Photoshop Pen Tool_Cutting out images From Photos

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Adobe Photoshop is awesome in how it provides many editing tools that let you place subjects into various backgrounds.  It is so much fun when you can create your own setting with added elements to change the look of an original photo.  In this particular instance I used the “Pen” tool to remove a person from an image and transfer it into another, adding additional blending techniques to the final layout.

I started out opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”

 

Next I opened up the original file of the subject I wanted to crop out.  I then selected the “pen” tool, located to the left on the toolbar.   Using the anchor points and handle, I clicked and dragged around the image, creating a path around the person.  Click here to learn more about editing paths in Adobe Photoshop.

Once the path was completed I clicked on the paths panel.  At the bottom I selected the “load paths as a selection” tool.

 

I clicked on the “Select” menu, located at the top, and using the dropdown options I chose “Inverse”. This task highlighted the image with dots, or “marching ants”.

 

I deleted the highlighted, background portion of the photo, leaving only the selected subject remaining.

You will find that the subject remaining still has “marching ants” around it.  You can simply use the keyboard shortcuts “control+ D” on a pc or “command +D” on a mac and it will get rid of the dots.  You have now got yourself an image to save and use for later projects.

 

Create your own layout by adding the image into a different background.  Find backgrounds and elements from various places such as Pixel Scrapper  and etsy  Have fun by adding different colors, embellishments, patterns, shapes, and blending them together with a plethora of options.  When using Adobe Photoshop there are so many possibilities to edit and master your digital masterpieces.  Explore your options and utilize the tools provided in that software.

I hope this tip was helpful.  Thanks for visiting. Happy crafting!

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Photoshop: 3-D Broken Image Effect

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I like to try different blending effects that give images various optical illusions. In this instance I made a rose appear broken.

I started out opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”

Next I added the images to manipulate. I made multiple copies of the leaves and rose.

I then highlighted all the leaves layers and one rose layer and merged them together into one unit, leaving a single rose separate.

Merged layers of leaves and rose with a single rose alone

I then duplicated the flower leaf unit. I clicked on the copied layer and enlarged it by using the keyboard shortcut, “Command + T” or CRTL + T on a PC . I placed my pointer on the handles until it changed to arrows. I then clicked and dragged the image to a slightly larger size.

Enlarged flower/ leaf unit copy

I clicked on the pen tool and began making points in a crooked form vertically down the enlarged image. I went around the left and back to the top of the image at the starting point.

Once the points were connected, In the Layers Panel, I made sure that the “Paths” window was open and clicked on it. While in the Paths box I clicked on the “Load Selection” icon (dotted circle).

I clicked back to the “Layers” panel and clicked “delete”. Hint: If when you hit delete the the pixels surrounding the highlighted area are removed, then undo your last move. Go to the “Selection” menu and click “Select” then “Inverse”. This will keep the area inside the marching ants (dotted lines) highlighted instead of all the pixels outside of them. This action will delete the selection. With the same loaded selection highlighted, I clicked on the original layer beneath the copy layer and hit delete. The broken flower effect is now visible. I took it a step further and deleted half the top, enlarged image to really give the flower a noticeable “cracked” look.

I started adding background layers to complete the layout.

I took the single rose and added it over top the rose/leaf unit and enlarged it to the size of the bigger cracked half. I used the same path selection and deleted a portion of it. Once the crack was open, I deleted the left half of the rose, giving the unit a deeper 3-D effect.

I began adding shadows to each layer of the rose. I embellished the final image with some flowers, leaves, and a touch of various color blends. There are so many things you can do with all the Photoshop options available.

I hope this article was helpful. Happy crafting!

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September Hues -Week 2: Shades of Brown

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So for week two of the September Hues (9/6 – 9/12, 2020) I am designing with shades of Brown.

Brown Color pallette

Similar to week one, I began by opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”

On the background layer (layer 0) I changed the color to a brownish tan tone. I added a new layer (layer 1) and used a number brush I acquired from Sahin Designs on Pixel Scrapper, across the page.

Next, I added a picture as my focal point and began to build around it. I added some elements and papers from the Pixel Scrapper collaboration bundle called, “The Good Life Bundle“. I used the Kit from that bundle called, “Autumn Bramble” by Jessica Dunn. I made sure to use the color pallette to alter the tones to shades of brown.

I then added a layer of paint and used some water styles across it, to give it a raised 3-d look.

I finished the layout with the sentiment, “Water Falls”. This was a very easy and fun project. All you need is your photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, or PaintShop Pro and a great imagination. Gather your papers, elements, and vision and you are off to designing a beautiful layout.

I hope this message was helpful. Thanks for reading it and Happy crafting!!

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Photoshop-Camera Raw: Turning Colored Photographs into black and white

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I have always been attracted to vintage style photographs and ephemera. I, therefore decided to play around with the Camera Raw feature in Photoshop to edit a picture so it would have a nostalgic appeal to it.

I took a semi current day color photo of my sister from 1974 and made some blending adjustments on it. I used Adobe Photoshop CC version 21.1.3 on a MacBook Pro.

In order to access this blending option you must have your file opened. Then choose “Filter”>”Camera Raw Filter”. Beside “Color Profile” choose “Browse”. When you do that the Profile Browser dialogue box opens giving you various color modes to choose from. Make sure that the “Color” option is highlighted. You will get to choose from modes of Basic, Artistic, Modern, and Vintage. I chose vintage and clicked on the image that satisfied me. Then click “ok”. You now have your edited photograph.

I created a layout using some of the digital papers from the latest kit on etsy called, “Earth Tone Papers and ephemera Kit.” I coupled it with some elements from ManuDesignStudio on etsy.

I pasted the vintage photo onto a sepia colored book, twice. I made the top layer photo invisible by clicking on the “Layer visibility icon” to the left of it. Then I clicked on the lower photo layer, next to the book layer, and I used the blending mode “Luminosity” (found in the layers panel drop down menu). This caused the photo to have identical color shades as the book.

I clicked the top layer photo again and made it visible. I then erased all of the image except for the coat. This made the photo only capture a small portion of color.

I added embellishments and such to give the final picture some character. It was a very fun project. I hope this mini tutorial helped. Happy crafting!

For more photoshop inspiration and help check out some of these youtube links:

Digital Scrap-booking: Quality Tips – Checking Gamut in Adobe Photoshop

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It is very important to identify when images are out of gamut before completing digital scrapbook projects. Why? The answer is simple. But first you must understand what a gamut is.

 A gamut is the color range or scope of colors that monitor systems display and printer structures print. If an image is out of gamut, it may not print in the colors shown on your system’s screen.  In Adobe Photoshop, there are various color modes to create your project in, but for digital scrapbooking prints, the two most used modes are RGB and CMYK.   RGB color mode is the more practical choice, since you can check to see if images are in or out of gamut.

Checking for Gamut Issues

The way to check for gamut issues is to do the following:

 On the menu bar click “View” > “Gamut Warning” or use your keyboard shortcuts [Shift + Ctrl (Command on a Mac) + Y].  If the image has grayed out areas, then it is out of gamut.  If the color values did not change, then they are within the color scope and your image should print fine. 

Correcting Out of Gamut Images

Out of gamut images can be fixed by converting it from RGB color mode to CMYK, then back to RGB.  On the menu bar, click “Image” > “Mode”> “CMYK color mode”. 

When you do this, a dialogue box opens with a message that states, “You are about to convert to CMYK using the “U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2” profile.  This may not be what you intended.  To use a different profile choose edit > Convert to Profile.”  

Click “ok” and your image will convert, ridding all the graphic of gray areas that were not in gamut. Then revert to RGB color, using the same methods of conversion applied from the “Image” menu (“Image” > “Mode”> RGB color mode).

Fixed image in gamut and RGB color mode

Be aware that some details of the image may be lost during conversion.  CMYK colors are typically the brighter, more neon colors.  If your image is out of gamut and is converted to within the RGB color range, the final edit may not appear as bright.  This should fix your gamut issues.

I hope this tip was helpful.  Happy crafting!

Digital Scrapbook Layouts

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Do you enjoy making digital layouts to house your photos and elements from special memories?   I do. I get the same satisfaction of developing something unique and personal to have for future viewing with digital scrapbooking as I do with hybrid creations.  Also, with digital scrapbooking, you can print out your designs without the mess to clean up. The only clutter you may encounter are the multiple photos and graphics you want to add to your page.

That can all depend on how you are going to set up your layout.  Are you going to use a template, or will you start with a brand-new document to make your scrapbook layout?

If you create your layout with a template, it is easy to simply change the colors to match a theme you are using.  Add a few photos, a title and some graphics and your layout is ready in minutes. 

To make one from scratch, simply set your background, add some shapes, photos, sentiments, and graphics and you are on your way to a beautiful piece of work.

Digital Scrapbook Background Paper Image

You can add graphics from various sites.  Some offer freebies. I accessed some of the images in the photos from Pixel Scrapper where I am a Level 3 Commons Designer.  There are ways of to get free images, quality control advice, ideas and more from that site. 

You can also go on Etsy to find many beautiful images, papers, templates and more for your digital scrapbook layouts. You can use what you already have.

Simply access your tools from your software, including brushes, shapes, patterns, styles, and more, and you can develop a wonderful scrap-booking masterpiece! 

I hope this post helps!  Happy crafting!