Posts Tagged ‘Photoshop’

Step 1

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.



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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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:



In this part I will try and show you in very basic form what Levels in Photoshop are for and how you could use them to make your photographs less flat and more colourful.


COMMAND + L will bring up this window labelled ‘Levels’. It shows the levels histogram which shows how much black and white tones there are in an image according to the tone scale. Photographs are read in black and white by our computers, so it’s all about dark and light tones instead of colours.

Levels Black

On an image with a lot of dark tones, the histogram would show a bigger spike towards the black side. Here, a full black square image creates a huge spike on the left side (dark tones) of the histogram. All other tones show nothing.

Levels Grey

A 50% grey image only shows a spike in the middle of the histogram, while the rest stays empty.

Levels White

And a pure white image will show a spike on… you guessed it: The white (light tones) side.

Levels Original

This is the image before any adjustments are made. The levels can be adjusted by moving the sliders underneath the histogram. As there are more dark tones in this image, the histogram ‘mountain’ peaks more on the left (dark tones) than the right (light tones).

Levels Moved

This is the image when the sliders have been moved to adjust the image. As you can see, the little sliders under the histogram have been moved, increasing shadows, contrast and making the image look less flat.

Levels Result

After pressing the ‘OK‘ button, the histogram changes to fill the full range of tones on the tone scale.

These are simply the basics of how the Levels work in Adobe Photoshop. There are a lot more things possible with this tool, but this should give you a decent idea of what levels can do for your images.