Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Mysterious World of Photoshop

PHOTOSHOP: Has ever the name of a computer program suggested more mystery and possibility? Perhaps, but not to me. As far as I'm concerned, Photoshop is the ultimate mystifying miracle-worker. Rumor has it you can use it to change colors, textures, effects, backgrounds, and even (gasp) remove a person from a photo altogether.

I've long wished to venture into the uncharted universe of Photoshop, but frankly it has been a little daunting. I open up the screen and am overwhelmed and utterly confused by the options I am presented with. Despeckle? Mezzotint? Craquelure? Are those ways of manipulating photographs? The terms sound like they belong in A Standard Book of Spells: Grade Four by Miranda Goshawk.

Fortunately, when the need to tinker with a photo is truly desperate, Ashkon comes to my aid. That was the case with the picture above, which I took a couple of weeks ago on a rainy day in New Haven, Connecticut. The colors of the house, the tree, the leaves, were so vibrant in real life, but I just could not capture that in my picture. I was so disappointed. My polarizing filter, which I now invariably use to block the glare and deepen the color of my photos, had fallen out of its frame the week prior and was unusable.

I knew there had to be a fix for a washed-out, should-have-been-polarized photo. And I knew Photoshop had to have it somewhere. Rather than meander around trying out different things, Ash suggested Googling something along the lines of "photoshop AND tutorial AND polarizing filter." Lo and behold, we came up with something. And thank goodness, because it was absolutely the least intuitive series of steps you could ever imagine. But it worked! Amazing!

Perhaps I went just a tad bit overboard. In real life the leaves were not approaching fluorescent, bright though they were. Sorry, couldn't help myself; it was just so thrilling to figure out how to do something in Photoshop. The question is, could I ever duplicate it without the tutorial? We're not there yet... Next project: to figure out how to remove pesky things like power lines.

7 comments:

Ashkon said...

There must be some great tutorials online for beginners. Anyone have any suggestions?

amy sahba said...

I don't have any suggestions for online tutorials, but I know this guy who is really a Photoshop master and you just need to figure some way to bribe him into teaching you the basics... I'd be interested in such a class ;)
Or maybe you can try a book? Something along these lines: http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Digital-Photographers-Voices-Matter/dp/0321501918/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195429188&sr=8-4

ROBERT said...

Photoshop is a pretty amazing program. I have been using in for about four years now and I still finding new tricks on it. If you have any questions feel free to call me. The sites below are pretty good tutorial sites.

http://www.luv2help.com/ (This one has video tutorials which is cool)

http://www.tutorialized.com/ (This site is a little more advanced. Click on the “Photoshop” section and there is a wide variety of tutorials)

Also, my friend uncle Dr. Russell Brown as a free pod cast on Itunes with weekly tutorials…he is quite a character!

luckybeans said...

It's the clone tool. You can use it to paint over your powerlines with bits of the photo right next to them. You can probably google it, too. That is one of the only things I do in Photoshop consistently. The rest is still beyond me.

What kind of camera do you use? I am trying to learn more about photography myself, and it would be wonderful to have someone to talk to!

ews said...

Thanks for the tips Amy, Robert, and Luckybeans!

Shamim said...

ok. let's do this class thing!

ric said...

情趣,情趣用品,情趣,sogo論壇,台灣論壇,plus論壇,plus,痴漢論壇,維克斯論壇,情色論壇,性愛,性感影片,校園正妹牆,正妹,AV,AV女優,SEX,走光,a片,a片免費看,A漫,h漫,成人漫畫,免費A片,色情網站,色情遊戲,情色文學,麗的色遊戲,色情,色情影片,同志色教館,色色網,色遊戲,自拍,本土自拍,kk俱樂部,後宮電影院,後宮電影,85cc免費影城,85cc免費影片,免費影片,免費小遊戲,免費遊戲,小遊戲,遊戲,好玩遊戲,好玩遊戲區,A片,情趣用品,遊戲區,史萊姆好玩遊戲,史萊姆,遊戲基地,線上遊戲,色情遊戲,遊戲口袋,我的遊戲口袋,小遊戲區,手機遊戲,貼圖,A片下載,成人影城,愛情公寓,情色貼圖,情色,色情網站,色情遊戲,色情小說,情色文學,色情,aio交友愛情館,色情影片,臺灣情色網,寄情築園小遊戲,情色論壇,嘟嘟情人色網,情色視訊,愛情小說,言情小說,一葉情貼圖片區,情趣用品,情趣,色情漫畫,情色網