Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop March 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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1 min.
tool up!

Over the next few pages we’ll take you on a meandering tour of the Photoshop toolbar. Along the way we’ll stop off to explain a range of powerful tools. Some of these – like the Quick Selection tool or the Dodge and Burn tools – are recognized classics of the Photoshop interface, while others – like the Rotate or Color Replacement tools – are perhaps less well-known but surprisingly useful. Even tools that you might have dismissed, such as the Magnetic Lasso, can reveal hidden depths. After our journey through the toolbar, we’ll finish off with a tutorial on how to create the cover image, which uses a host of other tools like the Pen and 3D Move tools. DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILES HERE ON YOUR PC OR MAC…

1 min.
tool basics

1 THE TOOLBAR The Photoshop toolbar houses all the tools on offer. Click and hold over each tool to access its tool family, then choose from the list. Double-click the top of the panel to switch between a single-or double-column view. 2 THE OPTIONS BAR Each tool has its own context-sensitive options bar that appears at the top of the display once the tool has been selected. Here, for example, the Brush tool reveals an array of settings, from opacity controls to blending modes. 3 CUSTOMIZE TOOLS This icon lets you see the Customize Toolbar dialog box. Here you can drag the tools that you don’t use very often or at all to the Extras list, which means they’re hidden from the normal view and are only accessible via the icon, cleaning up your interface. 4…

6 min.
photoshop tools explained

WATCH THE VIDEO 01 QUICK SELECTION This is one of our goto tools when making a cutout or any time we need to isolate part of an image. It works by detecting changes in contrast and color, which means it can seek out the edges of objects and snap on to them as we paint. As well as appearing in the main toolbar, it can be found within the excellent Select And Mask command. TOP TIP If you intend to take the selection into the Select And Mask command afterwards (a must for precise cut-outs) turn off Auto-Enhance to speed up the tool. WATCH THE VIDEO 02 ROTATE VIEW One of those little-used tools that can be very handy for certain tasks, this lets you rotate the view (not the canvas). As any painter will know, your…

5 min.
create the 3d cover

WATCH THE VIDEO In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create 3D designs from scratch, like our Photoshop-themed penknife cover image. Along the way you’ll encounter an array of powerful tools, from the much-loved Pen tool to the little-known 3D Material Drop tool… DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILES HERE ON YOUR PC OR MAC 01 USE THE PEN TOOL Go to File > New to make a new document, then grab the Pen tool from the Toolbar. Start dragging on the canvas to make a path that’s the shape of a penknife. (If you like, you could drop in an image of a penknife – or any object you like – and then trace round it with the Pen tool.) 02 CONVERT TO 3D Once that’s done, go to the Layers panel (Window > Layers)…

2 min.
turn a portrait into polygons

WATCH THE VIDEO Here’s a fun effect you can try out on any portrait you like. By using our supplied Photoshop Action, you can transform a portrait into a series of interlinking triangular shapes for a wonderful lo-fi treatment. We’ve supplied a starting portrait, but why not use your own? Any close-up portrait will work. Actions are one of the hidden jewels in Photoshop. You can use them to record and then play back any task you like. Our Action uses the Average filter to even out a part of the portrait by averaging all the tones within. All you need to do is plot a triangle with the Polygonal Lasso tool: the Action does the rest. Even with the help of Actions, this project will take some time to complete – but…

1 min.
step by step enhance a sky

01 ADD A GRAD Open your image in Camera Raw (or Lightroom, which has a similar toolset), then grab the Graduated Filter. Set negative Exposure and Highlights with the sliders on the right, then drag in from the top-right corner of the photo to darken the sky. Go to the settings on the right, scroll to the bottom and set Range Mask to Color. 02 TARGET THE BLUES Click over the blue sky with the eyedropper to sample the blues, then Shift-click a few more times to sample other blues. Tweak the Color Range slider until you’re happy. Press Y to toggle the mask overlay on. If necessary, tick Brush on the right and paint to subtract any parts of the mask that are covering up the foreground.…