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Creative Photo Editing: Tilt-Shift

Alas, we’ve arrived at the last stop in our journey through some of the most common creative photo editing techniques. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride where we explored everything from Antiquing to imitating the Holga and Lomo cameras of old, and that these posts have helped you add some new and fun tools to your repertoire! Today’s final process is one that is truly unique and specialized and, while you probably won’t use it as often as the others, it always yields truly fascinating results! May I introduce tilt-shift photography: This camera technique is quite a complex one that typically...

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Creative Photo Editing: Antiquing

Last time, we explored the steps needed to achieve the effect of the famous Holga camera of the 1980’s and, if you remember, it is quite a hefty tutorial! So this week, we’re going to learn a very simple and highly applicable technique that only takes three steps: the antiquing (or aging) process. Our slick and modern digital photography may excel in capturing sharpness, detail, and color balance, but there is a growing movement to revert back to some of the images of old. Everything vintage, antique, and rustic is making a serious comeback, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t add this...

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Creative Photo Editing: The Holga Effect

In this next edition of our creative editing series, we’re going to conquer a much more extreme, and much more challenging effect: the Holga. The Holga is a vintage camera, created in Hong Kong in 1982, which produces unique and surreal style images with heavy vignette, blur, grain, and light leaks. All these so-called “defects” combine to create a truly interesting and sometimes bizarre final product, and while you may not desire this look in your everyday photos, the Holga effect is fun to use for more “artsy” applications like large prints/murals, canvas wraps, or homemade greeting cards....

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Creative Photo Editing: Vintage Black & White

Images of a bygone era will always hold an appeal for us. Their romantic simplicity is intriguing and, lucky for us, recreating that vintage look is easy with our modern editing programs. Re-making your photos in old-timey monochrome is a wonderful way to add interest while paying homage to the past. This technique works well with almost any subject matter; from portraits to architecture, the vintage black and white is a classic choice! I’ll show you just a handful of easy steps in Photoshop Elements to give your images this unique makeover. I chose to use one of my favorite photos from a...

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Creative Photo Editing: The Lomo Effect

There comes a time in every photographer’s life when all the so-called “rules” and technical nitty-gritty start to wear you down. It’s only so enjoyable to prepare, compose, shoot, and fine-tune a traditional image. So, with our next set of Photoshop tutorials, we’re going to step outside the box a bit and have a little fun. We’ll be exploring several creative editing techniques to give your photos some personality and mastering these trendy edits will lend some flair to your repertoire! We’ll start this set off with one of the more dramatic alternative photo processes, the Lomo (short for...

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Not all Photoshop edits are created equal

While working in Adobe Photoshop, you can manipulate your document in a variety of ways. Certain tools allow you to select pixels based on color (magic wand tool) or edge similarity (quick selection tool). You can adjust pixels with color, gradients, patterns and textures. For more broad-reaching changes to an image, you can also use adjustments, which correct an image imperfection such as brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, color balance and more. Adjustments can be made in destructive or non-destructive ways. A destructive edit in Photoshop alters the pixels of the document permanently....

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