Image Effects
Photoshop tutorials including Photoshop and Fireworks. Tutorials for digital image editors and digital colorers. How to use Adobe Photoshop, how to digitally color images and artwork.Everyone is introduced to Adobe Photoshop for the first time. Some people pick up ways of working with the program quicker than others, but the fact of the matter is that a person trying to learn a program as powerful as Photoshop will only know about half their is to know about it by the time they release the next new version of the program. That's where this tutorial comes in, I'm here to help those who are willing to learn. In this tutorial you will learn some ways of modifying images to be what you want them to be. Let's start...

Photo Selection
Essentially; I'm going to take the picture to the left; and turn it into various attractive images. Whenever you are trying to modify an image for a background, screensaver or for some other handy use; remember that the picture you start out with won't be as good as what you finish with. In this I mean that I took a close up downward camera shot of a plant in my front yard. Be creative and the outcome will be better.

Cropping
Let us crop the image by [selecting the area we want to keep with the Marquee Tool] and then click on [IMAGE > CROP]. When selecting the area you want, keep in mind the amount of action in it and the actual size of it in pixels. To see an image in its actual size select [VIEW > ACTUAL PIXELS ]. Another good tip is to take note of the color contrasts in the selected area of your picture, depending on the final poduct you are looking for, certain colors will compliment each other better.

Hue/Saturation
Now comes an introduction to one of the best features of Photoshop: ease of photo manipulation. With your cropped image still selected click on [IMAGE > ADJUST > HUE SATURATION]. Now a Hue/Saturation window should pop up. With this window you can completely change and enhance the appearance of your image. To get the reddish look, as seen to the left, I set my [HUE to -100] and the [SATURATION to +100].

Water Ripples
Our photo already looks pretty nice; and much different from what we started out with. I think that it could still use a few finishing touches though. A nice water ripple might add just the right artistic flavor, do this by selecting [FILTER > DISTORT > RIPPLE] and then adjust your preferred ripple effects in the pop-up window.

If you had any problems in selecting your ripple effects, please note that you must have a layer other than the background selected, [WINDOW > SHOW LAYERS].

Basic effects like hue/saturation and ripple can be used to create great wallpapers or anything depending on how creative you are. Most of the effects can be accessed through the FILTER drop down menu. Others are harder to find. Even though many of these filters seem useless, they can all essentially be used for various projects. Let's look at a few more effects we can use; I'm going to add a few filters to the picture of clouds that I took with my digital camera.

Neon Glow
Neon glows can primarily be used to create pictures with very contrasting colors. Once I added a neon glow to my clouds, [FILTER > ARTISTIC > NEON GLOW], I played with the glow size, brightness and color in order to get an interesting picture. Just be sure to try different things and experiment; it doesn't take but the click of a button to try a setting, and the click of [CTRL + Z to UNDO] whatever you're not pleased with.

Lens Flare
I thought that my cloud picture was a little dull on the right side, so I thought that I'd add a camera flash filter to spice it up a little. After clicking on [FILTER > RENDER > LENS FLARE], I selected the right side of my picture in the pop-up window to direct the flash to the dullest side. Then I made the flash a little larger to take up more space.

Conte Crayon
A fact that must be understood about filters is that when you apply a filter to your image; your actually only applying it to a certain layer of that image. Now, I made a text box and typed in Blazedent while modifying the color, size and font. I then made the exact same text box again, but on a different layer. On the second text box I made, I applied a conte crayon filter by clicking on its layer and going to [FILTER > SKETCH > CONTE CRAYON]. I played with the options in the pop-up conte crayon window and got the final desired product to the left.

Hopefully this tutorial not only showed you effects like hue/saturation, water ripple and neon glow; but maybe it opened your mind to some of the tools in Photoshop like different filters. So far, image editing has been pretty basic and from these first few tutorials you should now understand more about layers and filters. In the next tutorial we will discuss how to create wallpapers from scratch.

- Joseph Lookabaugh


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