Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop February 2018

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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black & white

There’s something magical about mono. It’s one of the few digital effects that is universally adored, perhaps because it recalls the days of analogue photography, or maybe because sometimes it simply looks better than color. Over the next few pages we’ll explore several techniques and tricks for creative black-and-white imaging. Whether you want to learn the most effective conversion techniques or create wonderfully surreal montages, you’ll find plenty of projects to get you started... DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILES HERE ON YOUR PC OR MAC…

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black-and-white basics

There are lots of ways to convert an image to black and white in Photoshop. There are methods that involve Desaturate, Grayscale, Hue/ Saturation, Channel Mixer, Lab Color, Gradient Maps, and more. But out of all of them, the most reliably quick and effective is in Camera Raw. The HSL Grayscale controls are eight sliders that let you alter the brightness of different color ranges while converting to mono. Used in combination with Camera Raw’s Targeted Adjustment Brush, you have a fine degree of control over the look of your black-and-white. 01 REMOVE THE COLOR Open an image in Camera Raw (right-click it in Bridge and pick Open In Camera Raw). In the HSL / Grayscale Panel, check Grayscale Mix. Now either adjust the sliders to change color brightness, or grab the…

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create beautifully bold architectural photos

Unless you’re looking to make advanced edits or carry out extensive retouching, there’s often no need to bring images into Photoshop at all. Camera Raw (or Lightroom’s near-identical Develop module) offers everything you need to create beautifully bold black-and-white photos. Here we’ll look at how to utilise Camera Raw’s black-and-white controls, before finishing off our image with Camera Raw’s excellent Transform tool, which is ideal for straightening out wonky lines and converging verticals in any of your architectural photos… 01 CONVERT TO MONOCHROME Open an image in Camera Raw. (If it’s a JPEG, right-click it in Bridge and select Open In Camera Raw.) Grab the Targeted Adjustment tool, right-click over the image and choose Grayscale Mix. Drag up or down to lighten or darken tones – here we’ve darkened the blue sky. 02 ENHANCE…

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create photo collages

Because black-and-white is a great simplifier of images, it makes it easier to create collages. You can place images side by side with more freedom: there’s less danger of the result getting too busy. There are several options for simple photo collages in Photoshop. You’ll find useful templates under File > New within the Photo tab. Simply download a template, then drop your own images into the placeholders. Another simple option for Lightroom users is the Print module, which offers templates via the Template Browser. For greater control, you can make your own collage manually in Photoshop. With some clever use of clipping masks this doesn’t have to take long – and you have the freedom to shift and move either the template window or the image within it at any time… 01…

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speedy spot color

For a quick spot color effect, first open your image into Camera Raw (or in Photoshop, go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter). Grab the Adjustment Brush from the Toolbar, then go to the settings on the right and dial in -100 Saturation. Paint quickly and loosely around the parts you want to desaturate, and go slightly over the edges of the object you want to remain in color. Check Erase in the tool options to the right, and check Auto Mask at the bottom. This makes the brush snap to edges, so you can paint to tidy the edges by deleting the effect where it overlaps the edges of the object. Press Y to toggle on the Mask overlay so you can see what’s affected by the brush. WATCH THE VIDEO…

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fantastic fog

Doesn’t it look wonderful when landscape scenes are broken up by patches of mist? It’s especially true in scenes like this, where the mist helps a foreground element to stand out against distant details, like the mountains here. This is easily achieved in Camera Raw with the Dehaze command. Normally we’d use Dehaze to cut through haziness for sharper, more detailed landscapes – but here instead we’ll use it to add fog… 01 PAINT ON HAZE To begin, grab the Adjustment Brush from the Toolbar, then go to the settings on the right and click the plus next to Dehaze to dial in a positive value. Set a high Feather in the brush settings, then Shift-click from one side of the image to the other to paint in a band of fog. 02 USE…