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Topaz Jpg to RAW AI
A quick overview of Topaz Jpg to RAW AI program. Topaz offers a free 30 trail. Click here to go to Topaz Labs https://bit.ly/2B4i3hJ
Color Range Selections
In this tutorial, we will learn how use the color range selection tool to create complicated mask selections for fine details like trees. This technique is invaluable when needing to change the sky of an image with lots of trees in it.
Lightroom’s HDR Panorama feature
In this tutorial, we will learn how use Lightroom’s newest merge tool to merge bracketed (for HDR) panorama shots. Historically, one would have to merge to HDR, each series of individual images, then take all those merged files to merge to Panorama. This process was tedious and time consuming. Now Lightroom does it all for you!
Quick Selection Tool
In this tutorial, we will learn how use the quick selection tool to make and modify selections. You will also learn how to use Gaussian Blur and a level adjustment to remove halos from selections.
In this tutorial, we will learn how use this unique layer effect to blend clouds into a blue sky. We will also learn how to use masking to fully incorporate a new sky into an image.
Episode 7 Masking Animal Fur – Episode 7 of 7
In this tutorial, we will learn how to mask animals and when necessary fix their fur to look realistic and natural.
Episode 6 Masking Around Leaves – Episode 6 of 7
In this tutorial, we will learn how to mask around trees and replacing an uninteresting sky. This has got to be the hardest masking task ever, well next to hair! This technique takes practice and patience, but the steps are discussed here.
Episode 5 Blended Image Processing – Episode 5 of 7
In this tutorial, we will learn how to take our newly selected portrait (see Episode 4) and composite the selected image into the new background. We will then look at how to finish editing the blended image. Episode 4 and 5 go hand in hand.
Episode 4 Selecting and Masking Hair – Episode 4 of 7
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Photoshop and select a person out of an ordinary background and composite that selection into a new image. We will cover how to refine the edges of hair to make it look better, as well as remove halos from our selection.
Episode 3 Balloon Rearrangement – Episode 3 of 7
In this video, you will learn how to take specific components of a single image, select them, and move them around to make a more pleasing image. This is the 3rd of 7 tutorial videos.
Episode 2 Combing Images Using the Blend If Feature in Photoshop – Episode 2 of 7
Episode 1 Combing Images with Lighten Blend Mode in Photoshop – Episode 1 of 7
In this tutorial, you will see just how easy it can be to use the Lighten Blend mode to composite images together. This is Episode 1of a 7 Episode series on compositing images.
Creating a Time Lapse Image
In this tutorial, you will learn how to blend 37 time lapse images to create a single image with stop action cloud movement!
Customizing the Photoshop Workspace
In this video, I will demonstrate how to customize the Photoshop workspace to suit your workflow needs.
Importing Images into Lightroom 5
In this tutorial, you will learn how to properly import images in to LR 5, including how to set up your import preferences, identifying the destination folder, setting up an automated backup of your original files, and more.
Exporting Images from Lightroom 5
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create LR Export Presets, as well as how to set up your watermark, resize your images for sharing on the internet, and how to publish your images directly from your LR 5 library.
Macphun Tonality Pro
In this tutorial, you will learn the unique features of Macphun plugins, through a demonstration of Tonality Pro… features include the use of layers and selective adjustments in the plugins. Additionally, you will learn how to create and use dodge and burn layers, and make unique vignette layers. For a discount on Macphun plugins, go to www.macphun.com and use the discount code: ROADRUNNER
Sunset – Camera Raw
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Photoshop Camera Raw to quickly enhance a sunset image. You will learn techniques for reducing noise, darkening the sky, lightening the foreground, and sharpening features of the image.
Lightroom Camera Raw
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Develop module in Lightroom to process a sunset image. You will learn some cool tricks to fix dust spots, as well as how to use the Graduate filter for more than darkening the sky!
Urban Decay – Photoshop CC – HDR
In this tutorial you will learn how to create an HDR without using HDR processing software; in other words, you will create this image in Camera Raw. Additionally, you will learn how to use Photoshop layers to create that iconic HDR glow. The technique you will learn will allow you to add as much or as little “glow” to suit your tastes!
ReMask 4 – Masking Hair
In this tutorial, you will learn some quick and easy steps using TopazLabs ReMask, to creating masks for some of the most difficult subjects; hair, fringe, and fur.
Based on a blog by Darcy at TopazLabs, this video demonstrates the techniques and the results of the process.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to bring out fall color through dense fog. You will also learn how to use dodging and burning to enhance your images without distorting color.
Light Painting Blending Images of Intimate Scenes
In this tutorial, you will learn to blend multiple images taken using a light painting technique. As opposed to light painting a large scene, the subject matter in this tutorial is a small intimate scene. Learn layers, masks, and various brush techniques and tips to help you get just the blended final image you are seeking.
Light Painting Blending Images of Large Scenes
In this tutorial, you will learn to blend multiple images taken using a light painting technique. Similar to the video on blending light painted intimate scenes, this tutorial explores how to use more image layers to get exactly what you need in a particular area of the image. Learn layers, masks, various brush techniques and tips, including changing your brush blending mode to only brush in certain pixels to help you get just the blended final image you are seeking.
The Potential of Raw
In this video, you will learn the potential of the RAW file by showing how just a few minor adjustments can take a dull RAW file to something worth sharing.
In this video, you will learn how to enhance an image taken under conditions with less than ideal skies by substituting a better sky from another image.
Purists might find this technique unappealing. But for those of us that consider photography a creative art and our images an extension of what we felt in the moment of capture, this technique will help overcome less than ideal weather conditions.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use TopazLabs ReMask to cut out a portion of one image to merge with another image. You will also learn how to add a textured background to the image, but this technique can be used to blend subjects not only with textures but with other images. Also great for compositing many images! Check it out. For more information on TopazLabs ReMask and other great TopazLabs plugins, click here:
Three part tutorial series:
Columbine Tutorial – Part 1
In this tutorial, you will learn the various features of Camera Raw, including Basic adjustments, as well as the Adjustment Brush, features. You will also learn how to bring the image back into Photoshop to enhance the blur/soft background (2 techniques for this!) and how to sharpen our main subject. You will see how to use layers and masks to selectively apply our adjustments, including what white/black masks do, and some tips and tricks for manipulating masks. You will learn how to select the brush tool and how to change its characteristics, including size and opacity. Lastly, this tutorial also describes Free Transform and how to use the transform tools, along with layers and masks to clone parts of your image.
River – Part 2
In this tutorial, learn how to enhance a forest river scene. You will learn how to clone unnecessary features from your image, add dimension to long-exposure water, straighten the image through the crop tool, and how to enhance the mossy rocks to give the image that added pop! This tutorial focuses primarily on the Adjustment Brush tool in Camera Raw and shows that you can take an image to nearly its final stage with this one invaluable piece of software.
Foggy Tree – Part 3
In the final tutorial in the set, I discuss how to enhance an image taken in deep fog. Most of us LOVE foggy days and foggy scenes, but can be stumped when we get home and see this flat monochromatic image. Where do we start? Well, this tutorial demonstrates that in a few easy steps, you can take a bright, flat, foggy scene and create a moody scene with dimension fit for a zombie movie!
Infrared Image Processing
This tutorial will provide you with some techniques, as well as tips and tricks for processing infrared images. In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to use NIK’s HDR Efex Pro 2 to merge infrared images;
- How to remove the magenta hue common to infrared images created through the use of IR filters or with cameras that do not have a custom white balance feature;
- How to channel swap to improve your B&W processing of infrared images;
- How to use Silver Efex Pro 2 to enhance your infrared image; and
- How to create the “IR glow” using a fully customizable technique.
Easily Correct Your Exposure
In this tutorial you will learn a quick and simple trick to fix a poorly metered image. In addition, you will learn how to clone out objects and use blending modes and layer masks to reveal selective areas of other layers.
Creating Custom Edges
In this video you will learn how to add custom edges to any image using Photoshop. The great thing about this technique is the it creates a unique border for each specific image. If you open the same image twice and try this technique, each time the result will be slightly different. Also, I demonstrate who to further customize the border width, density, opacity, and color. Skies the limit on adding borders!!
In this video you will learn how to add a reflection to any image. This technique can be used on any image, including to reflect cityscapes in water. Quick and easy to apply, the sky is the limit on how this technique can enhance your imagery.
Importing Images into Lightroom
In this video you will learn how to import images directly from your camera or memory card into your Lightroom library, while creating a back of your original files at the same time. You will also learn how to create a metadata preset, so that your personal contact data will be imbedded into the EXTF data of each of your images.
Merging Images with Photoshop HDR Pro
In this video you will learn
- What HDR is;
- How to shoot images in order to create HDR images;
- How to export images from Lightroom directly into Photoshop HDR Pro;
- How to tone your 32bit composited imaged in Adobe Camera Raw; and
- How to complete your post-processing in Photoshop to create your final image.
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