace colour in your photos!

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


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New Photoshop Workshop

All About the Layers

A New Photoshop workshop for Beginners to Advanced Users 

Photoshop has many powerful tools for photographers. Layers and Mask are effective and important features in Photoshop because they allow you to retouch your digital images non-destructively. Mastering Layers and Masking will change your Photoshop workflow!

Pre-requisite:

Must have basic computer skills, either Mac or PC. Students are required to bring their own laptops already installed with Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (Trial versions of Photoshop are available for download for PC and Mac from the internet. Check system requirements first).

Course is perfect for beginners to intermediates: 

This fun New Photoshop Workshop has been designed for those wanting a professional yet simple digital imaging workflow process to improve post processing of their photos.

Workshop Details:

This is a two part workshop.

Part 1 July 23, 2015 from 7-9pm

In this class you will learn about Layers, different types of Layers, Merging, Grouping, modifying Layers, and some creative uses of Layers.

Part 2 July 24, 2015 from 7-9pm

This workshop is about Masking, how it works, how to Refine a Mask, uses of Shapes and Brushes in Mask, and more….

Class size is limited to 9 persons.


 

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Photoshop Non-Destructive Sharpening

Photoshop Non Destructive Sharpening 

How to use Photoshop Non Destructive Sharpening Layer

Photo Tip Friday March 27

Sharpening a picture in Photoshop can be very tricky. It requires you to adjust the Amount of sharpening, the Radius and Threshold of the image to achieve the right amount of sharpening. Unfortunately, if you apply the Sharpening directly to the photo and save it you will permanently change the pixels. If, after you print the photo, you realize there is too much sharpening, you cannot readjust it because the effect is embedded in the image. Photoshop CC moved Sharpening as a Filter, which was a great upgrade; but based on the numerous questions regarding sharpening here at Omnilargess and other forums it still doesn’t seem to have solved the issue for many photographers. There are plug-ins you can purchase to make sharpening a little easier but I’m not going to talk about these plug-ins today. Instead I want to teach you a very simple and easy way to not only control the amount of sharpening, but also be able to adjust the sharpening in case it is too much or too little.

Omnilargess Digital Camera Classes help you to find your creativity in Photography

Omnilargess Digital Camera Classes help you to find your creativity in Photography

Photoshop Non Destructive Sharpening

When applying Sharpening in Photoshop, you’ve probably noticed the noise or grain gets more pronounced as well. It is especially evident in photos with a higher ISO and with images from smaller sensor cameras, such as smart phones or point and shoot cameras. In this tutorial you will learn how to control the amount of sharpening when working with images captured on any device. As mentioned before there is flexibility and many useful features available to you when you work with layers. So let’s jump in and look at another practical technique using Photoshop Layers.

Sharpening an image using Photoshop High Pass Filter

A- Open an image in Photoshop

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B- Copy the background Layer

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C- Go to Filter> Other> and select High Pass

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D- In the new widow adjust the Radius until the image gets desaturated and click OK. The amount of radius depends on the size and resolution of your image.

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E- Go back to Filter> Noise> Reduce Noise and start adjusting “Strength”, and “Preserve Details” Slider to remove any unwanted noise. Click OK.

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F- Go to Blend Mode and select Linear Light.

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G- At this point you’ll probably notice there is lot of sharpening. Go to Layer Panel and start adjusting the Layer’s Opacity to reduce the effects to suit your preference.

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Job is done! The good news is when you save your image as PSD (Photoshop format) you can come back at any given time and reduce or increase the sharpness very easily by adjusting the Opacity. Here is the before image.

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And here is the image after sharpening is applied.

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You can more easily see the benefit of this type of sharpening with Smart phones pictures. Here are some samples of sharpening using this technique.

Before Sharpening

Before Sharpening

 

After sharpening

After sharpening

Before

Before

After

After

That is all for this week. If you’d like to learn more about working with non-destructive layers and masks please register for Photoshop Layers and Masks Workshop on April 16.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


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Add the Moon to Photo

Creative Project: add the Moon to photo

Plus “Color Look Up”: another PS Hidden Gem

Photo Tip Friday October 26, 2014 

Have you seen those images with the moon in a landscape and wondered how it was done? In this tutorial you will learn how to add the moon to a photo so that it looks natural; I’m also going to talk about another Photoshop Hidden Gem for turning a day time photo to night scene picture.

There are several different tools you can use to achieve the desired effect. Thanks to the new Photoshop CC “COLOR LOOK UP” tool you can easily convert a daytime scene into a night time picture.

In this example I want to add the Moon to this photo and turn the daylight into a night shot.

I want to add moon to this photo and make it like a night scene

I want to add moon to this photo and make it look like a night scene

I added the Moon to this photo by using Photoshop

I added the Moon to this photo by using Photoshop

For this exercise you need a photo of the full moon. If you don’t have a picture of a full moon, contact us and we will send you a picture to use in this project.

1-Open the background photo

 

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Open the background image that you want to add the moon to it

2- Open the Moon photo

 

Open the Moon photo

Open the Moon photo

3-Select the back ground Layer and then go to IMAGE>Adjustment> Color Look Up. And from the drop down menu select MOONLIGHT

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4-Now your background will look like this

Using Photoshop Color Look Up to make a night scene

Using Photoshop Color Look Up to make a night scene

5-Go back to Moon layer and select the Moon by using Quick Select tool and refine the edges. Move the Moon onto background image. Select the Free Transform tool to resize the moon to the background.

Add moon to the background Photo

Add moon to the background Photo

6-Create a new layer from the moon and place it under the Moon layer. I called this Layer “Halo”. Open the Layer style panel and select Outer Glow. Choose White as your colour, for Blend mode select “Normal”, and for Opacity set it around 90%, and for size set it around 100 Pixels. This will create a natural looking Halo around the moon.

Adjusting the Outer Glow Layer Style to create a natural looking Halo

Adjusting the Outer Glow Layer Style to create a natural looking Halo

7-Select the Moon layer and set the layer opacity to around 30%.

8-Copy the Effect from Halo Layer to Moon Layer by pressing and holding Option/ALT key and dragging the effect to Moon Layer. Double click on Effect to open the effect panel and set the Opacity to 100% and the size to around 20 Pixels. These adjustments make a natural looking moon and halo.

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Add moon to the photo and adjust the Halo by using Layer Style

8-Select both Moon and Halo Layer by holding down the shift key. Press Command/Control + G to group these layers into one group.

Adjusting the Outer Glow Layer Style to create a natural looking Halo

Adjusting the Outer Glow Layer Style to create a natural looking Halo

9-In this image I wanted to add some clouds to my Moon. To do this I clicked on the Layer Mask icon to add a Layer Mask to this Group.

im0710-Select the Brush tool, adjust the brush size, choose black and brush in (reveal) some of the background texture to the Moon. And now you have the final image. Your creative options don’t stop here! You can use different effects to make the picture even more dramatic. In this example I added some street light effects by using the Layer Mask and Brush tool.

I added the Moon to this photo by using Photoshop

I added the Moon to this photo by using Photoshop

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Do you want to learn more Photoshop techniques?

Contact us today for some private Photoshop lessons which will take your editing skills to exciting new levels.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Photoshop Editing class Fraser Valley

Photoshop Editing Class


 

Fall 2014 Bootcamp

6 parts program $300.00.

Photoshop editing class is an 18 hour (3 hour workshop in each session) course. This group of hands-on workshops is specifically designed to help enthusiastic digital photographers understand the technical aspects of digital photography editing software (such as Photoshop Elements or CC), Management and organizing digital photos, learning Photoshop Elements or CC or CS, using different tools, creating effects, most common post processing workflow, and artistic re-composition rules and techniques in editing so that they can get the most from their digital photos for print or websites. It is ideal for all digital photographer in any level as we walk you through the most usable editing techniques.

Photoshop Editing Techniques Workshop

Photoshop Editing Techniques Workshop

Prerequisites:

Beginner. No previous Photoshop experience required.

Class size:

Maximum 10 participants.

Session 1:

Date: September 6, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Topics: Photoshop Overview and layout, Importing, Organizing, Most common editing tools

Session 2: 

Date: September 20, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Topics: Fundamentals in digital editing workflow and setting a good work habit (part 1)

Session 3:

Date: September 27, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Topics: Fundamentals in digital editing workflow and setting a good work habit (part 2)

Session 4:

Date: October 4, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Topics: Creating and editing layers, making a greeting card or business card, Techniques on editing and enhancing landscape photos

Session 5:

Date: October 18, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Topics: Convert images to Black and white, sepia, Colour tone, or colour accent. Techniques on editing and enhancing portrait shots professionally

Session 6:

Date: October 25, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Topics: Global adjustment, Local adjustment, Blending layers, Layer style, HDR, Pseudo HDR, Making web ready images, Making print ready images or album pages and template

Macbook pro laptop is available for rental if you need to rent one. Please contact our rental department for booking the laptop as we have limited stock! 

For more information please visit our Photoshop Bootcamp page!


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Upscaling Photos in Photoshop

Upscaling photos in Photoshop

Upscaling photos in Photoshop CC is another Hidden Gem!

Photo Tip Friday August 8, 2014

Upscaling means that you resize a photo to a larger size image than the original. In older versions of Photoshop it was possible to upscale a photo, but the software couldn’t provide a very clean and neat larger image. Other plugins such as Genuine Fractals  were often a more popular choice to up-sample images in Photoshop.

Resizing and upscaling photos in Photoshop CC is very easy

Resizing and upscaling photos in Photoshop CC is very easy

Upscaling photos in Photoshop CC is one of the best new features that Adobe has added to the new Photoshop CC and CS6. It makes resizing very simple and accurate. Here is how I do it and I have been very happy with the results.

1- Open photo in Photoshop and go to IMAGE>IMAGE SIZE. Select the PERCENT from the drop down menu.

For Upscaling photos in Photoshop, I choose "Percent"

For Upscaling photos in Photoshop, I choose “Percent”

 

2- In this example I selected 300% which means the final size will be 3 times larger than the original photo

 

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Adjust the “Noise Reduction” to remove artifacts

 

3- Adjust the NOISE REDUCTION slider to reduce the artifacts. Job is done!

 

After Upscaling the image size is 3 times larger than original

After Upscaling the image size is 3 times larger than original

 

Upscaling photos in Photoshop cannot get any easier than this and is another one of those Photoshop Hidden Gems.

Do you want to learn more about Photoshop editing? We have a Photoshop Bootcamp coming up in September for Fraser Valley and a one day Photoshop Class for Vancouver  in February 21, 2015. Register now to book your spot for this fun Photoshop course!

 

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

 


 

 

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