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A Photoshop Photo Editing Technique that will Make Your Eyes Pop

There are several Photoshop photo editing techniques that have evolved over the years. While many are considered advanced, some of the coolest techniques are actually quite easy to mimic. With an understanding of layers, a little instruction, and a lot of experimentation, you can master one of these techniques.

Creating a water reflection gives your pictures an interesting new perspective. Once you have your image pulled up, you will want to duplicate it in your layers panel. To create the reflection you will want to add extra space to the bottom of your picture. Go to “Image” in your navigation bar and click on “Canvas Size.” To be safe, just double the canvas by entering 100 percent into “Height.” Make sure “Relative” is clicked and make the anchor your top centre square.

Now go to your “Edit” menu, find “Transform” and then click “Flip Vertical.” Drag your flipped image to the bottom of the page. Create a blank layer in your layers panel and fill it in with white. Go to your “Filter” menu, then “Sketch” and finally “Halftone Pattern.” Make sure the “Line” is selected in “Pattern Type.” Now experiment with the values. The lower they are the more lines you have. Find the right amount for your picture. When your satisfied click okay and the lines will appear in your layer.

Go back to “Filter” and choose “Gaussian Blur.” This will smooth out your lines. Change the radius until you have a soft edge. Now save this as a document and delete your lines layer.

We’re almost ready to insert the ripple effect. First, merge your mirrored images together in the layers panel. Return once again to the “Filters” menu, go down to “Distort” and choose “Displace.” In this box you can choose how your ripple effect will appear. You only need to work with the horizontal scale. Also be sure to click “Stretch to Fit” and “Repeat Edges Pixels.”

Click OK when you are ready. Photoshop will now ask you about a displacement map. Find your lines file that you just saved and click it. Now your merged picture will be covered with ripples. To fix this problem create a layer mask using the bottom layer as a selection. Now apply your “Gaussian Blur” to the photo mask to soften the line between the two images.

For the final effect, create an adjustment layer and choose “Hue/Saturation.” In the box that comes up check the box that says “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” so that it only affects the bottom layer. To add a bit of blue colour to the water only, focus on the “Hue” slider. Experiment to find the shade that works best for your picture. When you’re finished, go back to your layers panel and lower the opacity of the effect to make it look more natural. Now your reflection is complete.

This is only the tip of the iceberg of what you can do with Photoshop photo editing. Once you have mastered this technique, you will be ready for anything.

The Clipping Path Indesign Technique Explained

A clipping path is another way to crop your picture so that only the section of the picture you want to see is visible. It can be used to hide parts of a picture that you don’t like or allow you to create a new background. The clipping path Indesign technique can be accomplished in three ways.

The first involves importing pre-made graphics with clipping paths that were made in Photoshop. This can prove useful since photoshop has several manipulation tools that are not available in Indesign.

The second is a short cut tool. If you are trying to hide the original background of the picture, you can click on “Object” in your navigation bar, find “Clipping Path” and then “Options.” A window will appear and you will want to select “Detect Edges” from the “Type” box. The program will identify the new background and hide the old. This is easier to do if the original background is a solid colour. Your entire background might not be completely invisible so you will want to use the “Tolerance” and “Threshold” sliders to finish removing the rest.

You can also accomplish the clipping path Indesign method by hand, using the pen tool. Click on the pen icon in your tools palette and make sure that the fill and stroke functions are not set. Click once where you want to begin and then trace around your object. To create a curve just drag your mouse while clicked to the arc you need. Once you have come full circle, click on the original dot to close the path. Right click on your image, go to “Arrange” and then click on “Bring to Front.” Select both your path and image together and go to “Pathfinder,” which is found in “Object & Layout” under “Window.” Click on the “Intersect” button and your work is done.

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