The only limit is your creativity, imagination and talent.
With Adobe Photoshop fantasy becomes reality, fiction appears to be fact and your dreams come to life in photo-quality images.
From creating the surreal to touching up the real, you can 'photoshop' your head into a movie poster, apply filters to make a photo look like an oil painting, water color or sketch and you can clean up old photos or remove blemishes from a close-up.
Things to do in Photoshop
- Mini make over. Try giving your friends a mini makeover with the dodge brush by whitening their eyes or teeth. Just go easy with it, as a really white Colgate smile can look far too fake. Same thing with extremely white eyes, you can come off looking rather alien or a celestial being.
- Adding some depth to your photos. Open your favorite image and then click on layer and select from normal to hard light.
- Need to remove a background stain? Use the cloning brush, on a small setting and just gently wipe out your background.
- Removing a pimple or blemish from your portrait? Use the healing brush and lightly remove the unwanted pimple. Be careful not to be too aggressive.
- Color or black and white? Going from colored to black and white is easy as selecting desaturate, then try playing with your levels of black and white.
- Resizing files. Image too big to send? Sending megabytes via email isn't good for the recipient. Do a simple resize by selecting your image size and reduce not only the pixels but also the output file quality size. It makes sending your photos on to family less of a headache for all involved.
- Saving in .psd format. Save your hard work as a .psd file, allowing you to come back later to keep playing on that photo or to remind you what it is you did to get that result in the first place.
- Adding text to photos. Try adding some text to your next photo with the text tool. You can also adjust the opacity to make it blend in or really stand out.
- Adding text and using layer types. Next time you add your name to an image, try altering the text style with layer type and add some wow factor with different effects.
- Using brushes for invites. Florals, swirl, hearts or kisses. Brushes are great for adding something special to your next invitation or photo. Learn to use them and add some new dimensions to your work today.
- Movie Posters. Go and do a Google Image Search of your favorite films and cut your head (or a family member, friend or work colleague) out of a photo that is similarly posed or positioned and put it on the poster. Tweak the contrast, color levels and other adjustments to get it just right.
Office Morale Manager
A few years ago I worked in an engineering firm in amongst 50 or so systems engineers. I was the lone (well actually one of two) creative types in a sea of seethless unimagination. Engineers are a breed unto themselves. But what they lack in creativity they make up for with... mathematics, I guess. Anyway, millions of peoples of lives depend on what these guys did. I may not be overstating that either, they worked on systems that controlled the treatment of water.
I on the other hand worked on making the operators SCADA screens look neat and tidy and somewhat similar to whatever was happening in real life. So dozens of process operators depended on me to... make their 8 or so hours in front of a screen look less droll.
But that has absolutely nothing to do with Adobe Photoshop. That's just a bit of background on where I worked. In addition to designing the graphics for screens I also did sales posters, CD covers, ad layouts and when things were slow, I'd boost the morale of my fellow workers by doing "carve ups".
Carve Ups or what I called "photochopping" was taking a photo of a co-worker, even just a headshot, and putting it in another image. Workmates would supply me with plenty of material and inspiration. After that it took two minutes to slap something together, email it to the instigator, and from there, well it went out to 50 or so systems engineers, plus other admin staff and management.
I was once asked by the General Manager if it was my handiwork, seeing that no one else in the office had any artistic flair, and I denied it, though admitted that if it were me, I would have done it during my lunch break. Which was quite plausible, seeing that in the comfort of an air conditioned office I didn't go out for lunch and had mine right by my desk.
Management pretty much turned a blind eye to my extra work activities seeing that 1) I always got my work done, 2) I always looked like I was working, 3) everyone loved it and morale really was boosted. I really enjoyed my time at that place of employment. In fact, a year and a half later they got me back to do some casual work, so they must have liked me too. But there were no more 'carve ups' when I went back because it was busy, busy, busy. But they still talked about the 'carve ups' and plenty were still proudly displayed on cubicle walls of the so-called 'victims' who had printed it out themselves.
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