What is your favourite trick?

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Tyler Martin Forum Member • Posts: 55
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French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

GPSMapNut Senior Member • Posts: 1,986
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kevin agar wrote:

Giraffe1 wrote:

I like to preprocess all my RAW files in the File browser before
opening them in photoshop.

To do this in the Camera Raw dialogue make your adjustments and
then hold down the ALT key and the OK button changes to UPDATE.
Just click UPDATE to apply your new settings without opening the
image in Photoshop.

My 2nd shortcut is after I do the above and want to open the photo
in Photoshop I do not want to open the RAW dialogue box. To do this
just hold down SHIFT while double clicking on the photo in file
browser. You will bypass the Camera Raw dialogue and open up
directly in photoshop.

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Henry W Regular Member • Posts: 440
Masking Tip

I found the first one one this forum and stumbled onto the second by a fortuitous mistake.

To view a mask in its raw form select simply Alt-Click the mask icon in the layers pallet. Alt-Click to return. In this mode you can treat the mask as a stand alone image and manipulate it as you wish. For example you can reverse it or copy it to another layer or.......

To view your masking select the mask and then press the "\" key. Press it again to return.

This is one of the most useful threads in quite a while. Thanks to all who contributed,

Henry

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Stinson Veteran Member • Posts: 3,843
Re: Masking Tip- one more

Shift click on the mask disables, it. Henry thanks for these tips too. They really will help me when I want to paint the mask. The "\" key is awesome.

Henry W wrote:

I found the first one one this forum and stumbled onto the second
by a fortuitous mistake.

To view a mask in its raw form select simply Alt-Click the mask
icon in the layers pallet. Alt-Click to return. In this mode you
can treat the mask as a stand alone image and manipulate it as you
wish. For example you can reverse it or copy it to another layer
or.......

To view your masking select the mask and then press the "\" key.
Press it again to return.

This is one of the most useful threads in quite a while. Thanks to
all who contributed,

Henry

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TMalford Veteran Member • Posts: 7,693
Re: What is your favourite trick?

Coming in a little late here, but:

I keep several documents in a folder labeled "tech tips". I copy and paste into them rather than create a bookmark here.

Also, maybe this is too basic to mention, but, semi-selectively apply any adjustment layer by applying a foreground (black) to transparent gradient. This works well on landscapes with overexposed sky or underexposed foregrounds....etc.

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Tom Walat Regular Member • Posts: 101
Straighten photo.

Use the Measure tool and draw a parallel line on top of a line you know to be horizontally level. Then go to Image> Rotate Canvas> Arbitrary and click OK.

  • Tom

jberth Contributing Member • Posts: 816
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Great thread !

Roger104 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,149
Cricket

Hi Cricket,

That is a dumb question no doubt but here goes, if I download one of the actions in your thread or if I buy one of Fred Miranda's actions, a dialog box opens click save where do I save it too (adobe 7.0) and where will it show up when I want to use it on adobe 7.0 I never used downloaded actions and I could use advice.
Thank you very much to all
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Cricketb wrote:

My favorite trick right now is running impressionist twice and
setting the top layer to overlay.

Also any of Mike Finn's actions

( http://homepages.slingshot.co.nz/~mikefinn/action.html )

are great for a quick and dramatic change.

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Kent C Forum Pro • Posts: 25,803
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Roger104 wrote:

Hi Cricket,
That is a dumb question no doubt but here goes, if I download one
of the actions in your thread or if I buy one of Fred Miranda's
actions, a dialog box opens click save where do I save it too
(adobe 7.0) and where will it show up when I want to use it on
adobe 7.0 I never used downloaded actions and I could use advice.

Rog,

Not Cricket but:

How to get, save and load actions:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=5767245

And no, it doesn't have to go in the Adobe path. In fact, in case you have to reinstall for some reason, it's better somewhere else.

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rapoffice Junior Member • Posts: 33
NICE

Henry W wrote:

I found the first one one this forum and stumbled onto the second
by a fortuitous mistake.

To view a mask in its raw form select simply Alt-Click the mask
icon in the layers pallet. Alt-Click to return. In this mode you
can treat the mask as a stand alone image and manipulate it as you
wish. For example you can reverse it or copy it to another layer
or.......

To view your masking select the mask and then press the "\" key.
Press it again to return.

This is one of the most useful threads in quite a while. Thanks to
all who contributed,

Henry

Thanks So much Henry before I was going to channels and click the eyeball on the extra channel to do the same thing.

DZO Regular Member • Posts: 103
Re: Straighten photo.

Tom Walat wrote:

Use the Measure tool and draw a parallel line on top of a line you
know to be horizontally level. Then go to Image> Rotate
Canvas> Arbitrary and click OK.

  • Tom

I use the crop tool to straighten an image.

Clear any settings in the crop tool and creat a smaller selection. Then find something in the picture that is level and rotate the crop window to match. Expand the crop window to get as much of the picture as you want/need and hit enter.
Use high magnification to be able to rotate in small increments.

A big thank you to all that have posted tips here. For many of us lurkers who are just getting started it shows the power of PS and also some tricks to try with other tools to see what it does.

Thanks again,

Zen.

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French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

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livin4ridin Senior Member • Posts: 1,197
Great method Ajay..

ajay kumar wrote:

From my experiences,

a larger "USM amount" and a small (1.0
a smaller (15-30) USM amount and a very(250) large radius = Haze
filter.

I really like the result using your suggestion...Thanks!
livin4ridin

Primus wrote:

dpnew wrote:

Primus wrote:

The
haze filter is actually a little different, and is a combination of
very high USM (150 or more), very low radius (less than 1) and 0
threshold.

Huh? That's what I use for sharpening.

Precisely. Most of us use it as the final step in the workflow to
give it that snap, crackle and pop. I have seen it mentioned
elsewhere as a 'haze filter' as it seems to 'clear the picture'
somewhat.

Like I said, many ways to do the same in PS.

Pradeep

Julio Veteran Member • Posts: 4,886
Everyone read Henry's tip...

Henry W wrote:

To view your masking select the mask and then press the "\" key.
Press it again to return.

I found that one a while back when I accidentaly hit that key instead of the right bracket while trying to enlarge a brush... It is very nice, specialy to control the extent of "bleed" from soft brushes around the edges.
It's an essential masking tool.

dpnew Senior Member • Posts: 1,153
Re: Masking Tip

Henry W wrote:

To view a mask in its raw form select simply Alt-Click the mask
icon in the layers pallet.

To view your masking select the mask and then press the "\" key.

I use those mask shortcuts a lot, but in the past I have always used "shift+alt+click-on-the-mask" to get the 'rubylith mask overlay' on my image(your second tip). Unfortunately it always takes me two or three tries to get the right keys: is it shift+ctrl, ctrl+alt, etc.? The '\' will be much easier to remember. Thanks.

Here's another mask tip: shift+click on the mask to turn off just the mask. You should see a big red X through the mask. If you are in doubt that masking part of an adjustment is improving the image, you can check by toggling back and forth.

I found the first one one this forum and stumbled onto the second
by a fortuitous mistake.

To view a mask in its raw form select simply Alt-Click the mask
icon in the layers pallet. Alt-Click to return. In this mode you
can treat the mask as a stand alone image and manipulate it as you
wish. For example you can reverse it or copy it to another layer
or.......

To view your masking select the mask and then press the "\" key.
Press it again to return.

This is one of the most useful threads in quite a while. Thanks to
all who contributed,

Henry

Roger104 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,149
Thank you very much Kent I'll try it (nt)

Roger

Kent C wrote:

Roger104 wrote:

Hi Cricket,
That is a dumb question no doubt but here goes, if I download one
of the actions in your thread or if I buy one of Fred Miranda's
actions, a dialog box opens click save where do I save it too
(adobe 7.0) and where will it show up when I want to use it on
adobe 7.0 I never used downloaded actions and I could use advice.

Rog,

Not Cricket but:

How to get, save and load actions:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=5767245

And no, it doesn't have to go in the Adobe path. In fact, in case
you have to reinstall for some reason, it's better somewhere else.

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Randy E. Crisp Regular Member • Posts: 169
Highlight/Shadow...

To find the whitest whites point, and the darkest darks, make a THRESHOLD adjustment layer and put the slider on the point right before it's plugged, (white) or completely opened, (black).

For example, slide the black over to the left to it's farthest point to find the blackest area.
You would then use the POINT SAMPLE tool and press down the SHIFT key and click.

That will place a point sample on the darkest part, of course you'd need to have open your COLOR INFO window.
Do the same for the white, and balance the colors to your tastes.
Turn off the adjustment layer or delete it.

This may not come in handy for all, but it works when doing the color-corrections for clients, I rarely use it anymore at home.
I hope that makes sense.

Randy

French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

FlipG Contributing Member • Posts: 712
Re: What is your favourite trick?

French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

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Vivek_DPR Contributing Member • Posts: 954
Re: Two portrait tricks...

This did not work so dramatically for me. Maybe my model had fairly smooth skin anyway.

However, this technique also chages the color of everything else around it. Maybe the skin has to be selected first ?

Dan Stamper Regular Member • Posts: 155
Re: What is your favourite trick?

I know, I know - its more than three steps, but its a great skin softening technique.

1. Use lasso tool, feathered at 10pix, and draw around area you want to soften - I go around the whole face. Then, layer/new/layer via copy.

2. Filter/blur/gaussian blur - radius 11.5pixels

3. Zoom in on the eyes, use the eraser tool (mode brush, opac 70%, flow 100%) click and drag over the areas you dont want to soften (eyes, lips, eyebrows etc)

4. Adjust the layer opacity to suit - I usually start around 36% and see how it looks.

Let me know what you think!

Dan.

French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

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