Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop April 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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2 min.
5 split toning tricks

WATCH THE VIDEO 1 CHOOSING A COLOR TOOL Selections play such a big part in all kinds of projects – whether it’s making cut-outs or selective tonal adjustments. The Quick Selection tool is hands down the best tool Photoshop offers for making difficult selections of irregular shapes. It automatically seeks out and snaps on to edges as you paint; as you build up a selection, it learns and adapts to target the details you need while excluding the rest. Simply paint with the tool to select shapes; hold Alt while painting to remove the selection in areas you don’t want. Quick Selection also appears in the Select And Mask command. It’s a good idea to run complex selections through Select And Mask to improve the edge. 2 SINGLE SPLITS The Split Tone panel allows you…

1 min.
5 tone curve tricks

WATCH THE VIDEO 1 THE AMAZINGS-CURVE A simple S-shaped curve can do wonders to boost the impact of an image. Drag one control point upwards near the top right of the line, and a second downwards near the bottom left. The more pronounced the S you make, the greater the contrast and color saturation. An optional third point in the middle of the line lets you anchor the midtones. 2 SPLIT TONE WITH CURVES For a simple split-tone effect, first convert to mono then try adjusting the top and bottom points of the curve line in the Tone Curve panel. In the Red channel, dragging up/left adds red, down/right adds cyan. In Green, up/left adds green, down/right adds magenta. In Blue, up/left adds blue, down/right adds yellow. 3 FINE CURVES CONTROL Different parts of the Tone…

3 min.
10 local adjustment tips

WATCH THE VIDEO 1 DODGE AND BURN Our eyes are drawn to the lighter areas of a photo, so with subtle lightening and darkening, you can help to guide the eye around your landscapes. This is easily done with Camera Raw/Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush. Grab the brush and use the tonal sliders to load it with positive or negative exposure, then paint to dodge or burn the image. Here we can use it to lighten the cliffs, and enhance the texture with a boost in Clarity too. 2 MAKE A ROUGH BORDER Grab the Graduated Filter tool and load it with -4.0 exposure, then drag a tiny gradient near the edge of the frame. Move to the next edge and add another, then keep going around the edges a few times until the border is…

3 min.
10 sharpening and noise reduction tips

WATCH THE VIDEO 1 TACKLE GRAINY NOISE The Noise Reduction Luminance slider within the Detail panel lets you fix grainy noise of the kind you’ll often see when shooting at high ISOs. Simply zoom in close to the image and adjust it until the noise disappears. Be careful not to push it too far, as it can smudge the details. 2 USE COMPARE When you’re judging the strength of sharpening, noise reduction or any other task that requires scrutiny, it helps to compare your adjusted image with the original version to see the improvement. Click the rectangular before/after view icon in the bottom-left of the image window to cycle through different views. 3 ZOOM TO 100% It’s best to judge sharpening and noise reduction at 100% view, as this shows the actual pixels you’re editing. Double-click…

3 min.
10 photo fixes

WATCH THE VIDEO 1 CHANGE YOUR DEFAULT PROFILE If you find your photos initially have lackluster tones, then why not try a different camera profile? You can choose a profile in the Camera Calibration panel. The profiles on offer match your camera’s picture styles. If you like, you can set a default profile for all imported photos – hold Alt and the Set Default button appears below. 2 CHECK FOR CLIPPING You usually want to use the full tonal range from black to white, without losing details in highlights or shadows. Hold Alt while dragging the Whites or Blacks in the Basic panel for a view that shows clipped pixels as you drag – bring both sliders to a point just before the pixels begin to clip. 3 VIBRANCE FOR SUNSETS Often a sunrise or sunset…

1 min.
10 quick tips

1 Double-click any slider in Camera Raw or Lightroom to reset it to its default value. 2 To sync your edits across several photos, highlight them in the filmstrip and press Alt+S. 3 If an image is very underexposed, converting to black and white can rescue it, 4 Hold down Alt as you drag any tonal slider in the Basic panel for a helpful grayscale view as you edit. 5 For a panorama, open the images in Camera Raw, select them all and press Cmd/Ctrl+M. 6 With the Spot Removal tool, Shift-click between two points to heal in a straight line. 7 The Visualize Spots option lets you quickly spot sensor marks with the Spot Removal tool. 8 When you’re cropping, press A to switch to the Straighten tool: use this to level the horizon. 9 Right-click when…