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10 Must know Photoshop tips!

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Edz, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. #1
    Found another interesting site through digg.com.

    10 Tips that could be very usefull for everyone being it beginner or advanced.
    Here it is.
     
    Edz, Apr 9, 2006 IP
  2. TheHoff

    TheHoff Peon

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    #2
    Just a little bit basic, don't you think?

    #10. Use the sharpen tool on photos

    :rolleyes:
     
    TheHoff, Apr 9, 2006 IP
  3. Edz

    Edz Peon

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    #3
    I really don't know since i am not that involved with PS.
    Everything i ever did was removing white backgrounds or backgrounds in general and everything else i am always struggling with.

    For myself i find it very usefull and hope for others as well ;)
     
    Edz, Apr 9, 2006 IP
  4. ramakrishna p

    ramakrishna p Well-Known Member

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    #4
    very much required for newbies like me!
     
    ramakrishna p, Apr 9, 2006 IP
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    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    #5
    What I'd like is a good tutorial on taking product pictures for the non-artistically inclined. So many of them online jump from step to step without considering that some of us arent photographers.
     
    lorien1973, Apr 9, 2006 IP
  6. Halobitt

    Halobitt Well-Known Member

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    #6
    The Hoff, have you been Photoshopping your head recently?
    It looks smaller in your avatar, or is it my eyes?:)
     
    Halobitt, Apr 9, 2006 IP
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    rebelagent Well-Known Member

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    #7
    I Don't know how many times I've had to teach people this. lol I'll
     
    rebelagent, Apr 10, 2006 IP
  8. ViciousSummer

    ViciousSummer Ayn Rand for President! Staff

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    #8
    I've found "Shooting for Dollars" and The Photo Forum to be a huge help. :)
     
    ViciousSummer, Apr 10, 2006 IP
  9. zdestiny

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    #9
    great tips, although most of them are just keyboard shortcuts

    anyway, thanks for the post.
     
    zdestiny, Apr 12, 2006 IP
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    #10
    I agree. Ive had so much trouble with product photos in the past (and present)

    #1 tip I have found is check and adjust your white balance depending on your lighting (incandescent, flourescent ect) or use a grey card.

    #2 use a good background

    #2 use the adjust levels to adjust the colors

    some helpful urls

    http://www.photoxels.com/tutorial_white-balance.html
    http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/zen-of-white-balance.html

    and greenbatteries.com for light boxes and lighting equip.
     
    carowan, Apr 12, 2006 IP
  11. lorien1973

    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    #11
    I bought an ezcube. Problem is, its too hard to take stuff in and out (especially if its larger). My current solution is, I bought a science project layout thing at walmart (has 3 sides) and I bought a white piece of posterboard for the base. I have 4 whitelights on each item - usually 2 up high, 2 level with the product.

    I just read one of VS's tip sites the other day and found the EV setting. I fiddle between 1 and 1 1/3 on the shots I took yesterday. They look a ton better! Less editing too, cuz the gray background is more neutralized.

    I'm happier with yesterday's pics than those I've taken in a long time.

    I'm more talking about actually editting the image in PS though. When I get an image it always needs a little editting. I usually use the dodge and burn tool to wipe out the background, but with a mouse (or with white or yellowish products) its easy to wipe out the edges. So I have to think there's a better way to do it.
     
    lorien1973, Apr 12, 2006 IP
  12. ViciousSummer

    ViciousSummer Ayn Rand for President! Staff

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    #12
    I use the "magic wand" tool to remove backgrounds. :)
     
    ViciousSummer, Apr 12, 2006 IP
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    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    the magic wand is my enemy. I hate that tool. Maybe because I feel totally out of control when using it (or not doing it right), but it seems to be less magical and more mysterious :)
     
    lorien1973, Apr 12, 2006 IP
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    Halobitt Well-Known Member

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    #14
    Instead of using the sharpen image tool try this

    • Duplicate layer
    • On new layer goto Adjustments> Desaturate (turns to black & white)
    • Use Filter >Other> High Pass
    • Set quite low 4-6 or whatever you think
    • In layers palette instead of Normal, use Soft light, Hard light,etc
    • And Flatten image


    Doesn't give you the same jaggy sharpening IMO.
     
    Halobitt, Apr 12, 2006 IP
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    #15
    I work with Photoshop daily and if anything is worth noting to increase your abilities with it, it's to take advantage of the shortcuts. Your productivity will increase by far with the use of them rather than going through menus.

    The majority of them are fairly easy to get the hang of, with a major pay off.
     
    MaxM, Apr 13, 2006 IP
  16. ramakrishna p

    ramakrishna p Well-Known Member

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    #16
    Pen tool is better option for me to remove background. It may be time taking but I enjoy using pen tool to to trace the required image edges very preciously and deleting other unwanted stuff behind images. Pen tool is best friend for my all designing skills. Some times I draw cartoons with pen tool.
     
    ramakrishna p, Apr 13, 2006 IP
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    #17
    i've got a few tips. To change the environment background color (ie the blank space behind your project" select the paint tool and the color you want, hold shift and click the paint bucket onto the blank space.

    If letters in a textbox are unequally aligned, place the cursor next to the letter you wish to adjust and press alt + left or right arrow key to move it that direction.
     
    BannerSpot, Apr 24, 2006 IP
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    #18
    Hmm dont really find it any good ..
     
    Silkjaer, Apr 25, 2006 IP