May 02 2007

Wash that Gray Right Out of Your Hair-Using Photoshop to Color your Hair

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Do you remember snapping photos of extraordinary sights or at key moments in life that you wanted to capture perfectly, but when you got the film back, your moment in time was imperfectly preserved? You were heartbroken and disappointed that you had to put the blurred pictures of Niagara Falls in a frame. That was the way things went far too often for beginning photographers. Then Photoshop was created.

Now you can have state of the art photo fixing software at your disposal. With the array of products that Adobe offers, there is no limit to the improvements you can make to your photos. Be sure you are aware to the tricks you can perform to correct photo flaws. If you are correcting your photos with Photoshop there are ways to achieve optimum level photos that you will be extremely satisfied with. Learn how to create perfect photos that are worthy of your mantle.

If you are working on a bad case of red eye, you can probably just use the red eye tool. Most software made over the past few years will have one. However, if you are trying to correct a tough red eye case, you may need more than the red eye tool. Begin by opening the image, Pick Image>Duplicate and close the original. Next, open the duplicate window and zoom in on one of the windows until the eyes are big as they can get. The other window should be set to 100%. Then stack the two windows so they are together for comparison. Pick the red areas of both eyes and go to Image>Adjust>Color Tone. When the title bar of the color tone dialogue shows up, click desaturate. Once the red is gone you can make the eyes look more natural with more Contrast and the Darker button.

If you want to make your Internet dating photo looks a little bit younger, don’t pile on the makeup. Use Photoshop to smooth out your wrinkles. First you need to open the Image and go to Layers>Duplicate. The go to Image>Blur and choose Soften or Soften More based on the amount of removal you need to do. Then, go to “Masks>New>Hide All”. This displays your original image from the background layer. Next go to Masks>Edit and set the foreground to white. Pick the Paintbrush and gently paint out the flaws. When you are completely pleased with the results, pick Layers>Merge All.

Sometimes, you might end up snapping photos with some background stuff you don’t want. To eliminate the objects in photos that have nothing to do with the picture, begin by picking the Rubber Stamp tool. Next you want to pick an area that is close to the object you want removed. Press Alt-clicking over the undesirable object and use the Rubber Stamp to paint over it.

If you have smudges on your photos, there is an easy way to clean them up. Choose the Smudge tool and clean up the smudged areas on the photo. Don’t forget to clean up after the Smudge Tool, which happens to make a bit of a mess.

Occasionally when you scan photos, your images will be a little less than you would like them to be. First, you will want to fix scanning artifacts, dust and unwanted highlights and shadows. Next you need to adjust overall color and brightness. Then you will want to sharpen the image and take out anything that causes distraction.

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