How to Use Photoshop to bring Magic into the Landscape – Example: Glendalough

How to Use Photoshop to bring Magic into the Landscape – Example: Glendalough Todays image shows a lake about an hour south of Dublin, Ireland. This one was awesome to process in Photoshop, lots of colours and curves! Here is the final result: and here the original: To get the image I had to do a lot! using levels to make the greens in the foreground ‘healthy’ using curves to colour sky and water (and grass again haha) using layers to apply effects just to certain areas using high pass filters to do dodging and burning on the water clone…

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How to Play with Colours in Photoshop – Example: Little Castle

How to Play with Colours in Photoshop – Example: Little Castle Colours. Its can be great fun to play with them for hours! Thats what I did in this image I took somewhere in Paris this year. You wouldn’t happen to know the name of the castle? So, today I will show you how I processed the image. Here is the final version: And here is the original version: I did a lot of stuff in this image! I had to remove people and cars! I used two images taken at different times first and combined the empty spaces where…

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How to remove crazy noise in Photoshop

How to remove crazy noise in Photoshop Noise. We all know it, most of the time we don’t like it. So, here is a super short tutorial on how to get rid of it – even if the noise is really strong. Here is what you’ve gotta do: duplicate your layer (optional, hehe) go to filter -> camera raw filter go to “detail”, the third option pallet play with luminance sliders and colour sliders create a layer mask and brush areas through to bring detail back in areas where you don’t want the effect (optional of course) duplicate the layer,…

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Using Photoshop to Create a Dramatic Scene – Example: The Louvre

Using Photoshop to Create a Dramatic Scene – Example: The Louvre I am a massive fan of the Louvre! Inside and outside, hehe. When I was there recently I was kind of lucky getting a nice and cloudy sky which was mirrored in the glass of the small pyramid. Here is the final image: and here the original: Normally I would take 3 exposures and create an HDR image – in this case there wasn’t enough light to justify the extra effort so I was very happy with just one. I tonemapped this one in Photomatix anyway, but just very…

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How to Use Photoshop to Edit Your Images – Example: Fire Garden

How to Use Photoshop to Edit Your Images – Example: Fire Garden You now, when you sit in a car and you drive around and you see a super cool sunset – you hit the break (yes, on the street, hehe) and jump out and take a quick snap. Thats what I did here. The colours which I got in the image didn’t do any justice to the whole thing when I was there, so I changed it. Here is the final image: And here is the original: There is a lot of colour manipulation involved in this one. Check…

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Bring Magic to a Forest using Photoshop

Bring Magic to a Forest using Photoshop After processing my latest forest image, I thought its time to show you how I brought this super cool (and a little magic) light into the image using Photoshop. So here is the final image: The original was a little boring, so have a look at my tutorial to learn how to add some cool lighting to your own images! Part one – Increase the contrast and darken the image Start out with creating a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and increase the contrast. Then, create a Curve Adjustment layer and decrease the brightness a little…

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Natural Streetlight

Today I spent some time playing with light – especially in photography there are so many choices to make and things to consider when it comes to light, its nearly annoying, hehe. So, I just finished this image: I took this one around an area called Fairy Mountain, a hiking trail in Ireland. Super nice okay, especially for people with an affection to landscape, hehe. Today I won’t show you how I processed this image, just because it took me so long, hehe. I will, however, break it down in some small tutorials and show you bits and peaces. I…

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How to Create Light Rays in Photoshop

How to Create Light Rays in Photoshop This is a little bit of an older post – but I checked it (July 2016), and it is actually not bad haha. So, lets jump in; here is how to create light rays in Photoshop. Part one – Identify the light source If you don’t have a good source of light, create one. For example, on a cloudy day, you might just be unlucky and the part you photographed did not have the sun behind the clouds. That is just not fair, which is why it can be helped. First, create a…

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Lake Guinness

This is big! And when I say big, I mean it. In fact, I needed several hours to create this image and there was no way to write that down with screenshots. So, here we are on youtube for 40 min for a change – which is even better! See exactly what I do and how I do it and then do it yourself! This image shows Lake Guinnes, a fantastic lake next to Dublin in Ireland. I used HDR techniques to create this image (whats HDR?) and used then layers in photoshop to create some magic (whats layers, you…

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4 Easy Steps to add a Glow to your Images

Sometimes an image can seem a little boring – I often think that a little glow can help a lot! Se here are my 4 super easy steps to get such a glow in Photoshop. 1. Duplicate the layerFirst, get you image into Photoshop and duplicate the layer twice. You can use CMD/STRG+J to duplicate layers! Safes time, hehe. 2. Select Overlay Select the top layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Doing so will increase the contrast as well, you can manually turn that back later if you want. 3. Blur the layerNearly there! Now go to Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur…

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