Category Archives: Advanced Edits

Monochrome

A commonly asked question is what subjects are best for monochrome?  I have been casting my mind over this and I cannot give an answer. Thinking back over the last year, I have made monochrome landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, portraits, photojournalism, … Continue reading

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Blend If

Blend if is a powerful tool in the layer properties in Photoshop (other software may have similar functionality – explore your documentation). Open the layer properties and you find an Advanced Blending block and Blend If block in the central … Continue reading

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Creating realistic shadows

When compositing it is not enough to simply paste an object onto a background. If you do, it will look artificial and pasted. Shadows are what link the pasted object to the background. Creating realistic shadows requires some technical skills, … Continue reading

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Twirl Effect

Twirl, found under Filters>>Distort in the Photoshop menu can be used to make some interesting effects. Consider the simple crossed lines image below. Activate the Twirl dialog, and adjust the Angle slider to achieve your desired degree of twirl. I’ll … Continue reading

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The making of “At Home with the Mouse Family” by Bob Thomas

Bob has kindly shared a short video to show how he made his award winning entry “At Home with the Mouse Family” Continue reading

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Local adjustment tools in Lightroom

Lightroom has three local adjustment tools (excluding the red-eye reduction tool), the linear gradient tool, the radial gradient tool and the paintbrush tool. Gradient tool and Radial gradient tool Clicking the gradient or radial adjustment icon brings up the adjustment … Continue reading

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Split Toning

Think about the light on an image. Consider an image with end of day sunshine casting shadows across a landscape/cityscape. The sunlit areas get warm, orangish light, whilst the shadows will be colder, with light from the blue sky. You … Continue reading

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