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May 11, 2017

Costa Rican sunset

Filed under: Costa Rica,Landscape,Processing Tips — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Costa Rican sunset

Costa Rican sunset

A couple of views as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean from the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. The images were processed to simplify the elements and to try to give a smooth gradient to the sky.

 

Costa Rican sunset

Costa Rican sunset

 

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April 16, 2016

Barn in a Cornfield

Filed under: Landscape,Processing Tips — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Barn in a cornfield

I have been working on my processing workflow, using what might be termed “best practices”. This means things like

  • Starting with Raw files
  • Converting to 16 bit files
  • Doing each adjustment in an adjustment layer
  • Saving a master which includes all layers and adjustments.

On the last point, it is astonishing how large this master file can get. The master of the above image is about 200mg. I feel very happy with the process though. I feel it will be very useful to develop a consistent processing workflow. I’ll let you know the results.


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November 30, 2015

March 31, 2015

Photoshop Tutorial- Find Edges filter

Filed under: Flowers,Photoshop Tutorial,Processing Tips — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
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Put mouse over image

The Find Edges is one of my favorite Photoshop filters for playing with an image.Here’s what you can do with it.

I added a layer to the shot of the center of a Trillium and applied Filter >> Stylize .. Find Edges. It result in the image below:

Find Edges Layer

I then reduced the opacity of this layer to something I liked the look of (in this case 20%) and flattened the layers. The result was this:

Lowered Opacity to 20%

At this point I just had some fun with it. Raised the light levels, stomped on the contrast and juiced up the saturation. When I was happy with it, I had this:

Final Image

Following are a couple more examples:

Venice Scene Orkney Stone House

Index to Photoshop Tutorials.

This tutorial is a part of the Photoshop Workflow Series

 

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August 8, 2014

May 8, 2014

February 7, 2014

December 6, 2012

Photoshop Tutorial- Creating a Background Blur

Filed under: Photoshop Tutorial,Processing Tips — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

The following photoshop procedure will allow you to create a realistic motion blur on any portion of the image.

The Before Image

1.Use your favorite selection tools and select that portion of the image which will not have motion blur. In our example, we carefully select the hawk.
2. Deselect {SELECT > DESELECT or CNTR-D}
3. Duplicate layer { LAYER > DUPLICATE LAYER > OK}
4. Clone away a portion of the subject all around its edges. You don’t need to be too neat as the rest of the process will obscure it. This is necessary to ensure that portions of the subject don’t bleed into the background when the motion blur is applied.

Image with Cloned edges

5. Apply a motion blur {FILTER > BLUR > MOTION BLUR} I used a setting of 0′ angle and 34 pixels in length for this 600 pixel width example.

Image with Motion Blur applied

6. Reselect {SELECT > RESELECT}

7. Clear the selection and allow the subject from the background to show through {EDIT > CLEAR}

8. Deselct and flatten the image {SELECT > DESELECT} { LAYER > FLATTEN IMAGE}

9. Touch up the transition area between the subject and the blurred background with a pass of the blur tool to reduce the sharpness of the transition. I use about a 5 pixel diameter tool.

Final Image

Index to Photoshop Tutorials.

This tutorial is a part of the Photoshop Workflow Series


 

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