Tag Archives: post processing tutorial

creating a black and white photo

by Celeste Pavlik

When taking a photo, I often visualize it in black and white.  Before I even click that shutter, in my mind I already know that particular photograph will be displayed in black and white.  I love hand editing each of my images and always start with a clean edit in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw).  There are many ways to create a black and white conversion but today I will show you how I converted this photo starting in(…)

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using curves in photoshop

by Elena Blair
Darkening the background of an image can really create depth and draw attention to the subject. I will show you a quick and easy way to darken the background of an image using curves in Photoshop.

Here is the original image with all my usual edits except the darkening of the background:

Now I will create a curves layer and bring down the midtones by grabbing the very middle of the curve and pulling down to the right bottom corner(…)

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editing with textures

by Caroline Jensen

I have always loved playing with textures. Textures are a tool box of resources for taking your images in new directions. We all love a nice, clean edit, but sometimes it is fun to try new things and the Escapism Textures really help me to create dreamy, pastel images. I love to blur the line between photo realism and painting in my images, and the Escapism Textures help me to do that. They help to fill blank areas(…)

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editing with levels

by Rebecca Spencer
For my own images, my personal style is a simple clean edit with a nice pop of vibrant colour. There are lots of ways you can use post processing to achieve this and here I will show you what works for me.  I have found the easiest way to do this is through using level adjustment layers within Adobe Photoshop – levels are a simple way of making a big difference to your photo.

Before Image:

Here is the SOOC(…)

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PSE | 4 things i can’t live without

by Melissa Gibson
I know I’ve mentioned this before and I’m certain you all know this by now, but  I really dig Adobe Photoshop Elements.  If you are a beginner looking for editing software, this is the one for you.  On the other hand, if you are more advanced in your photography journey, this may also be the software for you.  In fact, I know loads of extremely talented photographers who use Elements.  It is an editing program that is highly(…)

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photography tutorial on using the HSL panel in Adobe Lightroom by Jennifer Dell

HSL Lightroom panel

by Jennifer Dell
The HSL/Color/BW tab in Adobe Lightroom can be used for lots of reasons when editing. One of my favorite ways to start a clean edit in Lightroom is with the Color tab. It can be used for a variety of things including brightening skin tone, adjust specific colors and their saturation as well as increasing or decreasing the luminosity of specific colors.

For this example, I decided to use an image of my daughter from this summer. Here in(…)

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5 things i love to do in adobe lightroom

by Jean Rhim
Adobe Lightroom is an amazing tool that can help you make your images better, your workflow faster, and the whole photo editing process more fun. I feel fortunate that I was introduced to it early, months before I even touched Photoshop, because it became the center of my workflow. Not only do I do a great deal of my editing through Lightroom, but Lightroom is also where I organize, sort, and prepare my images for print.  Lightroom is(…)

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how to use the liquify tool in photoshop

by Jennifer Dell

Sometimes liquifying an image in a subtle way can make a big difference and may help if you accidentally catch the wrong angle when photographing your subject.  The secret to liquifying successfully is to use it in moderation and not to alter how a person looks.  Here’s a quick look on how to use this powerful Photoshop tool!

Thank you Jennifer for this great tutorial!  What a great trick to have on hand!

Jennifer Dell, Texas
CM Mentor
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a video photoshop tutorial: before and after in CS6

by Lisa Harrison
So are you still undecided about making the jump to Adobe Photoshop CS6? Go for it!  You’ll love it! If you’re familiar with CS4 or CS5, you really won’t have much of a learning curve at all. The main thing that is different is how the adjustment panel works. You still have an adjustment panel but you now have a Properties Panel where you make changes to your chosen adjustment. You still choose your adjustments from the adjustment(…)

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performing a head swap in photoshop elements

by Melissa Gibson
Oftentimes, during a session, someone is either not looking at the camera or is making a goofy face.  With my little ones?  It’s more than likely a goofy face.  However, no worries!  If you have a good handle on how to swap heads in Photoshop Elements (aka PSE) you’ll have a little less stress when you’re editing the session.  This is a really handy editing tip that you’ll love to use.

Keep in mind, this isn’t just used for(…)

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a before and after processing tutorial using photoshop

by Sara Seeton
Every photographer has their own unique style as well as their own way of processing images.  There are so many different ways to achieve certain looks whether it be in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Lightroom, Photoshop or a combination of these.  I don’t claim to be a Photoshop genius by any means.  A lot of what I have learned has been from trial and error, tutorials from other photographers just like this one (there are TONS right here(…)

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converting images to black and white in photoshop

by Ann Westerman
Lately I have been loving to shoot images specifically for processing in black and white.  I love my black and whites to have good tonal range and a lot of contrast.  What I mean by good tonal range is I want my image to have deep shadows, a range of mid-tones and some bright highlights and I usually want those bright highlights to fall on my subject.  I love for my subject’s face to have shadows, mid-tones and(…)

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how to create collage templates in photoshop elements

by Melissa Gibson
Have you searched and searched for the perfect storyboard for your blog?  I know I have.  I remember looking for just the right template for my images and always ended up making purchases that I didn’t really need.  In the end, I’d only use one template out of the ten that came in the bundle.

How frustrating!

Did you know that you can make custom collage templates in PSE?

Here’s how you can create your own storyboards for use in printing(…)

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how to get rich colors and tones when editing

by Lora Swinson
This is a little effect that I love to use on some of my images if I feel they are a little flat.  It is similar to The Orton Effect, but I’ve changed a few of the blending modes to switch it up a little bit.  I like rich colors and tones and this helps me bring my style out more.  It works on some images better than others, but when it works, it’s magical!

1. After doing my(…)

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converting to black and white in photoshop elements

by Melissa Gibson
There are several factors that go into creating a lovely black and white image.  Of course, there is one very important factor that we all know about, lighting.  No matter how hard you try, you aren’t going to get a beautiful black and white if you haven’t used the light well.  Personally, I love conversions that are hazy and backlit but I also love side light and contrast.

Today, I’m going to show you how I convert an image(…)

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the crop tool exposed

The crop tool seems simple enough right?  Yeah, I thought so too.  No need to fret though because CMU Instructor and Photoshop mastermind Lisa Harrison is here to reveal all the secrets of the crop tool in Photoshop CS6.  She has created an eye opening video to show all of you the ins and outs and dirty little secrets that you didn’t know about the crop tool!
the crop tool exposed
by Lisa Harrison

Thank you Lisa for sharing with us!  Have you(…)

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photoshop friday: a before & after

by Lisa Harrison
One of our wonderful members, Mara, posted this in picture play, looking for some help on the skintones. So I asked her if I could use it for a Photoshop Friday tutorial and she said yes. It’s a really lovely sooc image and doesn’t need much. The main issue is that mom and baby both have excess magenta on their faces and are a bit underexposed as well. To fix this, I used 4 adjustment layers.
This was our(…)

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how to create stunning locations

Have you looked at another photographer’s images and wondered where they find all those fabulous locations?  Did you know that many of those locations are nothing special?  It’s true!  By using good camera angles and sometimes the magic of Photoshop you can ‘create’ those beautiful locations too!  CMpro Krista Campbell is here today to share with us how she takes a location from blah to amazing!
how to create stunning locations
by Krista Campbell
When I first discovered this passion called photography, I(…)

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editing in photoshop elements | a before and after

by Melissa Gibson
First off, let me tell you that I am more than likely the odd ball of the CMpros.

Why?

Well, for starters I shoot in jpeg.  I’ll just go ahead and admit that right off the bat.  However, shooting in jpeg forces me to get the shot right in camera.  There is no room for goof ups and I love that.  It’s good for me. Jpeg pushes me to get the shot right the first time and it works for well(…)

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photoshop friday: hue/saturation vs vibrance adjustments

by Lisa Harrison
What’s the difference between Hue/Saturation and Vibrance adjustments? I saw someone ask this question the other day so I thought I would give a quick explanation and illustration. You’ll find the vibrance slider in Lightroom, ACR and Photoshop. Since this is Photoshop Friday, I’ll show you where you can find it in Photoshop. It’s located in the Adjustments Panel (a). You’ll find Hue/Saturation there as well (b).

a)                                                                             b)

When you use the hue/saturation master sliders(…)

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photoshop friday: a trip to the dentist

CMmentor, Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more Fridays here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to submit questions in the comments section if there’s a topic you would like Lisa(…)

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photoshop friday: time saving technique when retouching

CMU Instructor, Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more Fridays here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to submit questions in the comments section if there’s a topic you would like(…)

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photoshop friday: rule of thirds grid

We’re back!  First Photoshop Friday of 2012!!  Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more Fridays here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to submit questions in the comments section if there’s(…)

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photoshop friday: before and after image edit

Photoshop Friday time!  The last one for 2011 – wonder what 2012 will bring?  We are having lots of fun with these!  Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more each Friday here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to(…)

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photoshop friday: creating lens flare

Photoshop Friday is here again!  We are having lots of fun with these!  Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more each Friday here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to(…)

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photoshop friday | a quick black & white conversion

by Lisa Harrison
Everybody is in search of that perfect black & white conversion. There are so many actions out there and so many different ways to convert. You need to take into consideration that not every photo is going to make a nice black and white. So what makes an image a good candidate for a black and white conversion? Good light and a wide tonal range.  When you find a conversion you love, you’ll probably discover that what works(…)

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photoshop friday: creating an animated gif

Photoshop Friday is here again!  We are having lots of fun with these!  Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more each Friday here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to(…)

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photoshop friday: skin smoothing in acr

She’s baaaaaaack!  I can’t believe it’s already Friday again but here we are!  Our awesome Photoshop workshop instructor, Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more each Friday here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers(…)

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photoshop friday: creating a watermark brush

by Lisa Harrison
Continuing on with what I said last week, that time is money and the main goal is to speed up your workflow, I wanted to do a quick tutorial on how to create a watermark in Photoshop and then turn it into a brush.
The first step is to create a new blank document. To do that go to file > new

You will get the following dialog box. Enter 1 for the height and 3 for the width and(…)

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Lightroom Tutorial | How to Recover Blow Outs by Editing in Layers

Though we often try to avoid blow outs when shooting there are times when it’s necessary or unavoidable (or occasionally desirable!).  How to best fix them when they do occur? Our always amazing CMmentor, Meg Sexton, has a fantastic Lightroom tutorial for us on the CMblog today with just one of the ways to recover those blow outs.  Thanks, Meg!

Lightroom Tutorial | How to Recover Blow Outs by Editing in Layers
by Meg Sexton
I try really hard to nail my exposure(…)

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