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How to use Photoshop’s Clone Stamp tool

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How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

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How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

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How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

Start by opening up this image ‘People in landscape.jpg’. We’ll begin by cloning out the woman on the right. Go to the Layer menu at the top and down to New>New Layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N). In the pop-up box, enter ‘Trees’ as its name and hit OK.

Step 2

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

Press Z for the Zoom tool and click twice over the woman’s face to see the trees closer up. Select the Clone Stamp tool (S) from the Toolbar and head to the Options bar. Set Opacity to 100%, Brush Size to 45px, Hardness to 0%, and tick Aligned. Also set Sample to All Layers, so that the Background layer is taken into account.

Step 3

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

With the Clone Stamp tool ready, hover over where the water meets the trees to the right of the woman. Hold Opt/Alt and the cursor should turn into crosshairs. Click once to sample the ‘good’ pixels, and then release Opt/Alt. The tool is now primed with these pixels.

Step 4

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

Move the cursor over to where the water should meet the trees behind the woman. Click and drag upwards to apply the ‘good’ trees sampled in the previous step over the woman’s face. The tool applies the pixels from their original location over the woman as you paint.

Step 5

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

As the trees are on a separate layer, press Cmd/Ctrl+T to activate Free Transform. Rotate the new trees by dragging one of the corner points, so that the water’s edge lines up with both sides of the woman.

Step 6

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

For areas of water, select the Rectangular Marquee tool and set Feather to 5px in the Options bar. Draw a rectangle to cover an area of the water in the distance. Click on the Background layer, and then press Cmd/Ctrl+C followed by Cmd/Ctrl+V. Drag this new area over the top of the person using the Move tool (V).

Step 7

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to make a duplicate copy of the water’s layer, and drag this to cover up more of the woman. Repeat this process until the woman’s face is completely cloned out. Merge all duplicate layers into one by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+E repeatedly.

Step 8

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

Add a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N) and select the Clone Stamp tool and begin to sample and apply water over the remaining whiter areas of water. In a painting motion, apply the brush in both horizontal and vertical directions, looking to retain much of the texture and similar lightness in cloned areas.

Step 9

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

Add another new layer and to complete the remaining water that’s hidden, increase the size of the Clone Stamp tool to 100px (use ‘]’ to enlarge the brush). Sample a large area of water and apply over the body of the woman. To avoid repeating pixels, sample from different areas each time you Opt/Alt-click.

Step 10

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

For the wooden walkway at the bottom of the image, zoom into 300% and lower the size of the Clone Stamp tool to 30px. Clone away the tripod and woman’s legs using the wooden planks next to them. Look to align the gaps in the planks and brush away from the edges of the image, as this will show as a hard edge.

Step 11

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

For the man, look to remove the tripod first using the same techniques as we did with the woman. Remember to add new layers for each object being removed. For cloning water, it works best to brush in a vertical direction using a soft brush. Also use the Rectangular Marquee tool to copy and paste ‘good’ water over the tripod for  larger areas.

Step 12

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

Once the tripod has been removed, press Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Alt+Shift+E to create a stamp visible of the cloned water. Use the Rectangular Marquee tool to mark a large selection over the ‘good’ half of the mountain’s reflection in the water. Copy and paste this (making sure the stamped layer is selected), and go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal. Use this copied reflection to cover up the man.

Step 13

How to use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool

Create a copy of the Background layer at the top of the layer stack. Switch it on and off to see if there are any original areas which were in the image to begin with that you can make use of. If so, hide the Background copy layer, select the relevant layer, and use the Eraser tool to remove those areas.

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How to create perfect selections in Photoshop

How to create perfect selections in Photoshop

Step 1

How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopGo to Select>Color Range and click on the sky. The selection preview will show white in places that are similar in colour to the area clicked on. Max out the Fuzziness slider to increase the selection, then click OK.

 

 

Step 2

How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopUse the Quick Selection tool to finish selecting everything outside of the tree as well as any gaps within. Click and drag to add to the selection. The left and right brackets resize the brush. Opt/Alt-click and drag to remove areas.

 

 

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How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopWhen done selecting everything but the tree, inverse the selection so that the tree itself will be selected. Go to Select>Inverse, or use the keyboard shortcut Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I.

 

 

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How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopIt will be a rough selection at this point. To make it accurate, go to Select>Refine Edge. This dialog box contains lots of useful ways to perfect the selection. Use the Zoom and Hand tools to zoom and pan your image.

 

 

Step 5

How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopThe View Mode allows us to change the way the selection preview is displayed. You can use Overlay initially, which allows you to view the selection like a Quick Mask.

 

 

Step 6

How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopThe Refine Radius tool improves selections by adding fine detail that would be incredibly hard to capture manually. Paint around the edges of the tree and in between gaps. Photoshop will think for a second, then magically refine the selection!

 

 

Step 7

How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopChange to the View Mode to On Black to check for any bits of sky you may have missed. Keep working with the Refine Radius tool to improve the selection.

 

 

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How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopWhile zoomed in, increase the Contrast to harden some of the soft-edges in the selection. These can give the final extracted object a glow if not taken care of now.

 

 

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How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopCheck the Decontaminate Colors option to remove stubborn colour fringes. These are replaced with the colour of neighbouring pixels. Use the Amount slider to adjust the amount of colour fringe to remove.

 

 

Step 10

How to create perfect selections in PhotoshopChoose New Layer with Layer Mask from the Output To drop-down at the bottom. The tree will appear on a new layer complete with a layer mask. You can now place the tree atop a new background.

 

 

 

 

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How to create a classic-looking Sixties-style photograph effect

How to create a classic-looking Sixties-style photograph effect

Retro classic effect

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How to create a classic-looking Sixties-style photograph effect

Start off by creating a duplicate of the layer (Cmd/Ctrl+J) and going to Filter>Render>Fibers. Set Variance to 6 and Strength to 4 and hit OK.

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How to create a classic-looking Sixties-style photograph effect

 

 

 

 

 

Invert the texture (Cmd/Ctrl+I), and change its blend mode to Screen. Lower its Opacity to 60%.

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How to create a classic-looking Sixties-style photograph effect

Click on the Background layer and remove all colour using Image>Adjustments>Desaturate (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U).

Step 4

How to create a classic-looking Sixties-style photograph effect

On the Background layer, go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur, setting Angle to 85 and Distance to 15px. This will make the image slightly degraded and blurry.

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How to create a classic-looking Sixties-style photograph effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, open the Levels adjustment (Cmd/Ctrl+L) and drag the Output Levels arrow in the black region inwards to fade the image.

Changing the various settings of the Fibers and Motion Blur filters will change the impact of the effect. When you’re done making your image, use the Save As command to save out this new version of your image.

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How to create traditional grain in Photoshop Elements

How to create traditional grain in Photoshop Elements

Start off by duplicating your ‘Background Layer’ by going to Layer>Duplicate Layer, and naming this ‘Film Grain’.

How to create traditional grain in Photoshop Elements

Head to the Filter menu and then down to Filter>Texture>Grain. Change Grain Type to Stippled and set Intensity to 44 and Contrast to 52.

Use the Preview option in the filter to assess the grain effect, but your image should now be monochrome. Hit OK to apply these settings.

How to create traditional grain in Photoshop Elements

In the Layers palette lower the Opacity of the duplicate layer to 50%. The strength of the effect should look less imposing and more colour will show through.

How to create traditional grain in Photoshop Elements

 

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Tips on how to apply textured borders in Photoshop

Tips on how to apply textured borders in Photoshop

On a flattened version of your design (or on a photo), use the Rectangular Marquee tool to mark a selection around the edges of your image for the border.

Tips on how to apply textured borders in Photoshop

Add a new layer mask to apply this selection to your design and to mask away the edges outside the selection area.

Go to Filter>Filter Gallery and from here try out various filters to change the style of the edges. This was is Water Paper.

Tips on how to apply textured borders in Photoshop

When the filter is applied, check out the new border by adding a black or white layer underneath.

Tips on how to apply textured borders in Photoshop

 

 

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How to create a toy town effect in Photoshop

Miniature effect

Step 1

How to create a toy town effect in PhotoshopDuplicate your Background layer so you’re working non-destructively, and then go to Filter>Convert for Smart Filters. Go back into the Filter menu and this time down to Blur>Gaussian Blur.

 

 

 

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How to create a toy town effect in PhotoshopInside the Blur filter, set the Radius to 10px. Use the preview window to see just how the blurring has affected your image and boost the Radius slider for a heavier blur if needed. Hit OK and notice how the filter has attached itself to the layer. Double-click on the filter’s name to re-edit at any time.

 

 

 

Step 3

How to create a toy town effect in PhotoshopPress G for the Gradient tool and then set your Foreground and Background colours to black and white (D). At the top of Photoshop, choose the Foreground to Transparent gradient type, select the Reflected Gradient option and untick Reverse, but tick Transparency.

 

 

 

Step 4

How to create a toy town effect in PhotoshopClick on the white mask of the filter in the Layers palette. Click and drag the Gradient tool from the centre of your image outwards. This will reveal the clear image underneath. The longer the lines are that you make, the larger the corridor of focus will be.

 

 

 

 

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How to boost colour with the Sponge tool

Improve colour

Load up your image into any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and duplicate the the Background layer to begin with (Cmd/Ctrl+J).

How to boost colour with the Sponge tool

Locate your Sponge tool and in the Options bar set its Mode to Saturate and Flow to 30%.

Tick the Vibrance box and select a brush size that covers the area of the colour you want to adjust and set it to 0% Hardness.

How to boost colour with the Sponge tool

Paint with the tool over the colour in your image you want to improve, You should see the saturation of the colour increase, adding more life to the image.

How to boost colour with the Sponge tool

Be careful not to overdo the effect, as noise may start to gather and degrade the quality.

How to boost colour with the Sponge tool

 

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How to make an animal hybrid in Photoshop

How to make an animal hybrid in Photoshop

Download the images of the elephant here and the zebra here, or use your own images to follow along.

Step 1

First, open the image of the elephant as your base, then open the main source of the zebra stripes in a second document. Using the Lasso tool, make a rough selection of the zebra’s body and paste it onto your main document. Use Edit >Transform >Distort to transform the piece to roughly fit the elephant’s body.

How to make an animal hybrid in PhotoshopStep 2

Lower the Opacity of the stripes layer to 40% to help see the underlying elephant. Select Edit>Transform>Warp to warp the texture to the contours of the elephant’s body. Click and drag your cursor from about a third of the way into the selection and pull outwards to create a rounded contour. Drag the corners in to contract and round out the overall texture.

Step 3

Hide the stripes layer. Using the Pen tool, select nodes all around the elephant to create a basic path of the figure. This will come in handy as you’ll commonly refer to this path as your guide for cropping elements to the body.

How to make an animal hybrid in PhotoshopStep 4

Ctrl/right-click the thumbnail of your elephant path and select Make Selection. Invert your selection (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+I) and cut (Ctrl/Cmd+X) the excess from your stripes layer. Set this layer’s blend mode to Overlay.

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Select Image>Adjustments>Curves to tweak the image’s tonal values and alter the stripes to suit the elephant. Raising points at the left end of the curve will control the dark values in your image, with the lighter tones on the right. Raising the curve brightens these areas and lowering it darkens them. In my image, I slightly raised the first quarter of the curve to brighten the over-darkened stripes.

How to make an animal hybrid in PhotoshopStep 6

Select the Eraser tool set at 100% Opacity and erase the texture from the elephant’s ears and legs, as those sections will be texturised individually on new layers. Use a hard edged Eraser to delineate the ears from the striped texture and a softer brush around the thighs, as those will require a softer blend into the textures you’ll apply later.

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Now we’ll continue the texturing on the legs. Again, use the Lasso tool to select a section of the largest thigh from the zebra source and paste it onto the main document on a new layer. Position the segment roughly with Distort and use the elephant work path to help remove the excess.

How to make an animal hybrid in PhotoshopStep 8

Select the Smudge tool set at 50% Strength and drag the ends of the stripes around the edges to adjust the stripes to fit the contours of the elephant’s legs.

Step 9

To darken the elephant’s feet to match the tone of a zebra’s hoof, make a rough selection of the foot and copy it onto a new layer. Using the elephant shape path, extract the foot from the excess background debris.

How to make an animal hybrid in PhotoshopStep 10

Select Image>Adjustments>Curves, select a point near the middle of and drag it down. This will darken the overall tone of the middle greys while leaving the darkest and lightest points of the section intact. Use a soft Eraser to blend the foot onto the rest of the leg.

Step 11

Continue the process to texture the rest of the legs. Sometimes you’ll find that the darkest areas of the elephant’s legs don’t get affected as much when the texture is overlayed. To remedy this, simply open Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast and raise the Brightness of the section to match the rest of the textures on the image.

How to make an animal hybrid in PhotoshopStep 12

Open the second zebra source image (‘113031276218.jpg’), make a selection around the face and paste it into the main document. Use the Free Transform tool to position the segment so that the zebra’s eye aligns with the elephant’s. Use the Eraser tool at 100% Opacity and extract the part of the texture obstructing the elephant’s eye.

Step 13

Because the elephant’s face is much larger than the zebra’s, simply warping the texture may not be sufficient. In this case, make a selection of the texture and open the Liquify window (Filter>Liquify). Using a high Brush Pressure (90-100) drag the stripes to suit the contours of the elephant’s head.

How to make an animal hybrid in PhotoshopStep 14

To texture areas such as the trunk, simply copy the longest section of stripe you can from your zebra sources and paste it onto the document. Using Free Transform to stretch the section vertically to create the general size of the segment.

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Again, use the Warp tool to adjust the texture to the curvatures of the trunk. Then, like we did for the feet, darken the tip of the trunk to simulate the snout area of a zebra. You can do this by copying the tip of the elephant’s trunk, pasting it onto a new layer and adjusting the brightness and softening the blend into the rest of the trunk.

How to make an animal hybrid in PhotoshopStep 16

Using the elephant shape path, make a copy of the elephant and paste it onto the top layer. Create an S-shaped curve to dull the general tone and apply the Soft Light blend mode to the layer. This will create a more consistent tone throughout the entire figure. You can lower the curve on the left to keep the shadows darker or blow out the highlights by raising the right curve.

Step 17

Use the Paintbrush with black as the Foreground colour to paint in darker recesses in key areas such as under the ears or in the crevice of the fold where the legs meet the body. This will help to delineate the various sections a little better. Lower the Opacity to about 30% on this layer.

How to make an animal hybrid in PhotoshopStep 18

Finally, adding a bit of sharpening can help to boost the texturing. On a new layer create a merged copy of the entire image at the top of the Layers palette (Alt/Opt+Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+E). Now apply Filters>Other>High Pass set to 6px with the layer’s blend mode at Soft Light.

 

 

 

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How to shoot light trails for editing in Photoshop

Find yourself a dark area to shoot in, this can be a dark room, or even the great outdoors, to capture light

How to shoot light trails for editing in Photoshop

To get the best results you’ll need a tripod to keep your camera steady and a shutter release cable, or self timer in order to minimize camera shake.

Set your camera to around ISO100 and close your aperture as much as possible to prevent over-exposure.

The exposure time should be set to around 20-30 seconds, or longer if needed. Position yourself in front of the camera use either a simple flashlight, glowstick or a fibre optic light pen to write.

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How to add movement to water in Photoshop

How to blur water

Download this tutorial’s start image here

Step 1

How to add movement to water in PhotoshopOpen up this start image of the waterfall. Because the movement is only going to be applied to the water and nothing else, drag the Background layer onto the Create a New Layer button in the Layers palette. There should now be two layers, one locked and one editable.

 

 

 

 

Step 2

How to add movement to water in PhotoshopWe need to make a selection of just the water in this image. Choose the Magic Wand tool and head to the Options bar. Set the tool’s Tolerance value to 50. Tick the Anti-alias box but make sure Contiguous is deselected.

 

 

 

Step 3

How to add movement to water in PhotoshopNow the Magic Wand tool is set up, click once over the brightest part of the water. To select more of it, hold down Shift and then click on a slightly darker part. Try to avoid selecting the rocks and don’t worry if the fainter areas of water are left out of the selection, as we can bring these back later.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4

How to add movement to water in PhotoshopPress Q to enter Quick Mask mode to reveal the selection as a temporary mask. Areas in red are outside the selection. You may have parts such as the sky and the rocks that are still inside the selection. To remove these, press D and then select the Brush tool. Paint over these areas to add to the Quick mask.

 

 

 

 

Step 5

How to add movement to water in PhotoshopPress Q once more to return to the normal image mode. The selected parts should now be ready to blur. On the duplicate copy of the Background layer, add a new layer mask. This applies the selection to a mask, shown by a black and white thumbnail on the layer.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6

How to add movement to water in PhotoshopClick on the thumbnail of the image on this layer, as we don’t want to mask the selected object. Now go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur to open up the controls for the movement effect. Set Angle to 81, Distance to 112px and hit OK. You should now see the water areas blur in a downward motion.

 

 

 

 

Step 7

How to add movement to water in PhotoshopBlurring will likely need to be added to other areas. You can do this by selecting the mask’s thumbnail on its layer, and then selecting the Eraser tool. With black as the Foreground colour, brush over parts of the water to increase their blurriness. Lower brush size for more accuracy.

 

 

 

 

 

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