First Attempts with PS...

by Marilyn Grimble January. 10, 2013 1861 views
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Christa 6 years, 11 months ago

Interesting to see how it goes, I'm a complete nerd with PS.

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Mike Meliska 6 years, 11 months ago

Great work..

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Oscar 6 years, 11 months ago

Very nice Marilyn...soon you will be teaching a class in Photoshop 101!!! :)

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Huiching 6 years, 11 months ago

I see you are having fun!

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Olga Helys 6 years, 11 months ago

Great job

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Art Bee 6 years, 11 months ago

It's fun once you get to know your way around on PS. There are many editing tools on the net to choose from and everyone has their favourite. I'm sure you'll be mastering Adobe PS in no time.....

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Vivienne Albiston 6 years, 11 months ago

Look great don`t they! :-))

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Sadhya Rippon 6 years, 11 months ago

I see you are going to get lots of good advice from Stefan. That's great.

Horizon straightening is one of the first things I always do! Not sure how you do it in your lovely new PS version, but it is usually a little thingamajig that you click on one end of the waterline (or what ever) and then on the other end, click the tick button and low and behold, the horizon is straight and you then just need to crop.

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Stefan Fletcher 6 years, 11 months ago

I see you're adjusting the midtones (the greys). This is usually a good thing, but be wary of going too far.

Once you've finished your colour and tonal adjustments, I suggest you try this:

1. Save the file
2. Save the file under another name in case you don't like what I suggest.
3. Work on the file with the different name.
4. Press and hold down the control and shift keys and then the letter e. This flattens all the layers.
5. Press and hold down the control [ctrl] key and the letter j. This creates a new layer from the background layer.
6. In the info panel above the layers on the right-hand side of PS you should see the word "normal". Click on it to display a scroll-down list, from which select "overlay". Don't worry about how your image now looks.
7. Click on the Filter menu at the top. Mouse down to "Other" and then select "High Pass"
8. Set the radius to 10 pixels and click OK.
9. Click on the little eye to the left of "Layer 1" on the bottom right-hand to see before and after. The difference is remarkable.

This is a useful sharpening technique for hair, trees, stone and water. It's easy to go OTT, but you can attenuate the effect by adjusting the "opacity" and "fill" sliders to the right of the word "Overlay". Make sure layer 1 is selected (click once on the name to highlight it).

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