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How to create the lith print effect

The original processes were extremely difficult to control and duplicate, but to this day the lith print effect has refused to go out of fashion.

A key point to remember when creating your lith print is placing emphasis on the contrast of the highlights and shadows.

A unique characteristic of the lith print is its ability to have soft and glowing highlights next to harsh, dark shadows.

Lith print effect

 

Download this start photo from www.sxc.hu, original by Stuart Bell.

Step 1

How to create the lith print effectDuplicate your image’s layer and head to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Before making any adjustments, tick the Colorize box. Set the Hue slider to 40 and Saturation to 30. Hit OK to apply the lith tone.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2

How to create the lith print effectDuplicate the top layer and go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Select the Uniform box, tick Monochromatic and set the Amount slider to 30%. Hit OK. Reduce this layer’s opacity to 30% to soften the texture. Apply the Gaussian Blur filter, with Radius of 1.5, to soften even more.

 

 

 

Step 3

How to create the lith print effectClick Create a New Layer button. Go to Edit>Fill and set to black. Using the Elliptical Marquee tool, draw an oval selection over your image and hit Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I to invert. Apply a layer mask, and set layer’s blend mode to Soft Light. Use a black, soft brush to remove the inner edge to create a vignette.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photoshop Tip: Choose print size

Photoshop Tip: Choose print size

If you know the size of the final print paper, then it’s worth going through File>New in Photoshop to select the matching document size before editing.

There are lots to choose, from standard A4 to more varied dimensions such as Landscape 2×3 and even sizes for Mobile & others Devices.

Here’s a table showing print size to pixel dimension for some of these:

Photoshop Tip: Choose print size

 

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Photoshop Tutorial: Create striking movement with Motion Blur

Motion blur effect in Photoshop

Step 1

Photoshop Tutorial: Create striking movement with Motion BlurWhen using this filter, we need to create a duplicate of the Background layer. You’ll notice that this layer is locked (indicated with a padlock symbol on its layer), which stops it from being edited. But by going to the Layer menu and to Duplicate Layer, you can create an editable version above this locked one.

 

 

 

 

Step 2

Photoshop Tutorial: Create striking movement with Motion BlurFind the Quick Selection tool (W) in the Toolbar. The tool is kept with the Magic Wand tool in Photoshop CS versions, but in Photoshop Elements it’ll be with the Selection Brush tool. To use the Quick Selection tool, tick the Auto-Enhance option at the top of the screen and click and drag a selection over your main subject.

 

 

 

Step 3

Photoshop Tutorial: Create striking movement with Motion Blur

When using the Quick Selection tool, you may see some areas of the selection overflow into the background. Hold the Opt/Alt key and click over these extraneous parts to remove them. By pressing Q, you can view the selection in Quick Mask mode, so you know just how well it has gone.

 

 

 

 

Step 4

Photoshop Tutorial: Create striking movement with Motion BlurWhen you have selected your main subject go to the Select menu and down to Inverse. The shortcut for this is Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+I. This flips the selection from the main subject to the background, making it the active area. This is indicated by the marching ants around the edges of the image.

 

 

 

Step 5

Photoshop Tutorial: Create striking movement with Motion BlurIn your Layers palette, click on the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom. You’ll now see a white and black mask appear on the layer. This has used the selection to hide parts of the image. Notice how the car is shown in black (hidden) and the background is in white (revealed).

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6

Photoshop Tutorial: Create striking movement with Motion BlurAt the moment the mask is the highlighted thumbnail. Click on the image’s thumbnail next to this to edit the contents and not the mask. Head to the Filter menu and go down to Blur>Radial Blur. Set the Amount to 30 and the Blur Method to Zoom. Hit OK to see how your image has been affected by the filter.

 

 

 

Step 7

Photoshop Tutorial: Create striking movement with Motion BlurThere may be an area in your image that hasn’t been blurred but should be. You’ll need to click back on the layer mask thumbnail on its layer. Select the Eraser tool and zoom in on this area (Cmd/Ctrl and +). By erasing the area that was missed out in the initial selection process, the blur effect can show through.

 

 


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Photoshop Quik Tip: Intensify a lens flare

Photoshop Tip: Intensify a lens flare

A trick to brightening a lens flare, or any layer involving a blend mode, is to duplicate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+J and then merging them together using Cmd/Ctrl+E to reduce the number of layers into just one.

What you’ll find is that Photoshop will combine the brightness values of both layers, making the flare stand out more.

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Photoshop Tip: How to improve the look of skin

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Photoshop Tip: How to improve the look of skin

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Smooth skin with Reduce Noise

Create a duplicate of the Background layer (Cmd/Ctrl+J) and then go to Select>Color Range.

Photoshop Tip: How to improve the look of skin

In the Color Range menu, set the Select drop-down to Skin Tones and hit OK. This will tell Photoshop just to select skin and ignore everything else.

Go to Filter>Convert for Smart Filters and then go to Filter>Noise>Reduce Noise.

Photoshop Tip: How to improve the look of skin

In the Reduce Noise filter, set Strength to 8, Reduce Color Noise to 0, Sharpen Details to 0-10% and untick Remove Jpeg Artifact.

Now, slide the Preserve Details adjustment up and down to vary the amount the skin is soften by. A setting of around 16% works well.

Photoshop Tip: How to improve the look of skin

As a Smart Filter, the Reduce Noise filter can be adjusted at any time by double-clicking on it in the Layers palette. Also, blend modes can be applied as well as Opacity controls as this is a separate layer in the composition.

Photoshop Tip: How to improve the look of skin

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Photoshop Tip: Apply colourful hair highlights

Change hair colour

Step 1 – Set up the Gradient tool

Photoshop Tip: Apply colourful hair highlights

Open your image and make a new layer above the Background, calling it Gradient. Select the Gradient tool from the Tools bar and set it to Spectrum in the Gradient Editor, which is located on the Options bar.

Step 2 – Insert Gradient

Photoshop Tip: Apply colourful hair highlights

Place a gradient from the top to the bottom of the picture. We now want to change the blending mode of the gradient layer to Overlay by selecting this in the Layers palette. This will colour the entire picture with the colours of the gradient.

Step 3 – Layer mask

Photoshop Tip: Apply colourful hair highlights

We now want to add a Hide All layer mask to the gradient layer. Do this by going to the Layers menu and down to Layer Mask>Hide All. Next select a soft edge brush with the Foreground colour set to white and paint some of the colour back in.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Create a mosaic effect

Dotted portrait effect

Step 1

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a mosaic effect

Start by going to Filter>Pixelate>Mosaic. Choose a suitable Cell Size, depending on how bold you want the spots, and make a note of the cell size.

Step 2

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a mosaic effect

Create a new document, choosing the same Height and Width in pixels as the Cell Size you chose within the Mosaic filter.

Step 3

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a mosaic effect

On this new document, fill with black and double-click the Background Layer to promote it to a layer. Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool to make a circular selection within the black document.

Step 4

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a mosaic effect

Hit the Backspace key to delete the area within the selection, and go to Select>Deselect. Now go to Edit>Define Pattern, giving the pattern a name.

Step 5

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a mosaic effect

Return to the main document, double-click the Background Layer and add a layer mask via Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All.

Step 6

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a mosaic effect

Click directly on the layer mask and go to Edit>Fill choosing Pattern for Contents. Choose your pattern from the Pattern swatch. Finish by adding a Solid Color layer, choosing a colour to drop behind this layer at the bottom of the stack.

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Photoshop Tip: Blur tool techniques

Blur layers together

Set the tool’s Strength to 80-100% in the Options bar and paint continually over the edge of a layer to gradually blend it in with the surrounding elements.

This is useful after cutting out content such as the trees on the rocks if feathering wasn’t applied at the time.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Creative colour effects

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Photoshop Tutorial: Creative colour effects

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Photoshop Tutorial: Creative colour effects

Step 1 – New adjustment

Photoshop Tutorial: Creative colour effects

Start off by going to the Layer menu and down to New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map. Hit OK in the pop up box. There should an adjustment layer in the Layers palette.

Step 2 – Blend

Photoshop Tutorial: Creative colour effects

Change the blend mode of the adjustment to Color and lower the Opacity to 60% from inside the Layers palette. Now only the colour information will be altered.

Step 3 – Edit colours

Photoshop Tutorial: Creative colour effects

Open up the Gradient Editor by clicking on the Gradient’s preview box in the adjustment. From the range of existing gradients, click on Violet, Green, Orange. Hit OK to apply the colours.

Step 4 – Reverse the effect

Photoshop Tutorial: Creative colour effects

Create different effects by switching the colours by clicking on the Reverse button in the adjustment.

Step 5 – Sunset tone

Change the blend mode of the adjustment layer to Linear Burn to create a moody sunset effect, which works for landscapes.

With Linear Burn mode

sunset colour effect

 

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Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

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Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

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macro depth of field effect in Photoshop

Download the image for this tutorial

This is done using Elements 11, but can be easily performed in Photoshop CS versions.

Step 1

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

Before we begin, this image needs to be cropped to look more like a macro shot. Select the Crop tool and head to the list of preset sizes, and change it from No Restrictions to 8 x 10in.

Step 2

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

Crop the image down and aim to leave a slight gap between the top and bottom of the flower. Place the centre point of the crop box over the middle of the flower. Click on the green tick to apply the crop.

Step 3

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

Before any edits are made to the image, make a copy of your image’s layer by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+J. Layer 1 should now appear in the Layers panel above Background.

Step 4

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

Select the Magic Wand tool (W) from the Toolbar (in Elements 11 this is hidden under the Quick Selection tool). In the tool’s options set the Tolerance amount to 50 and deselect the Contiguous box, so that the maximum number of pixels is selected.

Step 5

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

With the Magic Wand tool ready, click once on the flower to select it. A selection should appear over the whole flower. but some parts may be left out. Hold Shift and click on those areas of the flower that were left out of the initial selection, until the entire flower is selected.

Step 6

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

Remove areas of the selection on parts other than the flower, for example the background, by ticking the Contiguous box. Increase the Tolerance amount to 80 to make this easier, and then click over these areas holding Opt/Alt to remove them from the selection.

Step 7

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to copy and paste the flower onto a separate layer. Click on the duplicated background layer (Layer 1) and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Set Radius to 45 pixels to blur the areas behind the flower, and hit OK to apply the filter.

 Step 8

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

Select the flower’s layer (Layer 2) and make a direct copy of it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+J. This new duplicate will contain the in-focus flower. Click on the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers panel, and then press Cmd/Ctrl+I to invert it from white to black.

Step 9

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

To help add depth to the effect, click back on Layer 2 and go to the Gaussian Blur filter again. Reduce the Amount slider to 15px to make it not as blurry as the background areas of the image, and hit OK.

Step 10

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

Select the Eraser tool (E) and set your Foreground colour to black by clicking on the front swatch at the bottom of the tools. Set the tool’s Opacity to 100%, Size to 250px and choose a soft edge brush. Click on the layer mask on Layer 2 Copy to highlight it.

Step 11

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

Work out from the centre of the flower with the Eraser tool removing the blurry areas to reveal the in-focus flower underneath. The layer mask in the Layers panel should represent changes made with white. Lower the Opacity of the Eraser tool to 30% for a soft blur for areas surrounding the centre.

Step 12

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

The background colours can be reduced to draw more attention to the flower. Cmd/Ctrl-click over the flower’s layer thumbnail to activate it as a selection. Go to Select>Inverse (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I) to flip the area around, so that the background is selected.

Step 13

Photoshop Tutorial: Create powerful macro effects

With the selection showing around the background go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. Hit OK in the pop-up box and then reduce the Saturation slider to -25. The green colours should reduce in strength making the reds seem stronger.

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