Increasing image contrast in photoshop

April 27th, 2011
Flowers contrast

Flower from this easter in the garden

Increasing contrast in photoshop is easy and can be done in a number of different ways. I’m going to show you 3 ways of doing it. The first one will require that you set up your photoshop to open jpgs in it’s raw editor (Unless you have a raw file to use). Go to Edit – Preferences – File handling and check “Prefer Adobe Camera Raw for JPEG Files”. Read the rest of this entry »

Use bad photos to create your own Photoshop brushes

March 21st, 2011

Preset manager

Quick tip to using some of your old and bad photos. Use them to make your own brushsets. Its a good way to use some of those bad / test shots. Find pictures with some good textures for the best results. All you have to do is load up your images and resize them to a maximum of 2500 x 2500 pixels and go to image – define brush preset. And then you just give it a name. Read the rest of this entry »

Fake a tilt-shift miniature in Photoshop

January 27th, 2011

Tilt-shift fake

This technique has many been called many names. Fake model train, miniature city, “The legoland look” but I’m quite sure that the most common is faking tilt-shift. You can get lenses that can do tilt-shift, but for a hobby photographer like me, this isn’t really an option as they are expensive. I’m also sure that I wouldn’t be using it often so I can’t justify the cost of one. Now let’s get to it. Read the rest of this entry »

Frequency separation technique in photoshop

January 17th, 2011

Totally unrelated photo

If you are wondering what frequency separation is, it’s basically just separating your colors and your texture. Now why would you do that? Well, it’s especially useful if you are editing a portrait photo and you want to do skin smoothing, removing blemishes etc. With this technique you can do all that without loosing texture in the skin. This technique is used a lot with model photos as it’s really important to keep the photo looking “real” and that is easy when the texture isn’t on the color layer.
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