Adobe Photoshop is the classic image manipulation program, and has become synonymous with the idea of editing pictures, to the point where the word “Photoshop” is used as a verb more often than not. It’s taken some time to earn and solidify this reputation, but what about the alternatives that are out there? Surely there’s no point looking for alternatives to a piece of software that can do anything you want it to, you might be thinking.
In fact, this isn’t really the case. What Photoshop lacks is the ability to inspire you if your photography work isn’t standing out the way you hoped. Once you’ve exhausted your creative juices, Photoshop isn’t going to start suggesting new ideas or opening up new possibilities, it’s just going to wait for you to decide what you need next. Some of its rivals are taking the next step and becoming truly creative and imaginative tools that you can use for stunning image editing. There are also better options out there for organising your photo library, and also for dealing with raw, unprocessed files.
Before we look to these potential alternatives, let’s consider the benefits of Adobe’s best offering. Now that the price of a Creative Cloud subscription has been lowered since its controversial launch, it costs less than £10 per month on an annual subscription to get the “Photography plan”, which includes an ongoing licence for both Photoshop and Lightroom. These programs complement each other perfectly, and between the two of them you have a range of powerful editing and organising tools to keep your growing photo library under control. It might not be obvious how to do everything if you don’t know already, but all the tools you could possible want are included in a single neat package. Continue Reading
“Orton imagery” as it was once termed in Photo Life magazine is a technique that famously originated in the work of professional photographer Michael Orton. He created the effect in the 1980s using a relatively straightforward process in order to imitate the look of watercolour paintings. Specifically, he was inspired by watercolours which have had details emphasised through the use of an ink pen.
The basic concept of the Orton effect is to use different versions of the exact same image and layer them over each other. One of the layers needs to be sharply in focus and overexposed, which originally would all be done manually on a professional SLR camera. This is the detailed element of the finished image and can be equated to the pen-drawn lines in the paintings that inspired Orton. The other layer would also be overexposed, but this time completely out of focus. This layer’s purpose is to add the depth of colour to the image in the same way the paint would in the watercolour example.
When it comes to entering the graphic design world, making fascinating pieces for a job or imparting artwork with family and friends, there are a lot of cool Photoshop tricks to consider. Whether you are simply experimenting different things with the tools or definitely know how to design a magazine spread, there will dependably be another alternate route or trap to make life much easier.
Make Image Midtones Pop
To avoid sharp shadows or highlights while drawing out the mid-tones use this procedure. Make a Background’s layer copy and then choose Filter-Sharpen-Unsharp Mask, and then set the Amount, Radius and Threshold to 50/20/20 respectively. From the Layers palette menu select Blending Options and in the this Layer area move the Shadow slider to 70 and Highlight to 185. Press Alt (Option) and separate the triangular sliders to drag the shadow point to 0 and the highlight to 255 and click OK.
Adjusting the Colorization Scheme of a Photo
Locate the colorization effect which is available under the image tab, in the adjustment menu. Given along with this effect are the color and saturation sliders which work simply like a scroll bar. Before you can utilize the color and saturation bar, click and check the little box at the base of the dialog box. Checking this box in combination with the sliders would permit you to deliver a unified color scheme for the whole picture. This tool can come in extremely convenient when endeavoring to match a specific picture’s color scheme with another consistently. Continue Reading