Welcome to "Another Photography Blog". We will feature photoshop tutorials as well as provide the resources to complete them. I hope to be a source of instruction and inspiration in your photography and photo editing endeavors.

Photographic Restoration Part 1

April 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Over the last few years I have restored and even colorized several vintage photographs from the turn of the last century. Here is a link to some of them

http://www.paulsportraitarts.com/colorizations

Here is a fantastic book on the subject   Book

There are a great many vintage photos in the public domain, one great resource is The Library of Congress

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/

I am going to use a photograph of Mata Hari for this tutorial, you can use your own photo or this one

Mata Hari

Here is a link to it

http://www.paulsportraitarts.com/mataharitutorial

Usually the first step I take is to turn jpegs into Tiffs before processing, but as this photo was large enough to begin with a jpeg is fine.

One method I use to restore lost detail is to tone map the photo, any HDR processor will work. I have used photomatix and have been very happy with it. Here is a link to there site https://www.hdrsoft.com/

If you do not have access to an HDR processor and would like to use these.......

HDR 1

 

HDR 2HDR 2

 

HDR 3HDR 3

These can be found here

http://www.paulsportraitarts.com/mataharitutorial

In Part 2 we will open these on separate layers in photoshop, until then explore create and have fun!

 

 

 


"How to add snow to a picture in Photoahop"

December 19, 2016  •  1 Comment

Happy Monday! Today we are going to add snow to photograph. You can use any photo, the one I am using is here

http://www.paulsportraitarts.com/dogs/h419e0dd5#h419e0dd5

Snow Textures can be found here

snow 1

and here

snow 2

This is Spot

When using textures in photoshop it is always a good idea to check the image size to be sure it matches the photo, this photo is 300 dpi.

After opening the photo it will be your "Background Layer", next open one of the snow layers on top or "Layer 1". Change the Blend Mode to Screen. At this point I would add some blur go to Filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur (about 6-8 radius), also a little motion blur can help too! Filter_Blur-Motion Blur (angle 23%distance25)

Next hit Control J to create a copy of Layer 1, click the Move tool and nudge Layer 1 Copy slightly, you may need the eraser tool to take some snow from Spots face, and to get rid of any large flakes.

You can use 2 or more snow textures, and move them, blur them, erase parts you don't like etc.....

To make the snow Pop a little more change the blend mode to Color Dodge.

And the result should look like this.......

 

That's all for now folks.......

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzza and a Great Festivus!


Quick color balance check with Photoshops Curve Adjustment.

August 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Happy Monday!  Here is the photo we will be using!

Anne Hathaway

Just click on the image and download!

This is a great image, I cropped id down to an 8 x 10

Then I opened Curves Control/C

Click the Auto button circled in red!

And this is what we have so far!

Next post we will explore more portrait photography enhancements!


See Spot

May 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Happy Monday! Today we are going make an advertisement for a Twitter Page

So open Photoshop

Go to

File-New

select-

Width-1024 pixels

Height-512 pixels

Resolution-72pixel inch

Background Contents-White

Now open the Spot PNG in photoshop

http://www.paulsportraitarts.com/seespotrun/h36a42f27#h36a42f27

Position Spot to the right by clicking

Control T

Then

Control 0 (that is a Zero)

grab one of the corners

Hold down the Shift Key to constrain proportions while you drag the selection tool

It should look like this

Now we are going to download a font. (Kenyan Coffee by Ray Larabie)

It is here

http://www.dafont.com/kenyan-coffee.font

We want Spot to be looking at the Headline

So click on the Type Tool

Set the font size to 72point

and add a headline

I also added the "Cambridge Arts-Open Studios" Logo

You can add any Logo you like!

After you add some type it should look like this!

 


"The Eyes Have It" part three

April 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Happy Monday, and welcome back to "Another Photography Blog" "The Eyes Have It" part three!

Today we will finish where we left off, so open your photo of Anne or the image you were using.

We are going to "Doge and Burn' using our paint brush so

Go to Layer-New-Layer     or Shift/control/N         or click the blank layer icon at the bottom of your layers palette.

Next

Go to Edit-Fill

and when the dialog box comes up

Contents

Use 50% Gray   Change The Blending mode of your new layer to Soft Light!

Now press "D" to reset your foreground color to black

Then press "B" to select your paint brush

Leave Opacity at 100%

Flow to 1%

Starting with a very small brush (a 1 or 2) for size and set hardness to 100%

Start to move your brush over the lashes and the the dark ares of the iris, the pupil,

You can switch from black to white by using the "X" key

You can use a softer, larger white brush on the S-C-L-E-R-A or just "The White Part"

Also using a soft, large brush set to white you can lighten the area under the eyes, the left side of the forehead

and the chin and neck, hit "X' to set your brush to black and gently go over the lips once!

When you are done

Flatten the image

Hit Control "J" to copy the layer

Select The Smudge Tool

Set it to Lighten

Set the strength to about 3

And with a large size about 60 gently go over any parts of the face that may need a little smoothing.

Don't go overboard!

Flatten Image

Control "E"

Copy Layer

Control "J"

with your image at 50% (always use an image sized to 50% for contrast and sharpening!)

Hit

Control "M"

to bring up the curves dialog box

select Lighter

Go to Layer- Mask- Hide All

Now go to your gradient tool

and select

Radial Gradient (White as Foreground Color)

(Black as the Background Color)

Drag your mouse from about the chin to the eye

Reduce Opacity to around 70%

Control "E" to flatten

Control "J" to copy layer

Control "M" to bring Curves dialog box back up

Now select Linear Contrast

Control "E" and Control "J'

and on the new layer

Filter-Other-High Pass

set radius to 2.8

click OK

Set Blend mode to Soft Light.

You can apply a White Mask and reduce the sharpness over the cheeks and other areas of skin

Layer- Layer Mask- Reveal All

Then

Control "E" to flatten

and it should look like this.......

 

Anne Before and After

Thank You for following along. I hope this tutorial was helpful!

 

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