Beginners Guide to SFX
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Rob Woodcox took over Phlearn this week and started editing images with curves. He will show you his process of refining, and styling the image to achieve the look he was going for....
Using the Patch Tool The patch tool is perfect when you need to retouch a large area. After you have created a Stamp Visible (Shift+Alt+Optn+E), make a selection around the area you would like changed. These areas will include skin blemishes, under eye bags, w...
Selecting Out Your Subject In this tutorial we show you how to use the Pen Tool to cut out your subject. Using the Pen Tool can seem a bit daunting but you can see how easy it can be. We are able to cut the subject out of the background in less than one minute...
Getting edgy with sports images in Photoshop Portraits of athletes are a great place to experiment with using a contrasty, high energy, dramatic retouching technique. Here are a couple of our favorite methods to achieve this look. Lens Flare Photoshop has a bu...
Doing Lens Flares Right Lens flares can be a fantastic element in an image to add some interest and color. The lens flare filter in Photoshop can also be misused and over done. In this episode we’ll show you how to correctly add some subtle style. Starti...
I Choo-Choo-Choose You Today we’re using this incredible image from Chris to show how to use Photoshop to bring back detail into the shadows of an image and then doing some coloring and stylizing. Photoshop is incredibly powerful, this image was a contes...
Photoshop has a legendary array of editing tools at your disposal: Curves, Levels, Color Balance, Saturation, Gradient Maps, Channel Mixer, etc. Each allows you to apply unique effects to your images, so when your photo calls for a very specific kind of edit i...
Creating Custom Brushes Creating Custom Brushes is a great way to add more of an organic feel to your editing. Often times a regular soft round brush will not work for your image and you will have to go with something that imitates the texture of the area you ...
Halloween Scary Time Today we are using an image from our latest Halloween contest to show you how to add color to enhance the overall feel of an image. We start off by cropping the image in a little giving more attention to the subject and getting rid of some...
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