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Practical Photoshop March 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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news

NEW ‘ENHANCE DETAILS’ ANNOUNCED Lightroom and Camera Raw users are treated to a new tool for refined raw image processing Adobe has announced a new feature for Lightroom and Photoshop’s Camera Raw plugin, which it claims will improve image resolution by up to 30%. The Enhance Details command employs Adobe’s Sensei machine learning tool to intelligently analyze image content. In doing so, it addresses a range of common problems that occur during the demosaicing process all raw images go through. Demosaicing is fairly consistent over clean, clear areas of an image, like skies; but it’s more problematic in areas of fine detail or texture, where unsightly artifacts and mushy detail can occur. One of the biggest issues occurs when small details are close to the resolution limit of the sensor, resulting either in…

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12 reasons to use smart objects

Smart Objects are one of the most powerful features in Photoshop, but they don’t actually do anything special on their own. It’s what they do in combination with other tools that makes them so indispensable. They’re the answer to all kinds of workflow problems: they can make life easier and also save you if things go wrong. You can make any image layer, type layer or shape layer into a Smart Object, either by right-clicking it and choosing Convert To Smart Object or by using Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. You might already know a few useful tricks with Smart Objects, but there are probably other little-known techniques we could all take advantage of… 1 ENDLESS RESIZING One of the simplest (but still most useful) reasons to convert a layer to a…

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build a borrower

One of the most magical things about Photoshop is the ability it gives you to transport your subject to a different place – or in this case, into a different scale. With a few simple skills you can create all kinds of fantastical composites. But it’s not just about image-editing wizardry. Much of the hard work in this project is done in-camera, and it’s here that the effect comes to life. One of the things that makes a bad composite stand out is the mis-match of lighting or perspective – two things that have nothing to do with Photoshop. Try to plonk a person into a random shot, and chances are it’ll look wrong. There needs to be consistency between the two shots: the angles need to match up, and the lighting…

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the setup: shoot your miniature scene

1 THE BACKDROP We used an array of old books on a vintage writing desk as a backdrop for our project. Books are a good choice as you can scatter them around, but you can set up any kind of miniature scene you like, so get creative! 2 POSING DOLL A small posing doll not only aids in visualizing the finished image and perfecting the composition, it also casts realistic shadows that you can use later on. A small artist’s posing doll like this is ideal, but you could also use a toy action figure. 3 LAMP We’re using a tungsten lamp to light our scene. We’ve positioned the light behind and to the left here, which gives us atmospheric backlighting. A second, weaker lamp near to the camera position provides a little fill light. 4…

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top tips consistent composites

01 CHOOSE A CAMERA HEIGHT When you set up your camera, choose a camera height you can match across both the miniature scene and the full-size portrait. We’ve kept it roughly at chest height in both shots, but you could try varying it by shooting from a very high or low angle instead. While composing, Live View is a big help. 02 PERFECT THE POSE Choose a pose that will be easy for your subject to mimic in the full-size portrait. We’ve opted for a sitting pose with one leg up, so that the shadows fall across the page of the book our little man is using as a seat. Once posed, we can tweak the lighting position to control the look of the shadows. 03 CONTROL THE LIGHT The smaller a light source is,…

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top tips shoot the life-size portrait

01 SET THE SCENE You need to match the lighting on your full-size portrait with that in the main background scene. Here we’ve used a single light, positioned above, behind and to the left of the subject. Aim to create similar shadows to the ones that you captured on the posing doll. 02 SHOOT SMART When you know beforehand that you’ll need to cut the subject out, you can shoot smart by using a plain backdrop, like the roll of vinyl here. The hat is also helpful: it means we don’t have to cut out around the subject’s hair, which can be a very tricky job.…

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