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Colour match two images during compositing.

Often, when you are compositing images the colours of the two (or more) source images may not match. Perhaps you have a model taken under studio lights that you want to layer onto a background with a different colour balance. … Continue reading

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Adding a mist effect

Mist can enhance some images, and adding a misty effect in Photoshop is not difficult. Here is one approach, based on the method demonstrated by Sharon Prenton Jones at a WCC workshop, Jan 2024. In this work through I am … Continue reading

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Lens Diffraction – all you ever wanted to know, and a lot more besides.

You have probably heard of lens diffraction and its effects of softening your images when the lens is set to a small aperture (large f-number). The image above illustrates diffraction effects (Click on the image to see an enlarged image … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscope effect

Repeating patterns catch the eye, and the Kaleidoscope effect certainly provides plenty of repeating patterns. Kaleidoscopes use angled mirrors to produce repeated patterns (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaleidoscope), but this effect is easily achieved also in software like Photoshop or GIMP. There are lots … Continue reading

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Geoff’s Photo Doodler

The notes below should help get you started using my “Photo Doodler” program. First there is some background on what got me started on this project, then I give some examples, and then some brief instructions. Programming credits are at … Continue reading

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Triptych making in Photoshop and Lightroom

Geoff Shaw’s suggestions For some general comments on triptychs see HERE. This post will give a couple of approaches using Lightroom and using Photoshop. I use an example with the three images below (screen grab from my LR catalog). Lightroom. … Continue reading

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The making of an intentionally blurred image (VIcki Moritz)

So you spent years learning how to shoot images in focus? Just for a change here is how to make an intentional blurred image such as the one below Source images- demonstrating you can make something out of not much! … Continue reading

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Face in the clouds How-To (Stephen Hilton)

This How-To covers Stephen Hilton’s approach to create his image Face in the clouds. Start with a sky as your background layer (below). If the clouds are little dull, brighten them up with a curves or levels adjustment. Tip: I … Continue reading

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Select Subject tool

Adobe’s select subject tool (and some other applications have similar functionality) is becoming remarkably good, using AI approaches to make sometimes fiddly selections automatically. Here is an example. This is a particularly challenging image – the background is mottled, not … Continue reading

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Up-Scaling images

Introduction From time to time you may find you just don’t have enough pixels in your image. For example you may want to make a huge print from your image (or a smaller print from a cropped part of your … Continue reading

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