Category Archives: Photography Post Production

Improving your photos in the darkroom and on the desktop.

What are Smart Objects in Photoshop CC and How to Use Them in Your Photo Editing

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A very powerful and yet often forgotten function within Photoshop CC are Smart Objects. Smart Objects were originally created for graphic design use and introduced in Photoshop CS2. Since then, they have evolved into an extremely useful tool for photographers. One of their major uses is their ability to allow non destructive editing not only of the images but also of filters applied to an image. In this article we will take a look at some things that you can do with Smart Objects.

How to Create Duotones and Split Tones in Lightroom

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Before we go anywhere, we should discuss exactly what a duotone is. It has its genesis in the printing world where, to save on color printing costs, some editors would print an image that was a mixture of black and white with a single color added in. A Split Tone generally starts from a color image and changes the color tint of both the highlights and shadows. The Duotone was born. Although not so important in the publishing world these days, Duotones and Split Tones remain striking and interesting images and thanks to modern software, they are also easy to create. Today we will look at creating one in Lightroom.

Creating a High Key Landscape Using Lightroom in 6 Simple Steps

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High key landscapes are often dramatic and emotive images. They typically work best in black and white but can sometimes work well in color using desaturated colors. A high key landscape is always going to work best if it has been shot with that effect in mind. However, with a suitable image, it is possible to get a high key effect using Adobe Lightroom. The aim of a high key image is to have the majority of the tones towards the highlight end of the histogram. High key is not about over exposing an image, it is more about carefully exposing the shot to keep the shadows lighter but preventing the highlight areas from clipping.

Photoshop Tutorial: How to do Frequency Separation for Retouching a Portrait

The final result of the retouching done using frequency separation.

If you have seen some of the portrait retouching videos on the internet, you have probably stumbled upon the term “frequency separation” at one time or another. I have also mentioned it on several occasions in my posts here, and after receiving several requests to make a tutorial on it, I decided to devote a post specifically to the topic. In general, frequency separation is a portrait retouching technique which focuses on retaining as much texture as possible. Why is it called frequency separation? I’m not sure yet, but I guess it refers to the detail frequency, because you do separate the fine detail (a.k.a texture) from the coarse detail (a.k.a tone), right? The name doesn’t really matter, after all. It is a great technique to work with and it produces pretty astonishing results.

How To Restore Old Photos With Photoshop

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You’ve probably stumbled upon a photo collection from your grandparents, tucked away somewhere, left for ages. Since those photos will probably be older than you are, time and elements probably had taken their toll. However, with the modern technology and the power of Photoshop, most of that damage can be repaired, and some additional enhancement can be done as well. It would be a nice present for a birthday of your grandparents if you had one or two of those images cleaned up, reprinted and framed for them, right? Especially now when that can be done very easily.