Photoshop isn’t something I’m really used to using. Instead preferring to edit my photographs in Lightroom. Luckily there isnt too much difference, though the possibilities with photoshop are far greater. Usually when it comes to editing my photos, I tend to keep it simple, I much prefer to take a photograph that only needs a few tweaks, mainly giving it that little pop of contrast, or heightening the shadows for drama. That being said I have still given photoshop a lot more time since starting this project. Here are the edits required for this unit.
Vignette is an edit I use quite a lot of. I love the “fine art” vibe it gives to a photo, the moody style and emphasis of shadows really appeals to me. To create this, I refined the edge (using the lasso tool) and feathered until I was happy with the way it looked. I then inversed the selection. I then clicked “D” on the keyboard, CMD – Back to see what my colour focus was (though by doing this I know the focus would go to white) I clicked ‘X’ to change it to black meaning the black shadow fell around the edges instead of through the centre. I then changed the opacity to what I personally thought fit the photograph. To save the photograph I Simply clicked save, changed the format from PSD to high quality JPEG and saved to the folder marked “college work.” This is to make sure the photo is saved for the right use (internet) and in the right place for when I need it.
Creating a Polaroid image in photoshop is fairly simple. First, I cropped my existing image to a 1/1 square ratio. I then added some noise, before clicking gradient mapping- choosing two warm colours from the existing photo to give the photo that warm, aged ‘polaroid’ look. I used the method above to add a slight vignette. And then to add the new edited image to a polaroid background. I created a new canvas, added the image to it , made it white, before re-sizing, giving the bottom of the new document a much bigger amount of space to give that polaroid look. ( I originally created a 3 cm border around the entire thing, before adding an extra 6cm onto the bottom.) I chose not to add any text. To save, I repeated the process mentioned in the above photo.
Creating this image was so much fun! And much easier than I thought it would be. After taking three images in the same setting – but with the subject in a different place. I dragged and dropped all three onto photoshop, I then did the same, combining all three images onto one page. I temporarily hid the top images, clicked layer mask, then the paintbrush. I made Black as the forefront colour before re-sizing the size of my paintbrush to fit snugly with the “rubbing out” I’d be doing. I double checked the hidden images, before rubbing in the subject in the image underneath. Once done, I merged the new image with the top image and repeated the process until all three images had been combined into one layer. Again to save, I did the same as the others.
Combining images from two different sources.
Combining images from two different sources, has probably been the edit I’ve struggled most with. I have no idea why, but I do have a tendency to over complicate things, so thats probably it. However, here’s my finished interpretation. After cropping the original image, I selected the subject and deleted the background, I then refined the edges to make sure it wasn’t looking so blocky. I created a new layer for the background in a light grey before inserting the enlarged grassy image over the top of both selected images.. I had a play around with opacity and tones before saving. You can find every step I took in the slideshow above.
Black & White.
To make an Image black and white I simply loaded in the image I wanted to edit, before clicking adjustments upon the top bar. I scrolled down until I found the ‘Black and white tab’ which brought up a box for adjusting the shades. I altered accordingly, before saving as I have done on the other photographs.
Cropped and resized.
Cropping and resizing a photo on photoshop is probably the easiest thing to do. To do this, I simply loaded the image I wanted, before clicking the crop button on the side bar. I then chose the size I wanted For the top photo I went with a standard A4 Sizing of 8×10, the one below however I gave a custom size to because I only wanted to crop out the break in backdrop. As with the rest, I saved from PSD to high quality JPEG and saved into the relevant folders, so I could find them easily.