I was searching the online tutorials the other day for tips on Photoshop techniques. I’ve been using Photoshop for a number of years now, and I’m still trying to learn how to use the darn thing! I started with Photoshop 5.0 and after a couple of years I moved up to my current edition, 5.5. I guess they’re up to 7.0 or something now and there’s even one called Photoshop CS. I have no idea what that is, but from all the tutorials there are for it, and from what I’m reading, it seems you can do a lot more with it then I can with my 5.5 version.
I was trying to find some of the tools that were mentioned in one article for the CS edition, unfortunately, they don’t exist on the 5.5 edition. Too bad to, because they seem like they’d be allot easier then some of the tools that I have. They were talking about three different types of lasso tools, I only have one, and I guess there are a number of other tools that have been improved too.
Unfortunately, I just don’t have the 800 to 1000 dollars to buy a new program, so my old 5.5 will just have to do. It’s a shame, from my viewpoint, that we can’t just upgrade for 25 or 30 dollars huh?
One thing I did learn, and it works with my 5.5 edition too, is that when you have a white background and there is something you want to take out of it, I have always painted it out. It’s a lot easier to erase it out, by using the eraser tool you don’t leave white shadows on the other objects you’re working close to. At least I find it easier this way. It’s important that you check your final photo at 100%, especially if it’s going to be printed out. This will give you a clear view of what it will really look like.
I enlarge my photo to 200 or 300% when I’m fine tuning it, like erasing or painting, or doing any work, I find that not only can I see it better, but if I get it looking pretty good at this size, then any flaws will usually be unnoticeable at 100%.
While we’re talking about programs, because noise is a part of digital photography, it’s a good idea to get a noise reduction program too. There are a number of them. The one that I like is called Neat Image. You can get this as a stand alone program, or a plug in for Photoshop, and the price is reasonable.
Ben can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org