Posts Tagged ‘Photoshop Skills’

Step 1

Use a photograph of a model on a plain white background, for easy usage. Then copy the layer using CMD + J.

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Step 2

Select the new layer and use the Wand Tool (W) to make a selection around the girl. Once done, it should look a little like this.

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When done, Inverse (CMD + SHIFT + I) the selection to select the girl rather than the background. Then Cut (CMD + C) the girl in and press the Backspace key in order to leave a hole in the background. The layer with the hole should look like this when we hide the other layer.

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Step 3

Now, we’re going to use Gaussian Blur on the layer with the empty space. We select the layer and then go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur. In this case, I used a pixel radius of 35. This will soften the edges and make the girl blend in like normal once placed back into the image.

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Step 4

Now, we have to put the girl back into the image. We do this by using Paste in Place (CMD + SHIFT + V). If we look at the image without any layers hidden, it should look pretty much the way we started, but with several layers.

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Step 5

Now we can start messing with the background colour. Because the girl was photographed against a white background, it’s a bad idea to go for a dark coloured background. Otherwise, the edges will start showing and the image will definitely look Photoshopped.

To change the background colour, we have to add an adjustment layer onto the background layer. To do so, we select the background layer and use the little ‘contrast’ button (Screen shot 2014-03-06 at 11.59.14) at the bottom of the layer screen. We then select Hue/Saturation in order to change the colour. It will now look like this.

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As you can see in the layer panel, there is now an adjustment layer above the layer containing the background.

Now, click on ‘Colorize’ in the panel that’s appeared and have a play around with the Hue and Saturation sliders. You can even adjust the brightness if you want. The following is the end result in my case.

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In this part, I will show you how to get comfortable with the basic use of Colour Range in Photoshop. This can be very handy if there’s a part of an image that you’d like to change the colour of. That’s exactly what I’m going to do right now. I’m taking an image of a red car and change it into a pink one.

 

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Step one is to open the image and click on Select > Colour Range.

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Doing so brings up a new panel. In this panel, click on the little Colour Sampler Tool icon on the right and make sure it’s the one with the + next to it. This will mean that when you make your selection in the next step, it will add it rather than detract or anything else.

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Now, in the little preview image, make the selection of which colours you’re looking to change. Select everything you want in a different colour and click OK.

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When you’ve done this, you will see that everything you selected in the previous step has now got ‘marching ants’ around it, meaning it’s selected.

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Now, go to Layer > New > Layer Via Copy (Command + J).

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As you can see, you have now made a new layer, made up out of the parts you selected previously.

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Now go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (Command + U).

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This opens up a new panel, in which you can change the Hue, Saturation and Lightness of your colours. In here, try to move the sliders of the Hue and change the colour to something like pink.

When you press OK, you should have an image that looks a little like this:

Colour-Range-Result

 

In this part, I am going to use Masking to transform a photograph and add some effects. This will give you an idea what you can do with Masks.

Duplicate Mask

The first step is to duplicate the image into a separate layer. Right Click on the image layer and click Duplicate Layer (Command + J).

Name Layer

Now, a box will show up in which you can name your layer. Let’s call it ‘Dog Copy’, that’s easy to remember. Once you’ve filled it in, click OK to create the layer.

Hue/Saturation

The next step is to adjust the saturation of the new layer. We do this by going to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (Command + U).

Hue/Saturation Menu

In the next box, move the slider named Saturation all the way to the left (-100) to turn the image into black and white. Click OK to confirm.

Add Mask

We now need to add a Mask. Click the Add Layer Mask in the bottom of the layer box. This is the icon that looks like a little rectangle with a circle inside it.

Brush Mask

Now, by using the Brush Tool (B) and the colours Black and White as your foreground and background colours, we can add or remove the original colour in the image. Make sure you have the Layer Mask selected to do so. To increase your brush size, press  [  or  ]  . To change the hardness of your brush, press SHIFT + [  or  ]   . To open the brush palette, press CTRL + Left Click anywhere. Use this to make the dog itself appear in colour, whilst leaving the background black and white.

Your image should now look like the image above.

Mask Selection

In order to make a selection from the Mask you’ve just created, Right Click on your layer mask and choose the Add Mask to Selection option.

Marching Ants

This will create the ‘marching ants’ around your mask, indication your selection. You can easily invert your selection by pressing Command + SHIFT + I.

Filters

You could now have a play with some effects to change the look of the background (so make sure you select the correct layer now) and make it look very different indeed. Do this in the Filter menu. Once an effect has been applied (or multiple effects for that matter if you wanted) and the selection deselected, this could be your resulting image:

Dog Result