Creating a Glossy Gem Text Effect in Photoshop. In this Photoshop tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a text effect that gives it a precious stone kind of feel. It makes your text look special and nicer than ever. You will be working with Layer styles, the Gradient tool and adjustment layers.
Photographers tend to pay a lot of attention to light. In fact, we often think of light as one of the most important aspects of photography. On the other hand, shadows may seem to be less important – simply a lack of light. This would be a major mistake — for light is nothing without shadows.
Shadows are not simply a dark mass that borders the light. Rather, shadows are an entity as alive as the light. It is the shadows that shape the light, draw attention to the light, and integrate with the light to produce striking photographic opportunities. If we are to reach our full potential as photographers, we must think as much in terms of mastering the shadows as we do of mastering the light. This article details five uses of shadows in creating dynamic photos.
- Contrast and Drama
- Directing the Attention
- Revealing Form
- Revealing Texture
Contrast and Drama
Parks are one of the major places where a photographer can find many interesting subjects and challenges. But many of us shoot in parks in the same way we shoot in a birthday party. Here’s some of my personal tips that I have learned from jobs and experience that will dramatically improve the results of your park photos.
I. Searching for a subject
Parks are green, well most them are. So the first thing to search for is a non-green contrasting color object. Something that stands out. It can be someone walking their dog, or a tree/bush with unusual color or even an empty chair or structure in the park.
With the advent of digital cameras and the huge amount of features, close-up photography has become the domain for everyone. The simple macro feature on the current generation of digital compacts has opened up this world to virtually anyone with a camera. Of course the ideal situation is the use of SLRs but is not limited to them.
One of the first accessories I bought for my film SLR way back in the 1980s was a set of close-up filters that screwed on the end of my lens. This added a new dimension to my photography and I was able to get in really close to my intended subjects, flowers. Although, I did dabble a bit in shooting some of the slower insects and bugs. But flowers were still my focus. Here are some simple tips that will help you shoot better flower photos.
Timelapse videos are awesome, and tilt-shift lenses are awesome, and when you put them together, you create something amazing. But tilt-shift lenses are not exactly something just anyone can buy. They’re very expensive, and it’s hard to justify investing that amount of money into one lens. Luckily, we have an alternative: Photoshop. In this easy-to-follow tutorial, Julieanne Kost explains every step you need to take in order to create your own tilt-shift timelapse using Photoshop CS6:
At first, the whole tilt-shift lens blur alpha mask Photoshop batch thing seems pretty complicated, but Julieanne has a skill for explaining things very clearly and concisely, especially for showing how to do the advanced technique rather than just add a blur gradient.
The result of the tilt-shift timelapse is beautiful, and leaves the door open to lots of photographic possibilities. Of course, this technique doesn’t have to be used for a timelapse video. This could also work on a single image in which you want a tilt-shift perspective.
For Further Training on Time-lapse Photography:
There is a popular COMPLETE guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: Time-lapse Photography Guide
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Hadouken photography is a case of life imitating art – it’s named after the “Street Fighter” video game series and aims to portray larger-than-life battling with a virtual aesthetic. Hadouken photography is shot using the levitation technique. The distinguishing feature separating hadouken from other action-oriented photography is that it is not attempting to mirror a real fight so much as faithfully model a “Street Fighter” battle. More simply, one model is usually “attacking” the other and sending them flying through the air:
Alamby and Kai W from DigitalRev TV demonstrate a number of techniques to pull this off. In terms of the content of the picture, they dictate that the expression of the models should evoke the power of the fight; for example, if one is being held aloft by a “Darth Vader choke grip,” their face should be wide-eyed with terror while the rest of their body seems to hang uselessly.
Kai W gets a feel for how his body would react to a rehearsed kick or magical blast by jumping several times and correcting his positioning. Compared to Alamby, his limbs are pointed in the opposite direction of the force, and in most of the shots he gives a much greater impression of actually being hit.
The actors play an important role, but so do the camera settings. The duo give some good suggestions, such as adjusting the shutter speed to remove or allow blur, to give the impression or motion or suppress it.
If the goal is to suppress it, it’s best to take the picture while the model is “at rest” in the air, at the height of their jump. If you’re going for a strictly “Street Fighter” image, then having the fighters pose in front of a background which is not too varied (such as a wall) can give an authentic “Street Fighter” backdrop which doesn’t draw attention away and can emphasize a model’s movement even more so.
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In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to create a beautiful abstract photo manipulation applying some advance techniques of masking, lightning and the use of adjustment layers.