Adobe’s Photoshop software can be an excellent, all-encompassing photo and graphic manipulation software for any photographer, graphic artist or designer. Here are four essential techniques to get the most out of your PS experience.
Using a digital drawing pad, or even just your mouse, you can create incredibly detailed and malleable designs with your own artistic ability. Rather than being using the product of a camera or other graphic designer, artists can draw freehand and enjoy the ability to edit, re-color, enhance and develop their designs using the many tools PS has to offer.
Red-Eye and Photo Correction
A common problem that all photographers experience when using flash or strobes to light their subjects is the reflection of light from the subject’s eye back into the camera. Red eyes can ruin a photo, and going back to adjust the distance of the light is not always an option. Photoshop offers tools to automate the work of touching up the eyes of a subject. Using the red eye tool in Photoshop is as simple as setting the darkness setting and pupil size and use the brush to click the center of the eye to restore it back to its natural look.
In the world of digital photography, colors our eyes see are not always captured in the same tones by our cameras. White balance, exposure and lighting can all cause colors to be “off” or to seem lackluster when viewed on a computer screen. Photoshop has many tools to fix white balance using lighting, saturation and brightness adjustments to make the colors appear richer and bolder, and color adjustment tools to change the entire color tone of the photo to restore vivid shades or even alter photos entirely to only highlight specific shades.
Adding a Watermark
An artist who publishes their work also has to be mindful of theft. In this digital world, people can copy work and attempt to pass it off as their own, or use commissioned work without payment. Leaving a watermark not only deters theft but adds a “signature” to the work so the artist can be identified. Using transparent layers makes adding a standard template across multiple pieces a breeze.
At Hunakai Studio of Fine Arts, we cover these and many more topics – including ways to creatively combine and alter images for artistic effect – in our Photoshop class for teens and adults. The classes are held Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. this fall, and spaces are still available. Please note: This class is also a prerequisite for any Intro to Animation class, and will lead into introductory claymation classes planned for the winter session. Register now online or contact us today for more information on Photoshop or any of our other fall classes before the semester starts Sept. 14!