Posted on September 16, 2018
Adobe’s Photoshop is by far the most used image editing application in the world, mainly because it offers extremely powerful editing tools at a minimum price. One of those very powerful editing tools is Image masking: a process that involves the removal of the background for a particular image. Thus, you can change the wall behind you with a beach in Miami, for example. And if done properly, no one will know the difference.
How it works
There are a lot of image masking techniques but the most well-known and used technique is called clipping path: using the Photoshop Pen Tool, expert users can take any object from a photo and make it a standalone object. You can then place that object in another image of your choice. Should the end results not be according to your wishes, remember that you can improve your image’s quality by adding filters or feather effects to smoothen its edges.
How it is done
By dragging the pen tool around the edges of the desired object, you create a selection. After said selection is completed all that remains is to cut the image and paste it into an empty canvas. An empty canvas is another image with no background or other such elements. Save the picture as a .psd file and you will be able to use it in any of your projects.
Advanced Photoshop users can also create multiple clipping paths and split a particular image into layers: for example, you can separate a website into header, body, footer and widget layers. Save it into a .psd file and there you have it: your very own custom made website. You will also need to learn coding of course, but there are always freelancers around who are willing to make the necessary adjustments for the right price. Getting an image to express exactly what you intended is generally a trial and error operation. You will get there eventually but not without multiple attempts.
Should you find this image editing technique to be a bit too difficult or too time consuming, you can always ask for a bit of help. You can find a lot of experts on the Internet and also there are plenty of online photo editing websites that offer to do the hard work for you for as little as half a cheeseburger. Due to the widespread of social mediums such as Facebook or Instagram, such services are very sought after.
Posted on September 4, 2018
There is no questioning the fact that digital photography has changed the way that we experience photographs. In just a few short years we’ve moved from mailing photos back and forth or printing doubles and triples of important events to simply attaching or uploading our fondest moments and sending them away, instantly available to view or distribute.
There are many different ways to keep in touch besides email and some of these ways are extremely effective at helping you stay connected with people you know. Let’s check out a few great sites and see what they can offer.
The site that needs no introduction, Facebook is one of the giants of social media. People use it to keep track of old friends, ex-classmates, and a wide variety of other associates, but it also features a relatively strong section for uploading and sharing photographs. Facebook allows you to post pictures, create custom photo albums and connect with your friends and family with Facebook accounts in a fast and simple way. The only major downside with Facebook is that they compress and resize your high quality pictures. So, if you want to take advantage of the site’s other features (like it’s social games and status updates) this site is a good choice, but if you want something exclusively for photos without any image quality loss, then Facebook probably isn’t the best choice.
Flickr is one of the absolute best ways to share photos and caused a revolution with its innovative photo tagging system. Like Facebook, users can tag other people, however with Flickr you can tag groups, objects or places letting you add great context to your images. In addition to their ridiculously detailed tagging system, Flickr has a few great options for printing your photographs or making them into gifts such as greeting cards or posters, and features a pretty robust set of tools for editing your images. And another great thing about Flickr is that it’s free so you can keep in touch with loved ones without spending a dime.
When it comes to photo editing, Adobe Photoshop is the industry gold standard. Any and all professional photographers that work in digital either use Photoshop for their editing or have done so in the past, so it’s no wonder that the online version of the tool is far more advanced than any other site’s. Photoshop Online isn’t just for editing as it also allows you to upload and store up to 2 gigs free with no image shrinking or quality loss. The other great thing about Photoshop online is that it allows you to export directly to Flickr, Facebook, or a wide variety of other sites. This is great because you can do your editing with their online tools then use the sharing method that works best for you and your friends.
All in all, there are too many photo sharing sites to count and we sadly don’t have room to talk about them all. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s always best to take a tour of the site and get a feel for their philosophy before you commit time to trying to make it your photos’ home on the web. Some sites offer powerful editors, while some offer a more social approach that is less focused on the images and more on the stories. No matter which one you choose, just remember that the most important thing is that you’re staying in touch with people that care about you, and in the end that’s the only important thing.
Posted on August 24, 2018
Ordinarily, Photoshop masking has been a fixture tool of the earlier versions of the software. Used for determining the layers of transparency in a picture, the mask conceals one aspect of a composition, and/or reveals another part. Effects are used to make text or generate graphics as required by the client’s brief. Too much contrast can hamper the quality of a picture. For example take a picture with one part showing a sunny side and a darker part on the other end. There is high contrast in this picture. The mask can be used to control the contrast of this picture. The color mask is needed to repair this picture to have a uniform quality. A compilation of masking layers usually gives the much-needed final result. Now is the time to move beyond the realm of only layer masking. Try the technique of after effects. It is the latest to hit the graphic industry. Soon the professionals will be divided into those who apply after effects and those who are ignorant about it. Already a sizable number of designers are using it along with Photoshop masking. But not all editors who use Photoshop masking may try out after effects. And here is an interesting tale and a guide to unravel its secrets.
Imagine working on a digital image of a star hurtling down to earth breaking away from the universe. Normally, to create the fragments, drop shadow or reflective mirror effects would be used. They are fabulous to give a 2-d picture a 3-d look. The power of after effects can be more magical in such a case. Editors can use after effects after the initial edit on Photoshop masking has been done. Some animation and lively graphics can be added. When both are integrated, the final image can become a masterpiece on a PSD file. Creative exploration of the technique can produce dramatic effects. Most editors like to experiment and this is one trial an editor must try. It will only enhance his skills to produce better work. There are several tutorials that can add to his existing knowledge of graphics.
Understanding how Photoshop masking works is one of the most important needs for the designer. It is like getting a black belt certificate from the industry. By grasping the latest technological nuances, designers can make mind blowing movie posters, covers for cds, surreal graphics for digital art and also creative ad campaigns. Even website graphics can be mastered with the new secrets of latest Photoshop masking tools.
Masking is required for altering backgrounds of images. It removes the attention from the bad elements of the composition. The use of the color mask makes the main subject more focused. Graphic editors need to continue to update their graphic skills to get more clients. As new technology like after effects emerges, the chances of more images getting a brand-new look is conceivable. With competition being tough even online, the one who has a secret ace up his sleeve is able to get better opportunities to showcase his talent.