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Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Select the Type tool from the Toolbar and click once onto the canvas. Write your message, choose your desired font then set its font size.

With your font and sizing in position, go to the top bar and select Layer>Type>Warp Text. A dialog box will appear, so click onto the Style drop-down menu.

For our purposes we are using Arc, but play around with the other settings to suit your project’s needs.

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Move the three sliders and watch how your text alters instantly. Small movements make a big change.

You can position the text with this dialog box still open by just clicking onto it and moving into place.

Applying layer styles help to blend the type into the building.

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

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All the tutorials are available here under ‘Steam effect’, so you can follow along with the steps below.

Step 1

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

Because the sky was too bright, the only way of creating a realistic night effect was to replace it with a darker one. Use the Quick Selection tool to select the sky and mask it, then paste the new stormy sky below the city.

Step 2

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

Layer styles can be used to create light effects. In this case add a Gradient Overlay to the city layer at an angle of -90 degrees using Linear Burn to darken the top part of the image and to keep the bottom part brighter.

Step 3

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

Add a Black & White adjustment layer to create a high contrast monochrome effect. This adjustment enables you to change the intensity of each colour Channel separately and gives you more control over which hues are brighter and which are darker.

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

To achieve the night effect and add more contrast to the composition, add a black-to-white Gradient Map adjustment layer. Use the Multiply blend mode and set the Opacity of the layer to 70%.

Step 5

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

Use a smoke brush to add the steam effect on the bottom-right corner of the image. This kind of detail will give more depth to the artwork and make it more interesting.

Step 6

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

Paint a second load of steam on a new layer, set on Screen, and then create a clipping mask. Add clouds from the menu Filter>Render>Clouds for a bit more texture. The blend mode was set to Normal at 100% Opacity.

Step 7

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

You can create realistic headlights using the Lens Flare filter. Create a circular selection and fill it with black. Go to Filter>Render>Lens Flare and choose 105mm Prime. Centre the flare into the circular shape and desaturate after you place it.

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

After adding the lens flare to the circular shape, switch the blend mode to Screen and position the flare over the car headlights. Create the headlights of the other cars by duplicating and resizing the layer as needed. Group all related layers by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+G and dragging layers into it.

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

Add more light effects to the scene using the Brush tool. Use a big soft brush to paint with white over the neon panels in the background. Use 100% Opacity for the brush, but if you think the effect is too strong, use less.

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to create the light for the street lamps, apply the same technique as was used for the headlights for the cars. Simply duplicate that layer a few times more and resize as needed using Cmd/Ctrl+T to activate the Transform controls.

Step 11

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

A Gradient Map adjustment layer was added with a very subtle colour. A dark blue (#041521) to white gradient was used and the Overlay blend mode set to 35% Opacity helped blend it in. As a final touch you can add a Levels adjustment layer to control the contrast of the entire artwork. Lower the midtones and kept the shadows and highlights untouched.

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How to create an abstract colour halftone effect in Photoshop

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Go to Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone, and in the Max Radius field enter 30 and hit OK.

Your image is now split into dots of CMYK colour, but if the dots appear too small or big in your image, increase the Max Radius value.

How to create an abstract colour halftone effect in Photoshop

The resolution of your image will affect the number of dots in the effect, so it’s worth experimenting with different settings for the right balance.

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Differences between Camera Raw files and JPEGs

When you pick up your camera, one of the first things to think about is image format. Compact cameras shoot in JPEG, but DSLRs can also shoot in RAW format. The two types, although offering the same image, have their major benefits and pitfalls that go with them. Here’s a run-down on the pros and cons of each format to help you decide which one is going to be best for your workflow.

Differences between Camera Raw files and JPEGs

RAW

Pros…

  • Uncompressed images have lots of definition
  • Edit exposure with high-quality results
  • Accurate control over colour

Cons…

  • Large file sizes require lots of storage
  • Require compatible editing software (usually supplied with PS)
  • Need converting to JPEG before uploading to the web

JPEG

Pros…

  • Small file sizes take up less space
  • Web friendly for uploading and sharing
  • Universally recognised files
Cons…
  • Image quality deteriorates with more edits
  • Compressed images have little room for enlargement
  • Hard to retrieve lost shadows and highlights

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How to straighten images quickly in Photoshop

Perspective Crop tool

Select the Perspective Crop tool from the same part of the Toolbar as the normal Crop tool. In the Options bar, tick the Show Grid box.

How to straighten images quickly in Photoshop

Click on one corner of your image to set the first perspective point. Click on the next corner to set a line that should run parallel with a straight edge.

Continue to place corner points (requires four in all) around the image. Drag the corners once in place to align the grid with edges.

How to straighten images quickly in Photoshop

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Curves preset: Faded Print ($1 download)

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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

Step 1

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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!

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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).

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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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