SL Tutorial: Background removal with layer masks – YouTube

Another fabulous tutorial from Daeberethwen Arbenlow – how to remove backgrounds using layer masks.

This technique is a useful option when using a traditional green screen isn’t the best choice.

I can’t wait to try this one out!

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

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For a while now, I’ve been following Daeberethwen Arbenlow and her video tutorial series about tips/tricks using Photoshop.

I can’t say enough good things about these videos!  I have learned so much in a very short time. The videos are relatively short, easy to digest, and made so that you can start trying them out yourself immediately.

I’ve collected (and reblogged) so many of them, that I’ve decided to give them their own page on my blog.  This will keep them all in one place and make it an accessible resource for both me and my readers. 😀

You can, of course, follow her YouTube channel (as I have), but since many times when I am working in Photoshop, I need a quick refresher on something, I wanted to have them somewhere I could quickly access whatever topic I needed.

I will be adding to the page as she creates new videos.  If you use Photoshop, watch one or two, and try it out.  Your photos will thank you!

Find the new Photoshop tutorial page here.

Photoshop Tips/Tricks: Dodge, Burn, and Shadows

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I’ve gotten behind in watching all of the great videos Daeberethwen Arbenlow has been putting out for using various tools in Photoshop. 😦

The following two videos go together – the first is on using the dodge and burn tools to add highlights and shadows to your SL photos.

The second is a follow-up video, with more information on how to use the dodge and burn tools to contour your photos.

I’ve not had a chance to experiment with these yet, but I can’t wait!

I’m sure it will take time to develop a feel for when ‘enough is enough,’ but in the meantime, I plan to pull up of some old photos in Photoshop and start playing. 🙂

Enjoy!

Tutorial: Highlights and Shadows with Dodge and Burn using Curves:

Tutorial: Contouring Photos (beginner to intermediate):

If you can’t see the embedded videos, click here for the highlights video and here for the contouring video.

Tutorial: Creating and using light projectors with textures | honeyjunkies

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Another great tutorial from Daeberethwen Arbenlow on using light projectors for in-world photography.

I used this tutorial to take my last LOTD photo – Be Still.

Try it for yourself – lots of possibilities with this technique!

Source: Tutorial: Creating and using light projectors with textures | honeyjunkies

Tutorial: Fixing hard hair edges for Second Life photos | honeyjunkies

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I know I’ve raved about the tutorials from Daeberethwen Arbenlow, but really, they are fantastic. 😛

This is a quick method for getting rid of some of those hard hairline edges in your SL photography.

I’m too lazy to spend time searching for a matching hairbase, so this tip is one I know I will be using a lot!

Source: Tutorial: Fixing hard hair edges for Second Life photos | honeyjunkies

Tutorial: Blending Modes and Blur + Blending Mode effects | honeyjunkies

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Yet another fantastic video from Daeberethwen Arbenlow with more tips and tricks for Photoshop.

This tutorial is on using blending modes and blur to achieve different effects on your photos.

I’ve tried out all of the things she’s shown in her videos and I am thrilled with the things I’ve been able to achieve with my own photos. 😀

Source: Tutorial: Blending Modes and Blur + Blending Mode effects | honeyjunkies

Tutorial: Creating drop shadow effects on greenscreen photos – for Second Life – YouTube

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This is a great tutorial on how to create drop shadow effects on your green screen photos.

I’ve used this method successfully on several different photos now, and it’s completely opened up new ways of doing my photography in SL.

Rather than trying to create complete scenes in SL itself, I can take a few green screen photos and create effects using the skills I’ve learned from these tutorials.

Especially helpful for those who might not have the ability to run Ultra graphics with all the fancy shadows in SL.  😀

Tutorial: Shooting props separate from photos to use in photography | honeyjunkies

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Another fantastic tutorial from Daeberethwen Arbenlow!

I buy so many things thinking that I will use them in a photo or a set and then promptly lose them in my black hole of an inventory.

I’ve decided one of my goals for the coming year is to take some green screen photos of items so that I will have them to use in my photos.

Plus, I will have a visual record of what the item is, which means I may be more likely to remember that I own it! 😛

Source: Tutorial: Shooting props separate from photos to use in photography | honeyjunkies

Trying Out My New Photoshop Skills

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A week ago, I was lucky enough to stumble across a post on Plurk from Daeberethwen Arbenlow about a tutorial she had made for removing a green screen in Photoshop.

Though I had watched various tutorials on the same subject and attempted it numerous times, I could never get to work as cleanly as the videos showed.

It may be that I have more experience with Photoshop now, but I’m chalking it up to the terrific job Daeberethwen does of explaining in her tutorials.  😀

Since the green screen video, I have used the method with great success. Just yesterday I cajoled my husband into logging into SL so we could take a holiday photo.

I had set up all my props in front of a green screen so that I could insert a different background later in Photoshop.  We could have just gone somewhere winter-y and taken the pic, but I wanted to try out my new skill. 😛

Also, it gave me an excuse to sort through my giant folder of ‘Christmas’ items and purge some of them.  (How do I end up with so many no-copy items that are useless to me for sets?!)

Perfect Xmas 2015

This is the edited photo and what I will be using for Christmas cards. 🙂

I used several techniques I learned in videos from Daeberethwen, including the green screen removal and using the ‘screen’ layer style to add effects.

I am still amazed at how quickly and cleanly I can now add effects and fancy bits to my photos with very little effort!

I changed my ‘green screen’ to blue, since so many of the props have green in them.  I did have to lower my tolerance a bit with the background eraser, because at 100% it was erasing much of his tuxedo!

I added a background texture (the snowflake background behind the pergola), changed the hue of it a bit, and then used the ‘screen’ layer trick to add some snow as an overlay.

After adding the text, I think the total time to process this photo was maybe 20 minutes.  For comparison, here is the original photo:

Xmas Original

As you can see, I cropped it (sorry, Frosty!), removed the blue screen, and then added my other effects.

Simple!

I love playing around in Photoshop and learning new techniques.  I have a ton of pre-made filters and actions I’ve found in various places, but I get much more enjoyment out of discovering how to do something myself. 😀

If you’ve been looking for some great Photoshop tutorials, I highly recommend Daeberethwen’s videos.  You can find the tutorial on using the ‘screen’ layer here.

I can’t wait to try this out with other photos and effects!