Friday, August 25, 2017

Enhance your photos with text

Learn how to add text to a photo, and then style and position it for unique designs in Adobe Photoshop.

1. Open a photo

Go to File > Open. In the next dialog, browse to a photo to use for this project, or use the one you downloaded from us (“add-text-photo.jpg”). Click Open.
Choose File > Open

2. Create a line of text

Go to the Tools panel and select the Horizontal Type tool. Click your image where you would like to insert text and type a phrase. When you’re done, press Escape exiting the text field. Notice that a new layer with your text has appeared in the Layers panel.
Use the Horizontal Type tool

3. Style text

See the type options at the top of the Photoshop workspace. Customize the text using the type options, which include font selection, type size, alignment, and color.
View the type options

4. Edit text

To change the text, be sure that you have selected the Type tool. Hover over the text with your cursor and click once. Edit the text. Press Escape to finish.
Edit text with the Type tool

5. Move text

If you decide that you want to move the text, select the Move tool from the Tools panel. Click and drag the text to move it.
Move text with the Move tool

6. Experiment

Use this technique to create postcards, website headers, invitations, and more. Experiment with different photography, type styles, and color combinations to create unique compositions. When you're finished Save your document by going to File > Save.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

How to Replace a Face in Photoshop in 6 Easy Steps

If you want to take the good face from one of the images and paste it into the second image, you can make follow these steps.

Step 1 

Open the two pictures in Photoshop. Drag the background layer from one picture onto the other – for my situation I dragged the foundation layer from the picture with two out of the three appearances remedy and dropped it into the picture that has just a single decent face. 

You will have a picture with two layers – the best has two good faces and the one beneath has the other one. Close the other picture.

Step 2

Select both layers in the image that you’re working on and choose Edit > Auto-Align Layers and select Auto.

Photoshop will now align the two layers so that the faces in both layers will be aligned on top of each other. To do this you need to have two images with very little difference between them and this image lined up pretty well as a result.

Step 3

Click on the topmost layer and add a layer mask to it by clicking the Add Layer Mask icon at the foot of the Layers palette.

The mask is filled with white by default which means that the entire contents of the top layer is visible and the bottom layer not visible at all.


Select black as your foreground color and choose a soft edge brush. Target the mask by clicking on it so you’re painting on it and then paint over the child’s face in the image to reveal the face from the layer image below.

Step 5

You’ll need to make some small choices about how much of the layer below you reveal with the mask – if you take too much you can paint back on the mask with white to reveal the top layer again.

I made some small adjustments around the child’s collar to hide the fix. The red portion of the image shows the mask – I turned this on – it won’t typically be visible to you as you work.

Step 6

Finish by taking a critical look at the final image and, if necessary, adjust the mask or add a new layer and clone elements from the layers below to fine tune the image.

I had to do a small amount of cloning of the little girl’s shirt to fix a small problem and then I cropped the image and it was complete.

The entire process took all of around ten minutes.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Change pixel dimensions of an image

Change pixel dimensions of an image

Changing a picture's pixel measurements influences its onscreen estimate as well as its picture quality and its printed attributes—either its printed measurements or its picture determination. 

1. Pick Image > Image Size

2. To keep up the present proportion of pixel width to pixel stature, select Constrain Proportions. This choice naturally refreshes the width as you change the tallness and the other way around. 

3. Under Pixel Dimensions, enter values for Width and Height. To enter values as rates of the present measurements, pick Percent as the unit of estimation. The new record estimate for the picture shows up at the highest point of the Image Size discourse box, with the old document measure in enclosures. 

4. Ensure that Resample Image is chosen, and pick an addition strategy. 

5 .On the off chance that your picture has layers with styles connected to them, select Scale Styles to scale the impacts in the resized picture. This alternative is accessible just in the event that you chose Constrain Proportions. 
6. When you get done with setting alternatives, click OK.

For best results when you produce a smaller image, downsample and apply the Unsharp Mask filter. To produce a larger image, rescan the image at a higher resolution.

Change the print measurements and determination 

While making a picture for print media, it's valuable to indicate picture measure regarding the printed measurements and the picture determination. These two estimations alluded to as the recorded measure, decide the aggregate pixel number and accordingly the document size of the picture; archive estimate likewise decides the base size at which a picture is put into another application. You can additionally control the size of the printed picture utilizing the Print charge; in any case, transforms you make utilizing the Print summon influence just the printed picture, not the record size of the picture document. 

In the event that you turn on resampling for the picture, you can change print measurements and determination autonomously (and change the aggregate number of pixels in the picture). On the off chance that you kill resampling, you can change either the measurements or the determination—Photoshop alters the other esteem consequently to protect the aggregate pixel tally. For the most astounding print quality, it's for the most part best to change the measurements and determination in the first place, without resampling. At that point resample just as fundamental. 

1. Pick Image > Image Size

2. Change the print measurements, picture determination, or both: 
  • To change just the print measurements or just the determination and alter the aggregate number of pixels in the picture proportionately, select Resample Image and after that pick an interjection technique. 
  • To change the print measurements and determination without changing the aggregate number of pixels in the picture, deselect Resample Image. 
3. To keep up the present proportion of picture width to picture stature, select Constrain Proportions. This choice consequently changes the width as you change the stature and the other way around. 

4. Under Document Size, enter new esteems for the tallness and width. On the off chance that coveted, pick another unit of estimation. Note that for Width, the Columns alternative uses the width and canal sizes indicated in the Units and Rulers inclinations. 

5. For Resolution, enter another esteem. On the off chance that coveted, pick another unit of estimation. 

To reestablish the underlying esteems showed in the Image Size exchange box, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS), and snap Reset.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

8 Photo editing tips for stunning photographs

When it comes to post-processing, Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, and Photoshop are professional photographers’ favorites. That’s why this article will offer few useful tips on these most popular photo editing programs. So, without further ado, let’s begin our list of photo editing tips that will upgrade your amazing shots.


Without a doubt, one of the main issues concerning photo editing is the workflow. Sometimes having to edit even just a couple of photos can turn into hour-long efforts. The process of opening, editing, and saving can become a pain.
Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw simplified this process by utilizing a series of shortcut keys. By pressing the ‘Cmd+C’ or ‘Ctrl+Shift+C’ (for Copy options) and ‘Cmd+V’ or Ctrl+Shift+V’ (for Paste settings) commands, Lightroom’s software helps to save a lot of time for such remedial tasks.


Photoshop CC has the option of enabling the Camera Raw interface. As such fast layer editing can be done in Photoshop. Simply select the layer, then go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter.
In order to return to the Camera Raw Filter at any time to fine-tune the photos, first convert the layer to a Smart Object using Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. This will prevent destructive edits.


It’s best, to begin with learning some of ACR and Lightroom’s panels before engaging in Basic adjustments. For example, before you make any substantial changes to color and contrast, check the Camera Calibration panel.
The Lens Corrections tab and the Enable Lens Profile Corrections option are worth checking out. Especially if you use wide-angle lenses, the automatic lens adjustments might push some areas of the image out of the frame. It’s a good idea to check these before cropping the image.


I simply cannot stress this enough. Not only does it save you time, but it also offers a better command of the software.
One of the most used tools, the zooming can be simplified by pressing and holding H. In Photoshop this will create an instant zoom. You can also hold the space bar to temporarily switch to the Hand Tool, dragging the image around to verify details in other areas.


By utilizing the HSL option in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom you can give a subtle boost in contrast between a blue sky and a cloudy one. To do so, select Luminance and then drag the Blue slider to the left to darken the sky. Do not over use it, however, or the edges of the clouds and other objects might intrude into the sky.

You could employ various other techniques such as applying a digital Graduated Filter, boosting the Clarity or Curves or increase the Vibrance or Saturation. Another useful option is the Targeted Adjustment Tool, which can be used directly on the image. Simply select it from the ACR toolbar or by clicking on the ‘bullseye’ icon at the top of the HCL panel in Lightroom. Afterward, simply click and drag on dark areas.


If you wish to apply a more stylish look to your photographs the following steps might prove useful.
Begin by uploading your photo in Photoshop and select the Brightness/Contrast panel.
Adjust Brightness to +25 and Contrast to +35. Set Saturation to -25.
Then adjust the Curves layer.
You can first choose Red. Select and drag down a little the center of the red line.
Then move the Blue line upward.
Lastly, select and move up a little the Green Bar.
Finish by selecting the Soft Light blending mode.
To complete, we just need to add two Solid Color adjustment layers. Select a pale yellow color and then set its blending mode to Overlay. Set Opacity to 35%. For the second color layer, you can type ‘f000ff’. Select Screen as its blending mode and Opacity to 30%.


The Presets Panel is located on the left of the interface after you click on the Develop Module. The color presets found there are excellent for experimenting. If you find yourself in a pinch and need to undo an effect, safely scroll down to the History palette. There you can click back through history states. Make sure you go to Lightroom Effects Presets and select Light Grain.


Adjustment Layers have the feature of being accompanied by a Layer Mask. This can be helpful when hiding parts of the tweak. By simply selecting the Brush tool and continue painting over tweaked parts with black. You can also employ the command Cmd/Ctrl+I to make the Layer Mask black, then paint with white to reveal the tweak.
By applying these Levels as Adjustment Layers you can, therefore, mask to restrict the effect to certain areas of the image.
There you have it, a short list of tips for photography enthusiasts wishing to improve their editing skills. I hope my article proves to be enjoyable and useful to you. For more tips on how to make spectacular photographs be sure to check out more interesting photography tips and techniques on
I always encourage my readers to search for inspiration. The web is such a resourceful tool when it comes to editing tips and ideas. If, for instance, you are looking for creative editing tricks to improve your landscape photography, check out this post on Street photography is another popular niche. You can have a look at this article on and learn how to create stunning urban landscape photography.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to Create an Energetic Paint Splashing Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Shoe advertisements are an incredible source of design inspiration. Inspired by the energetic movement and power behind these ads, I've created a fun paint splashing effect you can recreate in no time!

1. Create the Background

Step 1

Create a New Document in Photoshop at 960 x 638 px. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to Fill the background layer with a dark blue color #1f222a. 

Copy and paste your Watercolor Reference onto the canvas, adjusting the size to fit the background by holding Control-T to Free Transform. When you're finished, set the Layer Blend Mode of the watercolor layer to Divide. 

Step 2

Next, copy and paste your second paint reference, the Acrylic paint stock, onto the canvas. Set the Layer Blend Mode to Luminosity. 

2. Manipulate the Shoe

Step 1

Let's move on to the shoe. Extract the shoe from its white background using the Magic Wand Tool (W) and Cut and Paste it onto the canvas. Flip the shoe by going to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Then use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to rotate the shoe at an angle. 

Step 2

Create a New Adjustment Layer of Curves and Right-click to set it as a Clipping Mask to the shoe. Adjust the colors of the shoe slightly with the following settings for the RGB, Blue, and Green Channels:

By adjusting the shoe with Curves, the colors now look better with the background!

Step 3

In order to create a powerful splash effect, we'll need to separate the top part of the shoe from its sole. Merge the shoe and Curves layer together. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to create a selection on the lower part of the shoe. 

Once it's selected, Right-click to go to Layer via Cut to separate the lower half onto its own layer. Use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to Rotate both parts of the shoe to create an opening on the right side. 

3. Add the Splashes

Step 1

You can incorporate the paint splashes at their current color or adjust them to fit your needs. Open the Paint Splash 1 in Photoshop and use the Magic Wand Tool (W) to select and then delete the white background. Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness & Contrast, adjusting the Brightness to -14 and the Contrast to 60.

Feel free to skip this next step if you have a white paint splash you like. Since I couldn't find one, I decided to use a blue splash that I just changed to white. To do this, first select and delete the white background with the Magic Wand Tool (W). Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue & Saturation and desaturate the splash to -100 Saturation. 

Hold Control-I to Invert the gray scale splash, and then boost the whiteness by going to Image > Adjustments > Brightness & Contrast and changing the Brightness to 84 and the Contrast to 46.

Step 2

Now that we have the splashes adjusted, we can add them to the scene. Copy and Paste both paint splashes onto the canvas and Rotate them to fit against the shoe with the Free Transform Tool (Control-T). Feel free to take advantage of the Warp option to adjust the splashes even further. 

Now add Layer Masks to both parts of the shoe, as well as the two splashes. Hide the Visibility of the white paint. Use the Brush Tool (B) and a Soft Round Brush to paint black onto the Layer Mask of the blue paint in order to help it blend into the sneaker more. 

Do the same for the white paint splash. Paint black on the Layer Mask for the shoe as well to hide any parts you don't want to show through. 

4. Color the Paint Splashes

Step 1

Once you have both paint splashes seamlessly blended onto the shoe, select each Layer Mask and Right-click to Apply Layer Mask. To color the blue paint just like the bright pink parts of the sneaker, use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to make selections along the paint at the same width as those pink details. 

With the blue paint layer selected, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue & Saturation, adjusting the Hue to 107, the Saturation to 100, and the Lightness to 19.

Repeat this process for the bottom part of sneaker and clean up any harsh areas with a Hard Round Brush (B).

Step 2

Let's show a quick reflection of the white paint onto the blue. Control-J to Duplicate the white paint layer and Move it onto the blue paint area. Adjust the Layer Opacity to 25% and use the Eraser Tool (E) to erase any overlapping areas. 

5. Add the Finishing Touches

Step 1

Merge all the shoe layers together, keeping the background layers separate. To add some shadow on the background and texture on the shoe, Right-click the shoe and go to Blending Options. Add a Drop Shadow and a Satin effect with the following settings:

Step 2

Now set a New Adjustment Layer of Color Lookup as a Clipping Mask to the shoe to tweak the colors a bit more. Here we want to deepen the colors, so adjust the settings as follows:

Step 3

Add a New Layer and set it to Overlay. Use the Brush Tool (B) to paint soft white highlights onto the top portion of the scene. Make sure that some of the highlights hit the shoe as well. 

Intensify the scene some more. Fill a New Layer with a light gray color and set it to Overlay. Use the Dodge Tool (O) at 40% exposure to create stronger highlights along the top and sides of the shoe. 

Step 4

Feel free to continue to play around with your effect. Add a quick New Adjustment Layer of Curves for added contrast on the RGB Channel. Below is the final result. 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Work with Smart Guides in Photoshop

Step 1 of 7:

Turn your Smart Guides on!
By default, Smart Guides are on. To make sure they are on, choose View > Show > Smart Guides. For this tutorial, you will also need your rulers visible. Choose View > Rulers to ensure that rulers are on.

Step 2 of 7:

Change your ruler to pixels.
By default, your ruler shows inches. We want the ruler to be in pixels for this tutorial. Go to Photoshop > Preferences > Units & Rulers. Select Pixels from the drop-down menu next to Rulers. Click OK.

Step 3 of 7:

Option/Alt + Drag a Layer.
With the Move tool and the BBQ layer selected, hold down the Option (Mac)/Alt (Windows) key and drag the layer. Notice how measurement information appears in pink.
Drag the BBQ 480 px below the First BBQ. Option/Alt-drag another one 480 px to the right. You'll see a new layer each time you use Option or Alt drag.

Step 4 of 7:

Cmd/Ctrl + Hover over a Layer.
Select the top layer in the Layers panel. Hold down the Command key, and with the move tool, hover over some of the other shapes on the image. Notice how the measurement guides appear.

Step 5 of 7:

See guides displayed for paths.
Select the triangle Path Layer. With the Path Selection tool, use Option (Mac)/Alt (Win) and drag the path to the right. Notice how the measurement guides appear.

Step 6 of 7:

See spacing guides between objects.
When you move an object, Measurement Guides visually indicate spacing between the selected object and its immediate neighbors.
Use Option/Alt-drag to select and move the BBQ layer down and to the right, to align it with the other two BBQs. The measurement indicators appear when you have the three BBQs aligned and spaced evenly.

Step 7 of 7:

Experiment with the measurement guides. For instance, when you hold down the Command Key, you can see the placement of that specific object in the image.

Try making a pattern. By opening the “experiment” layer group and making it visible, you can build a pattern out of all the elements provided.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Insert an object/a person into a picture in Photoshop

Sometimes, you want to put a certain object or a person into a different picture. In Photoshop you can do this! In a previous tutorial, we already explained how to remove an object/a person from a background in Photoshop. It is clear that this is normally always the first step to take before being able to insert that selected object or person into another picture. As you will see in this tutorial, we have added a shadow to our inserted object to make things more believable and realistic. We don’t go further into this in the tutorial provided here because it would be too extensive. If you want to know how we added shadow to an object, click here. It is a rather important step! Now let’s find out how we inserted that scooter into a desert picture using Photoshop.


  • Open the picture with your selected object/person and the picture in which you want to insert it in Photoshop.
  • Use the ‘Move Tool’ to click and drag the object/person into the second picture.
  • Use ‘Free Transform’ (CTRL-T) to fix the size, tilt, and placement of the object/person.
  • Make sure to make some final alterations to make things as realistic as possible, like adding a shadow.

More Profound: How to insert an object/a person into a picture in Photoshop

As stated, we already extracted the object, a scooter, from its original background in a previous tutorial. Now we want to insert this object into a different picture. Start by opening Photoshop. Click ‘File’ and then ‘Open’ to browse your computer to get the image that you want to edit into Photoshop (or simply press ‘CTRL-O’ on your keyboard). Or you can browse your computer or external drive to find that specific image, right-click the image and select ‘Open With’ Photoshop. In this case, we have to do this twice! You want to get the image with only the selected object/person opened in Photoshop and you want to get the picture in which you want to insert this object/person opened in Photoshop. Don’t worry if you don’t see both pictures in the same window! They appear in different tabs.

Now that your two pictures are opened in Photoshop, start with the picture of the selected object in it. Simply click the ‘Move Tool’ in the list left in Photoshop, select your object (or person) and drag it into the tab that contains the picture in which you wish to insert your object (or person).

As you can see in our example, the scooter is way too big to really fit into the other picture.

To fix the size of your inserted object (or person), the tilt of it (imagine inserting the scooter on a steep hill) and also the general placement of it (you can also use the ‘Move Tool’ to get placement right), click ‘Edit’ and then ‘Free Transform’, or use the shortcut and simply press ‘CTRL T’ on your keyboard.

A transform frame now surrounds your object (or person). To fix the size of the object (or person) without altering the general look, make sure to transform it scaled, placing your cursor at the corners of the frame to resize. To tilt your object, place your cursor at a small distance from the frame until you see the tilting arrows and continue. Double-click inside the frame to end if you are happy with your changes. You can always transform things later again. As you can see in the following result, the scooter is now nicely scaled down to fit the background. But would you believe that this scooter actually stood there in the middle of the desert? No right?! Things definitely do not look realistic and believable. When you insert an object or person into a picture in Photoshop, always remember to make some final important alterations. Below we will show you how our example looks after some necessary changes.

As you can see, we made our object a bit less sharp to not stand out too much like it did before. We also used a brush over some parts of the scooter to conceal the reflection of cars. (In our original image from which we extracted the object, the scooter was located on a street with cars. Not very desert like, right?) Most importantly, we added a shadow. Adding a shadow is most definitely the most important thing to do when you insert an object/a person into a picture in Photoshop! Make sure that the shadow is correct and realistic and your whole picture will get a more realistic feel! 

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Enhance your photos with text

Learn how to add text to a photo, and then style and position it for unique designs in Adobe Photoshop. 1. Open a photo Go to File &g...