Category Archives: Tutorials – Photoshop
Download the invite here!!
It is completely adjustable. All the layers are in tact!!
Remember that you will need to download the fonts I used in order to change the wording. It is super easy, free and then you have them forever!!
(only HAVE to download the fonts. The others are just for reference)
I like to work with shapes on a grid. So to get the grid lines, press Ctrl ‘. Then, Choose the polygon tool. (in case that tool isn’t in all Photoshops, you can also get there by choosing the Pen tool and then clicking on the shape in the above menu). Then, set the number of sides to 3. Set your color to contrast the background. Click and drag to make your triangle
Now that I had the shape I wanted, I duplicated my triangle (layer) by pressing Ctrl J. You have to use the move tool (very top tool) to bring the duplicate out from behind the other one so you can see it. From there, I selected each layer and used the Transform tool (Ctrl T), to move it to the shape I needed.
I was now ready to make a duplicate of the triangles so I didn’t have to do so much work. Create a new layer by clicking on that post-it looking icon at the bottom of the layer palette. Click on the layer above it and press Ctrl E. This will merge it to the new layer. Press Ctrl E until all of the triangle layers are merged into the new layer. (see above)
Press Ctrl J to duplicate the half banner. Use the Transform tool (Ctrl T) to Move it where you need it and to resize so that it fits how you want it. NOTE: If you are resizing and want to keep the dimensions in tact, hold down the Shift key while you drag the corner transform box.
I needed another triangle for the center of the banner so I just made a separate one and then merged it with the others.
Open your digital paper. Drag it to your document. Press Ctrl T (transform) To size it to your invite (I suggest holding down Shift while you resize so you don’t warp the pattern).
Okay, hold down the ALT key while you hover your mouse over the line between the paper layer and your banner layer. 2 little circles will appear. While you see those click the mouse. A little arrow will appear. This will link the layers and put the paper only in the triangles.
I wanted a line around so I double clicked on banner layer in the layer palette and the layer style box pops up. Click on Stroke. Double click stroke and it will take you where you can change the size of the outline and the color.
Woohoo!! Imagine what cool things you can do with this!! Just add text letters right over the top. You could layer them and uses several papers for a cool look. You could even save just this part and put it somewhere you can find it so you can add it to anything you create in the future!
Here was my first attempt at a basic clean edit. You can notice that his face is still very dark. If I lighten the whole photo, it will blow out his shirt more and the sun areas of his face. I had a reflector but it was causing him to squint so much that it really wasn’t helping.
First, in the layers palette next to the “layers” tab, there is a “channel” tab. Click on the Channel tab. Now at the very bottom of the layers palette(only in the channel tab) is a little dotted circle. Click on it.
Lets take it a step further. The sun areas on face don’t usually bug me a ton. But on this photo, I wanted to address it. I select my clone tool from the tools bar on the right. Then, I selected an area of clear skin on his forehead (ALT+click).
Basically some layers are opaque and some are translucent. An action will work differently when layered on top of an adjustment layer as opposed to a duplicate layer…..
Here is how I eye pop. It is super simple. I am not a huge eye over-processor. I like them to pop just a little.
The reason I use a layer mask, is so I can incorporate it in to my workflow action and use it for every photo. Otherwise, I would have to do this seperately on every photo.
PSE-ers!!! – please do yourself a favor and download the free layer mask action from coffeeshopphotography!! It will change your life! It will also allow you to follow along.
The great thing about a screen layer is that it instantly adds light and exposure without dulling the photo. There has been times that I’ve had to use this layer at 100% but if you start with a well exposed photo, you just need a tiny bit.
STACEY BISHOP WORKFLOW UPDATE
Here, the sun is in front of me (basically, I am shooting in to the sun). This usually blows out the sky completely. I overexposed this photo when I took it so that I could retain some of the sky detail.
Have your photo open and in the Image menu, choose Duplicate. This will create a duplicate copy of your photo. This way, if you totally hate it, you can just delete the copy and still have your original edit in tact.
Now, go to the Image menu again. This time choose, Mode>Lab Color. This will change your RGB mode (standard) to Lab Mode (don’t worry we will change it back:)
Go back up to the Channel area and change it to b. Move the upper right corner over and the bottom left corner over. Press OK.
Image with Lab Color Pop (for when I’m feelin’ WILD:)