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Preview the Grant County Fair Banner

Posted in Image Post, Tip or Trick Post with tags , , , , , , , on January 10, 2012 by Art of Photography

Here is this year’s Grant County Fair website Banner ….

Looking forward to being there, camera in hand, again.
If you want some techniques for those letters or coloring, try this video (while it is free) Deke’s Techniques


Photoshop CS3 CS4 CS5 Easy B&W Conversion

Posted in Photoshop Tutorial, Tip or Trick Post with tags , , , on November 20, 2011 by Art of Photography

CS4 & CS5 make converting images to B&W very easy with the Black and White Adjustment layer. And of course, any editor that has a Channel Mixer can do an excellent job of converting. But here is the way that I prefer for Photoshop because of how it saves tonal range.

1. Create a white fill layer UNDER the target image
2. Change the blend mode of the TARGET LAYER to Luminosity

That’s it!

You can play with masks, different fill colors etc but most of the time I am satisfied with the initial results.
Have fun and !Go Pack Go!

B&W with borders

Tutorial – A Custom Photoshop Border

Posted in Image Post, Photoshop Tutorial, Tip or Trick Post with tags , , on November 13, 2011 by Art of Photography

Here is a quick tutorial on making a custom border embellishment.

Custom Border

Open your image in Photoshop (this was done in CS5)
1. Open Custom Shape tool (under Rectangle Tool) >> click the down arrow next to the current shape preview. In the menu box that opens, click the little button in the upper right corner (the one with the triangle that points right). You are going to be adding a shape group so click on Ornaments and use the Append button to add the shapes. Then find the Leaf Ornament 2 shape and click on it. Click the color square and pick #f4e2e2.
2. This is the art part. Draw a box (stretch the shape) to make a usable border symbol. For the example image in this post, I used 2 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ (I had rulers turned on to see this). For the size and pixel density of this image, I figured 4 symbols per long side.
3. Open Layer Styles for this layer (one shortcut is to double click the layer in the layer panel). Here are the settings to use
a. Drop Shadow – Multiply, Black, 75%, 30º, 5=0-5
b. Inner Glow – Screen, 50%, 0%, fbf0b9, softer, Edge, 0%, 55px
c. Satin – Multiply, black, 50%, 19º, 11px, 14px
d. Color Overlay – Normal df4b24, 100%
4. Now make copies of the shape layer (shortcut is CTRL/COMMAND + J). For this example, seven (7) more were made. Place as appropriate.
5. I set a 50 px white bar below and above to isolate the symbols
6. A new Fill Layer was added (black) and set to Blend: Overlay. A mask was added to it and the fill inside the white bars was ‘hidden’ (painted with black).


The Spirit of Dubuque

Posted in Tip or Trick Post with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2011 by Art of Photography

Combining multiple effects in Photoshop can often lead to more interesting images. Here is one that starts will a processed image, then added a frame, fill colors, and blend modes to create something more than the sum of the components (called Gestalt).

Spirit of Dubuque

Some Quick Photoshop Interface Gems

Posted in Tip or Trick Post with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by Art of Photography
Here is a nice little grab bag of Photoshop CS interface helpers.
If you open a filter/control with value boxes in it, you can jump to the first one by holding down CTRL/COMMAND key and clicking ENTER/RETURN. You can tab between the other boxes once in there. While there – values can be adjusted 1 unit at a time with the up and down arrows on a keyboard. Hold down the shift key while doing that and they will be adjusted by a factor of 10. Holding the shift key also makes scrubby sliders work in multiples of 10.
You can re-arrange tabbed documents simply by click-dragging the tab to a new location. This includes free floating it (just drag it where you want it).
Clicking the TAB key will hide/unhide all panels, toolbars, menus, controls, and options (but not the application/workspace switcher bar or application frame). SHIFT + TAB does the same except it leaves the tool and option bar visible. Neither action ever closes the menu bar (File, Edit, Image, Layer, Select, Filter, View, Window, Help).
Having a hard time reading menu/dialog items? Appearance options for the interface can be changed by going to Edit > Preferences > Interface … (Interface). At the bottom of the panel is a section labeled ‘UI Text Options’. Here you can select UI Language and UI Font Size (small/medium/large).

Is Your Image Good?

Posted in Image Post, Tip or Trick Post with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by Art of Photography

One of the tools professionals have is a set of standards that allow them to quantify if the product is ‘good’. Here is one of them. If the composition is as appealing in Black & White as it is color, it has strong subject (this is a desirable quality).

Technically this is dark sepia, but you get the idea (this particular image has a foreground that is so strong and pronounced, it looks almost 3D!)

A strong picture looks as good in Black & White as it does in color.

Preview Flattening In Photoshop CS4/5

Posted in Tip or Trick Post with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by Art of Photography

You think you are done but you know from past experience that sometimes when you flattened you see something that needs changing. You can Ctrl Z or use the history panel BUT it can be an endless cycle (ctrl Z, make a change, flatten again, find something else, ctrl Z, make a change …). However if you press Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Option + Shift + E (it is easier than it sounds), all visible layers will be merged into a new layer. Now you can preview the flattened image or even experiment with further changes to a flattened image and just delete the layer when you are done.
Easy Peasy Louisey.

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