Web Elements Design With Photoshop

The look of a website can determine how professional it appears. A huge number of people are looking for solutions for services and products online today. The more professional a site looks the more reliable it is and hence there is reason to have a web design that sells you serious services and products. Web designing has been made easy by affordable design services. Different designers use different designing tools to achieve their desired web looks. Photoshop is mostly overlooked by many even though it offers an amazing platform for professional web element design.

The truth is that the world now has very talented graphic designers thanks to the progressive technological nature. In design and Illustrator are some of the most popular Adobe products used by most designers. They make the standard for web page design, but Photoshop also offers versatility in achieving good results even though it is not as popular as it ought to be. It might not have the power that most other programs have when it comes to web design, but it can still be a very powerful add-on tool when used with the other programs.

The power of Photoshop comes from the ability to alter and enhance images to match with set preferences or goals. It is important to remember that web designing is mostly made up of images, thus making Photoshop a powerful tool in achieving results. You can easily create collages for web environment or even improve on the quality of low-res images. When using Photoshop, you can also alter web pages and this is essential for web designers when it comes to making regular changes to a site to improve it. There is just so much that can be achieved when using Photoshop for web elements design, especially for upcoming or inspiring web designers.

Getting it right with Photoshop

If you are looking for ways to take advantage of Photoshop in designing web elements, then you must know your way around the program. Whereas most of the features can easily be learnt without much help, you might require some sort of help to be the professional you wish to be with Photoshop design. A Photoshop web elements design course could come in handy in teaching you some of the tricks you can use to achieve amazing professional results with the designing every time.

The courses cover all important elements of Photoshop most of which many designers don’t take time to take advantage of. You will for instance get to find out more about button designing, navigational bar design, form and slider designing. There are so many other different web elements that you can design using Photoshop and the training will take you through them all so that in the end you can achieve the full potential that the program has in making professional web designs. There is just so much that you can achieve with Photoshop when you know how to utilize all its features for web elements design.

Photoshop Clipping Path & Masking Techniques – Wonderful Technique to Knock Out Image Background

Graphic design is being the promotional key in every spare of business and individual life. Business organizations seek graphic tools to have publicity by dint of bill board, catalogs, magazines, web pages, store directories, banners, flyers, posters, ads, galleries logo and a lot. Individuals hunt such service to meet different specious motive; for example one can easily get bulk photographs printed using graphic design using Photoshop in a very cost effective manner instead of going to a studio with negative film. Different plug-ins, filters, gradients and other options in graphic design makes any object alive and beautiful.

Clipping path, Color Mask/Multiple Clipping Path and masking are the most common and popular techniques used by the graphic professionals. Pen tool, Magic wand tool, Lasso tool re used initially to erase a part from the image background to compromise those tasks. Experts generally use the Pen tool to expertise themselves with more accuracy and credibility to the customers to place an image in a new background.

What is clipping path?

Simply clip means to cut off any particle from an item. Path cuts out an image. Clipping path simply means erasing selected outlined points from the background. As for example a tailor cuts- off outlined part of a cloth with a scissor. The object becomes moveable to any other inspired background while clipped.

Procedure:

After running adobe Photoshop, you will open an image from the File menu. Then you will click on the pen tool in the tool box and see the nib icon on the top toolbar below the menu. Than you will increase the zoom by pressing ctrl add +. Then it will be easy to clip. Pressing Alt you will break the curve in an image. After completion of the path you will make selection. Than copying the selected image you will paste it your inspired background.

Benefits of Pen tool in Clipping Path:

Pen tool will help to give a wonderful background in lieu of damaged, old and scratched one in an image to promote your further intentions. It will provide superior, perfect and alive image as well as quality service of yours. The manual pen tool will ensure the selection of the area without changing or modifying a single pixel in an image. After clipping path by it you will get a bitmap image within a vector path which will be saved as EPS format. EPS format is a file that contains both the vector and bitmap data in the same image. So, this image can be used not only in Photoshop directly but also in Quark Press, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia FreeHand and CorelDraw as a vector object for farther design. It is user friendly for the PDF also.

Image Masking:

Masking is created to make an adjustment and attachment of a new layer with the background layer to hide the unwanted pixel with the black and white color exhibition in it.

Procedure of masking in Adobe Photoshop:

After copying a parted object from a picture by a lasso tool or pen tool you will paste it in the back ground layer in the Photoshop. Than selecting the image on the layer palate, you will click on the add layer mask in the layer palate. Than you will click on the gradient tool in the tool bar and constantly will see whether the gradient is black and white color in the option bar. If the gradient remains with multicolor on the option bar than, you will double click on the gradient with the mouse in the option bar and apply black and white color. You can also make it changing foreground and background color in the tool bar. Now clicking on gradient toolbar you will drag on the image from the right side. Thus masking will be effective. Color Mask/Multiple Clipping Path: Color Mask will Give your image a fresh new look by applying Photoshop path to multiple objects in a photograph. It will add color and texture to the same image to give totally different look.

Photography Tutorial on How to Add Light in Photoshop

Thought I would do a bit of a wedding photography tutorial on how to add light in Photoshop today, so I can take a bit of a break from wedding photography editing! The editing is the stuff wedding photographers do whilst not photographing weddings, so it’s quite a big part of the job and I thought I would share this recent shot I got and go through some of the steps to get it looking how I wanted it to. It’s worth noting this can be done in any room with a bit of light coming through the windows but if you have an big impressive church to capture it might have a bit more impact! When I was taking this every now and then I could see these cool shafts of light coming through the windows but it wasn’t really enough to capture so I had already planned how I was going to edit this shot after the wedding (you can’t stop these sorts of things and just wait for the light, it’s a wedding at the end of the day). Anyway this was the end result but I will go through some of the main steps I took to get it.

This photography tutorial will be split between Lightroom (LR) for the early stages and Photoshop (PS) for the later stages. The shot was taken with a Canon 5DII with a 24-70 f/2.8L lens. Taken in manual mode at 24mm, f/2.8, 1/100 ISO3200. This is the image, unedited, straight out of the camera. One important point, generally if you shoot a lot in Av mode these types of shots tend to underexpose as the camera sees the big bright windows and thinks there is more light then there should be so it is important to either increase your exposure compensation (if in Av mode) or just go to manual and have an experiment with your settings.

Converging Verticals
The first thing to deal with is the converging verticals which is common when photographing any architecture, basically buildings look like they are falling backwards as the vertical lines go up. This is a very quick fix in LR in the develop panel, lens correction, manual. I just move the vertical over until the walls appear parallel (in this case I used the imposing columns/arches to line up with the grid).

It is also a good idea to check the ‘constrain crop’ box, this way LR will crop in to remove the white sections that will appear. You will lose some of the sides on this so it is worth remembering to go a little wider when taking the photo to account for correcting the verticals later. After the verticals were corrected I just tweaked where the crop was going

Colour Temperature
I then adjusted the temperature of the image using the white balance slider, again in the develop module. I love my images to look nice and warm so I sent this one from the cameras reasonable cool estimate of 3800K to a much more pleasing 5000K

Noise Reduction
I then did some noise reduction in LR. The church looked nice and bright but to get this I had to go to ISO3200 which isn’t ideal really so I wanted to get rid of a bit of the noise. This again is in the develop panel under ‘detail’ and the amounts will vary depending on what camera and ISO level you use. I have some presets set up so it’s just a case of clicking on the appropriate one (there are loads of noise reduction presets for LR out there or you can go ahead and save your own. Same really for sharpening, which you can auto apply when you import your RAW files.

Photography tutorial on how to add light in Photoshop – Adjustment Brush
The last thing I did in LR was use the adjustment brush (again in develop panel) to just bring back a bit of detail in the stained glass window. I did this by bringing down the exposure on the adjustment brush by 0.3 and reducing the highlights by 25. After that I then took the image into Photoshop for the shafts of light.

I began by using the polygonal lasso tool, on a new layer, to draw out the shaft of light from the first window, the important thing to remember is the light must spread out a little. I could use the pools of light on the floor of the church and the sides of the pews to line up the light. After this was drawn I then filled it white (ctrl + backspace)

As light isn’t that sharp it must be diffused slightly. With the light shaft layer active (no selection), go to filter, blur, Gaussian blur. I went with about 25 pixels but this again is dependent on the image. This will diffuse the shaft a little. I then reduced the opacity to suit (between 20-50%)
The next thing to do is apply a graduated layer mask to the shaft of light. This is done by adding a layer mask then selecting the graduated tool, making sure it is going from black to white and then drawing a line in the opposite direction to the light, in this case from the bottom left up to near the window. Again this may take a bit of experimentation to get right.

If you want to add a bit of warmth (or any colour) to the light you just add an adjustment layer, solid colour and then pick the colour you wish to add to the light (the whole screen will go that colour, don’t panic) you then hold ALT and click the line between the solid colour layer and the light shaft layer, this will then only apply the solid colour to that layer.

It is then just a case of repeating this for any other windows and tweaking the opacities of both the light and the colour overlay. The thing to remember is all the light layers must be going in the same direction through the windows. They will nicely stack up on themselves to create a nice effect. I grouped mine so I could adjust the opacity of the whole group.

Photography Tutorial on how to add light in Photoshop
The last thing I did back in light room was a bit of a vignette but you can also do these in PS no problem but that’s another tutorial. I hope this has helped and/or inspired you with your photos, it’s a great little trick to be used if the circumstances are right. Thanks for looking folks, feel free to share this tutorial with anyone who will appreciate it.