Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop April 2019

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 the all-powerful targeted adjustment tool

⏩ This is one of the best color-changing tools you’ll find in Photoshop – partly because of its versatility, partly because of its speed and ease of use. After choosing the tool from the toolbar in Camera Raw (or in Lightroom’s HSL/Color panel), simply right-click to choose to alter either Hue, Saturation or Luminosity, then drag up or down, left or right over colors in the image to alter their targeted color ranges (red, orange, yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple, magenta). It’s great for boosting blue skies: set it to Luminance and drag down to darken the blues, then change it to Saturation and drag up to intensify them. WATCH THE VIDEO http://bit.ly/2Cuh0bH…

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2 choose and sample colors

⏩ Whenever you select a color, there are several shortcuts that can speed things up. D resets the colors to black and white, and X will flip them. Hold Alt while using the Brush Tool to temporarily switch to the Eyedropper tool, which allows you to sample a color from the image. (You can also sample from other windows on-screen – hold Alt, then drag out of Photoshop, releasing on the color you want.) A couple of fill shortcuts prove invaluable too: Alt+Backspace fills the selection or layer with the foreground color, and Cmd/Ctrl+Backspace fills with the background color.…

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3 enable the color wheel picker

⏩ Go to the Photoshop preferences menu; under General, you’ll find a HUD Color Picker option, which you can set to Wheel or Strip. Once enabled, you can summon a color wheel picker, which is often more intuitive than using the standard color picker. To do so, hold Ctrl+Alt+Cmd (Mac) or Shift+Alt+right-click (Windows) then click and drag to open the wheel. Drag to the edges to select a hue, then use the inner square to target a specific color. You can also hold Space to temporarily hold either circular picker in place, which allows you to switch from one area to the other.…

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8 master curves

WATCH THE VIDEO http://bit.ly/2FjguOn 01 THE CURVE LINE Drag the diagonal line up or down to lighten or darken the image. Each point you click creates an anchor. It’s important where you place a point, as this determines which part of the tonal range you wish to change. Towards the left will target shadow tones, and the right will change highlights. 02 NEUTRAL GRAY EYEDROPPER Grab the neutral gray eyedropper and click on a point in your image you know should be gray – then all the other colors will re-map around this new gray point. This is a perfect quick technique for fixing problematic color casts or white balance issues that occur in your photos. 03 WHITE AND BLACK POINTS Hold Alt and drag the white and black point sliders; your display will change to show…

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9 make a color chart

WATCH THE VIDEO http://bit.ly/2UObCaK ⏩ Quite often, the key to making the right color adjustment for your chosen image is simply judgement. It’s about choosing the right strength for a tonal change or color shift. So the problem is not so much about knowing how to use Photoshop tools, it’s about knowing how to use them correctly. Thankfully, there are a few tricks you can use to help with this judgement, like splitting up an image into several segments in order to settle upon the right strength for an effect. This is easy to do with a combination of Adjustment Layers, the Gradient Tool and the Posterize command… 01 MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT Open your image then go the Layers panel (Window > Layers) and click the Create Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom. Choose any…

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10 blending modes

⏩ There are four Blending Modes that are useful for controlling color. One of the problems when you make a tonal change is that it can have an adverse effect on colors. For example, a contrast boost via an S-curve applied to an Adjustment Layer will not only increase contrast, but also color saturation. Use the Luminosity Blending Mode to eliminate the color change. Similarly, enhancing Saturation with a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer may also brighten an image: the more saturated a color is, the lighter it becomes. This can be countered by changing the Blending Mode of the Adjustment Layer to Saturation. The same applies to hue changes: by setting the Blending Mode to Hue or Color, the change in brightness is negated.…