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Photoship Tips

make your designing tasks easier with these quick tips

Make Your Photos Pop with this Quick PS tip

Use this very simple Photoshop tip to give all your photos some pop!

Step 1:

Open the photo you want to enhance and make a duplicate copy (it’s always a good idea to do any work on a duplicate image rather than your original).  On your new image, right click on the background layer and click “duplicate layer”

Step 2

With the new layer selected click on the filter menu at the top of your screen.  Choose Blur>Gaussian Blur and choose a setting (I used 11.5 for this pic).

Step 3

Open the blending options drop down menu at the top of the layers palette and click on “overlay”.

Notice how much punch the colors have in the “after” image.  If you used too much blur you may lose some detail in your photo.  If that’s the case, try using the “soft light” blending mode, or just go back and use a smaller integer for the gaussian blur.  Experiment with other blending modes of different results.

Quick Photoshop Tip – “Knockouts”

If you’ve ever made quick pages or layouts where you’ve cut out part of your background and then decided later that you want to rearrange elements only to find that part of the background is gone and now needs to be replaced, this tip is for you.  Photoshop has a great blending option called “knockout” that allows you to “knockout” or make transparent everything below the layer you have applied to blending option to.  I love this for quick pages because once I put a frame on the page, add the knockout layer and link them I can move the frame anywhere on the page and see what the final result will be without actually removing any of the background elements.  This is especially handy when you have cluster frames with lots of element layers that are under the frame, yet shouldn’t show through the photo opening.

Step 1:

Place your frame anywhere on the page.  Using one of the marquee tools, select the area that you would like to “knockout”.  Note that you can see both the background paper and part of the cattail element through the photo openings

Step 2

Add a new layer, making sure that it is below your frame.  Use the paint bucket to fill the area you selected in the previous step.

Step 3

Right click on the new layer and select “blending options”.  When the pop up box opens make sure “blending options: custom is highlighted (if it’s not, you won’t see the proper options located in the center box).  Where it says knockout, choose “deep” from the drop down menu, then change the fill opacity to zero.  Note:  make sure you use the fill opacity slider under advanced blending options, not the top “opacity” slider.  Click OK.

The result is you can no longer see anything that is below the knockout layer.  If you link the two layers together, they can be moved anywhere on the page and the knockout will remain in the photo openings.

This tutorial was done using Photoshop CS and my Beach House kit.  The page seen above is available as a quick page in the Beach House album.

Photoshop Text Tip

Sometimes, your font choices can make or break your layout.   Changing font styles can be a tedious process if you continuously highlight the font on your page and choose a new font from your drop down list.   Today I’m going to show you how to quickly scroll through your font list in PS so you can preview different fonts in a jiffy.  This tip will also work in Photoshop Elements.

  1. Type your text onto your page.
  2. Commit to your font choice by clicking on the text layer in the layers palette.
  3. With the text layer highlighted, go to the top of your screen and highlight the name of the current font.
  4. Use the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard to quickly scroll through your font list.

As you use the arrow keys the text on your layout will change

PS text tipRight click on the image above and save to your computer for easy reference.

Extra:  if you highlight the text on your page, then highlight the font size at the top of your screen you can use the arrow keys to change the size of the font one point at a time. This is useful if you need to preview miniscule changes in your font size.

Stay tuned for more tips and techniques from db Designs.