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Photoshop Actions

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I recently found out that a few people that I know who use Photoshop regularly, have never tapped into the power of Photoshop Actions. Actions are simple macros that you can record very easily, nothing to be afraid of. So here is a short video for you.

BTW, I have a cheap mic and an head cold form the nice spring allergies, so pardon my voice.

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April 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm

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Basics – Gradient Blur

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Cold Trail Fake DOF

One of the great things about about lenses with big apertures is that you can control the  DOF and get some nice blurred foreground, background or both.

Yes, nice when you have a large aperture lens. But large aperture lenses are expensive. An to be honest, it is difficult to get this result with a dSLR, cropped or full frame. This effect is best done on Medium or Large format cameras.  Or Photoshop.

This effect is not perfect, you need a picture with a clear foreground, no large vertical elements up front. The picture to the left is clear for about 5 feet (little sapling on the right side). But if your masking skills are up to par even this will not stop you.

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January 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

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Basics – Exposure

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There are three parts to Exposure, if your Catholic you can call it the “Holly Trinity of Exposure”, if you are a cook call it “Mirepoix” 🙂 Okay, so again there are three parts to Exposure:

    ISO
    Aperture
    Time

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January 2, 2010 at 12:56 am

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Basics – High Pass Filter

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High Pass Sharpening

I am starting a new set of post simply called “Basics“. Nothing too fancy, just basic tools you should know that can help you with your images. This is a Photoshop Tutorial but can be adapted to other programs.

For many years I used the Unsharp Mask filter for sharpening an image. Did I say years? Closer to Decades. I have never really liked it, so I never really mastered it. Recently I learned of a new tool. Nothing to buy, it has always been in Photoshop and is something I have never had a use for till now. It is the High Pass filter. Don’t have a High Pass filter? Take a look here.

Also, in full disclosure, I learned this technique from the flickr HDR group.

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December 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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