advanced photoshop
Sep
22

Top tips for professional photo effects using Photoshop

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Tips & Tutorials, by Anna-lisa Saywell

We speak to 3 different artists to get their top tips for blending photos and creating something that stands out

Dodge and Burn for emphasis

Steven Duncan / www.svenstudios.com

“This is actually a composite of five different 30s exposures of me running around my car with sparklers layered on one another using Photoshop. The spark-trails on each layer were extracted and aligned to the final image.”

Top tips for professional photo effects using Photoshop

“The lens flare of the lighthouse was a simple brush shape and the motion of the clouds was added using a motion blur…

“The real key here, though, was to ensure that the dark and light areas contrasted well as that gave the correct backdrop for the light trails to stand out…

“This was achieved using the Dodge and Burn tools. Using these tools gives you the control you need to edit only the areas you want.”

Use blur to tell the story

Krzysztof Wladyka / www.krzysztof-wladyka.com

“This image is part of a series of manipulated images featuring animals in an unreal world.”

Top tips for professional photo effects using Photoshop

“The message is simple in this image: our fast lives and how we need to stop in order to see the unobserved creatures around us…

“All images started as colour, so I decided to strip back to a grungy effect for more mood. Because this image had a message, I wanted the viewer to be in no doubt as to what this was. Hence there is a circle of blur radiating out from the stop sign…

“This forces the viewer’s eye directly to the sign and therefore the message.”

Unify elements with black and white

Lulia Lazarean / www.iuliaaa.deviantart.com

“If you haven’t got time to spend hours searching for images that will match perfectly in a photo composition, use black and white conversions as a way of making separate photos look like they belong together.”

Top tips for professional photo effects using Photoshop