Excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 Release) In older versions of Photoshop, when we wanted to dodge and burn, we had to jump through a bunch of hoops (creating special…
One of our senior graphic designers, Margie Rosenstein, asked me to watch the new season intro for So You Think You Can Dance so I could see the geometric, vector-looking video graphics that were used in it. They combined a da Vinci-style mechanical rendering with a Minority Report-like computerized vector effect that was freakin’ cool.
This can be done in either Camera Raw (part of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements) or Lightroom’s Develop module.
This one takes a few steps, but it’s not hard at all. In fact, it’s simple, so don’t let the number of steps throw you. Also, at one point it does have a teeny, tiny bit of blur in it, but not enough to hurt anybody.
This is an effect I get asked about a lot, because I use it a lot. The particular thing I get asked is, “How do you get that look where your image looks sharp, but soft at the same time?” Well, it’s actually really simple, but don’t tell anybody it’s this simple, because I’d prefer that people thought I had to pull off some serious Photoshop magic to make this happen. LOL!
In my quest for the Holy Grail of portrait-retouching effects, I sought a look that was crisp and chiseled, yet sleek and refined. This couldn’t be an ordinary effect; it had to be created nondestructively…
Path Blur is the fourth of five blur filters in the Blur Gallery available in Photoshop CC and later. It enables you to add motion effects along a path to images. This tutorial will show you how to use the Path Blur filter to add some interesting motion effects to an image, and then we’ll show you how to use multiple paths with the smart filters mask to create a speed motion effect.
Adobe keeps slipping fun new features into each new release of Photoshop CC. In a recent release, they quietly unveiled a Flame filter that can be used to create everything from candlelight to dramatic flame-thrower bursts to flaming type.