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Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop October 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.
animal hybrids

Ever wondered what the offspring of a hippo and a hamster might look like? Or a poodle and a gorilla? or a goldfish and a giraffe? With a few simple Photoshop skills you can unleash your inner Dr Moreau and find out. Over the next few pages we’ll explore a range of compositing skills that you can use not just to make macabre animal creations, but all kinds of amazing composites. To kick things off we’ll begin with our zebra/cockerel creation here. We’ve supplied the starting images, but why not try using some of your own animal photos? However, keep in mind that the success of an effect like this - or any composite - begins with the choice of images. There needs to be at least some consistency in the…

1 min.
select and mask

When you make a selection, its edge is initially very abrupt and jagged, but after running it through the Select And Mask command (Select > Select And Mask), it will almost always turn out much better. The key features of the command are the Radius controls. Using both the Radius slider and the Refine Radius brush, you can increase the area of refinement along the edge, which means the command will look further afield to find the pixels that should be included or excluded from the selection. It’s essential when you make precise selections of fur or hair, for example.…

2 min.
compositing essentials

COPYING AND PASTING After opening any two photos into Photoshop, there are a number of ways you can combine them together. Perhaps the quickest method is with the Move tool. You can simply drag over an image (or its layer in the Layers panel) up to the tab of the other image, wait for them to switch over (while still holding the mouse button down), and drag down into the new image to copy it over. The new image will sit on its own layer in the Layers panel, ready to be positioned and blended in. If you press and hold Shift after you begin dragging an image across, it’ll be pasted ‘in place’, which means it’ll appear in exactly the same position as its origin. POSITIONING LAYERS The Transform command lets you resize,…

2 min.
understanding masks

Layer Masks are central to all kinds of compositing tasks. They have a simple yet incredibly powerful function: they let you hide parts of a layer. Because layers stack up on top of one another, this ability to hide parts of an upper layer allows you to reveal parts on the underlying layer, which is essentially what compositing is all about. The great thing about layer masks is that nothing is ever lost or erased, it’s just hidden. Here are a few essential Layer Mask tips, tricks and facts… 01 BLACK HIDES, WHITE REVEALS Black areas on the mask are hidden, and white areas are revealed. You can see this in the mask thumbnail here. There are several ways to add black or white to a mask. The most simple is to paint…

3 min.
create the cover

01 SELECT THE HEAD Open the start image giraffe.jpg from the download, then grab the Quick Selection Tool from the Tools panel and paint over the head and neck. If the tool goes wrong and picks up parts of the backdrop, hold Alt and paint to subtract those areas from the selection. Once done, click Select And Mask in the tool options at the top. 02 USE SELECT AND MASK Increase the Radius slider to about 9px and check Smart Radius, then grab the Refine Radius brush from the toolbar on the left and paint along the hairs to increase the area of refinement for a better result. Once that’s done and you’re happy with your selection, set Output To: Layer Mask and click OK to continue. 03 COPY THE HEAD Open the start image…

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graduate your images

Of all the tools available in Photoshop’s Camera Raw plug-in – or indeed in the entirety of Photoshop – the Graduated Filter is one of the most useful, especially when it comes to tweaking your landscapes. The tool allows you to make a linear adjustment over part of your photo, producing a transitional blend of tones. Anywhere beyond the first point that is typically defined will be entirely affected by the tonal settings that you input, with a gradual fall-off. This is determined by the length of the line you drag. This enables you to carefully create possible enhancements to key areas of your photos. It’s effective for balancing a scene in which one part might be darker or brighter than another. With landscapes, this can occur when you include sky and land,…