Category Archives: Photoshop CS5

Practice: Double Exposure & Much More (Photoshop CS5)

I was so inspired by the following images by Karen To (which I encountered thanks to THE FLOOD Zine’s WordPress site) & Dan Mountford (found on the WordPress blog STYND).  You can click on the images to go to the original posts and see more photos!

Here are my interpretations:

I altered the Opacity, Curve levels, Contrast/Brightness and Hues of my design. 

These are my original photos:

 

& my second design (which was a tad more complex):

In this image I combined the following images using different Opacity settings:

    

In addition to layering all these photos, I changed the Hues, Curves, Brightness & Contrast levels of my final picture.  I used Paint Brushes and also applied some Colour Exclusion and Double Exposure techniques to achieve my final effect.

With lots of practice I hope that I can attain the same level of quality as my inspirations: Karen To & Dan Mountford!

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Curves Practice! (Photoshop CS5)

My Photoshop CS5 trial is almost over :( Time to shell out for the real thing!

I am obsessed with the Lens Correction & Curves features that I learned while applying the Vintage effect in my previous post. Here are some photos from the day my daughter was born (can’t believe it’s been almost 12 weeks!!) with a bit of a Vintage feel. I played around with the Curves, Brightness/Contrast and also used the Blur tool on the first photo.

These are the originals, for comparison:

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Project #12: Vintage Effect (Photoshop CS5)

I absolutely adore photos with the ‘vintage’ effect and I finally know how to do it!  Check out the awesome tutorial below to learn how to edit your own pictures.  It only takes a few minutes to do and after you have one photo done you can easily swap out the background images to try the look on countless photos (it’s addictive!).

http://veerle-v2.duoh.com/blog/comments/photoshop_vintage_effect/

Here’s my original image:

& my vintage image:

      

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Project #11: Blended Photos (Photoshop CS5)

As promised, I created my own version of the following photo:

I did not use any tutorials for this project (!) so it’s definitely not perfect but I’m excited that I was (mostly) able to figure it out!

I took this image of myself:

… And combined it with this background image which I took in England:

I played around with the Opacity and used the eraser tool to blend the photos, then changed the colouring and duplicated the image to get my final result:

TA-DA :)

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Project #10: Design Inspired by Matthew Kavan Brooks (Photoshop CS5)

Last month I was browsing WordPress & I came across some sweet graphic art by Matthew Kavan Brooks in a blog entry by The FLOOD

I loved the idea of combining real pictures of flowers with computer graphics and text.  My design turned out quite differently however, it was inspired by these images.

I incorporated a photo of some roses that I received for Valentine’s Day and played around with the colours.  Also, thanks to the following tutorial I learned how to make text see-through for the word “ROSES”:

http://www.graphicreporter.com/tutorials/photoshop_hollowtext.html

Finally, I used the Pen Tool to create the ribbon effect but I still need a lot of practice!

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Project #9: Art Inspired by Mother Mother Album Cover (Photoshop CS5)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  I got the new Mother Mother record yesterday and was so inspired by the cover:

Here’s my version:

I used this image of myself:

Then applied the “Threshold” feature to my photo along with some filters.  I created a ton of background layers in different colours, gradients & shapes.  Over top of my background I used different brushes, blurs and stamps to achieve a look similar to that of my inspiration.  I also used the pen tool to create a couple lines and applied filters to the final background image. 

Favourite project yet.

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Project #8: Add Eyeshadow to a Photo (Photoshop CS5)

Only 9 days left on my Photoshop CS5 trial! :(

This project is super simple thanks to this tutorial I found on YouTube:

Thankfully I found this old photo of me with my eyes closed on Facebook (so maybe I cheated a little haha).

Instead of changing the Blending Mode to “Overlay” I chose to use the “Hue” option and this is my result:

Great tool if you’re lazy like me and never wear eyeshadow!

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Project #7: Change Hair Colour (Photoshop CS5)

For this project I decided to learn how to change someone’s hair colour with Photoshop.  I used a written tutorial instead of a video however, I still found it easy to follow along.  The link is below:

http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/hair-color/

Here’s me with blonde hair:

& me as a brunette!

Such a useful tool if you’re planning on colouring your hair!  It’s also really fun to see what you look like with pink hair!

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Project Numero 6: Picture of a Thousand Words (Photoshop CS5)

Baby Ana decided to nap today so I actually had time to do some Photoshop-ing!  This project was super fun and it’s also easier than it looks (to me anyway).

I used the following video tutorial I found on YouTube:

Took this photo of me:

(yes I only have pregnant photos of myself)

And turned it into this:

I love it!

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Project #5: Make a Twitter Background (Photoshop CS5)

I recently caved and got Twitter so I decided to make a customized background with Photoshop; It was not as easy as I thought it would be!  The biggest challenge that I faced was getting the image size right… I found plenty of tutorials online however, none of them seemed to have the right proportion guidelines. I played around for about an hour and here is the size I used:

33.86w x 15.57h in centimeters

I changed my resolution to 50 lines/inch (to change go to Image -> Image Size -> Auto)

My design is pretty simple as I found the frilly ones did not look as good.

If you have Twitter, let’s be friends @ellencrawf0rd

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