post processing tutorial

acr and photoshop video tutorial: a before & after clean edit

acr and photoshop video tutorial: a before & after clean edit

by Celeste Pavlik
If you are an ACR and Photoshop user, then this video is for you! And if you’re a Lightroom user feel free to watch, because many things in ACR are also things you can do in Lightroom such as split toning, hsl panel, and the tone curve.

This is an example of a clean, color edit on a picture taken outdoors.  I used a Canon 5D Mark III and a Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Double Glass Optic.  I(…)

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Before and After: a photoshop edit by Marissa Gifford

Before and After: a photoshop edit by Marissa Gifford

by Marissa Gifford

When culling images from a session, I always encourage people to go through them with an open mind. I have found that sometimes an image that initially seems like a failure, destined to be deleted, can be transformed into something magical with a little creative thinking and processing.

This was the case for me recently during a self portrait session. I was using my Lensbaby Edge 80 (my lens soulmate ;) ) and had placed myself in the wrong(…)

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creating a black and white photo

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

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

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

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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4 photoshop elements tools i can’t live without

4 photoshop elements tools 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 underrated(…)

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HSL Lightroom panel

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

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

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
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a video photoshop tutorial: before and after in CS6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 exposed

by Lisa Harrison

Thank you Lisa for sharing with us!  Have you upgraded to CS6 yet?  Tell us in the comments why you have or have not upgraded yet!

Lisa Harrison, Vermont
CMU Instructor, CMpro
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As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Shooting 104: Intro to Natural Light, Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers, and Processing 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers workshops. Speaking of her photography journey, Lisa says, “when my son was(…)

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photoshop friday: a before & after

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

how to create stunning locations

by Krista Campbell
When I first discovered this passion called photography, I would always admire those lovely photographs that photographers had on their blogs of children and families in gorgeous fields of wildflowers.  At the time, I lived in the city- Phoenix, Arizona, the heart of the Sonoran Desert.  Wildflower fields and large fields of tall grass and wheat were few and far between, so I learned to create the illusion of lush fields and wildflowers with my photography.

Since then, I(…)

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