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Guide Little Photoshop tips & tricks
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So, my fellow staffers asked me to do a little tutorial for Photoshop.

What you will be needing?
1. Photoshop
2. Topaz Vivacity or some free alternatives (here) - just use the action you find most useful
3. A picture (duh!)

Lets start with the original picture (Credit: Macthekat):
[Image: Picture001.jpg]

First thing I always do is crop the unnecessary edges and resize the pic to the forum sizes (800px)

Then I use Topaz Sharpen and Clean.
You can already see some difference:
[Image: Picture002.jpg]

Then we have some other enhancement functions:
a) go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation
set the Saturation to 20.
b) go to Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast
set Brigthness to 5 and Contrast to 20.

Here is our progress:
[Image: Picture003.jpg]

Next we want to play with the layers a bit.
First, copy the background layer and go to Filter>Render>Lighting Effects
There is no guide on how to set the lighting, just play with it and see where you think it fits the best.
Make another copy of the bacground layer and go to Image>Adjustments>Levels and set the left one to 10.

See the difference:
[Image: Picture004.jpg]

And lastly, I play with lights. There is a window on the picture (although you can´t really see it), so I make another copy of the background layer and select a brush. Make sure the white color and a soft brush are selected. Then you just play around with it. (we want to get the sunshade effect - so try until you get it right)

And here is the final result:
[Image: Picture005.jpg]

I´ll be adding more pictures very soon, this was just a first draft.
Enjoy!
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