Paul's Portrait Arts: Blog en-us Paul Brymer (Paul's Portrait Arts) Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:58:00 GMT Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:58:00 GMT Paul's Portrait Arts: Blog 96 120 Happy Thanksgiving, A Mata Hari Book Cover

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Photographic Restoration Part 1 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

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

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

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

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






These can be found here

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




]]> (Paul's Portrait Arts) HDR Mata Hari Photo Restoration tutorial Sat, 08 Apr 2017 19:05:46 GMT
"How to add snow to a picture in Photoahop" Happy Monday! Today we are going to add snow to photograph. You can use any photo, the one I am using is here

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!

]]> (Paul's Portrait Arts) another photography blog snow texture texture photography tutorial Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:32:03 GMT
Quick color balance check with Photoshops Curve Adjustment. 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!

]]> (Paul's Portrait Arts) photoshop tutorials portrait photography tutorials portraitarts Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:08:19 GMT
See Spot Happy Monday! Today we are going make an advertisement for a Twitter Page

So open Photoshop

Go to



Width-1024 pixels

Height-512 pixels

Resolution-72pixel inch

Background Contents-White

Now open the Spot PNG in photoshop

Position Spot to the right by clicking

Control T


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

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!


]]> (Paul's Portrait Arts) @CambridgeArts See Spot Twitter photoshop tutorial. Mon, 04 May 2015 18:59:23 GMT
"The Eyes Have It" part three 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.


Go to Edit-Fill

and when the dialog box comes up


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!)


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


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!


]]> (Paul's Portrait Arts) #Artists 02139 @CambridgeArts another photography blog photoshop tutorial Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:26:47 GMT
"The Eyes Have it" part two Welcome back to "Another Photography Blog"! Today we are going to learn about the "Smudge Tool". It is on your toolbar under the "Blur Tool".

Photoshop toolbar

It is highlighted in Yellow Above.


Next we will want to download some cool smudge brushes!

Follow this link and scroll to step 1 (below the tiger pic)

Click on the link for the zip file (linda_sara_brushes)

Open the zip file

To install Brushes in Photoshop Ps5

click "B" or select the brush tool from the tool bar

next go to


Brush Tool

Click arrow #2, then go to load brushes

"load brushes instruction"

When brushes are installed, switch back to your smudge tool, then go to


This will open the Brush Window

Select #65 (if you have more than one with the same number use the one without spacing)


Now you are ready to start painting with your smudge brush #65.

Notice that your brush can be set to Lighten and Darken, as well as various Strength applied!

So we are going to Smudge Tool to Lighten

And our strength to 15%

And now Back to Anne

This is were we left off.

So with our brush set to lighten at 15%

We will paint carefully over the white part.

Next switch the brush mode to darken, and increase the strength to about 45%

Darken the outer part of the iris ( or just that ring that between the white part and the green part.

Next switch back and forth between lighten and darken and make the light parts of the iris lighter, and the dark

parts darker. It helps if you are working at about 200%

To Zoom In on your image  Hold Down The Control Key And The Space Bar the click your mouse!

Next we want to set our smudge tool to darken, increase strength to about 55%

Then use a very small brush to begin thickening the eye lashes.

as the lashes get longer make your brush smaller (remember, you can use the bracket keys for this)

So this is what it should look like............................

]]> (Paul's Portrait Arts) #Artists 02139 @CambridgeArts another photography blog lighten eyes photoshop tutorial Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:15:46 GMT
'The Eyes Have it" part one  Happy Monday, today we are going begin a three part tutorial on eye enhancements that can helpful   in your portrait editing workflow.

Here is the photo I am using

"Anne Hathaway"I picked this photo because she has great eyes!

You can find it here

OK, so now we open our image in photoshop, and place a blank layer above the background (Annes layer). Go to Layer-New-Layer.

Next we select the brush tool. Set the opacity to 20% and leave the flow at 100%

Now we are going to remove the red marks on the white part (zenfolio will not let me write S-C-L-E-R-A.) 

Sample (hold down the alt key and click with your brush) an area closest to the red part and the brush over it.

Repeat on all red and discolored areas.

Go to Filter-Noise- Add Noise, amount 1% Distribution check uniform.

On the layers palette reduce opacity to about 80 or 85%

Then hit Control/E (to flatten the image)

Your result should look like this.............

"Anne Hathaway" Step one

Next you want to hit Control/J (to copy the background layer).

Now change the blending mode to screen. (blending modes are located at the top of the layers panel)

Alt click on the layer mask icon, or go to Layer-Layer Mask-Hide All.

Hit B on the keyboard or select the brush tool from the toolbar.

Remember opacity and flow should both be at 100%

Then with your foreground color set to white (the mask is black) Paint over the eyes.

You can use the bracket keys to make your brush lager or smaller.

Hit the X key to switch between black and white.

Make sure to go over the eyes carefully, you only want the white part lightened.

When you are satisfied with the result reduce the layer opacity to 25 to 30%

It should look like this..............

In part two we will do some digital painting that will make your images pop!

]]> (Paul's Portrait Arts) another photography blog lighten eyes photoshop tutorial Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:37:09 GMT
How to add rain to a photograph Part Two. Last week we added rain to a photo of The Central Square Theater

This week we will add some rain splashes

So open the background photo

and the rain texture from last week

copy the rain texture layer by hitting control/J

The top rain textures blending mode should be set to Vivid Light (reduce opacity to around 75%) 

The layer below should be set to Linear Light (reduce opacity to around 80%)

Now you can add the rain splash layer

it is here

Place this layer above the background layer, and below the 2 rain texture layers.

Change the blending mode to Overlay copy layer (control/J)

Change the blend mode to multiply

Turn off visibility of top splash texture by clicking on the eye next to the layer .

Add a layer mask to the splash layer  that is visible (the one with the blend mode multiply)

To add a mask to a layer Go to the bottom of the layers palette and click on the icon that has a circle inside of a square (if you hover your mouse over it "add vector mask" will appear.

Hit the B key to activate your paint brush

You will be painting black on a white mask to reveal the layer below.

Now click on the white rectangle to activate the mask, and paint away all of the rain splashes except for the ones on the sidewalk area.

Next activate the layer above (splash texture layer overlay mode)

Now simply hold down your alt key and drag a copy of the layer mask from the Multiply layer up to the Overlay layer

Next move up to the top rain layer and add a mask to paint away at the bottom of the rain layer to make the splashes more visible

And this is what you should have






]]> (Paul's Portrait Arts) Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:33:58 GMT
How to add rain to a picture! Today we are going to learn how to add rain to a photograph by using a texture!

I am going to use this photo


You can use this photo or one of your own. You can download this photo here

Open photo in photoshop

The next step is to add a rain texture, Here is one I made....

Next open the rain texture in photoshop, ]

the photo will be your background layer

The texture will be layer 1 , copy layer1 by hitting Control/J

Change the blending mode of layer 1 to Linear Light

Change the blending mode of layer 2 to Vivid Light or Soft Light

( it also helps to nudge Layer 2 just a fraction right or left!

Your result should look like this!


]]> (Paul's Portrait Arts) another photography blog photoshop texture photography tutaorial Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:18:49 GMT