Control “Out of Gamut” Colours & Soft Proofing Images for Print

Printing Basics, Soft Proofing and "Out of Gamut" Colours Both your eyes and your computer monitor can see millions of different colours, and while modern high end printers can print an impressive range of colours, they are more limited in what colours they can print compared to what you can see on your monitor. These colours that cannot be printed are called "out of gamut colours" and are outside the range of colours that the printer is capable of reproducing. I had written and made a video about "How to Retain Highlight and…Read more …

Straighten Horizon Line

Three easy methods for straightening your photographs. It is very easy to end up with a crooked photograph, especially when you are shooting hand-held. Even the most seasoned pro photographers make photographs that need to be straightened, usually this is because you are so focused on the subject, trying to a capture a moment that the background becomes a lesser priority and you end up with a photograph that is a little wonky. The image itself may be stunning, but needs a little correction in order for the horizon line of the background…Read more …

Selective Sharpening

Selective sharpening for print output. Sharpening photographs for prints is more subtle practice than sharpening JPEG or PNG files for the world wide web. Only certain areas of a photograph may require sharpening. A portrait or beauty photograph will most likely need selective sharpening, perhaps on the mouth, nose, cheek bones, hair, or eyebrows, and most importantly the eyes. You may want to sharpen around the eyes, like the upper and lower eyelids and the eyebrows, but want it to be less sharp than the iris and pupils. Both eyes may need to be…Read more …

Understanding Histograms

How to Use Histograms Introduction Probably the most useful as well as the least used and understood tool in your digital camera is the histogram. Histograms are the reason why I don't have to bring my light-meter with me anymore when I am out photographing landscapes ( I will always use a light-meter when photographing people). A histogram is a visual graphic representation tool that analyses the exposure range in the photograph you just made. Unlike a light-meter which measures light before the exposure, the histogram analyses the image after the exposure. Thinking…Read more …

Photoshop Performance Preferences

How to get the best performance out of Photoshop. The first thing everyone should do after installing Photoshop is set up their performance preferences. On a PC  go to menu "Edit", "Preferences" > "Performance", or "Photoshop" "Preferences" > "Performance" if you are using a Mac. The fastest way to access preferences is to use the keyboard command CTRL + K which will bring up the general preferences dialog box, then select "Performance" from the menu on the left side of the dialog box. Memory Usage In the "Performance" dialog window you will have…Read more …

Burning and Dodging, Non-Destructive Technique using a Fill Layer

How to burn and dodge in Photoshop. Back in the days before computers, blogs, digital images, and electricity ( well..., okay maybe not that far back ), photographers used a variety of special techniques in the darkroom to help their negatives reach the maximum in potential on photographic paper. Probably the most popular and most important technique was burning and dodging. The purpose of burning and dodging is to bring out tonally the maximum potential of the photograph on the paper that you are printing on. If you printed a photograph using a…Read more …

Brightening and Whitening Teeth

[ Video Tutorial ] How to use adjustment layers with quick mask in Photoshop. Brightening and whitening teeth using the quick mask with a hue/saturation adjustment layer. Remember to be careful to not go to far in your retouching. It is better to be understated than to have badly over done your photo editing. Sometimes when it looks good it is not , so take a break from looking at the image and come back to it with fresh eyes. Keyboard shortcuts used q for Quick Mask Ctrl + J ( Command +…Read more …

Retouching Skin While Retaining Skin Texture.

[ Video Tutorial ] How to keep skin texture when retouching blemishes and lightening shadows, using the healing tool with the fade dialog box. The Fade Dialog Box, is one of the least well known of the tools available to Photoshop users, but it is the most powerful and exact tool for retouching skin and lightening shadows. Check out this video to see why.   Keyboard shortcuts used, Ctrl + J ( Command + J for mac ) create new duplicate background layer. Ctrl + Z ( Command + Z for mac ) to…Read more …