How has it reached past midnight on Tuesday before I’ve managed to tell you about yesterday’s Photoshop class? You must have been worried sick. And – hang on – what’s this I see? This is my first post on here since last week’s class. It’s okay, you can call off the search parties; I’m back.
So, what did we do last night? Well, first we spent a while playing with a few filters and effects (and who hasn’t already done that if you’ve had Photoshop for any time), and then got on with trying to make a couple of portraits a bit more interesting.
First we turned this:
Pretty straight forward, a tight crop, desaturation, fiddling with contrast and stuff. It did involve a layer mask for some reason. Can’t remember why.
And then we turned this:
This was a bit clever, actually. The shadows (it’s supposed to look like she’s in the shadow of a venetian blind, in case you hadn’t noticed were originally just solid black bars over the top of the image, which were then made a bit translucent and softened. But see how the shadows wrap around the contours on her arms? That’s the clever bit. We used a displacement mask. But then, you knew I was going to say that, didn’t you.