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