Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop May 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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“Welcome to issue 98 of Practical Photoshop! If you enjoy the issue, why not subscribe and get a whole year for just $19.99?” This issue we go back to Photoshop basics with five must-know techniques explored in full – from retouching distractions in your street scenes to enhancing images for print. There’s also an in-depth tutorial on our ‘storm in a teacup’ cover image, as well as essential advice on channel selections. 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/pho98_files 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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remove distractions

WATCH THE VIDEO http://bit.ly/2gswru8 The Healing tools are the go-to tools for removing small distractions and imperfections within an image. Start with the Spot Healing Brush then, if this goes wrong, switch to the Healing Brush, which gives you a greater degree of control as you’re able to Alt-click to define a nearby source area. If both the healing tools go wrong, it’s time to switch to the Clone Tool. Again, Alt-click to target a source area, then paint to clone over unwanted details. Helpfully, the Clone Tool can be used at a lower opacity, which is useful for smoothing out rough pixels when the other healing tools go slightly wrong. 01 SPOT HEAL FOR SMALL ISSUES In the Layers Panel (Window > Layers), click the Create New Layer icon. Grab the Spot Healing…

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perfect black and white

There are several ways to convert to black and white in Photoshop, and there are no right or wrong ways. But our favorite is the black and white toolset in Camera Raw (or in Lightroom’s Develop Module). After opening an image into Camera Raw (or, if in Photoshop, using Filter > Camera Raw Filter) the first thing to do is choose a monochrome profile. If it’s a raw image, you can use the dedicated Adobe Raw profile; if it’s a JPEG, experiment with the B&W Profile set. Once that’s done, go to the HSL Panel to find the Black & White Mix options, where you can fine-tune the conversion by tweaking the brightness of eight different color ranges. When you’re satisfied with the black and white mix, finish off the effect by…

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replace backgrounds with ease

WATCH THE VIDEO http://bit.ly/2eoulx6 This technique is all about getting to grips with the Select And Mask command, which is a one-stop shop for all your background-replacing needs. You can use the command to make an initial selection of the subject, then improve the selection edge to make the cutout look realistic, and finally output the selection as a Layer Mask. Once done, you can fine-tune the Layer Mask so that the cutout is perfect… 01 DRAG AND DROP Open the two images you want to use in Photoshop. Grab the Move Tool and drag the image you’d like to cut out over to the tab of the other image, then down and in to copy it over. If it needs resizing, press Cmd/Ctrl+T then transform and position the image so that it…

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prepare to print

WATCH THE VIDEO http://bit.ly/2Iqtyt1 Printing photos is a joy that – all too often – we don’t take advantage of. There are a few key stages in preparing a print that we’ll go over here. First we’ll look at how to boost colors and contrast; then we’ll show you a quick way to resize and crop your images to the correct resolution. Finally, we’ll look at sharpening and printer profiles… 01 BOOST COLORS AND CONTRAST Often prints will look dull and flat unless you boost the contrast of the image before printing. A Curves Adjustment Layer is ideal for adding punch and enhancing color. Click the Create Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves, then plot an S-shaped curve as shown. 02 CROP AND RESIZE The Crop Tool not only lets you crop into your image…

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create stunning composites

WATCH THE VIDEOhttp://bit.ly/2v94xbrr If you can blend photos together in a convincing way, you can create all kinds of imaginative scenes with Photoshop – like our ‘storm in a teacup’ here. Five different photos make up this image. To build our composite we’ll make use of several free photos found on pixabay, a useful resource for free, high-res photos. If you want to follow along, go to pixabay.com and search for the following image references: 3158852, 3119563, 3191872. We’ve also made use of another excellent source of stunning, rights-free, high-res images: the Nasa website. (Search there for image 381727.) Finally, you’ll find an image of a teacup amongst this issue’s project files. 01 CUT OUT THE CUP Open teacup.jpg, then grab the Pen Tool. Use it to trace around the front edge of the teacup…