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Learn Adobe Photoshop - How To Fix Overexposed Images

- - Sanny Tendilla

By David Peters




Photoshop can help provide a solution for those overexposed photos. The easiest way to do this is to open it in Photoshop and select Image- Adjustments- Shadow/Highlight (CS-only, for pre-CS look below). While you will see an immediate difference in your photo, it will probably be too intense but this can be used as a starting point. The defaults pre-set in Photoshop are usually extreme. Simply adjust the Amount Slider and the Tonal Width Slider in both the Highlights and Shadows until balanced to your liking.

Fixing Overexposed Photos, Pre-CS - The Layer Sandwich Trick If you don't have CS, then the following trick will help you achieve similar results.

Step 1 - New Layer Open your photo and choose Layer- Duplicate Layer to make a copy of the Background Layer, or by dragging it to the New Layer Icon at the bottom of the Layers palette.

Step 2 - Change The Blend Mode Change the Blend Mode of the new layer from Normal to Multiply in the Layers palette to uniformly darken the photo.

Step 3 - Repeat Now repeat the entire process again. Create a new layer, change the blend mode to multiply, and watch the result. Continue doing this over and over until you go from "it's almost just right" to "it's awful!"

Step 4 - Lower The Opacity Now leave that last layer active even though it's taken you too far and lower the Opacity using the slider at the top right of the layers palette. This lowers the intensity of the effect. When you've found the right amount, you can flatten your image.

Step 5 - Flatten And Save Choose Layer- Flatten or use the palette's fly out menu and choose Flatten Image. Save your file (File- Save) and that's it!




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The Beginner Guide Taking A Look Inside Photoshop CS5

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By David Peters




Photoshop CS5 is a highly optimized edition released by Adobe. This edition is certainly specialized at supporting video, movie and multi-media experts. With its more efficient capabilities as well as powerful cropping and editing software, Adobe Photoshop CS5 has brought in a revolution inside the field associated with film / photo modifying and formatting. Very appropriate for architects, scientists, technicians, web designers, graphic designers and the medical community, this particular edition gives you the high end, and extremely easy to use composite and quick range resources in making your croping and editing experience a delightful experience.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 is without a doubt aimed to help amateur photography lovers and video clip editors attain efficiency in their occupation. Here is a list of several of the exceptional features:

Smart croping and editing resources: With its smart cropping and editing tool box, you'll be able to very easily do anything it requires to achieve excellence in your resourceful production in terms of a video as well as graphic. Right from changing shades, to blurring as well as enhancing areas of the photograph, as well as fixing the resolution of the picture, this edition is certainly loaded with all the modifying software imaginable. This particular modifying tool should make it among the best editions up to now with regard to photo and movie cropping and editing.

Painting and illustrating applications: Using a myriad selection of creative brushes, drawing tools, paint configurations may alter the elegance and excellence of your picture. Using these easy to access brushes, you'll be able to craft unique photos from your everyday pictures.

Edge refining and selection applications: Choosing part of your respective photograph couldn't be simpler by using these kinds of resources. The actual sophisticated refining highlights of Photoshop Creative Suite 5 enable people to select a specific part of the photo with just a click and refine it towards perfection.

Compositing features: With this particular function, it is possible to quickly line up layers within your picture to add a unique result.

Better printing excellence: The particular superior color software functions allow you to add reality to the otherwise normal looking image. Together with improved print preview windows plus more features within the print option, the imprinted photo is going to truly match the standards of a professional ten-on-ten photograph.

Apart from the above features, the Photoshop CS5 version is certainly packed with simpler to use features such as Smart Objects, Red Eye Reduction tool, In Design, Healing Brush, Image Ready, Illustrator, After Effects, and so forth. These characteristics renders this variation totally user aimed. This software is highly appropriate for virtually all the formats of images, specifically, TIFF, PSD, BMP, Open EXR, LPEG2000 and JPEG.




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Learn Adobe Photoshop - Working With Photoshop Blending Modes

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By David Peters




In this tutorial, I'm taking a brief look at opacity and blending modes in Photoshop and how you can create different image effects by using them. I'm not going to look at each of the blending modes - there are 23 of them - but more an overview of how they work.

When you blend layers you are adjusting the way pixels on the different layers combine with each other and this will give us some cool, and remarkable, results. Blending modes are a fabulous way to create multiple-image artwork.

To start out with I'm going to use a Photoshop file that has two layers. One layer is an image of a field and the other layer contains a farm house. When you're playing with this yourself you can just use any Photoshop image that has two different layers, with something on each layer.

I always like to start out with giving my layers a descriptive name. Don't just leave each layer with the default name of Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3 and so on. When you're dealing with large projects and possibly images with 20 layers it can become very tiresome when you're trying to figure out what's on each layer.

Step 1 To rename a layer, double-click the layer name in the Layers palette. A bounding box will appear around the words Layer 1 . Type a new name and Press Return or Enter .

Note: Make sure you click directly on the layer name, otherwise you will open the Layer Style dialog box and you won't be able to rename the layer.

Step 2 - Select your Layer Click on the eye icon on the newly-named Stairs layers. The image of stairs appears in the screen and the Yellow Wall is hidden.

Step 3 With the Field layer selected in the Layers palette, click on the arrow beside the opacity field and drag the slider to 40%. Notice that everything on this layer - the field becomes less opaque (more see-through).

Step 4 Lowering the opacity of a layer makes the artwork on that layer more see-through, so that the layers beneath it show through.

Step 5 Drag the opacity slider back to 100% so that you can see the Stairs normally.

Step 6 On the layers palette, click on the down arrow beside the field that says " Normal". By default, layer appear with a blending mode of Normal.

Step 7 From the drop down menu that appears, choose Hard Mix.

You should notice that the image changes quite dramatically.

Take a few minutes to try out different blending modes and see how the image is affect. Below you can see Overlay and Multiply modes.

The Multiply mode is quite probably one of the most frequently used blending modes. It blends layers to create a darker color, except where there are white pixels. The white pixels will disappear.

When you have found a blending mode that creates the effect you are looking for, select the Stairs palette. Click on the "Create a New Layer" button at the bottom of the Layers palette.

You should see that a new empty layer has appeared in the Layers palette, just above the Field layer, but nothing should have changed on the image in the document window. When you add a new layer, by default the layer is empty and transparent. We want to use this new layer to create a border around the image we've been working on. The advantage to drawing on this layer, as opposed to drawing on any of the other layers, is that it can be isolated on its own - turned on or off, transparency adjusted and other adjustments applied to the layer.

Please make sure that the new empty layer is selected and select the Brush tool from the Toolbox, or hit B on the keyboard. On the tool options bar, click on the Brush Preset Picker and select a rough looking brush. (I picked a Dry Brush Light Flow) and set the master diameter to about 100 pixels. On the toolbox, set the foreground color to black by hitting "D" on the keyboard - this sets the foreground and background colors to their default - black and white. Start drawing around the edge of the image to create a rough border.

Rename the layer as "B order". If you need to remember how to do that read back over step 1.

The benefit of drawing on this new blank layer is that if you don't like your work you can turn it off without affecting your entire image. You could also lessen the opacity to see how that looks.

Now that you have the basics of blending down try to play around with your image and add additional layer to your image, perhaps draw some more. Choose different brushes and colors and change the blending modes.

So that's it for our tutorial on blending modes and opacity. Obviously the best way to find out how they work is to experiment and check out all the different effects you can achieve.




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