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Photoshop tutorial fun with making waves

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Making waves in Photoshop

Start by creating a new file around 3000 pixels square.

Your colour palette should be set to white foreground, black background

Choose filter/render/clouds then Filter/blur/motion blur angle 0, around 350

At this point I though the contrast was a bit lacking for the effect I was trying to create so I hit the auto levels button

More blurring. Filter/blur/motion blur around 350

Smooth out the blur effect slightly with filter/noise/median. Set to around 20

Making waves image 1

Select all and use the Edit/transform/perspective to crunch down the perspective so it looks like the waves are heading off into the distance. You will then need to use the “scale” from the same menu to squash this down vertically to stretch out the waves even more. And then scale it wider for more stretching.

Another quick auto levels to adjust the contrast again.

Now we add some lighting effects to bring in some enhancement of the waves.

Convert image to RGB mode if not already.
Use filter/render/lighting effects single spot and have a play with what give the most pleasing contrast enhancement to the waves. Something central and above gives a moonlight sea effect. Crop the image to encompass the best bits of the sea.

Making waves image 2

Please take note here. The waves are completely random and you will end up with different looking waves to me.

Add new layer
Select text tool and white text
Type your word slogan or company name
Enlarge so that the text is a good size.

Duplicate this layer
Set the top layer of text to blending mode “overlay”
Set the bottom layer of text to blending mode “exclusion”
bevel and emboss text of the top layer using the layers pallet.

Making waves image 3

Add reflection, by duplicating the text layers and selecting them both. Rasterize these layers and merge them together.

Edit/transform/scale and drag from the top through to the bottom to scale the words upside down, about two thirds height of the original text.

Edit/transform/perspective and widen out the words to give a slight perspective.

In order for the next bit to work we need to scale down the whole image to around 400 to 600 pixels wide.

Make a rectangular selection around the lowest part of the perspective text and feather to around 10 pixels and delete. This is to fade the text into the water. You may need to adjust the levels or brightness to get the effect you like best.

Now from the filters menu select distort/ripple/ -100
Finally adjust the opacity till you are happy with effect.

Making waves image 4

If you like you can add a colour overlay layer to blue.

More to come in the next post…

Photoshop fun with text bathed in light

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Over the next few posts I am going to show you a few creative Photoshop tips as a change from the photo restoration processes.

Starting with the first I call “bathed in light”.

Making text bathed in light

Start by creating a new file around 1000 pixels square.

Your colour palette should be set to white foreground, black background

Fill the layer with black
Create a new layer, with this layer

Choose filter/render/clouds

Text in light image 1

Next filter/texture/stained glass enter cell size 10, border 2, light intensity 3, click ok
Next Filter/blur/motion blur. Set angle to 90 blur amount 400
Set blending mode of this layer to “Hard light”

Text in light image 2

Next select all “ctrl A” and edit/transform/perspective tweak until you are happy with the angle of light. We are trying to go for a “coming down from above” look.

Take a big soft eraser brush and erase the hard edges of the perspective transformation.

Text in light image 3

If you like you can now crop the canvas to encompass the best shafts of light to an image of landscape proportions.

Add new layer
Select text tool and white text
Type your word or slogan

Text in light image 4

Enlarge so that the text is two thirds of the canvas size.
Duplicate this layer
Set the top layer of text to blending mode “exclusion”
Set the bottom layer of text to blending mode “difference”
Now using the selection tool to make the bottom layer active, use the arrow keys to nudge the layer off set slightly by around two nudges or two pixels to give the text a 3D effect.

Finally position the text in a good shaft of light

Play with the fonts and bevel and emboss or other filters to make you text stand out even more.

Text in light image 5

3 ways to change a black and white photo to sepia.

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There are many way to change a photo’s tint using photoshop. I have made this short tutorial to show you how to change a photo from black and white to sepia using three different methods, each with similar results but with subtle differences.

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We can use this image as a test image.

Sepia tint method 1

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Method 1.

Change your photo to RGB mode . Select from the top menus – image/adjustments/photo-filter.

Sepia tint method 1

You will get a colour box pop up. Choose a sepia colour.

Sepia tint method 1

Choose a fairly dark one

Sepia tint method 1

and then use the slider to increase the density.

Sepia tint method 1

Final result.

Sepia tint method 1

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Method 2

This method using “colour balance”. From the menus select image/adjustments/colour balance

Sepia tint method 2

Change the sliders with the radio button “shadows” selected so that you dial in around 20 red and 20 yellow.

Sepia tint method 2

Then do the same with the “midtones” but around 15 red and 15 yellow. You can tweak these setting to your own preferences.

Sepia tint method 2

Here is the final result. This method does not alter the whites in the highlights.

Sepia tint method 2

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Method 3

Using a colour fill layer. Select from the menus, layer/new fill layer/solid colour

Sepia tint method 3

Then select “colour” in the blending mode box.

Sepia tint method 3

Select a nice sepia colour

Sepia tint method 3

and you are done!

Sepia tint method 3

I hope this helps everyone and just choose a method which suits you best, if it were my choice I would go with method 2

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