Photoshop Tips From Black and White Conversions to Correcting Colour Casts
Why? How could our Photoshop tips help you? Imagine the amount of (otherwise great) photos you discard because they are either a little under or over exposed. Maybe something got in the way of that perfect photo just as you fired or some other minor imperfection made you hit that delete key!
Using Photoshop, I can guarantee you will have hundreds more keepers in your files, I have saved literally thousands of pictures using Adobe’s premier editing suite. In fact I would bet money on you going through ALL of your old photographs and “tweaking” them, I did!
For the last few years, it has added a whole new dimension to my photography. Years ago I built a black and white darkroom in the loft, and it took AGES, and copious amounts of paper and chemicals, to satisfy my creative itch! Needless to say, colour processing didn’t get a look in, I left that to the pros at the labs!
When I first discovered Photoshop, I was baffled and bemused by the sheer scale of what I was looking at, I may as well be learning Japanese! It is the most comprehensive editing software available today and I suspect for a long time. I read up on as many Photoshop tips as I could find from magazines, websites and lately, blogs.
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In typically “Me” style, I just loaded a photograph and started to play around, clicking this, sliding that … it wasn’t long before I got very frustrated with the sheer amount of features and effects available and so I shut the whole thing down for a while.
Then I started to read, and to listen to other people and their own Photoshop tips, people who knew what they were doing, and it wasn’t long before I was as “at home” with Photoshop as I was up in the loft in the early 80’s! It is not unusual for me to spend up to 8 hours a day on Photoshop CS nowadays. I run EVERY photograph I take through it whether for minor adjustments, or a full creative splurge!
I will show you simple Photoshop tips and techniques such as turning a somewhat bland photograph into something usable, for example…
A large Spanish Real Estate company, asked me to do something with their logo for an awards ceremony. This is the logo…
This took a lot more work but, once you know how, it isn’t that difficult!
The same company asked me to produce an A1 print based on the Ocean’s Eleven theme using the Directors of the company. Again, using the wonders of Photoshop CS I came up with this. I think they liked it, it is still hanging on the wall as large as life! With today’s technology, online printing services can produce anything from postcards to banners, right from your desktop!
If you are serious about photography and feel that you want to explore a new and exciting avenue, give it a try. Once you get the hang of it, I can assure you that you will Always use it! It will really get your creative juices flowing.
Oh, and you don’t have to have the latest version to get creative. Why not look at Photoshop CS2, a few generations old now but still great software and a lot cheaper than the latest reincarnation!
Review – Adobe Photoshop CS2
There are many other editing suites out there but none come close to Adobe Photoshop in terms of features, functionality and professionalism. However, it is pricey and not feasible for many people. With the amount of programs available, most with free trial, it is easy to end up with a PC that has 5 or more editing programs on it!