Category Archives: Photoshop Tricks

A Thousand Words – Photoshop Processing for Forest Images

I spend a lot of time shooting black bears in forests, dark forests with bright light filtering through trees creating a puzzle-like effect of light rays on the forest floor – one of the most challenging environments for image processing.  … Continue reading

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Win the Image Processing Battle

There is nothing easy or quick about doing a reasonable job of image processing.  But fully 50% of the quality of your image comes from correct processing, or you lose that 50% doing only a fair job . Once I … Continue reading

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Adding a Signature to Photos

I have this question asked a lot, and I actually thought I had blogged or written about this previously, but I can’t find it – so here we go. 1.  Take a sheaf of copy paper and with a bold, … Continue reading

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Photoshop Tricks: Using a Threshold Layer to Balance Color

Sometimes you can just see that the color balance is off in an image, other times you can’t tell at all until you have corrected it – then it’s obvious.  In this image of the Yellow Warbler I shot yesterday … Continue reading

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Photoshop: Tricks – Layers Dialog Box

Sometimes when I’m retouching a face, or retouching an image requiring many steps that will be put on separate layers, there are two easy tricks I use to simplify how the layers look visually.  One is color coding the layers, … Continue reading

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The Mittens – Shooting and Processing for Effect

Photoshop is a remarkable program.  It allows us mere mortals to recreate the images we actually envision in the field.  My last post was about my photo safari to southern Utah, and shows a number of images.  One that has … Continue reading

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Using the CS5 Photo Filter

If your looking for a quick way to add color to your image, try the CS5 Photoshop Photo Filters, found under  Image >> Adjustments >> Photo Filters.   You will see the default filter is “Warming Filter (85)”.  If you … Continue reading

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CS5 Image Processing Workflow for JPG’s

Here is a condensed version of my workflow for either post processed RAW files, or JPG files right off the CF or SD card.  Let me cover a few basics: 1) in regard to RAW files, I don’t mess with … Continue reading

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Channel Mixer: Great Black-and-Whites

Channel Mixer is a great tool for not just adding color saturation to an image, but also in creating well-toned black-and-white (BW) images.  Go to Image > Adjustments and select the Channel Mixer controls.  When the dialog box opens click … Continue reading

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The Dance of Shadows

More and more I see images, both wildlife and landscape, published on websites and in photography forums that are shadowless, almost completely shadowless.  I guess this is a result in the big upsurge of HDR (High Dynamic Range) type photography … Continue reading

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