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Star Wars Edits – The Prince and Princess of Alderaan

I spotted this on Pinterest but I’m not sure if its edited or if it’s a legit Vanity Fair cover. I remember the covers they did for the promotion of The Last Jedi and I am pretty sure this wasn’t one of those covers.

So I did a heap of editing to this image and created what I think is a much better version:

Adam Driver looks so annoyed in this image, it’s really quite awesome!

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Photoshop Update – Adobe Creative Cloud

For any of my readers that use Photoshop or Adobe products, there was a recent update to Photoshop which I haven’t really had time to play with as yet. But one of the best tools in Photoshop for creating subject selections has been updated, and that’s a big deal. This tool allows you to “cut out” anything from an image whether that be a person, an object or anything you want really. In particular, when using the selection tool to select hair on a subject, this can be a tricky technique to master. With the new improvements to this tool, it’s even easier to select a subject and their hair and make that selection look realistic.

I’ve already used the tool on one of my earlier images where I cut out the picture of Timothee Chalamet in a graphic I was making:

Created by Darkside Creative

The selection I made was good enough to use, but I refined it even more with the updated tool and used it again in a different image:

 

Created by Darkside Creative

As you can see, the improvement is a much cleaner selection in the updated image above.

More photoshop goodness to come my friends. Let me know if you’ve created anything recently that you’d like to share in the comments!

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30 Days of Photoshop Day Seven – Hue and Saturation

It’s day seven of our 30 Days of Photoshop series with Aaron Nace from Phlearn, and we’re looking at Saturation and Hue adjustment layers today.

Hue and saturation are potent tools in Photoshop, particularly for altering and controlling the impact of colour in your images. I remember learning all about hue adjustments when I tried to make one of my very first GIFs in Photoshop by changing the hue in an image. It’s a neat little tool to use for all sorts of amazing effects.

Aaron explained the differences between Hue and Saturation and how they can work in conjunction with each other to enhance an image or change an image. You can change the colour of anything using hue and saturation adjustment layers.

We started off with this sample image provided by Phlearn:

Image Provided by Phlearn

And the goal was to change the colour of the TV behind the subject, and the walls so that they match the colour of our subject’s shirt. We can do this by adding a hue adjustment layer and selecting a specific colour in the image to alter.

And the reason we do this so that we don’t change the colour in the entire image. We only want to alter the colour in specific areas and we do that by using adjustment layer masks.

Once we had selected the colours we wanted to change (by using the eye-dropper tool), we then started painting over the areas we wanted to change using the layer mask. We then made further minor adjustments with colour balance and voila! Our edited image is ready for social media!

Edited by Darkside Creative

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30 Days of Photoshop Day Six – Levels and Curves

We’re onto day six now, and slowly moving along to Phlearn and Aaron Nace’s photoshop series. Today’s lesson is all about how to use Levels and Curves in your images.

Personally, I actually do use levels and curves in most of my image adjustments, and in particular, photos. I don’t tend to use them so much in graphics that I make, but the cool thing about levels and curves is that you can apply them to just about anything.

The first part of the lesson is understanding what levels and curves do when you apply them as an adjustment layer to an image. Aaron gives you an excellent explanation of what they are and how they can impact your overall picture.

The second part of the lesson is using what we learned and applying it to a sample image provided in the course. So we are basically turning this standard stock image into something prettier and ready for social media.

Here’s the slideshow so you can see how the very subtle changes to levels and curves in the image makes it look a lot more vibrant and ready for social media:

It’s really very easy once you get the hang of it and editing your family photos will become something of an exciting task rather than a chore. Who wants dull and lifeless images on their Instagram? Nobody! But you don’t need to be a photoshop guru to make your images come alive! And filters can only do so much. Wouldn’t you rather have the skills to make your images look better yourself? This is the perfect lesson if you want to take your photos to the next level.

You can access the lesson here complete with video tutorial, text explanation and instruction, and the practice sample image to use in Photoshop.

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Dune 2020 Edits and Motion Art

After seeing the newly released images of Dune featured on the Vanity Fair website, I decided to have some fun with them and create some edits. I’ve been toying around with a couple of ideas and finally came up with the following.

I used some of the techniques I’ve just learned to add colouring and mask out the other subject in the image, so Paul Atreides is standing alone. I think this is a powerful image, and I enjoyed making it.

Edited by Darkside Creative

I also wanted to use the newly transparent image I had created of Timothee Chalamet in a motion art animation. I toyed with a few ideas and different designs and came up with this:

Created by Darkside Creative

I knew that I wanted to feature Paul and the official Dune logo and lettering in the same image. And I really wanted to showcase the sun of Arrakis surrounding Paul but also making him a part of it. And of course, the Dune lettering in the background completes the image.

EDITOR UPDATE: I added this late, sorry to anyone that may have been looking for this image. It’s online now! Enjoy.

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