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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.

[this post syndicated from Photoshop Daily]

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

 

[this post syndicated from Photoshop Daily]

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.

[this post syndicated from Photoshop Daily]

Resculpt a model in Photoshop

Beauty tutorial –

New URL for Add-O-Matic Facebook page

Created a new URL for the AOM Facebook page – now it’s

http://www.facebook.com/AddOMatic:

Graffi’s Add-O-Matic for Photoshop Elements & Lightroom.

Freebie: 5 Skin Retouching Photoshop Actions

Skin Retouching Actions Preview

To retouch skin, simply play an action then paint over the areas that you want to retouch. They’re extremely easy to use and a rough paint will work – you don’t need to be too precise.

The skin airbrushing action makes skin look smoother without losing skin details.

Here’s a video preview of what you can achieve with these Photoshop actions. Note: The video uses the SparkleStock version of this action that contains 20 retouching actions rather than 5.


Download the Retouching Actions

5 Retouching Actions

3 Photo Effects for Wedding Photographers

Video Tutorial


Split Toning

Quick Tip: Emphasize or Hide Skin Flaws With One Layer | Photoshop Tutorials

Want to retouch skin quick and naturally? Learn how to do that using just the yellow channel in your photo.

This technique can be used to emphasize skin detail for a dramatic look or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, freckles, and dark circles under the eyes.

via Quick Tip: Emphasize or Hide Skin Flaws With One Layer | Photoshop Tutorials.

Graffi’s Hipster[Vintage Kit]

hipstervintage-kitHere’s the next piece of the Hipster series:  this is the Hipster[Vintage Kit] with several tools for creating some sweet vintage, retro, lo-fi toy camera-looking images (think Diana, Holga & LensBaby)!  Combine this set with the Hipster[Light Leaks] set, and you’re well on your way to making your crisp modern perfect shots look hip, retro, vintage, and aged!

PSE8-10EffectsPalette

the Effects panel in Photoshop Elements 8 – 10.
Only the actions compatible with these versions are installed!

Depending on your version of Photoshop Elements, the Hipster[Vintage Kit] will add up to 12 action effects.  Actions in this set were created specifically for Photoshop Elements users, and they will also work in Photoshop CS3 or greater:

  • Black & White (Adjustment layer – Elements 11 & Photoshop) creates an adjustment layer using the Black & White dialog.  Note that the parameters of the adjustment are not editable once committed.  If something isn’t quite right, you can simply run the action again to create a new adjustment and make changes as needed. Also, this dialog allows you the option to save and load additional presets.
  • Blurry Edges (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates a merged temp layer and blurs it, then creates a mask to allow the depth and intensity of the blur to be edited later.
  • Color Balance (Adjustment layer – Elements 11 & Photoshop) creates an adjustment layer using the Color Balance dialog.  Note that the parameters of the adjustment are not editable once committed.  If something isn’t quite right, you can simply run the action again to create a new adjustment and make changes as needed.
  • Crop Script (includes javascript) It’s very important that the script be installed exactly as the instructions indicate. The installer will put it exactly where it needs to go, so be sure to follow the installation instructions if you order the manual install version
  • Exposure (Adjustment layer – Elements 11 & Photoshop)  creates an adjustment layer using the Exposure dialog.  Note that the parameters of the adjustment are not editable once committed.  If something isn’t quite right, you can simply run the action again to create a new adjustment and make changes as needed. Also, this dialog allows you the option to save and load additional presets.
  • Focal Point – Horizontal (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates a tilt-shift effect, with a horizontal band of your image in focus and the edges blurred.
  • Focal Point – Vertical (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates a tilt-shift effect, with a vertical band of your image in focus and the edges blurred.
  • Instamat Frame (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates an instamatic-style frame around your image – Insta-retro!
  • Selective Color (Adjustment layer – Elements 11 & Photoshop)  creates an adjustment layer using the Selective Color dialog.  Note that the parameters of the adjustment are not editable once committed.  If something isn’t quite right, you can simply run the action again to create a new adjustment and make changes as needed. Also, this dialog allows you the option to save and load additional presets.
  • Snapshot Frame – Rounded (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) Creates a white frame on its own layer that is fully editable when the action completes:  add some texture, change the color, adjust opacity or blend mode.
  • Snapshot Frame – Square (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) Creates a white frame on its own layer that is fully editable when the action completes:  add some texture, change the color, adjust opacity or blend mode.
  • Vignette (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates a vignette on its own layer, allowing you the option of editing it later by changing opacity or blend, duplicating it for stronger effects, changing the color, etc.

This is “social media” only early availability – meaning that only folks who follow me here in my blog, on the Graficalicus Facebook page, or on my Twitter feed can see them before they are added to the Graffishop later! All three versions are available below:

The full automatic installer for Windows Photoshop Elements 8-11 (recommended for Elements users)

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The manual installation files for Windows or Mac Photoshop CS3+ / Photoshop Elements 11. Detailed installation instructions are included

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The manual installation files for Windows or Mac Photoshop Elements 7 – 10. Detailed installation instructions are included

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Some screenshots and samples are below.

 

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