Featured: Post Production

Loupedeck+ Review – the Perfect Editing Companion for Lightroom and Premiere? – Photography Article

There is something undeniably cool about Hollywood editing studios. I remember seeing one in a magazine as a child and wanting to play with it. Thinking how cool it would be to figure out what all the dials did and edit Hollywood Blockbusters. I never made it in Hollywood, but I can remember my first editing console. Purchased from the high street, it allowed me to link 2 VCR players and have a fade and wipe slider for video. It…

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Rescue Your Damaged Adobe Photoshop Files – Photography Article

Have you ever endured the stress of dealing with a corrupted Photoshop PSD file? It’s not such a common problem, but when it happens it can invoke serious mental and emotional hardship. Let me introduce you to a little software tool that can be of great help to photographers, designers, and anyone else who uses Adobe Photoshop – the Recovery Toolbox for Photoshop. Fully recovered corrupted PSD file How PSD files become corrupt Imagine spending hours post-processing a photo you’ve…

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Sky Replacement Using Photoshop – Photography Article

Picture this if you will: you’re out in nature with your hopes, dreams, and a camera to capture it all. You see the beauty of creation stretching out before you, so you carefully and patiently set up your gear to get the perfect shot. Finally, the sun moves to just the right spot, and you hold your breath while you press the shutter button. Then you realize the clouds are all wrong. You can wait for hours for the ideal…

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How to Make a Cool David Hockney-Inspired Photomontage in Photoshop – Photography Article

David Hockney’s approach to art has made him one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Exploring the nature of photographic representation, Hockney’s distinctive method of photography is both thought provoking and physically engaging. In this tutorial, we’ll have a look at creating a simple David Hockney-inspired Photomontage in Photoshop. The photography of David Hockney David Hockney once said, “photography is all right if you don’t mind looking at the world from the point of view of…

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Practical Color Management – How to Set Up Your Printer to Match Your Monitor – Photography Article

Matching the color you captured with your camera and edited on your computer screen can be a very serious challenge to reproduce on paper. The various technologies involved in the processes differ significantly from one another. If you’ve ever encountered problems matching the color of your printed pictures to the color you see on your computer screen, there’s a pretty good reason why. Color is not as simple to define as that box of Crayons you played with as a…

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Review of PaintShop Pro 2020 Ultimate: A Photoshop Contender? – Photography Article

Not for nothing is Photoshop called the “industry standard” for graphic design and photo editing. The moment you defect to another product, you start missing stuff. Can Corel Paintshop Pro 2020 Ultimate do the job just as well? It’s a comprehensive standalone program with lots of extras thrown in for free. New stuff This edition of Paintshop Pro (PSP) introduces several new features, including a touch-ready Photography Workspace, a SmartClone Tool, and a Refine Brush for ultra-precise selections. There are…

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How to Make a Cool Double Exposure Effect Using Photoshop [video] – Photography Article

In this video from tutvid, you’ll learn to make a cool double exposure effect using photoshop. Some of the things that you will learn while going through this double exposure effect in Photoshop tutorial include: How to isolate an image from its background using the magic wand tool and the Select and Mask Tool. Fine-tuning your selection in the Select and Mask Window using the paintbrush. How to output your mask selection to a new Photoshop layer – so that…

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Photography Post-Processing Software – Photography Article

My recent article, 3 Alternative Post-Processing Applications that Challenge the Adobe Throne, presented just three of the many post-processing software packages available (both free and paid) that provide excellent post-processing capabilities. In this article, I’ll give you a much longer list of post-processing software. To be impartial, I’ll list the titles in alphabetical order. DXO Photolab 2 A few of the titles added by readers in the Comments section of the “3 Alternatives” article impressed me with their power and…

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How to Make an Awesome Pop-Up Card with your Photos – Photography Article

If you can cut and fold a piece of paper to make a pop-up, why can’t you make it to an image? A photograph translates our three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional representation. With a pop-up card, you can present it with tridimensionality. Here are some ideas to bring your photos to life by turning them into an awesome pop-up card! From paper crafting to paper engineering, this creative practice can be as complex as you want. I will show you…

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How to Choose the Right Computer for Photo Editing – Photography Article

Buying a new computer can be a minefield. There are so many models to choose from with wildly varying budgets. How do you get the best performance for your budget? Where should you invest your cash (and where can you save)? This article is straight forward, jargon-free advice on what to think about when buying a computer for photo editing. If you are looking for an in-depth analysis, you are in the wrong place. If you are looking to upgrade…

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How to Use Lightroom Mobile to Speed Up Your Workflow – Photography Article

One of the common complaints about Lightroom Classic is that it’s just not as fast as some photographers expect. When I get back from a session with hundreds of RAW files to process, the thought of going through each of them one-by-one is enough to give me a headache. The few seconds it takes Lightroom to load each photo for flagging or cropping can be enough to make you want to quit photography altogether! Fortunately, if you subscribe to Creative…

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5 Nature Photography Editing Tips to Create Stunning Images in Seconds – Photography Article

Do you ever feel like your nature photos are just a bit…bleh? Like they could use something more? It’s a common problem. Because while you can be a master of light, composition, and camera settings, there’s still one thing you need for amazing nature photography: Editing. You see, editing is how you make your nature photos shine. It’s how you add a final touch to your images. It’s how you take a slightly bland image, and make it into something…

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How to Backup Your Photos While Shooting Tethered so You Never Lose Them – Photography Article

Whether you’re working with clients or shoot as a lone ranger, you need to back up your work. As the saying goes, when it comes to hard drives, it’s not a matter of if they will fail, but when they will fail. Working with image files requires a lot of power and is very taxing for your computer. This increases the chance of hard drive failure. You need to have a system of backing up your images that works for…

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How to Use the HDR Panorama Photo Merge in Lightroom Classic CC – Photography Article

Not long ago I wrote about Four of the Latest Updates to Lightroom Classic CC. In it, we talked about some of the fresh features Adobe has recently added to Lightroom. One of those great new additions was the single-step HDR Panorama Photo Merge. That’s a mouthful of a name, but it’s an incredibly useful tool that allows us to combine multiple bracketed exposures into a seamless high dynamic range panoramic image in, as the name suggests, essentially a single…

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2 Methods for Creating Duotones in Photoshop – Photography Article

This article looks at two methods for creating duotones in Photoshop. But first, what is a duotone? Think of a duotone and you’ll imagine an image composed of two distinct hues. Easy so far. But a typical printing-press duotone uses black ink and another color, the net result being a photo that is monochrome by many people’s definition. No black appears in the final image unless the initial grayscale image was clipped, which photographers generally try to avoid. This photo…

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Lightroom Texture Slider vs. Skin Smoothing – Photography Article

One of Adobe’s recent feature updates to Lightroom has profound implications for photographers who retouch their portraits. While in-depth alterations are best handled in an app like Photoshop or Affinity Photo, Lightroom’s brush tool has been a good choice for basic retouching for many years. Users can dial in specific settings to help skin appear softer and smoother, or select a preset defined by Adobe. However, these retouches have typically employed the Clarity slider, which is great for a lot…

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How to Realistically Enhance Light Beams in Photoshop – Photography Article

As a general nod to creative decency, in my work, I tend to steer clear of the “influencer” types of photographs. You know the ones I mean. The photos of people standing at the edge of some gorgeous vista, smiling, but, of course, seldom looking at the camera. They usually have some brand name product conspicuously visible in the frame. It’s not that those kinds of images are wrong, neither in execution or intent, but rather slightly tired and overdone.…

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How to Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop – Photography Article

Don’t you love GIFs? I do. They are fun, creative, and a great way to grab attention. In a world full of images (animated and otherwise), you need to create original quality work to stand out. Stop following trends and make your own using Photoshop in just a few simple steps. A GIF is a file format that supports animated images in the smallest size, which makes it very appealing for any online platform. The famous acronym stands for Graphic…

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ACDSee Photo Studio Standard 2019 Review – Photography Article

ACDSee software has been around since the earliest days of digital photography. For 20 years, it’s been competing with Adobe Photoshop. Today, with Adobe offering its top image-editing programs by subscription only, there’s more room than ever for alternatives. ACDSee offers a compelling subscription model of its own, but it also maintains a full suite of standalone products. Photo Studio Standard 2019 is among them, and I’ll review it here. The default layout in Manage mode of ACDSee Photo Studio…

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