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    Portrait Professional 11 review

    By | Reviews, Software | 17/04/2013 11:28am
    Portrait Professional 11 screenshot

    There are plenty of plug-ins that can smooth skin tones and disguise blemishes, but Portrait Professional 11 goes a whole lot further.

    Nikon ViewNX 2: raw processing made easy

    By | Tutorials | 13/02/2013 06:00am
    Nikon ViewNX 2: raw processing made easy

    In this Nikon ViewNX 2 tutorial we’ll show you how to use ViewNX 2 to non-destructively improve the colour, tone, and exposure of a raw file.

    Nikon Capture NX2 Tutorial: how to use selections and masks

    By | Tutorials | 11/01/2013 11:02am
    Nikon Capture NX2 Tutorial: how to use selections and masks

    Nikon’s Capture NX2 photo editing software enables you to make and modify selections to tweak tones. In our Capture NX2 tutorial we’ll show you how to selectively target and adjust particular tones for greater strength and subtlety.

    Photoshop Levels tool: 6 tricks all the pros use

    By | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 01/01/2013 14:00pm
    Photoshop Levels tool: 6 tricks all the pros use

    Each time they open a new image, the first question most people ask is ‘Can I do anything to improve the tones?’. Even if you have a perfect exposure, the answer is usually ‘Yes’. A few tonal tweaks will often lift an image, especially if you shoot in raw format, as raw files are naturally a little flat straight out of camera. One of the best tools for controlling and tweaking tones is the Photoshop Levels tool.

    Creative forest photography: make a magical Tolkien world

    By | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 28/12/2012 08:00am
    Creative forest photography: make a magical Tolkien world

    Learn how to transform your forest photography into a magical Tolkien world using creative symmetry and a split-tone Photoshop effect.

    How to add reflections to your pictures of water drops

    By | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 09/10/2012 08:00am
    How to add reflections to your pictures of water drops

    Photoshop effects are often used to correct problems, but in this tutorial we’ll show you how you can use it for more creative endeavours as we improve a macro shot’s content and composition. In the start image, we can see a hint of the petals’ reflection in a water droplet.

    In theory, we could have positioned our camera to try to fill the droplet with background flowers, or even waited until the other droplets got larger to add more interest. In practice, we can take control over these elements more quickly and effectively using Photoshop to create reflections in pictures of water drops.

    A simple, clever way to rescue flat photos

    By | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 22/09/2012 10:00am
    Photoshop Tone Curves: a simple, clever way to rescue flat photos

    Sometimes, you may find your shot’s colours and tones don’t do the subject justice. Take our original image below – the contrast is flat, with little differentiation between shadows and highlights. This creates washed-out tones and drab colours. Shooting in raw gives you great control over tonal changes, especially if using the Photoshop CS Camera Raw editor’s Tone Curve tab.

    How to use Photoshop Actions for instant effects

    By | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 14/09/2012 08:00am
    How to use Photoshop Actions for instant effects

    Learning how to use Photoshop Actions might not be the most glamorous aspect of creative post-processing, but integrate them into your workflow and you’ll save bags of time by applying your favourite special effects in seconds.

    An Action is essentially a recording of a Photoshop process (you can only record Actions in CS; newer versions of Elements enable you to play Actions, but the options are limited). In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll create a cool retro effect by editing the red, green and blue colour channels on a Curves adjustment layer.

    Adobe Lightroom: turn your shots into classic Hollywood portraits

    By | Tutorials | 11/09/2012 07:00am
    Adobe Lightroom: turn your shots into classic Hollywood portraits

    If you’re an Elements user who wants to take your image editing skills to the next level without blowing your budget, you can shoot Raw files and edit them in Lightroom 4. Adobe Lightroom costs a lot less than Photoshop CS, but it boasts the same set of powerful Raw editing tools that you’ll find in the more expensive package. In this Adobe Lightroom tutorial we’ll show you how you can transform your pictures of people into classic Hollywood portraits in just 8 simple steps.

    How to sharpen raw files for printing using Adobe Camera Raw

    By | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 26/08/2012 10:00am
    How to sharpen raw files for printing using Adobe Camera Raw

    Learn how to use Adobe Camera Raw to sharpen photos for printing without exacerbating noise or creating halos in our latest Photoshop Elements tutorial.