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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2008, 04:59:59 PM »
Beauty tip: whiter teeth

select your teeth in PS (lasso works quite well but you can combine various methods by using shift/ alt etc to add/ subtract from you selection) > feather the selection by 1 pixel > create an adjustment layer "hue saturation" > choose the yellows from the drop down menu > drag the saturation slider pretty much all the way to the left > drag the lightness slider slowly to the right >click O.K. > play around with the opacity of that layer until you are happy.

You can save yourself the dentist that way ;)

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #31 on: January 16, 2008, 03:30:03 AM »
Keep 'em coming Stef. :)

Okay this was just playing.....Oldman River T.U. (Trout Unlimited) is a conservation group I belong to. So I typed the name and placed the body of a rainbow trout behind. (Yeah, the text is too dark in upper left. Just playin'.)

Questions. Is this what you were getting at? Did I miss something? (I use Elements 6, v CS3) Doing it your way, does colored text is stand alone? Versus showing up on a black background? I used layers "multiply" I think.

PS: I did a (maybe) cover shot last fall for the publisher of a magazine...HE wants to be on his own front cover. His teeth are a tad yellow..ecru. I lightened them more or less like you said. Looks great.



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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #32 on: January 16, 2008, 08:46:02 AM »
Yes- that looks brilliant! Well done. Basically in a nutshell: whenever you have any kind of selection- might be text, a shirt etc. and you put anything above that layer and group/ link it with the layer below than it will only show up within the selection. Now this can be actually really useful if you want to design something from scratch - let's say you want your own car design- select the outline of your car put your design on top of it and link those two layer and voila your design is just within the outline of your car. For text effects it is quite useful as well as you have shown!
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P.S. Thanks for your image- never know whether people want to have these Photoshop tips
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #33 on: January 16, 2008, 01:51:18 PM »
These are the teeth I did last October. Slightly diff process ... same idea...select area..slight feather..reduce yellow and lighten. I am not sure if the fellow is using my pix for the cover or not. Shall see.

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #34 on: January 16, 2008, 02:09:47 PM »
Beauty tip eyes:

1.a. the most important tools in my opinion for enhancing the eyes (works also for the hair/ lips) are the dodging and burning tools: dodging: set range to highlights and exposure  to 5% and go over the white part of the eyes (you don't have to be too precise as it will only affect the highlights of the eyes- so you can go over the whole eye!)
burning: set the exposure to 5% and range to shadows and go once more over the eye- this time making the pupil/ iris of the eye darker
1.b. alternatively if you want to get the eye whiter:go to the layers panel and create a new adjustment layer "curves" > click O.K. without changing anything > set blending mode to screen (don't worry at this stage that the whole pic get lighter) > press ctrl - I > press the letter D > press the letter X > take the brush tool set to a small brush and start painting over the white bits of the eye (play around with brush size and opacity of the brush) > you can adjust the opacity of the layer as well. (I do prefer solution 1a though...)

2. If the eyes are slightly red- before you do step 1: select the whites (I prefer the Quickmask and brush tool- but any selection tool will do!) > select > modify > feather 1 or 2 pixels > image > adjustments > hue saturation > edit: red > drag the saturation slider to the left and the lightness slider a bit to the right and this should get rid of the red eyes

3. intensify the eye colour: Select the brown/ green/ blue part of the eye (iris) > modify > feather 1 or 2 pixels > ctrl + J (pastes the eyes onto a new layer- or you can go into layer > new > layer via copy) >set the blending mode of this layer to multiply and lower the opacity

4. Want to give the person a different eye colour? Select the braun/ green/ blue part of the eye (iris) > modify > feather 1 or 2 pixels > image > adjustments > hue saturation > tick the colorize box and play with the hue and saturation sliders

Keep in mind: 1.a. works wonders on hair and lips as well and is a very good alternative to sharpening the image at some times as it will raise the contrast! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #35 on: January 16, 2008, 02:29:59 PM »
Stef. Would you please come over here and put on a 3-day workshop at the local college?
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2008, 05:19:31 PM »
I now realise that i dont understand photoshop as much as i thought i did, i guess that i understand about 2-3 % of it.

Your knowledge is immense Dr stef :-)



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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #37 on: January 16, 2008, 05:55:22 PM »
Clive and Rob- thanks for your kind words. Good to get some feedback. Clive with your teeth: you might want to consider to clone a bit around to get rid of the grey filling? Also: on a general note- be very careful how much you whiten the teeth- they still need to look realistic. For girls (sorry know that's sexist) I usually do a bit more than for boys...

Now here is another very neat trick that works wonders with skin marks or probably also in your case with the grey tooth: removing skin blemishes

take the colour picker and pick a colour close to your blemish > choose your brush tool and set the mode either to "lighten" (if it is a darker spot that you would like to get rid of) or to "darken" (if is is for instance a scar that is lighter than the rest of the skin) >play around with the brush opacity and start painting over your blemishes. Don't forget to sample "new" colour from time to time.

This is very effective for instance if you need to remove thread veins in faces or if your subject has dominant veins on his/her hand. The fact that you can alter the opacity of the brush is very useful in this case as this is difficult with the stamp tool. Also: sometimes you want to weaken wrinkles but not totally remove them (for that you would take the healing brush tool) and than this brush technique comes in handy.
(For instance with your tooth- you  might not want to conceal the fact completely that this guy has a filling but want to weaken the appearance subtly for this try the above)

As usual- happy photoshopping!
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #38 on: January 16, 2008, 07:52:01 PM »
HIi Stef
Great stuff again reckon you should write a book.Digital magic by stef.I like to use the paint brush tool soft brush and use the colour picker also like the healing tool very quick to use.

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #39 on: January 17, 2008, 12:11:18 PM »
I have just used this in another thread but it fits better in this one:

Image effects: "Lith" here is how this goes:

start with a colour image in RGB mode > image > mode > lab colour > in channels palette next to the layer palette click the lightness channel > image > mode > grayscale > O.K. > image > mode > RGB (And no I am not making a mistake here ;) ) > layer > new adjustment layer > hue/saturation > tick colorize box and the following settings: hue 40; saturation 25; lightness 0 > layer > new adjustment layer > brightness/ contrast with the following settings: contrast -10 (careful it is minus!) > layer > new adjustment layer> curves: now here it gets tricky: go with your cursor along the line until you find point 65 > click on your line and put under "output" left to your curve: 2; now find point 114 > click and put under output 130 (the easiest way to do this is just to click somewhere above the last point on your curve and then move that point until you find 114) > find point 190: output 211 (Now you have a pretty wild curve! If you have problems with this last "curve" step you can leave it out) > set opacity of your curve layer to 50% and set the blending mode to "luminosity" (now you might want to stop here but I think a bit of noise is quite nice> select background layer > filter > add noise > tick gaussian and monochromatic and put in 6% > go back once again in filter > blur > gaussian blur > settings: radius 0.3 > now you can flatten your image and voila you should have a nice lith effect!

Happy photoshopping!
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #40 on: January 18, 2008, 06:11:18 PM »
Actions

1. open one image
2. find the tap "actions" either next to history or > window >actions
3. by the actions tap is a little arrow on the right hand side > click new action > give it a nice name > click record >now just do everything you would do with this one image and that you want to do with all your others at a later stage > once finished: at the bottom of your actions palette is a play button and also a stop button > click the stop button >now: very likely you have created your new action in the default action set- just click "default actions" so it becomes blue > click the little down arrow once more > click "save actions" and then O.K.
4. put all the images you want to convert with the same settings into one folder
5. file > automate > batch > find your action you have just created > source: folder > choose: find the folder with your images > all the next little boxes do not tick > destination; decide where you want them > give them new names if you want to > and don't tick anything else > click O.K. and this should do the trick

Saves a lot of time!

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #41 on: January 19, 2008, 02:26:23 AM »
Stef.

Will you marry me? ;)

Well I am kidding, but you sure know a ton o' stuff. However, my eyes glazed over at this point ... "left to your curve: 2; now find point 114 > click and put under output 130 (the easiest way to do this is just to click somewhere above the last point on your curve and then move that point until you find 114) > find point 190: output 211 "

Methinks Photoshop Elements was made for moi. Simple ... just like me.

Clive
PS: The white tooth guy? Dropped into his office yesterday. Looks like one of my pictures of him will be on the front cover of his magazine this spring. I'll let his printer-image-layout lady, Jewels (what a cool name, eh?), worry about his teeth. :)

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #42 on: January 19, 2008, 01:49:09 PM »
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"left to your curve: 2; now find point 114 > click and put under output 130 (the easiest way to do this is just to click somewhere above the last point on your curve and then move that point until you find 114) > find point 190: output 211 "

Clive- as said you actually can leave this step out ;)

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #43 on: January 20, 2008, 06:55:12 AM »
Steff re the Lith effect. I got as far as hue/saturation but couldn't find the colourise box. I'm using CS3 (sorry, attempting to use).

Help.

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2008, 12:05:15 PM »
Ali- if you look at the right hand side- you have got OK than below Cancel > Load > Save and below that you have a little box that says Colorize- tick that one! (It is above  Preview)
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