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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2008, 03:05:11 PM »
Correction of Colour Casts

Now the following are two methods to remove colour casts- which one works better depends often on the image and you should try both!

(1) open image > layer > new > layer > edit > fill > use 50% grey > OK > set layer blending mode to difference > layer > new adjustment layer >threshold > OK > drag slider all to the left- the image will become white > slowly drag the slider back to the right- the first areas that appear are the neutral midtones > hold the shift key and move your cursor exactly over that first point and click in the image > click cancel in the treshold dialogue box > drag your grey layer 1 in the layers palette to the rubbish bin- you don't need that one anymore as you have found the point in your image that "should" be neutral grey > open: levels or curves > chose the midtone eyedropper (the one under options in the middle) and click where you have left the colour sampler tool point in your image- this should remove all colour casts

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Sometimes there is no neutral grey in your image- than do the following: (or you can try both versions and see what works better)

(2) open you image > layer > new adjustment layer > threshold > OK > move the slider all the the left and then slowly to the right > click with the shift key hold down on the first point that appears > now move the slider all to the right and slowly from that position back to the middle > when the first points appears > shift click again > once you have set both markers click "cancel" in the threshold dialogue box. You now have two markers in your original image that are the darkest and the lightest points in your image > open levels/ curves > chose the black point eyedropper and click in the darker marker and do the same with the white point eyedropper.

Both of the above methods work usually quite well in eliminating any colour casts- but not always as usual.

(3) one last thing to try: open your image > choose the eyedropper tool and click somewhere in your image where you know that point should be white. Then: > layer > new > layer > edit > fill >foreground colour > image >adjustments > invert > lower the opacity of this layer to somewhere around 10 - 20% and set the blending mode to either colour or hue

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2008, 03:17:22 PM »
great stuff, i'll give it a try as soon as I get this flippin work finished :)
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2008, 04:04:46 PM »
Remedy for shooting through glas also: a good way to improve midtone contrast

open image > copy the background layer > apply unsharp mask with the following settings: amount: 40%; radius 30 pixels; threshold 0

This should eliminate the haze created by shooting through glass and is generally a good way to improve midtone contrast. Play around with the settings a bit but keep the radius high. If it is too strong you can always lower the opacity of the duplicated background layer.

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Question:
why would you copy the background layer? is the original background still used at all or should there be a blending mode change in there too?...Gazraa

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You duplicate the background layer for a) the chance to play around with opacity- just in case the effect is too strong and b) you should never do anything on the original background- as it is destructive (call me nitpicking- but it's just that I always first duplicate the background.

No you don't change the blending mode- you can flatten it once you are happy.
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2008, 04:13:12 PM »
why would you copy the background layer? is the original background still used at all or should there be a blending mode change in there too?
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2008, 04:24:30 PM »
You duplicate the background layer for a) the chance to play around with opacity- just in case the effect is too strong and b) you should never do anything on the original background- as it is destructive (call me nitpicking- but it's just that I always first duplicate the background.

No you don't change the blending mode- you can flatten it once you are happy.
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2008, 04:35:36 PM »
ah ok, just checking :)

I am background duplicator too, makes life a lot easier when I mess it up :)
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2008, 05:26:03 PM »
colour correction- the right settings for levels and curves

Something that just crossed my mind: a lot of people seem to use not exactly the "best" settings when using the white/grey/ or black eyedropper tool in levels or curves. Here is what you should do:

open any image > open curves or levels (doesn't matter the settings will be automatically saved for both) > double click the black colour picker (this opens the settings dialogue box: enter the following values for the R, G, and B fields: 10 in each > O.K. > do the same with the white colour picker but now enter: 245 in all three fields > O.K. and finally do the same with the grey colour picker tool- this time entering 133 in all three fields (this sets the neutral grey) > O.K. > click once more O.K.- it will ask you whether you want to save these settings > yes

By using 10 for the dark colour picker we make sure that we get dark shadows while still maintaining some detail- the same for white and 133 is the neutral grey.

Try it- it makes you life easier... ;)
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2008, 05:05:20 PM »
converting to black and white

well here is another way to convert an image quickly and effectively to black and white:

1. open image
2. go to image menu > mode > lab colour
3. click on the channel menu (next to layers) > click lightness > click back on layers
4. image > mode > greyscale > click O.K. when asked to discard layers
5. go to image > duplicate
6. set blending mode of the duplicated layer to multiply > lower opacity to somewhere around 10- 20 %

This is definitely a better way to convert an image to grayscale than just clicking grayscale as it preserves the highlight details in your image.
Just one way to do it...

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2008, 05:11:34 PM »
HI stef
Thats a great way of converting to B/W.Been using that way for a while now after seeing the great late Barry Thomas using it some time ago. Keep up your great tips.

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2008, 06:52:48 PM »
CS3: Black and White converter

This is just a very short tip but extremely useful and many people don't know it:

Once you have opened the black and white converter in CS3 (I would suggest as an adjustment layer as this is non destructive) move your cursor outside the dialogue box into the image and hold it over the area you would like to adjust (darker or lighter). Now- here it comes: click-drag directly in your image. Moving the cursor to the left darkens that particular area and moving it to the right lightens it! No more guessing which of the many sliders you have to adjust to get that particular point in your image darker/lighter- your cursor knows which colours are below it and which colour combination and it will move all the sliders simultaneously that affect that particular point in your image! (You might want to have a look at your sliders and how the move because sometimes the effect is very subtle and you might want to strengthen it by directly moving the sliders once you have found out which ones they are!) ;)
Don't forget- if you like your combination you can save it under the presets.
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2008, 01:07:42 PM »
converting to black and white

We have done a couple of b/w conversions so far but this one is one of my favourite ones!

1. open you colour image
2. set your foreground colour to black by pressing D on your keyboard
3. layer > new adjustment layer > gradient map > now you have two options: either you just click O.K. and voila you are done or you might want to adjust the midtones/ contrast:
4. click once directly in the b/w gradient- this opens the gradient dialogue box: click under the gradient somewhere in the middle of the whole line > this will turn your image much darker BUT: double click the colour stop you have just put in the middle under your gradient and this will open another dialogue box > you will see in the big colour square on the left hand side bottom a little white circle > click on that circle and move it a bit up (straight line) > release the mouse from time to time to check your results > moving the circle up and down will adjust your midtones > click O.K. > O.K. again > O.K. again once you are happy. If you would like to colour your image at the same time just move you little circle a little bit to the right and see what happens.

Variation:
a) Last but not least you can lower the opacity of that gradient map layer and you will have a "slightly" coloured image.
b) Click on your original background layer> new > adjustment layer (this will create an adjustment layer between the gradient map layer and the background layer) > hue saturation > play around with the saturation slider until you are even happier!

This is a very easy and effective way to convert your images to black and white! Now you might wonder why we have now SO many different ways of converting colour to black and white? Guess it all boils down to taste. Sometimes when I am not completely happy with my conversion I duplicate the original image a couple of times and try all methods- even worse- if I am still not happy I might take two different conversions copy/ paste one of them into the other and start masking/ erasing part of one to let the other one "shine" through.

Some of you might have figured out by now- I just love b/w! :P

Hope this is useful for some of you and this is not only CS3!

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2008, 04:00:51 PM »
another method for black and white conversion, blimey, how many is there, we could have a thread just for them :)

Another great tip though.  Keep them coming!

I might start a similar thread for lightroom...
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2008, 05:00:24 PM »
Frankly- I go what I am mostly asked for by students- and bw is apparently somewhat important. No worries- there is just another two or three- but I will not deal with them as I don't like them. So from now on different stuff.
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2008, 05:46:00 PM »
Clippings Masks or How to put an image in your type/ t-shirt/ car design (works with all editions of Photoshop)

This is for type that you want to design yourself:

1. create a new document in RGB mode > press D to set foreground colour to black
2. choose your type tool > type whatever you want in big bold letters
3. open the image you want to put inside your type
4. press letter V (=move tool) > click inside the just opened image and drag it over onto your written text
(you have now three layers with the image on top)
5. you might want to resize the top layer: edit > transform > scale so that it fits better over your written text
6. once resized make sure the top layer is selected: press command+G/ alt+ctrl+G and your image will be inside your text! (You can reposition your image purely by dragging it over your written text)

Variation:
To make it look better apply a drop shadow: click the type layer > layer > layer style > drop shadow (or directly in the layers palette- it is the little f icon) > play around with angle/ distance/ spread and size
If you want to make it even better: go back into layer style and click bevel and emboss: play around with outer/ inner bevel...and size

A last remark: this technique works for all sorts of things: you want to put an image into a t-shirt? Easy- peesy: cut out the t-shirt > put it onto a new layer> open your "design" image > drag it over the t-shirt > resize it and clip it to the t-shirt by pressing alt+ctrl+G

From now on your can even design your own cars...
Hope this is at least fun- if not entirely useful and it is not black and white!

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2008, 03:40:39 PM »
Quick fix for under/- overexposed images:

This can work wonders...

1. duplicate your background layer in Photoshop
2. underexposed images: set the blending mode of this duplicate layer to screen to lighten the image
    overexposed images: set the blending mode of the new layer to multiply to darken the image
3. if step 2 is not enough just repeat it and lower the opacity of that layer until it looks good.

Note: if you only want a partial effect either erase part of the layer or play around with layer masks!

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