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 …

How to Retain Highlight and Shadow Details for Print.

How to Use the Targeted Adjustment Tool on the Curves Adjustment Layer, to Get the Widest Tonal Range for Your Prints When you are editing your photographs to be viewed on your computer or to be uploaded onto a server to be see by the world on various devices that have access the internet, from desktop to hand-held then highlight and shadow detail while important is not exactly crucial. Often simply auto-adjusting brightness/exposure is usually good enough for viewing images on a computer monitor, especially since you should upload images optimized for websites…Read more …

Adding Grain to Digital Photographs

Simulate Film Grain in Your Digital Photographs. I think what I miss most about film when I am working on a digital photograph is the texture that film grain adds to the photograph. It is something that gives a photograph a unique feel and added depth, and in some cases created a mystery or a dream like quality to a photographic image. Sure, many digital cameras at a higher ISO create noise, but noise rarely looks good and it is something that the majority of photographers want to avoid. Most types of noise…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 …

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 …

A Incredibly Cheap and Easy to Make Portable Camera Stabilizer.

[ Video tutorial ] How to make portable camera stabilizer. In my last article I wrote about ways to make your photographs work, without using a tripod. Breaking the “You Must Use a Tripod” Rule. In it I talked about how to hold the camera correctly, how to breath while making photographs, and about using your environment to help support you and your camera in order to steady the camera while shooting hand-held. There will be times when you will be out shooting and you will wish you had brought your tripod, and…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 …