One day he will be beautiful! ...But right now he has a face only a mother could love :) When I was a little girl, my mother told me the story of Mother Owl, which I found out later was based on a fable by Jean de La Fountaine. I haven’t found good succinct versions in English, so this is me trying to come up with a similar version...
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I hear complains that Photoshop’s Reduce Noise tool doesn’t work ~ My tip: try customizing it instead of using the auto mode. The settings that work best for me: Strength = 7; Preserve Details = 50%; Reduce Color Noise = 95%; Remove Artifact = Checked. It’s a subtle, but effective improvement. Some images are beyond salvaging, but this works if an image has just a little bit of grain. (Go to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise to customize your settings).
To add tones and a soft vignette to a picture: In Photoshop:Go to Filter> Render > Lighting effect > Soft Omni -> then choose the color and customize the intensity and brightness to your liking. You can also use Flashlight instead of Soft Omni fora more vivid result.
Whenever you see something that grabs your attention (bridges, sculptures, flowers, etc), "stay with it" for a while and try capturing it in *several* different ways - check this link to see examples of same subject / different composit ...
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I have fun playing with textures sometimes... and I know some of my friends like the drama a texture can add to an image and would like to try it but don't know how. So I figured I could share what I've learned with you:
- Open the picture you want to process;
- Open the chosen texture image; Select the texture by pressing Ctrl+A on the keyboard; then press Ctrl+C to copy it;
- Go back to your selected picture and press Ctrl+V to paste/place texture over the picture;
- Click on the Move tool (cross icon, to your left) to resize or adjust the texture file, if needed.
- Then go play with blending modes and adjust the opacity* until you see a result you like. My favorites: Multiply, Overlay, Darken and Soft Light … but try them all, don’t limit yourself! You can always undo moves and keep experimenting. Sometimes an image comes alive with a bold use of texture, other times the image looks better when the texture is very subtle.
- Once you’re done, go to Layer (at the top ...
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