Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop May 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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3 min.
profiles explained

The new Profiles in Camera Raw and Lightroom are a great addition to your workflow – either as a starting point for further editing or as a shortcut to get different looks and effects. But what do they actually do to your image? Profiles are Lightroom and Camera Raw’s interpretation of an image’s raw data. HOW TO APPLY A PROFILE You’ll find the new Profiles controls at the top of the Basic panel, both in Camera Raw and within Lightroom’s Develop module. Expand the Profile Browser menu by clicking the square grid icon and you’ll see an array of one-click treatments. Hover over any for a preview of the effect on your image. Click to apply it, or double-click to apply it and close the Profile browser in one go. DIDN’T WE ALREADY…

2 min.
a closer look…

ADOBE COLOR Adobe Color is the new default Profile for your raws when you first open them in Camera Raw or Lightroom. Previously the default Profile was Adobe Standard (which you can still access from the Profiles list). The new Adobe Color Profile is designed to be a good starting point for editing your color raws. It’s slightly punchier, and warmer in the reds, yellows and oranges than the old Adobe Standard Profile. It’s also said to render skin tones better, and performs better when moving highlights between color spaces. ADOBE MONOCHROME This is the new standard black-and-white Profile. It’s designed to provide a foundation for converting your image to black and white. It brightens the warmer colors and darkens the cooler ones, which results in slightly punchier skies and lighter skin tones. ADOBE…

2 min.
create your own profiles

QUICK TIP Double-click to apply a profile and close the Profiles panel in one go If you want to make your own Profiles, it’s really easy. To create new Profiles, you simply make a set of edits in Camera Raw then save it as a new Profile. (You can also include Color Lookup Tables created in Photoshop.) Profiles can only be created in Camera Raw, not in Lightroom. But the great thing is that once you’ve made the new Profile, it’ll appear automatically in Lightroom the next time you restart the program. 01 MAKE YOUR EDITS You can create your own Profiles in Camera Raw with ease. Begin by choosing an existing Profile, then go on to make any changes you like using the usual tonal sliders, Curves or anything else. Here we’ve used…

2 min.
make color lookup tables

One of the most exciting things about the new Profiles feature in Camera Raw and Lightroom is the fact they work with Color Lookup Tables, or LUTs for short. If you’re unfamiliar with LUTs, they’re simply a way to remap one color or tone to another. As an extreme example, if something is a shade of red, you can create an LUT to set that shade of red to be green instead, or whatever color you like. For this reason LUTs are often used for color-grading videos, as they offer a rigid form of toning that creates a uniform effect across the footage. All kinds of tonal adjustments made in Photoshop can be exported as LUTs. You simply use Adjustment Layers to change the image, then export the Color Lookup Table.…

1 min.
step by step carve a face into a tree

01 MAKE A MAP Open the tree.jpg start file, then go to File > Duplicate to make a copy. Go to the copy, press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate, then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set amount to 9. Next, press Cmd/Ctrl+S to save the file. Name the file ‘map’ and choose Photoshop Document in the format settings, then click Save. 02 DISPLACE THE FACE Go to the color tree image. Go to File > Place Embedded and load in face.jpg. Press Cmd/Ctrl+T to use Transform mode to position it, then go to Filter > Distort > Displace. Set the Horizontal and Vertical values to 15 and click OK. Set the Blending Mode to Darken, then add a Layer Mask and paint with black to hide the edges of the face layer.…

2 min.
photoshop anatomy

01 WHAT IS THE DISPLACE FILTER?? Found under Filter > Distort, Displace lets you skew the shape of one image to conform to the surface of another, so it’s useful for blending two images in a believable way. It’s unique in that it requires you to load in a displacement map (see right) to suggest texture. 02 HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL VALUES It’s usually best to keep the Horizontal Scale and Vertical Scale values the same in the Displace dialog box, but sometimes it might make sense to increase one or the other to create more of a shift on either axis. Here there’s little need for horizontal displacement. 03 SMART OBJECTS Settling on the right Vertical and Horizontal values may take trial and error, so before you apply the Displace filter, right-click the layer and…