Photoshop manipulations for perfect photos

Since you are working on touching up your studio portraits this week, I wanted to share a link with some useful Photoshop manipulations that you might want to try out. If you aren’t that familiar with Photoshop manipulations, one of the best ways to get better at using the program is to practice on some of your favorite photographs. This article contains quick fixes for blemishes, sparkling eyes, Instagram-like effects, and more.

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21 Incredibly Simple Photoshop Hacks Everyone Should Know
These tips and tricks should be easy enough for anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Photoshop.

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Ways to fix flyaway hairs in Photoshop #GC3400

One of the more difficult studio portrait edits in Photoshop to do well is smoothing out flyaway hairs on your model. These are any out-of-place hair that detracts from the clean polished look of your model. This video from the Photoshop Training Channel is a great resource for fixing flyaway hairs on your studio portraits. Should be a good resource for GC3400 as you wrap up your studio portrait assignments this week!

HDR: in-camera or using layers?

HDR comparison

See the visual difference in dynamic range between the single exposure on the left and the HDR on the right. Image source-

As we move into shooting HDR images in #GC3400, I think this point by Jay Patel is important to consider. Googling HDR came up with this definition “High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of techniques used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than possible using standard digital imaging or photographic techniques.”

Our eyes have a larger dynamic range than a single exposure from our camera can reproduce. Therefore, in order to mimic the range our eyes can see, HDR becomes necessary. As photographers who favor HDR processing became more popular over the past few years, we have come to expect this sort of dynamic visual pop from our photographs. But what is the best way to create it- in camera or in post production? Continue…

Photoshop tutorial #GC3400

AdobeTV creates a wonderful collection of Photoshop tutorials for beginners and experts alike that cover all the different software found in Adobe Creative Cloud and used for your courses in ClemsonGC. This particular photoshop tutorial is one I ran across based on a recent student’s question on how to masking images into text. I hope that you find the information useful for your current and future Photoshop projects #GC3400.

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There are many ways to show a photograph within type or graphics. In this tutorial, Julieanne Kost uses groups and clipping masks:

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Using Photoshop manipulation to explore beauty ideals

Photoshop manipulation is a constant in the world of commercial photography, especially when it comes to the world of advertising. In our segment this semester on ethics, we explore how we feel as individuals regarding the use of Photoshop to alter models in advertising photography. Although the line is very clearcut for photojournalists, this is a very grey area industry wide within advertising as their are no set rules or boundaries regarding Photoshop manipulation. So we have to ask ourselves where the line is that crosses from positively affecting an image into unethical manipulation.

This is a really fascinating experiment using Photoshop to explore beauty ideals around the world. Which one appeals to you and why? Do you think that beauty ideals are partially or completely dependent on local culture? How does your culture affect the Photoshop edits you choose to make?

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What Happened When One Woman Had Her Picture Photoshopped In 25 Different Countries
“Make me look beautiful.”

That’s what Esther Honig asked 40 photo editors to do — in over 25 countries. Using the service-sharing site Fiverr, Honig, a human interest reporter, sent a picture of herself to be photoshopped around the w…

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Use Photoshop to create texture and shading

Using texture and shading in Photoshop

Using texture and shading in Photoshop

Using Photoshop, this swan illustration by Andrew Lyons is one of a series of birds he created for a client packaging project.

The aesthetic style the client sought was one of reduced, elegant forms – an approach found in much of his work. Although he often uses photo references as a starting point, Andrew believes it’s important to develop drawings beyond exact representation. Whether he’s illustrating figures or animals, he tries to abstract and simplify to create something that’s both pleasing to the eye and which brings out the inner nature of the subject. Continue…

Photoshop manipulation is an art form

And if there is anyone that can prove that Photoshop manipulation is a visual art, it’s Erik Johansson. He creates realistic photos of impossible scenes — capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible. Enjoy this great TEDtalk!

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography

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How to take Apple’s iconic photos

Ever wonder who takes those iconic photos of Apple products? Curious how it is done? Check out this interview with Peter Belanger. Be sure to watch the stop action video further down the page.

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The illusion of simplicity: photographer Peter Belanger on shooting for Apple
You’ve almost certainly never heard of Peter Belanger, but you’ve definitely seen his photographs. In fact, you may even see his work every day, and it’s likely that you own some of his most…

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