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Practical Photoshop February 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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project 1: combine two photos

Here’s a fairly simple layer project to get you up and running. We’ll look at how to drop in a new sky with simple selection and masking skills. You’ll begin by selecting the existing sky using the powerful Select And Mask command, then you’ll convert the selection into a Layer Mask. To finish, you’ll add a sky image and a subtle reflection. 01 SELECT THE SKY Open both the start images, then go to Select > Select And Mask. With the Quick Selection tool, paint over the sky to select it, then grab the Refine Radius tool and paint over any gaps between the buildings to grab the extra bits of the sky showing through. Choose Output to: Selection and click OK. 02 MAKE A MASK Click the Add Layer Mask icon in the…

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key layer skill: layer masks

Layer Masks let you hide or reveal parts of a layer. Here they allow you to hide parts of the modern photo, thereby revealing the old photo on the layer below. When you add a Layer Mask, you have a few options. You can either paint with the Brush tool to hide (by painting black) or reveal (by painting white); or you can instead begin by making a selection. When you add a mask, the selection is converted into the mask that hides everything outside the selected area. After making your initial mask, you’ll often need to zoom in close to make sure it’s perfect. This is where you can get stuck in with the Brush tool to hide or reveal details along the edge until your mask is finished.…

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project 2: glitch effect

In this project we’ll explain how to craft this old-school glitch effect, just like a freeze-frame from a 1980s video cassette. Along the way we’ll explore a couple of key features of layers: Blending options and Smart Objects. You’ll use the Blending options command to skew the colors, then apply the Wave filter to a separate Smart Object layer. You can apply this effect to any image you like… 01 TURN OFF CHANNELS Open the start image and duplicate the background layer twice (Cmd/Ctrl+J). Go to the Layers panel and double-click the top layer to open the Layer Styles box. In Advanced Blending, uncheck the R channel box and click OK. Next, double-click the middle layer and uncheck the G box. 02 SKEW THE COLORS Highlight the middle layer and grab the Move tool.…

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key layer skill: smart objects

Smart Objects are like protective bubbles for your layers. Anything that is applied to a Smart Object layer – like a filter or a transform – can be edited after the fact. Filters appear as Smart Filters, and you can simply double-click the filter name to re-enter the settings. What’s more, you can resize the layer up or down as much as you like, with no loss in quality. If a document contains several linked Smart Objects, you can update them all at once. You can also double-click a Smart Object thumbnail to open the layer as a document, then make changes before saving it to go back to the original image. You can even group more than one layer into a Smart Object (Cmd/Ctrl-click to select several, then right-click and choose…

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project 3: blended paints

Blending modes let you blend two or more images in all manner of creative ways. Here we’ve used an old portrait and a free paint image downloaded from Pixabay.com (search for watercolour-1755706). To blend our two images, simply open them both, then use the Move tool to drag and drop the paint image on top of the old portrait. Go to the Layers panel, click the Blending Mode dropdown at the top and experiment with different Blending modes. Here we’ve used Hard Light, then added a Layer Mask and painted black with our Brush tool at 20% to reveal the face a little more.…

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project 4: creative color changes

To change the color of a person’s clothes, begin by making a selection of the clothes – the Quick Selection tool is ideal for this. Once your selection is complete, you can add any Adjustment Layer you like by clicking the circular Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers panel. We’ve chosen Channel Mixer. After adding an Adjustment Layer, your active selection is automatically converted into a Layer Mask, isolating the tonal effect to your target area. Now you simply alter the Channel Mixer settings to change the colors.…