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I have recently been playing with photoshop to learn how to edit & do cool stuff with pictures. Many of them are posted in this thread (some of the cooler ones are on page 2). http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...er-tricks.html

 

I use photoshop elements v2.0. Some of the steps might be different on another program. Here are some of the techniques I’ve been using. Please share the cool things you do with photoshop too!

 

Changing background to black & white

Use polygonal lasso tool (L) to select what you want to leave in color

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Change it to selecting the background using Select-> Inverse or shift + Ctrl + I

Select brush tool (B)

Change color picker to make the upper left color black

Click the image to open in full size.

Change mode to color (top tool bar).

Opacity should be 100%. Chose a large size brush, like 1153 pixels.

Paint the background black & white

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Removing sunburn (same technique can be used to remove other things from pictures)

Click the image to open in full size.

Zoom way in (view-> zoom in or Ctlr +)

Click the image to open in full size.

Clone stamp tool (S)

Mode: normal Opacity: 25% (good for keeping skin looking natural, for removing other items opacity can be 100%)

Click Alt button & click on section of good skin

Paint this section over a burnt area

You will need to click Alt onto new places every so often

 

Artistic effects

Go to Filter-> Artistic effects-> cutout

I usually prefer 8 levels. Resize the preview box & try the different variations

Do the same thing to choose other artistic effects. Some work better if there are no faces in the picture.

Click the image to open in full size.

 

Make the background a solid color (good for making cards)

Folow steps just like in the example where I made the background black & white except two differences

1. Select a color other than black (unless you want your card in black)

2. Set mode to nomal instead of color

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

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Here are the same instructions without pictures

Changing background to black & white

Use polygonal lasso tool (L) to select what you want to leave in color

Change it to selecting the background using Select-> Inverse or shift + Ctrl + I

Select brush tool (B)

Change color picker to make the upper left color black

Change mode to color (top tool bar).

Opacity should be 100%. Chose a large size brush, like 1153 pixels.

Paint the background black & white

 

Removing sunburn (same technique can be used to remove other things from pictures)

Zoom way in (view-> zoom in or Ctlr +)

Clone stamp tool (S)

Mode: normal Opacity: 25% (good for keeping skin looking natural, for removing other items opacity can be 100%)

Click Alt button & click on section of good skin

Paint this section over a burnt area

You will need to click Alt onto new places every so often

 

Artistic effects

Go to Filter->Artistic effects-> cutout

I usually prefer 8 levels. Resize the preview box & try the different variations

Do the same thing to choose other artistic effects. Some work better if there are no faces in the picture.

 

Make the background a solid color (good for making cards)

Folow steps just like in the example where I made the background black & white except two differences

1. Select a color other than black (unless you want your card in black)

2. Set mode to nomal instead of color

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Resize a picture to make a vista print postcard

Image -> Resize-> Image size

Unclick “constrain proportions”

Set to 300 pixels

Width=1677 Height= 1300

Remember about ¼ inch from the edges will get cropped.

Click the image to open in full size.

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For those of you who are interested in purchasing photoshop I highly recommend Elements simply because it has a lot of the features and is much cheaper. Personally I bought version 6 on Ebay for $20. great deal and it works perfect!

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I love the way some of the artistic effects look, but they can also make people look weird. So for this picture I selected around us & then inverted the selection to change just the background to cutout, solarize, or fresco.

 

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