Sailboat

Sailboat at Sunset

I photographed this sailboat at sunset a few years ago on the Outer Banks. It was such a peaceful scene but I’ve never really had the same feeling I had that evening. (see original below)

Today I brought it back to Photoshop and used a cooling filter and now feel the serenity I felt that evening.

You may have some favorites on your computer worth revisiting too!

Original

Sailboat at Sunset original

 

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Photoshop Glow

This is an easy method to add mood to your images.

Duplicate Background Layer

Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur – I used 100-130 on these images but it depends on the look you want, so have fun experimenting

Then change your blending mode on the Layers palette to Multiply. You may want to reduce opacity on the top layer.

This can work on scenes too.

Light colored subjects can give a nice, ethereal impression.

 

Finishing Touch 2

Last week I showed you how to add keylines to your greeting cards or other images. This week I’m showing you an easy soft white border.  Your printers generally do not print within 1/4″ of the edge, so this border takes away any issue with that!

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Use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and type 10 px in the Feather box on the top toolbar.  This will soften the edge and give you rounded corners.  This is for a 5×7… if your image is much larger you will need to feather more. Draw a box within 1/2″ of the edge as shown by the marching ants below.

Soft border

Now Cmd/Ctrl Shift I to invert your selection so just the border is selected.  Edit > Fill > White 100%. You will see the feathered edge towards the center.  Ctrl D to deselect the box. You can make a wider border if you like.

Soft border final

 

Mirror Images

Open image you want to mirror

Crop as desired – I try to use easy numbers like 4×6 for the math!

Image > Canvas Size > put in the height or width that you are doubling depending on whether a vertical or horizontal shot – for instance, if you have a horizontal 4×6, then put 6 in the width and click on the left or right pointer in the center row of the position tool.  I use white for the extension color but it does not really matter as you will fill that in.

Screen

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Photoshop will add extra space below the image in this case.

 

Click in the white space to select.

Ctrl/Cmd Shift I to inverse and select the bridge photo.

Ctrl/Cmd J to put a copy of the bridge on another layer.

Drag the new image to the white area.

Edit > Transform > Flip Vertically.

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You can also flip both layers vertically again to get a different look.

On the layer with the white, use Magic Wand W to select the white and delete those pixels with Ctrl/Cmd X.

If you have trouble with the background layer, double click the lock to make it editable.

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Gold Lettering

Icy Branches Gold

I love using gold lettering around the holidays.  If you are familiar with Photoshop layers, give this a try.  Otherwise it might be more difficult, but you can do it!!

I used the font Blacksword for this card, but use whatever you want. The effect will be more pronounced on thicker font styles.

Type your words using the Text tool. Photoshop will make its own layer for the text.

Double click on the T in the text layer and choose a warm orange color. You can change this later.

Now click on the Text layer outside the “T” box to get Layer Styles.  Click on Bevel and Emboss. Be sure to click on that option to get all the adjustments.

Depth – 225

Size 8

Gloss Contour – use 2nd option on the 2nd row – Ring Contour

And there you go!

Gold lettering

 

 

Triptychs

Triptychs can be so much fun and make for beautiful wall hangings.  SmartPhotoEditor software makes it really easy.  Under Borders is a Triptych option. You can adjust the image in this feature.

SmartPhotoEditor has many standard editing adjustments plus over 6,000 special effects. These range from painterly effects, sharpening, borders and much, much more.

It is currently 1/2 off at $29.99 and works as a standalone program, so you don’t even need Photoshop to use it.  You can pay a bit more to have it as a plugin for your Photoshop.

Use code LL1914 for an extra 10%.  So much fun!!

Reworking a Photo

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The original image (below) was very busy and the light was backward of what I wanted. In simple steps, this is what I did.

  1. Cropped image.
  2. I used the Content Aware Fill tool in Photoshop to remove the pipe on upper right. There were other little spots to fix with this tool and the Clone tool.
  3. Added a 50% gray layer and low opacity dark brush (8%) to darken the foreground.
  4. Used the 50% gray layer with low opacity white brush (8%) to lighten the water. You could also achieve Steps #3 and 4 with the Radial Filter in Lightroom.. thanks to Tony Sweet for sharing that tool in his recent ebook. I do most of my work in Photoshop but this is a super option and easy to use.
  5. Finally took the image into Topaz Impression and used Impressionistic by Erin Applebee Photography.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is actually a tiny waterfall in a beautiful woodsy area.