Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop June 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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“welcome to issue 87 of practical photoshop! if you enjoy the issue, why not subscribe and get a whole year for just $19.99?”

This issue, we take our inspiration from the silver sreen to bring you a variety of wonderful filmic effects, from the fantasy composite cover design to political poster collages and amazing James Bond-esque trickery. Elsewhere, master the Art History Brush and discover top restoration tips. • WATCH THE VIDEO DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILES To download this issue’s files, type the following link into your web browser on your PC or Mac: FIND US HERE… Tap a icon to find us online…

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create the cover

CREATE THE COVER: STEP BY STEP GUIDE 01 DROP IN A SKY Open cover_before.psd into Photoshop. (Our figure is a cut-out, but if you’re using your own photo you’ll need to cut it out – see over the page for advice on doing this.) Open the sky image then use the Move tool to drag it across to the portrait. In the Layers panel, drag the sky layer below the figure layer. 02 BUILD THE BACKDROP Use the Move tool to position the sky. (Press Cmd/Ctrl+T if you need to change its size.) Open foreground.jpg and drag it in. Drag the layer above the sky layer. Click the Add Layer Mask icon. Select the Brush tool, choose a soft-edged tip and paint with black to make a smooth transition between sky and land. 03 ADD…

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top tip: shoot your own

We’ve supplied a starting photo of our ‘man in black’ figure – but the real fun with this effect is in making your own friends or family into the star. When you shoot photos for this, position them against a plain backdrop like a wall, sheet or a roll of paper: this will make them easier to cut out. Side and back-lighting is often used in movie poster photography so that the subjects have dramatic highlights along the edge of their faces and bodies. To do this, position a light to the side and slightly behind them. Here the face is lit from a key light on the right side, while a second light comes from behind and to the left to create the highlight on his cheek.…

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top tip: precise cut-outs

To transport your subject somewhere fantastical, you usually need to make a precise cut-out: this enables you to rid them of their original background so that you can add a new one. As such, getting to grips with the Select And Mask command is essential. This is a hugely powerful tool that takes all the hard work out of cutting out. Begin by making an initial selection with one of the intelligent selection tools, such as the Quick Selection brush or Magic Wand. Take this rough selection into the Select And Mask command to improve the edges. There are several tools for improving the selection edge in Select and Mask, but the key feature is the Radius command. First you can use the Radius slider to expand the area along the edge…

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top tip: using stock photos

You often need to bring in elements from other photos for our composites or poster designs. There are a few great options out there if you don’t have the asset from your own photos. For rights-free photos like the building we used to make our tower, try Pixabay ( Another great source of older out-of-copyright and public domain photos is WikiCommons ( Nasa ( is also great for stunning high-res rights-free photos. Another option is Adobe Stock, where you can search Adobe’s library of stock photos, videos and 3D objects within Photoshop, via the search bar in the Libraries Panel (Window > Libraries). You can download a preview version of any photo (they have a watermark) to see how it works in your composites or designs. If you’re happy, you can…

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top tip: distant objects

When you make composites like this, it’s a good idea to layer different elements to create a sense of depth, so that it looks like some parts are close to the camera while others are in the distance. There are a couple of tricks you can use to trick the eye here. First you can lower the background contrast to wash out the shadows and highlights. This is easily done with a Levels Adjustment Layer. Simply drag the Output sliders (not the sliders under the histogram, but the ones at the very bottom of the Levels settings) inwards slightly to wash out the darkest and lightest tones. This gives the impression of atmospheric interference, making the objects look further away. You can further enhance the effect by painting in smoke and…