Posts Tagged ‘photoshop’

Why I’ll Photoshop Your Face and Why I Believe It’s Okay

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Last Spring, Lorde Tweeted the photo above and wrote, “i find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)”

It is admirable, and perhaps even courageous, that Lorde broadcasted this to the masses. There is a lot of debate on the ethics of Photoshopping models and celebrities. A lot of people feel that it pushes unrealistic expectations of beauty in society and sets people up to feel insecure about having imperfections that even the rich and famous share with them.

I totally sympathize with this point of view, but there is another side to the argument that is easily lost on people who aren’t in creative and media fields. There are commercial and artistic forces at work that will never relent and, unless there is a major aesthetic shift in the industry, Photoshopping blemishes is here to stay.
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New Photoshop Trend: Hello Kitty-fying Marvel Superheroes

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Well, this is certainly one of the more… interesting Photoshopping trends we’ve seen. Thanks to a brigade of dedicated Photoshop masters on Tumblr, Marvel superheroes are getting the most unlikely of makeovers — Hello Kitty makeovers, to be precise. Read more…

Creative Retouching Turns Classic Glass Plate Portraits Into Modern Day Fine Art

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If you follow PetaPixel, you’re already familiar with the haunting portrait archive of Costica Acsinte. For decades after the end of World War I, Acsinte was possibly the only professional photographer in all of Romania, and the over 5,000 glass plate negatives he left behind are now being painstakingly digitized so that they don’t succumb to the ravages of time.

And as these photographic treasures are digitized, one photographer is plying her retouching skill to turn the black-and-white, somber images into fantasy fine art portraits. Read more…

Atlantic City Pro-Casino Group Takes Heat After Full-Page Ad Photoshop Fail

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The Atlantic City Alliance, a non-profit group supported by casinos that attempts to get you to spend more at casinos, is in some hot water after they purchased and published a full-page ad that appeared in the Star-Ledger, WSJ and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Normally, it wouldn’t be a problem. But after some readers took a closer look, the issue was brought to life when it was noticed that the image in the ad was a rather blatant Photoshopping attempt.

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Eerie Portraits Created by Combining Two Different Half-Faces Into a Seamless Whole

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Brother & Sister (left) Sisters (right)

Croatian photographer Ino Zeljaks has created an interesting series, titled Metamorfoza. The series consists of a multitude of portrait compositions, each seemingly usual at first, until you look a bit closer. Upon looking closer, you’ll realize that each individual portrait is made up of an amalgamation of portraits of different individuals, ever-so-cleverly pieced together. Read more…

Video Tutorial: How to Create Clean, Flawless Photoshop Actions

Photoshop actions can be a critical resource in any photographer’s workflow. Turning otherwise monotonous tasks into an autonomous utility, actions are created by manually performing a series of steps and recording them as an ATN file. This ATN file can then be ‘played’ in the future, when you’re looking to repeat those actions on future images, without the hassle of repeating the now-recorded workflow.

But where do you even get started with creating an action? And how can you effectively plan them out as to not cause any errors when trying to use them in the future? Well, Phlearn has us covered in their latest video, which breaks down the steps to creating and using an effective, flawless action.

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Photoshop Fail: News Outlet Tried to Make the Crowd Look More Pro-Madrid at ‘The Big House’

 

This weekend, two of soccer’s biggest teams brought their talents to ‘The Big House,’ in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to host what was the largest attendance record for a soccer game on US soil. It was Manchester United vs. Real Madrid and despite the efforts from both clubs, Manchester United came out on top, with a 3–1 victory.

But, despite a victory, an embarrassing photoshop fail from Spanish media outlet, Marca, has left Manchester United fans a bit upset. In an overhead photograph of the game, shared by Manchester United on Twitter, Marca decided it would attempt to diminish the crowd presence of Manchester United fans by desaturating the shirts of those in the stands of the Big House.

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New App and Plugin Tonality Brings Black & White Darkroom Magic to OSX

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From the creators of photo-editing apps, Intensify, Focus and FX Photo Studio comes a new black and white image editor for Mac called Tonality. Both a standalone app and plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, Tonality is versatile in its implementation into your workflow.

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Helpful Tutorial Shows You the Best Ways to Reduce Noise in Photoshop

Noise reduction, much like sharpening, is one of those post-processing tools that is often overused or used improperly, yielding terrible results. But as Bryan O’Neill Hughes shows you in the video above, tackling noise in Photoshop can be both easy and effective just as long as you know what you’re doing. Read more…

How I Photograph the Milky Way in the Light-Polluted Skies of Singapore

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When it comes to photographing the elusive Milky Way in one of the most light-polluted major cities like Singapore, timing is critical. Most of the faint details will be washed out by the extreme light pollution and if we were to shoot the Milky Way under unfavorable atmospheric conditions, our attempt would be futile.

Unfortunately, most of the tutorials online only work in locations that are at least 2 stops darker than most of the dark locations in Singapore and so, we need to do more in post-processing to unveil the elusive Milky Way and more complex workflow is required if we’re shooting at much brighter locations. Read more…