What’s happening in the October Photoshop SIG

Photoshop Training Room
Bill Oldham: photoshop@ausom.net.au
Photoshop SIG website: https://2014photoshopsig.wordpress.com/

bokeh-effect

Example for October Challenge: Create a bokeh background and then blend it with an image of a flower.

Breaking News
The AUSOM COM and the Photography SIG have arranged for Lightroom to be the topic  or the first six meetings of 2017.

Introduction
The Photoshop SIG aims to present a new topic each month to meet requests from its members. This is followed up with a monthly challenge to encourage members to try out what they were shown at the SIG or that they read about on the SIG website.

In general the SIG tries to cover both Photoshop Elements (PE) and Photoshop (PS)
users. However, there may be times when a Photoshop feature is not part of Photoshop Elements.

Last month in the September SIG
(1) We more than doubled our numbers for the September SIG. Just as I was patting myself on the back thinking that I was getting a reputation for being a marvelous SIG leader, one of the new arrivals announced that the iPad SIG had been canceled. So that explained the sudden increase in the number of people at the Photoshp SIG.

(2) Because we had so many new faces, we did a bit of a review of opening an image, duplicating the background layer, and playing with the Blend modes and Opacity slider. This was followed with a brief review of the Shadow and Highlights tool (with the warning that it was a destructive edit and to use it carefully) and the Levels tool from the previous month. We discussed the ways that you could correct under and over exposed images and how to remove or add a colour cast.

(3) In the remaining time we discussed ways to use the Colour Balance tool and the Hue and Saturation tool to enhance images and to create some artistic effects. A good website for this is here – http://digital-photography-school.com/3-easy-steps-using-photoshop-to-making-your-images-pop/

This month in the October SIG
The first topic for October is going to be a conclusion to the five image enhancement tools when we discuss how the Vibrance tool may be used to moderately increase the midtone colours in a photo. More information on this can be found here: http://digital-photography-school.com/photoshop-tools-to-take-your-images-from-good-to-great/

The second topic is going to be how to create bokeh in an image with Photoshop. Bokeh is defined as “the visual quality of  the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.” (From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh)

Every time that I try to pronounce this term, I have to look it up at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR8HSHevQTM.

These are some websites that you might want to look at before the September SIG meeting.
(1) http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/watercolor-painting-photoshop-cs6/
(2) http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-create-bokeh-in-camera-and-using-photoshop/
(3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnyK3UxCIGE

I hope that you have a chance to try these tutorials and share your experiences with each other at the September SIG meeting.

October Challenge
Use one of your own still life floral images as the basis. Then carefully follow each step in this tutorial – http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/watercolor-painting-photoshop-cs6/.

Send your before and after jpgs to me to post on to the website. My email is photoshop@ausom.net.au.

Photoshop one on one
If anyone wants to sit down with me for a one on one Photoshop session, please let me know. It’s BYOC. Please email me at photoshop@ausom.net.au to arrange a time, if you interested.

Hope to see you there.
Bill

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