3 Secrets to Create a Realistic Sky Replacement in Photoshop

Get your outdoor portraits to pop with a properly exposed sky
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A common problem photographers face when shooting outdoors is how to prevent the sky from looking overexposed or blown-out in images. This can be especially true for portrait photographers who are trying to get a proper exposure on their subject – be it a single person or a group—in an outdoor setting. Often what will happen is your subject will... Read more

How to Quickly Change a Background in Photoshop

Swap backgrounds in no time with this pro technique
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There are several ways to change a background in Photoshop, but some techniques are more effective than others. In the below tutorial, Jesus Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel (PTC) shows you one of the quicker ways to do it using an easy-to-follow and clean-looking professional technique. In the video, Ramirez discusses and demonstrates masking... Read more

Are You Making This Major Color Mistake with Your Photos?

Even if you color manage your images you could still have this issue
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Even if you meticulously color manage your photos you could still be making a major color grading mistake. That’s the message from photographer Blake Rudis of f64 Academy who explains in the below tutorial how to “avoid the number one mistake in color photography.” “By now, you know, I really enjoy working with color, color theory,... Read more

3 Top Tips for Better Swimwear Photos

Winter is the best time to sell more swimsuit images
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Temperatures may be plunging as we head into winter (at least in parts of North America) but that’s no reason to stop thinking of ways to elevate your swimwear photography so you can make some sales. That’s the message of Anita Sadowska’s tutorial below where she shares three top tips on how to get your swimsuit photos to stand out... Read more

Photoshop’s New AI Makes Colors Pop. Here’s How

Use the Colorize tool boost color in flat images
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We’ve been spotlighting some of the more useful features in the latest version of Photoshop but here’s an intriguing new way that Adobe’s image editor processes color. Using a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that’s baked into Photoshop 2022, you can make flat color in your unprocessed photos truly... Read more

Is Photoshop’s New Depth Blur Tool a Game Changer?

Updated feature creates a bokeh-like blurred background effect
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One of the updated features in Photoshop 2022 that has caught the attention of many photographers is Depth Blur, a filter that simulates the background blur or bokeh effect you get from using a lens with a fast aperture. But is Depth Blur 2.0 in the new Photoshop really a capable substitute for a high-quality lens that can produce a shallow depth of... Read more

How to Get Better Color in Photoshop with Hue Masks

An easy way to nail color during post-processing
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Getting the right color in your images is part of what using Photoshop or Lightroom is all about. Last week, we shared a tutorial on how to produce striking color in your photos by creating a cinematic color grade. And now here’s an easy way to process more accurate color by making a Hue mask in Photoshop. In the below tutorial led by software... Read more

Give Your Photos Striking Cinematic Color in Photoshop

Add drama to your images by tweaking the color in Photoshop
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One way to add some drama to your photos is to give them a cinematic look. And an easy way to do that is by creating a cinematic color grade in Photoshop. Photographer and Photoshop expert Eli Infante shows you how in the simple but effective Photoshop tutorial below. In the video at the bottom of this post, Infante explains his color grading process... Read more

Make a Realistic Background in Photoshop in 5 Steps

Avoid flat, amateurish backgrounds with this technique
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An effective background can be key to an effective portrait. Sometimes, however, the background where you shoot your portrait will look dull or even distracting. One solution to this dilemma is to swap in a non-photo background – such as a gradient, an abstract pattern, or a graphic – behind your subject in Photoshop. However, that can produce a... Read more

On Assignment: Techniques for Capturing Autumn Leaves

The best assignments are right in your own backyard
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Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered how your favorite photographers capture the images they take? Digital Photo Pro’s monthly column “On Assignment” is where Canon Explorers of Light, past and present, share a backstage look at one of their favorite assignments and how they delivered the goods. This month we go On Assignment with outdoor... Read more