Fun with Photoshop

August 9, 2008

I took some really cute pictures of my husband’s 4 year old cousin yesterday while we were at his parents house. I had an idea for one of the pictures so I brought it into photoshop and just started having fun with it. I love photoshop. lol.

Here’s the before and after pics:


She is just way too cute. πŸ™‚


This tutorial will teach you how to do selective colorization to enhance your photos!




Start out with your original photo. Duplicate the layer by right clicking it in the layers bar and clicking “Duplicate layer.” Then hide the bottom layer from view by unclicking the little eye next to the layer thumbnail. (this is just so you can compare them later!)

This will require some basic knowledge of the pen tool. (see previous tutorial)
In this picture, i’ve decided i want to keep the colors of the shirt and the bracelet.

I’m going to start out by selecting the bracelet. I use the pen tool to select the bracelet. Once you finish selecting, this is what it will look like (i lowered the opacity so you could see the pen’s path.)


Right click with the pen tool and click Make Selection and click Ok. Now, you want to copy the selection and make a new layer with it. This is very easy. Just hold down CTRL+C to copy and then immediately after, hit CTRL+V to paste. The new layer should go right on top of the other one. If you hide the bottom layer you’ll see just the bracelet, like this.


Now, for the shirt. This one took me about ten minutes to select because of the grass around her. Take your time with the pen tool, you dont want it to look choppy.

After I finished selecting, i copied and made a new layer from the selection again.


I didnt want the entire shirt selected, so i went to Select, Color Range, and used the +eyedropper to choose out 4 colors from the shirt. You can adjust the fuzziness to whatever looks best to you.
Then i inverted the selection by holding CTRL+SHIFT+I and then deleted everything in the background. (you can use the delete key or CTRL+X.)

Now my new selection looks like this:


(delete the bottom selection of the shirt.)

Now go to your original picture and select it. Hold down CTRL+SHIFT+U to change it to black and white.

And here is the finished product!


Merge the top 3 layers together by pressing CTRL+E and then compare your new picture with the original.

I hope that wasnt too difficult! It takes some patience! πŸ™‚ Comment me if you cant figure it out and i’ll try to be more specific πŸ™‚ (By the way, this is done in Photoshop CS3)

Making simple selections with the pen tool.

This is a tutorial to teach you how to make simple selections with the pen tool. After practicing with simple lines like this one, you can use the pen tool for many other things and you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

The pen tool is very easy to find. Just open photoshop and hit “P” and it should come right up.

Start out on a blank canvas and click once anywhere.
Then, move your pointer a little farther and click one more time, but do not let go of the button. While holding the button, move the mouse around and you will see the line move back and forth. When you have it how you want it, you can let go.


Now, hold down ALT and move your mouse over the last point you made. You should see a little triangle appear over the point. Click on it and it will set the point.
Now, move your pen again and click once, holding down the button and dragging the pen until it curves the way you want it to.


You can do this as long as you want. Dont forget to press ALT and click on the points to set them. Then when you’re done, just move the mouse back around to the first point and you’ll see a little circle appear. Now you can connect the lines together to make one shape.


Now, with the pen tool still selected, right click and go to Make Selection. Leave the default settings for now and click ok. Once you click ok, the shape you made will be selected. Thats it! It takes a lot of practice to get good with the pen tool so try opening up photos from your computer or from anywhere and practice selecting around them.

Thanks for reading!

Nikon D60

July 26, 2008

Me and Stan decided today the camera that i will save up for. Its the Nikon D60. I was going to save for the Nikon D40 but this one is so much better!

ItΒ  will take a long time to save for it since its brand new and at 699.00 but it will be so worth it when I get it. I spent a long time looking it up online and drooling over it. I really cant wait to get it. I really want to get started in photography for real, and this will be a great camera to start with!!

Here is a link to the official sample photos taken with the camera.

I cant wait to get it!!!!

New Blog-Pictures!

July 22, 2008

I finally started a blog! I just hope I can keep up with it. Thanks Bethany, for motivating me to start one!

I dont have anything to say yet so I’ll just start by posting pictures. Me and stan took some pictures today on self timer. Even though we waited until after 5:00 pm it was still so hot that we could only stand it long enough to take just a few pictures.





I’m hoping to get some more of my photography uploaded here in the next few days and maybe post some tutorials or something. Anyway thats all for now!