Converting color images into black and white is a fun process, especially if you know what you’re doing. But most photographers are shy of getting their hands wet because of the sheer complexity and workload. Hopefully this video by Andrew S. Gibson will clear the air around the process:
My neighbor placed a 20-page photo album on the counter and opened the first page for me. Staring back at me was the first photo, her little boy against a plain white background in a studio. His sad eyes looked blankly at the camera. I flicked through a few more pages, hoping to see happier, better-shot images.
“Are you pleased with them?” I said, trying to sound diplomatic, knowing full well she would not catch the subtlety.
“Very pleased, it was a bargain!” she said, beaming, obviously pleased with the payment she made, but utterly unaware of the enormous technical errors created by the photographer. Perhaps ignorance was really bliss after all.
“Do you mind me asking how much you paid for the package?”
“Three hundred and eighty-five dollars,” she said proudly.
I nearly choked on my tea.
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Christmas Color! Today, on the Fourth Day of Christmas, I have for you a mini-bundle of color for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements!
This free download includes Christmas Colors for the 12 Days of Christmas, some colors sampled from the most beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean Ocean, and a collection of Christmas Gradients.
The Colors of Christmas swatch (in .aco format for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements) has a collection of colors sampled from reindeer, evergreen trees, a star in the eastern sky, snow, some chimney soot, royal colors of blue and purple, and even old Santa Claus himself!
The Caribbean Winter set (also in .aco format) includes blues sampled from my collection of tropical photos taken in the most beautiful places in the world. They’re perfect for announcing that holiday cruise, or as a reminder that we’re even closer to summer than we were just last week.
Finally, there’s a collection of Christmas gradients, perfect for making candy cane text or decorating your image of a Christmas cake – or whatever else you can think of to use them for!
Get the Colors of Christmas mini-bundle!
All three pieces are included in a single download, below:
The files in this mini bundle can also be installed into Photoshop Elements with a click-and-a-drag using Add-O-Matic, the #1 utility tool for Photoshop Elements. Get your copy in the Graffishop, or get it hassle-free by using one of the links below (the download link will be emailed to you immediately upon checkout)
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Image editing is an important part of making your good images look spectacular. Photoshop and Lightroom are packed with tools to help you get your images to look great after you have downloaded them on to your computer. While there are many different tools in Photoshop to enhance your image, there are really only a handful of tools that you will use on just about every image; one of those is the levels tool. Photoshop has a levels tool, Lightroom doesn’t unfortunately. Each photographer has a different workflow when editing images, my suggestion is to follow a process that is the same for each image. When you open up an image in Photoshop or Lightroom, the first step is to look at the exposure. Is the image over or underexposed? At this stage of the workflow, you could be looking at a tool like the Shadow and Highlights adjustment, the next one to use would be Levels.
What is the Levels tool?
Levels does two things in one tool, it corrects the tonal range in an image and it corrects the colour balance. Adjustments made using the Levels tool are not only about getting the exposure on your image correct; it also has a second function and that is, it can correct for colour too. Yes, there are other tools within Photoshop that can do this, but the Levels tool can make it really quick and easy.
Have you ever seen one of those pictures of a small child starving in Africa and have something tug at your heart? Have you ever seen a cover on a magazine and picked it up just because of that photo? Have you ever bought a product because of a picture of someone else using the product and how happy they looked? If you said yes to any of these, don’t worry; you’re not alone. Advertising is a $200 billion a year business . . . and most of it relies on photographs that have emotional impact.
So the obvious question is, “What is it that transforms a two-dimensional piece of paper into a three-dimensional image that yanks at our heartstrings?”
It can be extremely hard to predict when and where the peak colors of falls will hit. If you’ve ever been a week or two early you’ll know the frustration of seeing little splattering of color when you were hoping for full on peak color. Well, using a little bit of post-production magic, you can add some life to those early fall shots and get it closer to the vision you’d hoped mother nature would’ve given you in the first place. Let’s see how we can fake fall color using the HSL tab in Lightroom!
As a side note: I do want to mention that while this article is about faking the colors to create a vision that didn’t exist in the first place, a lot of these techniques can be applied to enhancing fall colors that do exist. Even if you’re completely against the idea of changing the world in post-production it might be worth reading through it to see how you might be able to use these techniques in a way that retains a more true to life look in your image.
In this video, Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains how to use selective coloring in your photos using Photoshop:
Most people who have a bit of knowledge of using Photoshop know about the Hue/Saturation tool and might think selective color is easy. But try doing this quickly on a selective area of the photo and you might realize that it’s not so simple after all.
In this photo editing tutorial we’ll show you how to ditch the Hue/Saturation tool and use the Color Variations dialog feature to better saturate your autumn colors.
Autumn is the perfect time of year to get out and about with your DSLR, with the changing colours of trees and other foliage making for wonderful landscape images.
When you get home and review your shots, however, you may find the colours aren’t as vivid as you remember, or haven’t been captured faithfully because of the lighting conditions.
If this is the case you can use a simple workflow in your photo editing software to create a punchier image that does justice to the original scene.