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Practical Photoshop

September 2019

Practical Photoshop is the world’s premier Photoshop magazine, a monthly guide to the best Photoshop techniques, tips and tricks. Inside each issue you’ll find an array of inspirational tutorials and accompanying video lessons that will help you master Adobe’s collection of industry standard photo-editing software. What’s more, there’s a selection of amazing images from the world’s best Photoshop creatives, free downloadable content, and a beginner’s guide to the basics. If you love photography and you want to learn more about digital imaging, then Practical Photoshop will help you to unleash your creative potential.

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practical photoshop

“Welcome to issue 102 of Practical Photoshop! If you enjoy the issue, why not subscribe and get a whole year for just $19.99?” One of the joys of image-editing is the journey that takes a photo from start to finish. With a sound workflow, that journey can be swifter and smoother, as we explore in this issue’s cover story. Elsewhere, learn about Curves and give your old photos a wonderful hand-colored look. james.paterson@futurenet.com www.digitalcameraworld.com DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILES To download this issue's files, type the following link into your web browser on your PC or Mac: http://bit.ly/pho_102 FIND US HERE… http://bit.ly/practweet http://bit.ly/pracface Also available on: http://tiny.cc/4dw9ky http://tiny.cc/rew9ky http://tiny.cc/8ew9ky…

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a typical raw workflow

1 CAPTURE IN RAW If your camera offers raw quality capture, then this is usually the best choice for image capture. Raw files hold greater color information and dynamic range than JPEGs, which means greater detail in the highlights and shadows, white balance control and greater headroom for image-editing. 2 UPLOAD Transfer the images to your hard drive using a memory card reader (or a computer with a memory card slot). Some photographers like to name their images and videos according to date, in the format YYYY-MM-DD-description, for instance 2019-08-14-london. You can use the Destination panel in the Lightroom Import dialog for this. 3 IMPORT INTO LIGHTROOM Lightroom can be invaluable for organizing your image library. Import the contents of your memory card into Lightroom, then take a few seconds to name your image folder…

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lightroom and photoshop together

1 LIGHTROOM vs PHOTOSHOP All CC subscribers have both Lightroom and Photoshop, so it makes sense to take advantage of the best features of each. Lightroom is the place to organize and sort your image library, as well as make tonal edits, selective adjustments and other useful edits like cropping or sharpening. Often Lightroom will have everything you need to produce your finished image, especially if you like to keep your edits simple. But if you want to take an image further and try out different effects, or perform extensive retouching, or bring in other elements—perhaps by adding text, or combining more than one photo—then Photoshop is the next step. 2 TAKE IT AS FAR AS YOU CAN IN RAW In general, your image should only be opened into Photoshop once you’ve taken…

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20 tips to speed up your workflow

1 MAKE CUSTOM PROFILES Profiles can be added in Lightroom’s Develop Module or in Camera Raw. They’re designed to kick-start your image-editing by giving an image a certain look. There are over 50 profiles to choose from, and you can also supplement the list with your own custom profiles. Like Presets, Profiles allow you to style your image in different ways. But Profiles are more advanced, as you can control the effect with the Strength slider, and they don’t interfere with any existing settings. 2 CHANGE HISTORY STATES The History Panel can be helpful if you need to retrace your steps, but what if you need to go back beyond the default 20 steps? There’s no way to do it after the fact unless you want to go right back to the start…

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utilize smart objects

1 HOW TO MAKE A SMART OBJECT To make a Smart Object, simply right-click any layer and choose Convert To Smart Object. You can also go to Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. Images that are dragged in to an open image window in Photoshop will open by default as Smart Objects. You can also use File > Place Embedded to navigate to an image on your hard drive and open it as a Smart Object within another document. 2 CAMERA RAW SMART OBJECTS Smart Objects can be very useful for retaining control over raw edits. You can open images from Camera Raw into Photoshop as Smart Objects by holding Shift and clicking the Open Image button, which changes to Open Object. Once open, the image can be sent back to Camera Raw…

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3 helpful workflow detours

1 LUMINAR LANDSCAPE LOOKS This interesting plugin in Skylum’s Luminar 3 uses AI to enhance landscapes. Luminar 3 offers a variety of preset looks that can each be fine-tuned after application. The Landscape Enhancer pulls detail out of landscape textures, enhances foliage and intensifies skies, all with a couple of clicks. We’re interested to see Luminar 4 when it’s released in the fall, as it’s set to include a new—and slightly controversial—AI sky replacement tool. 2 DXO PRIME NOISE Part of DxO’s Photolab 2 software, this excellent tool applies advanced noise reduction to clear up your high-ISO photos. DxO are renowned for the way their software processes raw files by applying automatic lens and sensor fixes. The Prime Noise feature works superbly at reducing noise in high-ISO photos. It can take up to…