Comparison of Instagram Quality on Android and iPhone

Please treat this post is kind of quasi-scientific and demi-comprehensive bug report to Instagram. Click on each image to see damage extent. If you wish to participate in the experiment, please download first photo from this post to your phone, apply “contrast sun” effect to it, upload to Instagram and post link to your photo into comments to this post.

Glamour Girl Photography Portrait Glow

This tutorial will teach you to create nice glow effect that adds ‘dreamy’ look to your images. You may use this technique both for color and B/W images.

Portrait Retouching. Making Nice Skin.

What makes that ‘perfect’ model look in magazine photos? The answer is: a) beautiful models with good skin; b) good makeup and c) professional lighting. But very often the final step – retouching and ‘digital makeup’ done in Photoshop is the most important one.

We will take a very common photo. Not a model. No professional makeup. No professional lighting. And we will try to make it more ‘perfect’ using simple and powerful Photoshop technique that makes skin look soft and nice.

War Time Photo Restoration

This is the photo to be restored. It is slightly damaged; the contrast is very poor. In fact, there is a sunny day – but you can hardly guess it looking at the unretouched photo.

I tried to keep old photo look and therefore decided not to remove all the scratches and imperfections. Besides, I added a little color to increase the effect.

Portrait Photo Retouching Photoshop Tutorial

It is more than just black and white. Use this photo retouching technique to fully reveal potential of your images by boosting contrast, fixing skin problems and adding nice glamour look.

5 Steps To Create Caricature Sketch

We will take a photo of a nice sweet little kitten and convert it into MONSTER KILLER CAT in 5 easy steps.

Photoshop sketch effect – ‘natural’ technique. Part III.

This part of the tutorial will include extensive use of layer masks.The mask defines visibility of the parts of the layer: areas where the mask is black are completely invisible, and areas where the mask is white are fully visible. The areas where the mask is gray are semi-transparent. Drawing over the mask allows to reveal or to hide the parts of the layer, and it doesn’t destoy the contents of the layer – that’s why the masks are so popular!

Important: before continuing, make sure that ‘Photocopy’ layer is visible.

Photoshop sketch effect – ‘natural’ technique. Part II.

There are several Photoshop filters that may help to create an outline:

  • find edges filter
  • glowing edges filter
  • smart blur filter in the ‘edge only’ mode
  • photocopy filter.

There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ filter; the result of using this or that technique depends on the image very much. We will experiment with these 4 filters to find one that suits our image best.

Photoshop sketch effect – ‘natural’ technique. Part I.

The goal of this tutorial is to create a digital sketch effect that would be as close to real sketch look as possible. That’s why I call it a ‘natural sketch technique’. We will try to do a little research into several possible Photoshop techniques to find out the most effective ones.

Before continuing with this tutorial look at the Introduction to find out the basic sketch features we are going to reproduce digitally.

You may also want to read the “Classical” Photoshop sketch effect tutorial to learn easy and effective way to turn your photo into a ‘sketch’ in few steps.

Photoshop sketch effect – ‘classic’ technique

This tutorial will explain how to apply a sketch effect to your photos in Photoshop. First have a look at the Introduction that defines the main things that ‘make a sketch look like a sketch’.

Before we begin with Photoshop sketch effect techniques I have to say that unfortunately it is not possible to make some steps, or may be use some Photoshop action and automatically convert your photo into a sketch. Each photo requires individual approach and a lot of “trial and error” to produce a good sketch effect.

Sin City Effect Photoshop Tutorial

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I got an idea for this tutorial on one of the photography forums, where I found a topic “Sin City Challenge” (or something like that, I don’t remember exactly). I liked idea of the challenge: take a common photo and try to recreate atmosphere of the “Sin City” movie and posters.

‘Real sketch’ features to be reproduced with Photoshop

Let’s have a look at some real sketches (portraits this time) to find out what we are going to reproduce and what will make our photos look like a pencil drawing. All drawings used in this tutorial have been made by Andrew Loomis.

“Princess of Egypt” Tutorial

This is an attempt to stylize photo to make it look “Egyptian”. Style components are: hierogliphs, aged photo effect, “pyramid wall” texture.

Dreamy Landscape Effect

Sometimes a photo may be greatly enhanced by adding a soft ‘dreamy’ glow. The Photoshop technique described below may be used for creating mystique ‘fairy tale’ look, or just for adding slight and very soft glow effect. It works best for landscape photos.

Glamour Girl Photography Portrait Glow

This tutorial will teach you to create nice glow effect that adds ‘dreamy’ look to your images. You may use this technique both for color and B/W images.

28 Top Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

There are dozens of useful Photoshop shortcuts, and here is my favorites list. All shortcuts are for Adobe Photoshop CS2, but they should work in other Photoshop versions as well.

All keyboard shortcuts are for PC. I don’t have a Mac, but as far as I know the main difference is use of the COMMAND key and OPTION key on a Mac instead of the CTRL key and the ALT key on a PC. If I’m wrong – correct me.

Colored Grapes Photoshop Tutorial

This lesson is a part of tutorial series about making rather ordinary things look unusual. This time I decided to stylize the grapes photo and give it lots of color to achieve very unusual look, but keep the details so the image remains “realistic”.

You will learn to use Pen tool, Hue/Saturation command and Adjustment layers together to get interesting and easily adaptable result.

Infrared Photography Tutorial – 2

We continue to convert your photo into very unusual, infrared-like image with extreme colors with second part of our infrared photography tutorial.

You will learn very effective sky extraction technique, use channels and curves to produce infrared-like grayscale image, use mask to isolate part of the image and create several layers with blending mode set to ‘color’ to control parts of the image independently.

‘Setting up’ the image takes several minutes. Once you created all necessary layers it becomes very easy to alter the colors to achieve quite unusual or even ‘crazy’ color effects. 

Infrared Photography Tutorial

Convert your photo into very unusual, infrared-like image with extreme colors.

You will learn very effective sky extraction technique, use channels and curves to produce grayscale image which will look like infrared photography, use mask to isolate part of the image and create several layers with blending mode set to ‘color’ to control parts of the image independently.

‘Setting up’ the image takes several minutes. Once you created all necessary layers it becomes very easy to alter the colors to achieve quite unusual or even ‘crazy’ color effects.

Snow Effect in Photoshop

Use Adobe Photoshop to add realistic snow effect to your pictures. Even if picture is taken in summer :)

Platinum Photography Effect

This tutorial will teach you to use several types of adjustment layers to create “platinum” – looking images. I used Adobe Photoshop CS2 for this tutorial, but you may use other versions of Adobe Photoshop as well.