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Archive for the ‘Photoshop’ Category

Photoshop Layer Blending Made Easy

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Photoshop’s layer blending options give you the ability to quickly do “knock out” effects with text or shapes. You’ve seen these before. For example, you might have seen a montage of a child’s images showing through letters of their name or their graduation date. This can also serve as a great way to add a quote over top of a bridal or senior photo. Fortunately, the technique only takes seconds. Here’s all you need to do.

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300ppi Important for Cards and Templates

Monday, April 11th, 2016

If you are creating cards or composites in Photoshop or any other image editing software, make sure your file resolution is set to 300 pixels/inch (ppi).

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Nik Collection Photo Editing Software Now Free

Monday, March 28th, 2016

nik-collection-photographersGoogle’s high-end, seven-piece Nik Collection of photo editing software is now free for all. The company announced in a statement Thursday that it is no longer charging for the collection — comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that allow users to add filters to images, retouch them and more. It previously sold for $149. Nik’s applications are compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.

The Nik Collection includes seven desktop plug-ins: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. The collection is available online for download.

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Image Guide Makes Facebook Cover Pages Easy – UPDATED

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Facebook makes it easy to change cover images. It also makes it easy to end up with poorly cropped cover images that make your business page look unprofessional.

When Facebook changed their business page layout so that the logo image was no longer on top of the cover image, they didn’t make it easy to figure out how to align the image for both desktop PCs and smartphones. The problem is, they said to upload a 828 x 315px image to the desktop, and Facebook will crop the image to 640 x 360px for your phone!

This didn’t make any sense, so it was time to experiment.

After screen grabbing the JDLab’s cover image from both a desktop and a smart phone and manually resizing and lining them up in Photoshop, it turns out that the mobile subject area is only 563px wide. Facebook starts with your original cover image, crops out a 563 x 315px image in the center, upsizes it to 640 x 360px, and displays it on mobile devices.

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Use Match Color in Photoshop To Create Interesting New Images

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

merged-pallettesOne of the challenges I have in Photoshop is that for every option I know about, there are a dozen I have never tried. That’s why I was fascinated to learn about a PhotoShop feature called Match Color.

Match Color lets you insert the color palette of one image into another one, creating a new combined image. In this case, color palette doesn’t mean SRGB, or Adobe RGB. Instead, it refers to the overall colors or hues in an image.

By replacing the hues of one image with another, you can create some interesting effects.

Here’s how to get started with Match Color:

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Add Pizazz to Your Portfolio with Levitation Photography

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

levitation photographyLooking for something new to add to your website image portfolio (and to share on social media)? Why not try adding levitation photography?

Levitation photography basically means an image who’s subject appears to defy gravity. If you’ve looked at enough wedding photography, eventually you’ll see the most basic kind: the mid-air jump. Clients seem to like these, so if you shoot weddings, it might be worth having one of these in your portfolio.

However, if you shoot seniors, sports, products or still-life, levitation photography is best done using masks in Photoshop. This seems to be much easier and more realistic than green-screen or cutting out objects and placing them. Here are some great examples that show how these shots are taken. Imagine a baseball player in mid-air sliding into home plate!

How easy is levitation photography using masks? I did a bit of searching and found this page with more examples, including some video tutorials on how to use layers and masks to create the effect using Photoshop.

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Speed Up Your Website & Attract More Visitors

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

page-speedMost photographer’s websites are filled with large images. That’s great. However, the larger the image file, the more it will slow down the page load speed of your website.

Why do you care?

It turns out that over half the websites online take 5 seconds or longer to load the home page. Studies have shown that after only 4 seconds, visitors will get frustrated, click the back button, and leave your website.

Now you’re probably thinking, “my website isn’t slow! I see it every day, and I’d notice.” What you may not realize is that the first time you visited your website, the images were saved on your hard drive, so they aren’t downloaded every time you go visit. To you, your website seems pretty snappy.

Bottom line: the faster your website, the more impressed your visitors, and the less likely they are to get frustrated and click away before it displays.

So how do you use large images while keeping your website “snappy?” That’s where website image optimization comes in.

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Create a Transparent PNG Logo In PhotoShop

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

make-logo-1With the new ability to add a transparent PNG file in JDLab2You, some of you may not know how to create one in Photoshop. This series of steps shows you how.

If you haven’t worked with a transparent PNG file before, click the JD logo on the right, and save it to your hard drive. Open it in Photoshop. You can see how easy it is to add to your images as a new layer.

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Kuler Makes Selecting Perfect Colors for a Project Easy

Monday, November 4th, 2013

kuler-by-adobeHave you ever sat down to design a newsletter, a marketing flyer or even a web page only to wonder what colors to use for rules, headlines, buttons, backgrounds and boxes?

You’re not alone. After writing the text, selecting a professional-quality color scheme for printed or online marketing pieces is one of the most time-consuming things you can do. There are 16.7 million possible colors on a monitor, but pick any one of them, and only a small number of hues will blend with it perfectly.

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Order Any Size Print in JDLab2You

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

crop-exampleIt is easy to order a non-standard size print in JDLab2You if you know how to do it.

For example, say you need a 10×14″ print. The next size up is 10×15″. The easiest solution is to make a new empty white 10×15″ @ 300 dpi file in Photoshop, drag your image into the file, then add the text “trim” to the bottom 1 inch. Order a 10×15″ print, and a 10×14″ print will arrive at your door.

What if you don’t use Photoshop? You can accomplish the same thing in JDLab2You.

1. In JDLab2You, select the next larger print size than the one you need.

2. Instead of dragging the image into the product, use the “Draw” pager tool to create a new image node on top of it.

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