Advanced Photoshop No.139

Advanced Photoshop is the perfect magazine for honing already great Photoshop skills. Each issue is packed full of inspiring interviews and challenging tutorials, tailor-made for the more advanced digital artist. Whether you’re a Photoshop professional or simply aspiring to be one, Advanced Photoshop will help you perfect your art. Please note: Digital versions of the magazines do not include the covermount items or supplements that you would find on printed editions.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
Back issue only

in this issue

1 min
meet the experts

RICARDO THOMAZ WWW.BEHANCE.NET/RTHOMAZZ Ricardo Thomaz is a retouching artist from Brazil. He specializes in portrait work and advertising images, and works as a finaliser, finishing images to a high degree using his specialised post-production techniques in Photoshop. AHMAD TURKI AHMADTURKI182.WIX.COM/AHMADTURKI A self-taught 3D artist with six years’ experience in the industry, Ahmad Turki has won five excellence awards from 3D Total and has been featured in 3D Worldmagazine,3D Artistmagazine, 3D Creativemagazine andINCG Showcasemagazine. FAHRAN YOUNAS WWW.ARQUI9.COM Fahran Younas is lead artist at Arqui9, a high-end studio specialising in architectural visualisation KHALED ALKAYED WWW.KHALED-ALKAYED.COM Khaled Alkayed is a Jordanian artist working as a 3D artist at Team Y&R, where he’s developed his 3D skills in the advertising industry.…

1 min
master post-production for incredible art

Post-production represents a huge chunk of the Photoshop industry. For every illustrator or digital painter working in the field, there are many more Photoshop experts whose job is to use their skills to enhance photos, make 3D artwork look realistic and bring their professional techniques to advertising and other commercial projects. For many Photoshop artists, post-production is their day job, and its rigorous discipline fuels the technical skills that allow them to create such high-quality images in both their professional and personal work. You can learn a lot from a post-production workflow, whether it’s for photos, 3D graphics, or a mix of the two. After the basic skeleton of the artwork is produced – the studio photo, or 3D render – it’s the post-production artist’s job to add the icing to…

4 min
retouch like a pro

Even with a full studio setup portraits will still often need post-production. Retouching techniques can be used to even out skin tone and correct minor imperfections, smooth down hair and enhance eyes. Camera Raw makes a great starting point as it gives you full tonal control over the image. The Brush and Mixer brush tools as well as the Spot Healing brush, Clone Stamp and Patch tool are all used to clean up imperfections, and each has its own advantages Dodging and burning is a classic technique first used in traditional darkrooms, and it still forms a key part of the portrait post-production process in Photoshop today. Finally, Color Lookup filters and adjustment layers allow for precise colour control. The image used here is available to purchase from (135988079),…

1 min
key post-production tools

1. SPOT HEALING BRUSH Remove blemishes while matching the colour, lighting, shading and transparency of the surrounding pixels – perfect for detailed areas of the face and hair. 2. PATCH TOOL Repair an area with pixels sampled from another area of the image, or a pattern. In Photoshop CC it has Content-Aware functionality for added accuracy. 3. DODGE AND BURN Enhance shadows and highlights. Use on a 50% Gray layer set to Overlay for a more subtle result, as Dodge and Burn can introduce odd colour artefacts sometimes. 4. RENDER PASSES Created when rendering in 3D, these different ways that the render engine represents your image can be used to make masks and selections, or duplicated to use as adjustments. 5. ADJUSTMENT LAYERS Enhance and change colour, tone and the overall feel of the image, from simple Hue/Saturation adjustments…

19 min
20 expert tips for vectors

01. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE: VECTOR VS RASTER It’s important to note the difference between raster and vector artwork. Raster images are made of pixels, which are tiny squares that sit together to form an image. These are resolution-dependent and if you enlarge a raster image, you will start to pixelate the image. Vectors are geometric shapes that are created by mathematical lines and curves, and they are not resolution-dependent, meaning that you can enlarge them as much as you like without losing quality or form. Photoshop is raster-based, but it can handle vectors. Especially in the most recent versions, it has its own vector tools to create shapes and type, which can easily be filled with colours or patterns directly from the toolbar and using the Live Shape Properties in CC. However, you…

3 min
creative post-production with layers and filters

OUR EXPERT KHALED ALKAYED @khaled_alkayed Khaled Alkayed is a Jordanian artist working as a 3D artist at Team Y&R, where he’s developed his 3D skills in the advertising industry. Layers, layer styles, blend modes and filters are all essential when it comes to post-production of any kind. They lend themselves particularly well to automotive images, which often combine 3D renders with photos, used either as a main part of the composition or as textures. The artwork here is based on a personal project that Khaled Alkayed worked on for six months and won some awards for. “The idea came when I was watching movies like Death Race and Mad Max. They gave me the urge to do something similar so I started with a Maybach Exelero then went onto this one, the Ferrari…