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Black & White in Photoshop Elements

At the last meeting I demonstrated the use of the Enhance > Convert to Black and White… tool for converting images to black and white. While this tool is still a perfectly acceptable way of doing this, I have since discovered this tutorial that uses a different, in many ways better technique for this.

If you would like a refresher on the demonstration I gave, there is a two-part video tutorial here that you can take a look at. Please note though that this video uses Photoshop Elements 5 and the conversion dialog has changed since then, with the thumbnails for adjusting red, green and blue channels, as well as contrast being replaced with slider controls.

The other technique I demonstrated was how to retain only selected areas in colour while converting the image to black and white. This tutorial demonstrates how to do that as well as revealing some other ways of doing the black and white conversion.

Photoshop Makeovers

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So there you are, taking rather fantastic photos, and then, one day, you realise that everyone else seems to be getting better results. Unfair? Possibly. Or perhaps they’re just handier in Photoshop. Like my old friend Maxwell. I recently came across three of his photo-shopped portraiture sessions (one, two, three), and was rather impressed.

For the purpose of this article, let’s shelve any reservations you might have about the ethics of photoshopping the hell out of a portrait or fashion image (you’ve all seen this video, right?), and have a look at how it can be done. As a wise old man once told me, only if you have the skills to do something do you have the skills to choose not to do it…

Maxwell graciously accepted the challenge to talk us through how he edits his portraits, and is using a photo of himself to go through the process… Take it away Max!

Photoshop Makeovers :: Photocritic photography blog

5 Secrets of the Photoshop Crop Tool

5 Secrets of the Photoshop Crop Tool

If you’re used to clicking the crop tool dragging the tool over your image and pressing Enter, it may surprise you to know that there are other options that you can use when cropping in Photoshop.

Here are my five “best-kept secrets” of the Photoshop crop tool.

Fixing Perspective in Photoshop – It’s Easy

+Fixing Perspective in Photoshop – It’s Easy! | x=blog+stay+informed

This workflow is by far the shortest and easiest path to fixing the Leaning Tower of Pisa effect that often happens when shooting architectural photos without fancy equipment like a View Camera or a Tilt Shift Lens.

53 Crazy-good Digital Photography Tutorials

53 Crazy-good Digital Photography Tutorials – Psdtuts+

Though Photoshop has grown over time to become a many-armed beast of a program, it was first created with the modest aim of helping users to modify and improve their digital photography. In this post we return to Photoshop’s roots with a wonderful collection of digital photography and photo editing tutorials.

Burning & Dodging With Adjustment Layers And Masks

Burning & Dodging With Adjustment Layers And Masks

Non-destructive burning & dodging is most often done with a 50% gray fill layer. Although using this method has worked for me in the past, I’ve found it difficult to predict what sort of result I would ultimately attain when finished. Lately, I’ve been using adjustment layers with a mask to do my burning & dodging and I’ve found that I have more control over image tone and contrast.

The benefit of using this method is that once the layer mask is applied, you can easily re-open the layer adjustment dialogue box and change the amount of brightness or darkness given to particular areas.

Lightroom 2 vs Bridge CS4 / CS3

PhotographyBB: Lightroom 2 vs Bridge CS4 / CS3

Being a user of both Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 with Adobe Bridge, I often get asked what the differences are, if any, between the two programs and why one may be better than the other. If you are trying to make the decision between Lightroom 2 or Photoshop CS4, there are few differences between the actual capabilities of these suites, however, those differences may be a big factor in the decision on which software to go with.