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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.


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.


We can use this image as a test image.

Sepia tint method 1


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


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


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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Photo restoration without taking short cuts

I have here an example of a photo restoration, (removing a person) that if not correctly restored a simple brightness adjustment would reveal some very shoddy work indeed, I will explain.

Removing people from a photo

Removing people from a photo

Lets have a look at this photo of some handsome college chaps on a night out with their partners. A request was made to remove the girls from the background which could be easy if it weren’t for the a hand on a shoulder and filling of the huge gap left behind.

There are two ways to go about this, the quick way and the right way. The quick way would be to select the girls with the selection tools and careful selection. Then simply clone over the girls with a large soft clone brush and rebuilding the pink shirt where the hand was.

Here is the image lightened a great deal to show the background detail.

Cloning in this manner creates repeat patterns where the clone brush has just laid down the same texture and detail each time creating an unconvincing background.

The incorrect way to clone

The incorrect way to clone

The right way would be to select and clone over but then make sure the background details were consistent with the image by following on the trees and the rocks behind the boys. I would not be able to sleep knowing that an image had been butchered in this manner.

Here is the image with corrected background detail and the top section of shadows lightened.

The correct way to clone

Now you know when your restoration is received and it looks like that “the people have been removed”. Think a bit more about what has gone on to achieve what you asked. I am sure that you will now begin to appreciate just how much is involved when a request is made to “remove those people”.

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