Author: kelbyone

Gritty Texture Effect in Photoshop

An excerpt from Corey Barker’s Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers. I’m a big fan of textures. I keep a folder of nothing but textures for any occasion. Whether they’re from iStockphoto, Fotolia, my own camera, or even my phone, I always like to have a variety on hand. In this project, we’ll use a simple texture file to add an element of grit and ruggedness to a photo. Textures can have so many uses beyond their face value; you just have to look at them a little differently. STEP ONE: Open the file of the rugged cowboy...

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Boosting Specific Colors

CREDIT: MATT KLOSKOWSKI Often, you’ll have a photo where one of the colors just doesn’t stand out like it did when you took the photo. One of the benefits of a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer is that you can target specific colors with it, and not the whole photo. Plus, the ability to hide the changes with the layer mask on the adjustment layer can really help create some strong images. STEP 1: Open a photo where some of the colors just don’t have the same punch that the others do. In this example, the yellows and blues look like...

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Will High Resolution Video Ever Replace Still Photography?

In case you haven’t noticed, we exist in a world of technological development that’s increasing at exponential rates. Even though prototype digital cameras existed back in the 1970’s, they weren’t a common consumer product until the late 90’s. Since then, imaging technology has reached levels nearly beyond belief. Some cell phone cameras boast resolutions, which at one time, only existed in sci-fi books. We’ve seen more than just increases in resolution; we’ve enjoyed faster and more accurate autofocus, increased light sensitivity, decreased aliasing and noise, and more accurate color rendering. At the same time, as video cameras shifted to...

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Branding a Brand

This technique largely grew out of frustration because, a while back, I was doing a project and needed a really realistic branding effect on a wood grain. Every tutorial I found just fell short of what I needed. So, I started playing around and finally got a result I was happy with. You know the old saying: “If you want it done right…” STEP ONE: First, we need a cool background texture to apply the effect to, Here, I have a great aged-wood image that has some nice texture and the tonal range for the effect to be convincing,...

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5 Tips for Shooting Stellar Interior Photography

Interior photography can be tricky. Each space has a story to tell, a personality to express, and unique needs to be met. Wide lenses, a sturdy tripod, and a beautifully designed space all help, but if you’re looking to step up your game, the following tricks can help. 1. Clean the Space While we all know to clean up before any interior photo shoot, we often don’t realize just how much more we actually need to clean. Be sure to clear off as much floor space as possible so the space opens up visually. Flat surfaces like tables, countertops,...

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