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Practical Photoshop December 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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1 a scattering of snowflakes

01 FILL THE SUBJECT Open the portrait start file we’ve provided in the download for this issue, then go to Select > Subject. Next go to Select > Modify > Expand, set 40px and click OK. Go to Edit > Content-Aware Fill. Adjust the fill settings if necessary to get a clean fill. Once that’s done and you’re happy with the selection, choose Output To: New Layer and click OK. 02 SELECT THE SUBJECT Highlight and duplicate the background layer with Cmd/Ctrl+J then drag it to the top of the layer stack. Next open the start file snowflake.png, then use the Move tool to drag it into the portrait image. Drag the layer below the top layer and press Cmd/Ctrl+G to turn it into a Layer Group. Highlight the top layer and go…

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2 get a gritty portrait look

Open the portrait, then go to Image > Mode > Lab Color. Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer, then go to the Channels panel and click the Lightness Channel. Grab the Burn tool and set Range: Shadows, then zoom in and paint over the face wrinkles to emphasize them. Switch to the Dodge tool and set Range: Highlights, then paint to lift the brighter patches on the face. When you’re happy, click on the Lab channel then go to Image > Mode > RGB. Next go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter. Increase Clarity and Shadows, then add a toning effect of your choice within the Profile Browser. WATCH THE VIDEO https://goo.gl/6brdTo…

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3 change the location

01 CUT OUT THE SUBJECT Grab the Quick Selection tool from the Tools panel and paint over the subject to select them, then click the Select And Mask button at the top. Paint around the edges of the hair with the Refine Radius brush and increase the radius to perfect the selection, then choose Output To: Layer Mask and click OK to confirm. 02 DROP IN A BACKGROUND Open an image for the background and use the Move tool to drag it in, then drag the layer below the cutout layer in the stack. Highlight the cutout layer and press Cmd/Ctrl+T to transform and reposition it. Once done, hold down Cmd/Ctrl and click on the layer mask thumbnail to load a selection of the shape. 03 SKEW THE SHADOW Highlight the bottom layer and click…

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4 colour solarization

This classic darkroom effect results in a partially positive, partially negative image. Normally we’d apply it to a black-and-white image, but it can yield interesting results on colour photos too. Portraits are usually good candidates to try out, as their range of light and dark tones suit the effect. Open the image into Photoshop then go to the Layers panel, click the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves. In the Curves box, click the pencil icon. Click in the top-left corner of the Curves box, then hold Shift and click in the bottom-middle, then Shift-click again in the top-right. This creates a V-shaped curve line that inverts the darker half of the tonal range. WATCH THE VIDEO https://goo.gl/VsSb59…

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5 contact sheet portraits

To create this fun contact sheet effect, you first need to find an existing contact sheet scan and erase the original frames to leave empty openings (or use the one we’ve supplied). Once done, drop in your portrait, drag it below the contact sheet layer and press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate it. Make a copy for every frame. Next, highlight the top copy, grab the Rectangular Marquee tool and draw a selection over one of the frames. Click the Add Layer Mask icon to convert the selection to a mask, then click the link between the image and mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to unlink them. Highlight the image thumbnail. Press Cmd/Ctrl+T and resize it to change the position. Repeat with all the other frames to build up the effect…

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6 create a paint splash

01 CUT OUT THE BODY Open your image and go to Select > Subject. Improve the selection with the Select And Mask command if necessary, then click the Add Layer Mask icon to hide the original backdrop. Next, make a new layer and drag it to the bottom, then go to Edit >Fill, choose Use: White and click OK. 02 USE THRESHOLD Click the Create Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Threshold. Drag the Threshold Level slider along until you have the right mix between black and white detail. Next, look online and download an image of watercolor paint on paper. We used the image 2681039 from pixabay.com. 03 BLEND THE IMAGE Open the watercolor image and drag it into your portrait with the Move tool. Change the Blending…