Posts Tagged ‘Layers’

Surrealism – Bringing Fruit to Life

Posted in Photography, Photoshop

Above is the result of this tutorial. Here I have a photo of a red pepper. I think it needs a little life. I’ll take it and drop it into Photoshop: What I need to do is get a photo of eyes and a photo of a mouth. Here I have a photo of eyes that I’ll start with. Family members are good victims for this: I’ll try to make this as easy as possible. For this project I’ll use the clone tool. So, the first thing I’ll do is select the clone tool from the tool box: Before I start to do any cloning, I’ll make a new layer to put the cloned eye onto. Click the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette: I’ll rename the layer to “Left Eye”. To do this I’ll just double click on the word “layer” and type in the words “Left Eye”: Then I’ll click on the eye photo to make it active. I’ll place the clone brush over the left eye, hold down the ATL key on the keyboard to make the selection. One click should do it. Then I’ll click on the pepper photo and start cloning in the eye: The next thing I’ll need to do is to add a mask to the “Left Eye” layer. To do this I’ll click on the mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette: Now I’ll start painting back the pepper around the eye using the paint brush. It’s important to know the when you’re painting using the mask. Black reveals and white conceals: Here I painted back the red pepper around the eye using low opacity. I used an opacity of 45% and I left the mode to normal: Now I’ll follow the same steps to do the right eye: Here I have a photo of a family member’s mouth. I’ll follow the same steps for the mouth as for each of the eyes: Here is what the layer palette should look like at this point, and here is the happy pepper. I’m not quite finished yet though: The next thing I’ll do is combine the layers. To do this without flattening the image, hit CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-E at the same time on your keyboard to create a “composite” layer. This will merge the layers together into a copy of the combined layers, leaving the original layers untouched. I’ll name this layer “Merged Layers”: The next thing I like to do is put the photo into the liquify filter to make the eyes bigger. I’ll make sure that I’m on the “Merged Layers” layer: Here is the Liquify dialog box: Once I’m in the Liquify dialog box, I’ll use the bloat tool to puff up the eyes: I’ll just click on the tool and then hover over the eye. At this point I’ll click on the center of the eye and I’ll be able to see the eye puff up. I just want to puff it up a little, not too much. See the difference between the left eye that I bloated and the untouched right eye. When I’m finished I’ll click OK: Here is the finished “Happy Pepper” photo: It’s not over till it’s over. There’s still a lot of things I can do to this image to enhance it. It’s fun to play with filters and other tools to see what more could be done. So, take photos of apples, pears, bananas or whatever fruit you like and have fun with it. Enjoy!

Changing Eye Color Using Photoshop

Posted in Photography, Photoshop

Above, I have a photo of an eye. It’s a pretty green eye, but for this tutorial I’ll be changing it to blue. The first thing I’ll do is hit CTRL-J on my keyboard to make a duplicate layer of the eye. This will allow me to have more control later on. I’ll name “Layer 1” to “eye”. To name the eye layer just double click on the word “layer” and then you’ll be able to type in the word “eye”: The next thing I’ll do is pick the color blue from the swatches palette: After I pick the blue color from the swatches palette, I’ll see it in the color picker in the tool box: Next, I’ll go to the options bar at the top of the screen and change the brush mode from Normal to Color. This will allow the details of the eye to come through: Now it’s time to paint the eye blue. It’s ok if it’s a little sloppy at first. The next step will fix that problem. The next step is to add a mask to the eye layer: Now I can clean up around the eye with the mask using the paint brush. Remember that “black reveals and white conceals”. The advantage of having a separate layer is that, it’s possible to lower the opacity of the eye color. Here the opacity is at 100%: Here the opacity is at 65%: Here the opacity is at 40%: I think I like the eye at 40% opacity, so that’s how I’m going to leave it. This is an easy way to change the color of someone’s eye, and you can make it any color you want. Here is the end result: Remember when you’re finished to set the brush mode back to Normal. Enjoy!

How to Replace the Sky with Quick Mask Using Photoshop

Posted in Photography, Photoshop

Here is the end result of this tutorial:


Here I have a photo of the Portland Headlight in Maine. It’s a nice photo, but I think the sky is a little dull and bland. I’m going to add a new sky to this photo; one with clouds to make it more interesting. Here is the original photo:


The first thing I’ll do is select the sky with the Quick Mask tool. I’ll click on the Quick Mask and then I’ll click on the paint brush tool. The color of the brush will be pinkish; that’s the color of the Mask:


I’ll take my time selecting the sky. Most of it is easy. I’ll just have to clean up some small details around the house and the light itself. Zoom in close if you have to and make the brush small for little details. Keep the brush at 100% opacity. It will be worth it in the end:


Here it is in the process. Remember, white reveals and black conceals. Go back and forth between the black and white color pickers to touch up small details:


Now that the Quick Mask is selected, I’ll click on the Quick Mask icon to get out of the Quick Mask mode:


Here’s the selection after exiting Quick Mask mode:


Now I’ll choose a photo of a sky filled with clouds to use as my new sky:


With the photo of the sky open and selected, I’ll do a Select All from the menu at the top of the screen:


Then I’ll go to Edit / Copy:


Next I’ll go to the photo of the lighthouse, select it and then I’ll go to Edit / Paste Into:


Now the new sky is in the photo of the lighthouse. If I don’t like the position of the sky I can always move it with the Move tool:


Here is what the Layers Palette looks like:


Here’s the finish photo:


Tip: whenever you see a beautiful sky, just take a picture of it without anything else in the picture. You never know when you’ll need a sky for one of your photos. Have fun!

Creating a 3D Pop-Out Effect Using Photoshop

Posted in Photography, Photoshop

Above is the effect I’m going to teach you how to do in this tutorial. The first thing I’ll do is open my photo into Photoshop. Here’s the photo I’ve selected for this project. This kind of effect works great with action shots. Boats traveling fast across the water or cars speeding past you, or even people running or jumping: The next thing I’ll do is make a selection around the main subject. I’ll use the Quick Selection tool to make my selection: Once the selection is made, I’ll hit CTRL-J on my keyboard. This will put the selection onto its own layer: In the next step I’ll click on the background layer to make it active. Then I’ll use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to make a rectangular selection around the part of the photo I want to keep. I’ll make sure not to select the front part of the boat. This is the part that I plan on having pop out of the photo. After I make the selection with the Marquee tool, I’ll again hit CTRL-J to put this selection on its own layer. So far this is what the Layers palette looks like: Next I’ll click on the rectangular photo layer, still labeled “Layer 2″. Here I’m going to put a stroke around this layer to make a border/frame around it. At the bottom of the Layers palette there is an FX icon. This is the layer style icon: I’ll click on the FX icon to open the layer style menu. Then I’ll click on Stroke at the bottom of the list: Here the Layer Style dialog box opens: The first thing I like to do is change the color of the stroke, so I’ll click on the color red that shows as the default color. When I click on the red box, the color picker opens up. Here I’ll choose the color white. I’ll do this by dragging the circle in the box to the top left corner where the red color fades to white. I’ll then click in the white area. Then I’ll click OK: Now that the color of the stroke is chosen, it’s time to decide how thick to make the stroke. I think 35 is a good thickness and that’s what I’ll use for this project. Where it says “position,” I’ll change the default of “outside” to “inside”. This will get rid of the rounded edges of the stroke. I’ll leave the opacity to 100%. Here are the setting I used in the Stroke dialog box: The next thing I’ll do is choose the Outer Glow option in the Layer Style dialog box. It’s the third one down on the left. Make sure to click on the words “outer glow” to see the options for this feature. Here I’ll change the Blend Mode from Screen to Multiply. I’ll bring the Opacity to 60 and then I’ll click on the black box to change the color to black. Clicking on the black box will bring up the Color Picker dialog box. I’ll just click on the black part of the box then click OK. In the Elements section of the box I left the Technique set to Softer, Spread 30 and Size 40. The Quality section at the bottom of the box I’ll just leave at the defaults. Then I’ll click OK. Play around with the sliders and see which arrangements suit your photo. Here is the setting I used in this box for the Outer Glow style: Now I’m going to add a little drop shadow to the man on the ski boat. Here I’ll go to “Layer 1″ and just double click on the layer to bring up the layer style dialog box. In the Drop Shadow dialog box I’ll select Multiply as the blend mode. I’ll put the Angle at 176 so that the shadow is in front of the boat. I’ll set the Distance to 24, the Spread to 34, and I’ll choose 27 for the Size. I’ll leave Quality at the defaults. Then I’ll click OK. Here are the settings: I need to get rid of the shadow inside of the box. I want the shadow outside the box to give the man on the ski boat the appearance of jumping out. I’ll save this step for last. To get rid of the distractions in the background behind the box and the man on the ski boat, I’ll click on the background layer and fill it with white. To do this, I’ll press D to set the background color to white, then I’ll hit CTRL-BACKSPACE to fill the background with white. The last thing left to do is to get rid of the shadow inside the box. To do this I’ll go to “Layer 1″. In “Layer 1″ I’ll right click on the FX icon on the right side of the layer: From the menu I’ll choose Create Layer. This flattens the layer so we can now erase the inner shadow. When I’m ready to erase I’ll make sure I’m on the “Layer 1” “Drop Shadow”: Here is the finished photo: Experiment and have fun!

Creating Lightning in an Image using Photoshop

Posted in Photography, Photoshop

Above, I have an image of the Portland Headlight that I already turned black and white in Photoshop. I think lightning shots look more dramatic in black and white. The first thing I do is drop the image into Photoshop. Next I go to the brush icon on the tools palette: Then I go to the top of the screen to the options bar. Click on the arrow that’s pointing down to open the brush menu: Here’s the open menu box: Next I’ll pick a lightning brush that I’ll give away at the end of this tutorial. The number of the brush is 445. Make sure that the color picker box is set to white in the foreground, so that the lighting will be white: The next thing you’ll need to do is to make a new layer. Just click on the layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette, and rename layer 1 to “Lightning” by clicking on the word “Layer 1”: The next step is to apply the brush. Hover the brush over the image without clicking. See where you want to put it. It will most likely start out to small. Make the brush larger using the [ ] bracket keys on your keyboard. When you’ve decided where to put the lightning, click once. Don’t move the mouse in case you’d like to give the brush a second click to make the lightning streaks a little stronger. I had to use it twice with two clicks of the mouse: Now that the lightning is on its own layer, you have the option to move the lightning. You might decide to move a little to the left or right, or even up and down. If you just used the lightning brush on the image without having it on its own layer you wouldn’t have the option of moving it around. Now that that lightning is on its own layer you can you can even transform the scale of the lightning. Let’s say you like the lightning the way it is, but you wish it was just a little longer or a little wider. It’s easy. Go to Edit, Transform, Scale: You’ll see the transform box appear around the lightning. Just grab the little square boxes and drag the mouse slowly to see how the lightning fits into your image: Then click the check to apply the transform: Here’s the finished image: Have fun trying this on your own and don’t forget to download the lightning brush here.
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