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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #60 on: March 16, 2008, 12:26:25 PM »
Fother- thanks for your kind comments! Good to know that you appreciate it!
Here is right the next one:

Skin Smoothing
Quite useful if you want to stay on good terms with your mother-in-law, spouse, girlfriend to be...as it is a very subtle way of making you look good:

(1) open your image- do all the usual adjustments first (levels... removing of blemishes...) the next step is the very last one!
(2) duplicate the background layer
(3) Filter > Noise > Media > set the value to about 8 - 10 pixels
(4) Set the opacity of this layer to about 50%
(5) Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All
(6) Set foreground colour to white, choose a brush with hardness set to 0 (just click the downward arrow next to brush at the top of your screen) > click on the top layer and there on the right on the black square in other words activate your layer mask > paint with white over the face leaving the eyes out. You can change brush size by clicking the left or right square brackets on your keyboard.

If the effect is too little just adjust the opacity of that layer until it feels right! If you need a stronger effect and you can't adjust it via opacity just set the media to 12 or higher. Voila a very happy customer!

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #61 on: March 16, 2008, 12:32:10 PM »

To echo Amie's comment, Stef these tips are a godsend - your dedication and wealth of knowledge is something to behold... and your generosity in sharing all this wisdom is fantastic.

I've lost count of the number of things I've learnt from this thread alone - Thank You!

Yep,
I'll second that. Thanks Stef


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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #62 on: March 16, 2008, 01:53:33 PM »
I support 1000% fother's comment on Stef. She's fantastic.

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #63 on: March 16, 2008, 03:04:40 PM »
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #64 on: March 16, 2008, 03:26:35 PM »
Well I for one am not feeling so grand about Stef.'s posts .. onaccounta I barely can understand them 'cause I am using Elements 6 and still don't know squat about layers...oh a few minor things. I need Photoshop life support. I need a class. No one here teaches a good CS3 class. Woe is me. ;)

Stef., you know I am kidding. I have used a couple of your tips and totally respect your infinite knowledge of Photoshop. I should be so lucky to learn 10 percent of what you know. We are all indeed fortunate to have your input. :) Thanks.

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #65 on: March 16, 2008, 03:42:41 PM »
High contrast and slightly coss-processed look

This can be highly effectiv in fashion shots or just for fun:

(1) open your colour image and make the usual adjustments (levels/ curves/ removing spots and blemishes...)
(2) duplicate your background layer
(3) convert this duplicated layer to black and white using whatever method you prefer (plenty of suggestions at the beginning of this thread)
(4) Image > Adjustments > Levels => increase the contrast by moving the black and white sliders inwards
(5) set the blending mode to overlay
(6) reduce the opacity until happy
(7) flatten image

Voila you got a fashion portrait.

Happy photoshopping!

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #66 on: March 22, 2008, 04:18:15 AM »
Stef....you mentioned in an earlier post that we could copy your tips and save them in a file, which is very generous of you indeed. I am in the process of doing just that.

I own a few books on "Photoshop how to do's", but your tips are very clear and precise. They are actually better than most of the tips in the books. (Perhaps that comes from your intuitive knowledge gained by teaching these subjects).

I want you to know that we all very much admire your willingness to share your knowledge. You are a goldmine of information. Thank you very much.

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #67 on: March 22, 2008, 12:27:45 PM »
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Stef....you mentioned in an earlier post that we could copy your tips and save them in a file, which is very generous of you indeed. I am in the process of doing just that.

Ascot- by all means please do so. Unfortunately the tips in this thread are not in any particular order- something I wanted to talk to the moderator about at some point in time. Perhaps there is a way for me to re-order them by a-z. Once there are more and more tips you guys will have to look through many pages of tips before you can find what you are looking for. If that would be possible than I could always "insert" by alphabet a new tip and the whole thing would have some kind of order?

I always post a tip when I come across a particular problem either with students or myself. I don't intend to put up tips that cover too much of the basics. Please don't misunderstand me- this is not to ignore "beginners" at all but there are many very good books out there you can buy that will teach you the basics. (I know that as I am reviewing most of them!) What is really missing are the tips that go beyond the basics- kind of "advanced" tips- something where most people with some knowledge of PS would say (hopefully!): "haven't heard that one before..." To give an example the one with the red eye romoval is fantastic and I did not know that one until lately! It saves tons of time and is soooo simple! From now on you can honestly forget the "red eye removal tool". These are the tips that I think you can not find everywhere?

Anyhow- I am glad you use them and enjoy them! I started once with that stuff many years ago and am still grateful to people who taught me the one or other thing on my journey. As they say "what goes round comes round". If everybody would pass on a bit of their knowledge that would be great. I though the other day perhaps we can do some more sticky threads- such as "secrets to macro" (Liu!!!); "secrets to infrared" (Rob!!!); "secrets to lightning"...???

I end this post with my personal motto (following General James Doolittle (1896-1993) U.S. Air Force):

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We were put on this earth for one purpose, and that is to make it a better place. We should, therefore, be contributing members of society. And if the earth, as a result of our having been on it, is a better place than it was before we came, then we have achieved our destiny.

Not that I for one moment think I can do that- but I will try me best ;)

So as usual- happy photoshopping!
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #68 on: March 22, 2008, 02:41:17 PM »
One other way of doing it Stef would be to have a seperate stickied thread at the top of the page with the tip titles in and then when clicked on opens up a new window and it takes you to that particular tip (if its possible)



I could do an article on Infra Red if you like ???
Give me a few weeks and i'll get one done.



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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #69 on: March 22, 2008, 02:52:31 PM »
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I could do an article on Infra Red if you like

Rob- that would certainly help me! But on the other hand it might be easier for you (at least it is for me) if you just have a sticky topic and whenever something crosses your mind you can add it? Sample images of which I guess you have many and the how did I do it?
Well this is not for me to decide- guess we need to discuss this with the admin ;) Guess we should make an extra thread for it before we discuss in in length here in the PS tips?
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #70 on: March 22, 2008, 03:03:28 PM »
Done  See Here




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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #71 on: March 23, 2008, 01:14:08 AM »
Done  See Here
Rob

Please continue adding tips to this thread.

minolta mad has kindly started a new thread, shown in the quote above. I have added a proposal to his thread that I need input on from all the members who love stef's and the other contributers tips.

Again, please continue adding tips to this thread.

Thank you.

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #72 on: March 23, 2008, 09:12:31 PM »

OK, I'm sure this has been posted before, but just in case it hasn't... (and I've only just discovered this!)

When using the B&W filter in CS3, instead of using the different colour sliders, did you know that (with the dialogue open) you can just click on parts of the image and drag it right (to lighten) or left (to darken) - which basically drags the corresponding slider (of the colour below where you clicked)?

As I said, I didn't know until today !!!  ;)

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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #73 on: March 28, 2008, 02:21:32 AM »
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Again, please continue adding tips to this thread.

I will once I am back!
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Re: Add a tip for Photoshop please!
« Reply #74 on: March 29, 2008, 01:37:57 AM »
OK, I'm sure this has been posted before, but just in case it hasn't... (and I've only just discovered this!)

When using the B&W filter in CS3, instead of using the different colour sliders, did you know that (with the dialogue open) you can just click on parts of the image and drag it right (to lighten) or left (to darken) - which basically drags the corresponding slider (of the colour below where you clicked)?

As I said, I didn't know until today !!!  ;)

I think stef has it embedded in one of her tips, I will try to check.
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