Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop July 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.
dxo unveils new nik collection

The Nik Collection has long been regarded as one of the best Photoshop and Lightroom plugins. But the collection’s recent history has been rather tumultuous. Google generously offered the collection for free for a while in 2016-17, but eventually decided that it would no longer be supported. At this point, we assumed it would die a slow death as our Adobe software gradually become less compatible with each new update. So news of its purchase from Google by DxO late last year pleased the many photographers who find the collection invaluable. DxO has now released an updated version of this much-loved set of Photoshop and Lightroom plugins. There are a few new features and enhancements, including a selective brush. It’s by no means a major overhaul, but why mess with a…

7 min.
30 layer tips and tricks

1 THE BASICS Layers are like sheets of animator’s acetate placed on top of one another. They allow you to build up a single image from several elements – and keep each element separate and editable. The benefit of this is the ability it gives you to combine parts from different images into one frame, or to add other design elements like text or graphics. 2 HIDE OR REVEAL WITH MASKS A Layer Mask lets you hide parts of a layer or make them semi-transparent, so it’s hugely useful for making composite images. After adding a mask, you can paint with black or white over parts of an image to hide or reveal the corresponding areas on the layer. 3 CONFINE IMAGES TO SHAPES A Clipping Mask lets you confine the shape of one layer…

2 min.
break up your portraits

The ‘broken backdrop’ effect to the right is easier to create than it looks. If you’re new to blending and combining photos, it’s a good introduction to Photoshop features like layers, masks and selections. You could use the images we’ve supplied to practise the technique, but it’s much more fun to go out and shoot your own pictures. We need three shots for this effect. For the first shot, ask your subject to stand behind a fence (or any other surface with holes that you think might work), holding their hands up to grasp it, fingers splayed to cover more than one opening. For the next shot, ask your subject to keep their hands and fingers in exactly the same position, then crouch down so that the rest of the body…

3 min.
essential dodging and burning tricks explained

01 DODGE AND BURN TOOLS Paint with the Dodge and Burn tools to lighten or darken areas of your image. Duplicate your layer (Cmd/Ctrl+J) before starting, then target Shadows, Midtones or Highlights in the tool options at the top. In general, use the Dodge tool set to Highlights or Midtones, and the Burn tool on Midtones or Shadows. The Exposure setting rarely needs to go higher than 30, and most of the time 5-20 will do. When using either tool, you can hold down Alt to temporarily switch to the other. 02 THE GREY LAYER TRICK Hold Alt and click the New Layer icon in the Layers panel. In the New Layer dialog, choose Mode: Overlay and check the ‘Fill With…’ box. Now you can paint with white or black over the layer…

4 min.
create a dreamy composite

01 PREPARE YOUR ASSETS First, let’s search for and download a few images to use alongside our start files for the composite. We found ours at, a good source of rights-free photos. We chose astronomy-1869760 for the moon and pirate-ship-1719396 for the sailing ships. 02 DROP THE MOON Open all the start files – including your downloads – into Photoshop and go to the moon image. With the Move tool, drag the image up to the tab of the main comp_before image, then down and in. Use the Move tool to roughly position the moon; press Cmd/Ctrl+T if you need to resize it. 03 SELECT A CIRCLE Grab the Elliptical Marquee tool. Hold down both Shift and Alt as you drag outwards from the center of the moon to make a circular selection. Hold…

5 min.

If you’re relatively new to editing in Photoshop, or you just don’t know where to begin, then this section is the best place to get started. Over the next 10 pages, you’ll find an overview of the different versions of Photoshop available; a breakdown of the typical image-editing workflow in Photoshop; an overview of raw file editing; a guide to the six most useful layers; and a glossary of the most useful shortcuts. This guide condenses most of the tools and techniques you’ll use every time you import a new roll of pictures. CREATIVE CLOUD PLANS CHOOSE THE PLAN WITH THE COMBINATION OF TOOLS AND STORAGE YOU NEED PHOTOSHOP CC FROM £9.98/$9.99 PER MONTH WINDOWS, macOS Photoshop is the software of choice for most professional and non-professional photographers. Beyond the standard photo-editing features, it boasts…