Creating an interior panorama does not only require great precision when you shoot the source images – it also requires some advanced techniques for stitching and post-processing the final panorama image. The close proximity of the different elements in the interior to your lens and the geometry of most interiors reveal even small mistakes in this process.
In this video tutorial, I will show you how to correct these mistakes by using powerful techniques for transforming and cropping your final image. You will learn how to create perfect interior panoramas – images that you can be proud of. The techniques will even work for single images.
This is a 3-shot panorama of the interior of Solitude Palace just outside of Stuttgart, Germany. The source photos were shot just after sunset which created this nice golden glow because the interior was lit only by the lamps that you see in the image. Some of the lighting effects were also added in Lightroom during the post-processing stage. I will publish a tutorial on this type of re-lighting soon.
Blending selective adjustments into an image in Photoshop is one of the key skills you need to master. But what are the tools and techniques you need to really control the area and the intensity of an adjustment you blend in?
In this video tutorial, I am going to show you a simple and yet powerful technique to gently blend in any adjustment layer and give it just the right strength. I am going to use a Quick Selection and the Brush tool to brush in a Curves layer in a very controlled way.
Panorama images have something intriguing. They give you a different view of the world around you – a view that does not resemble the way you see a scene with your own eyes or the way a single photograph depicts a scene. But creating a proper panorama is not easy. To avoid visible artifacts in the final image, you need some special equipment, and you need to set it up and use it purposefully.
In this article, I am going to show you the right gear, the procedures for setting it up correctly and the techniques for shooting a high-quality panorama image.
For my upcoming book ‘Unleash the Power of Lightroom Presets’, I am taking kind of an unusual approach. Typically, authors and publishers keep all the content of their books secret until they are actually published. Giving people access to an unfinished book without charging for it seems the most crazy thing to do. It is scary on so many levels. Yet, that’s exactly what I am doing!
I am in the process of finishing the manuscript of my next book Unleash the Power of Lightroom Presets. As a little preview, here is the cover as it will appear on the iPad. The preset features in Lightroom are much more versatile and powerful than most people think. There is a whole framework of different presets that helps you make your work much simpler, faster and more creative. Especially develop presets – when used the right way – can transform the way you are editing your photos in Lightroom. And I will show you how.
In this video tutorial, Nathaniel Dodson from Tutvid.com shows you how to select fuzzy hair in Photoshop. This is one of the most hairy (excuse the pun) tasks for a retoucher, and it comes in different variations. Maybe you’re not selecting hair but fur, trees or clouds. All of these objects can be very hard to select.
Check out how Nathaniel uses the Quick Selection tool and the Refine Edge tool.
There are a thousand ways to create a layer mask in Photoshop. Many of them will yield a gray-scale mask with many shades of gray, and it can be a bit difficult to get the contrast of such a mask just right so that you have solid black where you want to hide the layer and solid white where you want to reveal it.
In this excerpt from my Mask It Like a Pro! video course, I will show a neat little trick that allows you to get the perfect mask in such cases. I am using the Brush tool with Black and White as the color. The trick here is to set the mode of the brush to Overlay.
Non-destructive editing techniques are vitally important in Photoshop to ensure maximum flexibility and efficiency. If you edit your images destructively (altering the actual pixels), you cannot go back, and you cannot change your edits individually in case they do not play out the way you planned them. Consequently, there are a lot of tools in Photoshop that allow you to edit your images none-destructively.
But what about the layer masks you create? Do they allow non-destructive editing too?
Sometimes, creating these masks for certain areas takes longer than the actual adjustments. Unfortunately, Photoshop does not provide any dedicated means for editing these masks non-destructively too. In the video below, however, I will show you a simple technique for combining two or more masks while retaining each of them so that you can edit them later if you need to.
Lightroom can be a tremendously powerful tool for managing large volumes of images effectively and efficiently. Actually, that’s one of the things that separates it from Photoshop. But to really benefit from this management power, you need to learn some things first, and ideally, you should learn them before you delve into working with Lightroom.
In this video by Tim Grey, you will learn 15 important tips that will make your life a lot easier today and in the years coming.