Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop December 2016

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 69 of practical photoshop! if you enjoy the issue, why not subscribe and get a whole year for just $19.99?”

It should go without saying: if you want the best quality, the most control and the greatest headroom for editing, you should shoot photos in raw format. But then what? Raws need to be processed, but how? That’s where this issue comes in, as we bring you an in-depth guide to our top 10 best raw tools. James Paterson, Editor • james.paterson@futurenet.com www.digitalcameraworld.com THE VIDEO http://tiny.cc/28h DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILES To download this issue's files, type the following link into your web browser on your PC or Mac: http://tiny.cc/d4t0gy WATCH FIND US HERE… http://bit.ly/practweet http://bit.ly/praface Also available on: http://tiny.cc/1vlrsx http://tiny.cc/ewlrsx http://tiny.cc/9ulrsx HIGHLIGHTS: WHAT’S INSIDE… PHOTOSHOP NEWS Photoshop CC 2017, Project Felix and more TOP 10 RAW TOOLS Master the best tools in Adobe Camera Raw LEARN TO FOCUS-STACK Extend depth of field for pinsharp close-ups GET CREATIVE WITH BLOCKS Learn how to craft a surreal portrait out of wooden blocks ORGANIZE YOUR LIBRARY Sort…

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photoshop cc 2017 arrives

The 2017 update to Photoshop CC is upon us – and the big news is… well, not much, unfortunately. We’re treated to revamped Start and New Document dialogs, with a variety of templates to get started in your projects, divided into several categories: Photo, Print, Art and Illustration, Web, Mobile, Film and Video. We never really took to the Start screen when it was released a while back, but at least it can be turned off. Elsewhere you’ll find incremental improvements to the ever-useful Libraries panel. Now you can undo deleted items, and right-click assets and choose Find Similar to search for similar images on Adobe Stock. There’s also a handy new search tool, accessible with Ctrl/Cmd+F, that lets you quickly type a search term to find tools, stock assets or…

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1 clarity

Raw files often look a little dull and flat straight out-of-camera – but a few quick tweaks in Camera Raw’s Basic panel can work wonders. There are lots of useful sliders here (Highlights and Shadows deserve an honourable mention), but one of our favorites has always been Clarity. It works by increasing midtone contrast – but perhaps a better way to put it is that it crisps up the details in your photos. Used sparingly, Clarity can pull detail out of lifeless patches; used heavily, it can give images a grungey feel that can work well for portraits or HDR effects. The slider can also be pulled back for a negative effect, but this is usually best done selectively. Watch The Video http://tiny.cc/ve03gy 1 ENHANCE TEXTURE Clarity is a great tool for enhancing the texture…

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2 hdr merge

Watch The Video http://tiny.cc/xb03gy For those new to HDR imaging, the term stands for ‘high dynamic range’. It’s a technique that lets you combine several different exposures – taken in alignment using a tripod – into a single, detail-rich frame. In simpler terms, it helps you pull more detail out of the really bright and really dark parts of a scene, which is something that might not be possible with a single frame, especially in high-contrast scenes. With so many excellent dedicated HDR programs out there, HDR aficionados have learned never to go near Photoshop’s own rather poor Merge to HDR Pro command. However, Camera Raw now offers its own, very decent, HDR function. Here we’ll take a look at working with HDR exposures in Camera Raw, then go on to finetune the…

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3 the transform tool

Watch The Video http://tiny.cc/yl03gy Camera Raw’s Transform tool offers a new way to fix keystoning and distortion. You simply plot lines through the image and let Photoshop do the work of straightening it out for you. The only thing you need are natural guide lines within the image to trace along, like a convenient wall or horizon line. The tool also houses the familiar Upright controls that are often very effective for auto-fixing distortion and tilt. 1 GUIDED UPRIGHT The new Guided Upright tool helps you fix converging verticals and wonky horizons. You will find it in the Transform options, alongside the Auto, Level, Vertical and Full. Unlike these automatic tools, Guided Upright offers you manual control over plotting lines along horizontals and verticals. 2 CORRECT DISTORTION Before you begin using the Guided Upright command, head…

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4 the tone curve

THE HISTOGRAM Understanding curves begins with a quick detour into the basics of the Histogram, which you can see greyed out behind the diagonal curve line. Imagine that all the pixels in your image are sorted into piles depending on how bright they are. In simple terms, that’s what a histogram is. Every pixel has a certain value depending on how bright it is, on a scale from 0 (black) to 255 (white). So pixels in a bright, cloudy sky might sit around the 220-255 mark, while the pixels in a nighttime sky are more likely to be around 0-40. The higher the peaks on the histogram, the greater the number of pixels in that part of the tonal range. So if the peaks are clumped to the left side, the image is…