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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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How to design a halftone photo border in Photoshop

How to design a halftone photo border in Photoshop

Step 1

How to design a halftone photo border in PhotoshopOpen up the image for this tutorial from your disc. In your Layers palette (Window>Layer) you’ll notice that it’s locked and can’t be edited. To unlock it, double-click on the layer and in the pop-up window enter a name and hit OK.

 

 

 

Step 2

How to design a halftone photo border in PhotoshopClick the Create a new layer button at the base of the palette. Hit D to set your Foreground and Background colours to black and white and then press Ctrl/Cmd+Backspace to fill the layer with white. Drag the white layer to the bottom of the layer stack.

 

 

 

Step 3

How to design a halftone photo border in PhotoshopClick on the main image’s layer and select the Rectangular Marquee tool. Before making a selection, head to the Options bar and enter 40px in the Feather field. Draw a rectangle from one corner of your image to the other, leaving a gap between it and the edges of your image.

 

 

 

 

Step 4

How to design a halftone photo border in Photoshop

With the selection active and the image’s layer chosen, apply a mask by clicking on the small icon (a circle inside a square) at the bottom of the Layers palette. This will show the effect of the feathering on the border, with the white layer showing through below.

 

 

 

Step 5

How to design a halftone photo border in PhotoshopAt this point the layer mask will be highlighted. Go to the Filter menu at the top of Photoshop and find Color Halftone from inside Pixelate. In the Color Halftone menu, set Max. Radius to 40px. Default settings for Screen Angles should be C1: 108, C2: 162, C3: 90 and C4: 45. Hit OK to apply the filter.

 

 

 

Step 6

How to design a halftone photo border in Photoshop

The Halftone filter creates a border of different sized spots. If you need to reposition the border to better fit your image, click on the small chain icon between the mask and image thumbnails in the Layers palette. Use the Move tool (V) to drag the mask around.

 

 

 

 

Step 7

How to design a halftone photo border in PhotoshopIf you’re not keen on the white background, select its layer (bottom of the layer stack) and choose the Paint Bucket tool (G). Click on the Foreground colour swatch and choose a colour. Click on your image to apply the fill to replace the white layer.

 

 

 

 

Step 8

How to design a halftone photo border in PhotoshopWhen it’s time to save, you can choose to flatten all the layers by going Layer>Flatten Image. Saving as a JPEG will create a smaller file size, but any transparent areas will turn into solid white and the mask will no longer be editable.

 

 

 

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How to create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop

How to create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop

Step 1

How to create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop Open an image that has a subject with striking colour. We’ll keep this colour and turn everything else black and white. The Magic Wand tool is ideal to select colour. Choose the tool, and then untick the Contiguous box in the Options bar. This makes sure the tool selects colour across your entire image. Make sure the Anti-alias box is ticked and the Tolerance is set to around 75px.

Step 2

How to create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop Click anywhere on the colour that you want to keep. You can increase the Tolerance number if the tool has failed to cover much ground. Ctrl/Cmd+D to remove the selection if you need to start again. Continue to select more of the same colour by holding Shift while clicking. Hold Opt/Alt while clicking to remove areas of the selection that happen to overflow.

Step 3

How to create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop For the effect to work well, be sure to select as much of the colour as possible. Try to get close to the edges where the colour meets other colours. You can lower the Tolerance to get a more accurate selection as you go. Flick between the normal version of your image and the Quick Mask mode (Q) to see just how your selection is taking shape.

Step 4

How to create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop In Quick Mask mode the areas of red will not be included in the selection and areas that show will be. If you can spot any small specks of the image coming through the Quick Mask that shouldn’t be there, use the Brush tool set to black to retouch them and apply a mask. Use the Eraser tool to remove parts of the selection that shouldn’t be masked.

Step 5

How to create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop When you’re confident that the mask is accurate and the selection looks good around the colour you want to keep, press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I, or go to Select>Inverse. This flips the selection. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Black & White, and what you should see in the Layers palette is a new adjustment layer with a mask moulded to the selection that was just made.

Step 6

How to create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop The Black & White adjustment layer gives your image a basic conversion from colour to monochrome. But this adjustment layer contains a number of sliders and also presets, which can mix up the monochrome effect. Firstly, cycle through the presets to choose one that brings out the most detail in the black and white areas. The option Lighter works well if your image has lots of sky involved.

Step 7

How to create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop There is a collection of sliders in this adjustment that change the look of the black and white effect. Each slider represents a colour, and by increasing certain ones you’ll be able to retrieve details from the parts of the image that are in shadow. There are no rules to this, as it’s really down to which one you think looks the best.

 

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How to load brushes into Photoshop Elements

Note:  the fastest way to load brushes into Photoshop Elements is to drop them into an Add-O-Matic. It will add all sorts of goodies into Elements for you with a drag & a drop.  Grab one here:

For Elements 11-12 & Lightroom 4+


For Elements 6-10

The ABR format relates to a Photoshop brush file. Here is a quick step by step to load this type of file into Photoshop Elements.

How to load brushes into Photoshop Elements

Step 1

How to load brushes into Photoshop Elements

In Photoshop Elements, go to the Edit menu and locate the option ‘Preset Manager’.

Step 2

How to load brushes into Photoshop Elements

In the Preset Manager, set the ‘Preset Type’ list to show Brushes. This will reveal all of the brushes that are currently useable with your Brush tool.

Step 3

How to load brushes into Photoshop Elements

Click on the Add button in the Preset Manager. Locate the ABR file on your PC and double-click it to load it into the Preset Manager.

Step 4

How to load brushes into Photoshop Elements

The arrangement of brush thumbnails will now alter to include this loaded set of brush (the ABR file). Hit Done in the Preset Manager to save these changes.

Step 5

How to load brushes into Photoshop Elements

Open an image or blank canvas, and locate your Brush tool (press B). Right-click to view the available brush tips for this tool, which should include the previously loaded ABR file.

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How to create a soft focus

hey Graffi Blog Readers:   for more looks like this especially created for Photoshop Elements, you might want to check out the Glam Photo Photo Effects action pack – version 12 now out, with an installer compatible with Elements 11 -12 (and there’s a version for Elements 8 – 10 also available)


 

Soft focus refers to an effect where the image is not in focus, yet it’s not entirely out of focus either. In Photoshop we can control the way light falls onto an image to replicate this traditional photographic lens effect.

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How to create a soft focus

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Soft focus effect

Step 1

How to create a soft focus

Add a slight blur to your image by going to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius slider to 2px, just to reduce sharpness.

Step 2

How to create a soft focus

Load your Channels palette from inside the Window menu, and Cmd/Ctrl-click on the RGB Channel’s thumbnail. This will load a selection over the bright parts of your image.

Step 3

How to create a soft focus

In your Layers palette, press Cmd/Ctrl+J to create a new layer containing the selected highlights. Change this layer’s blend mode to Screen.

Step 4

How to create a soft focus

Go back to your Gaussian Blur filter and finish off the effect by applying a blur of 9px. Hit OK and control the opacity of the layer if needed to reduce the effect.

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Top 5: Tips for using the Layers palette

TIP 1

If you use the Layer>New Layer command then you are instantly asked if you would like to name the layer. But using the New Layer icon from the palette, or dragging layers onto the icon to make new ones, doesn’t present the same options.

There are two easy ways to name your layers. One is to double-click on the layer’s existing name to bring up a selection box. Now just type in the name you want to give it.

Alternatively, Ctrl/Cmd-click on a layer to call up a menu. The top option is to Rename Layer. Select this and type in a new name.

Top 5: Tips for using the Layers palette 

TIP 2

Another tip with two options for achieving the same effect revolves around selecting layers from the document you are working on.

Rather than clicking through each and every layer in a big composition trying to find which is which, select the Move tool and Ctrl/Cmd-click on part of your image.

A menu will appear with the layer highlighted. Simply click to select it from the Layers palette.

Another way is to pick the Move tool and make sure the Auto Select layer icon is checked in the Options bar. Click on something in the document and the layer will be highlighted from the palette.

TIP 3

Did you know that if you hold down the Alt/Opt key on your keyboard and then click an eye icon, you will turn the visibility of all the layers off, apart from the one you have clicked?

How about the fact that if you keep the Alt/Opt key held down and then use the left and right square bracket keys, you can move up and down the Layers palette, making each layer the only one that is visible?

The right bracket will take you up, while the left one will take you down the list.

TIP 4

Projects that possess a bewildering amount of layers might need a bit more help than just naming or even grouping layers.

It’s possible to colour-code layers as well, so you can visualise layers of one type really easily. Simply Ctrl/right-click on the eye icon of a layer and then select a colour from the menu that appears.

Top 5: Tips for using the Layers palette

TIP 5

In addition to being able to organise layers, you can also tweak how they appear in your palette.

Go to the options icon in the Layers palette (top right) and click on it. Scoot down to Palette Options (or Panel Options in Elements).

A menu will appear that enables you to alter the size of thumbnails used in the palette. You can even turn the thumbnails off, although we really wouldn’t recommend this!

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How to create a realistic puzzle effect

Create a puzzle tutorial

Step 1

How to create a realistic puzzle effectOpen an image of your choice and then select the Custom Shape tool (U) from the Toolbar. The tool has a number of settings available in Options bar including Path, Shape and Pixels. For this effect, set the tool to Path to create just an outline for the jigsaw piece.

 

 

 

 

Step 2

How to create a realistic puzzle effectThe next step is to choose the jigsaw piece from the Shape list in the Options bar. If the jigsaw piece isn’t visible in this list, open the Objects set from the side menu inside Shapes. Hit OK in the pop-up box and select one of the jigsaw pieces.

 

 

 

Step 3

How to create a realistic puzzle effectTo create the first jigsaw shape, hold Shift and draw the shape over the image where you want it to be. The outline of the shape is the only visible part of the jigsaw piece at this stage. Rotate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+T and, using the corner points, adjust the angle.

 

 

 

Step 4

How to create a realistic puzzle effectOpen the Paths palette (Window> Paths) to view the shape inside a Paths layer. Click the Load Path as a Selection button inside this palette. What was a solid outline has now been turned into an active selection.

 

 

 

Step 5

How to create a realistic puzzle effectHolding Opt/Alt, double-click on the Background layer. This will unlock the layer and make it editable. This will also mean that when the jigsaw piece is applied, the chequerboard canvas will show underneath when it’s been moved. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+J to cut and paste whatever’s in the selection onto a new layer.

 

 

Step 6

How to create a realistic puzzle effectUse the Move tool (V) to reposition the jigsaw piece. Press Cmd/Ctrl+T to call up Free Transform and rotate the piece. Double-click on the layer and apply the Drop Shadow layer style. Set Opacity to 77%, Distance to 25px and Size to 6.

 

 

 

Step 7

How to create a realistic puzzle effectInside the Layer Style menu add the Emboss option. Set Style to Inner Bevel, Depth to 105%, Size to 4px and Technique to Chisel Hard. Hit OK and the jigsaw piece should look more 3D. To complete the effect, double-click on the Background layer and give this a Drop Shadow layer style as well. Repeat this process for additional pieces of the puzzle!

 

 

 

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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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