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Photo Editor Effects with Photoshop

10:00 AM - January 15, 2013 by Adam Short

 

Layer Masks

Just like a face mask, a layer mask hides or reveals certain areas of a layer in Photoshop.

Layer Masks Video

In Photoshop, click File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack. This will create multiple layers, one for each photo loaded. Click the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the layers panel.

 Multiplicity Photography


Put the camera on a tripod. Set focus and exposure and lock in with manual modes. Take photographs. Have the model work their way across the scene throughout the photos.


Multiplicity Photography Video

Levitation Photography


Place the camera on a tripod, as low as you can. Take a photo. Set a stool in the frame. Focus the camera on the stool. Put the self-timer on 10 seconds, then go to the stool and get into your pose for the photo. 


Levitation Photography Video

Open in Photoshop. Have the image with the stool on the top. Select the top layer and then erase the stool using the eraser tool or using a layer mask. Flip the subject vertically to heighten the illusion of floating.

The Invisible Man Photograph


Put the camera on a tripod. Set to manual mode, white balance other than auto, turn off auto focus.


Invisible Man Video 1



Take two photos - one of just the background, one with the subject.



Load into Photoshop. Make the top layer the one with the model/person/subject. Create a layer mask. Paint over any part of the body not covered by clothing.

Flesh Manipulations


Setup a white background. Take several pictures of various body parts. Use a flash. Load into Photoshop.


Flesh Manipulations Video

For each photo, mask out everything but the body part itself. Mix and match body parts to create a new composition.

Fake Tilt-Shift Photography


Start with a photograph of buildings. Duplicate the layer and add a Lens Blur by going to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur. “Source” should be set to none, and set the radius to 20-40.


The Droste Effect


The Droste Effect basically takes a part of the image and repeats the image as a whole into that part.

Droste Effect Video


The Harris Shutter Effect


Put your camera on a tripod. Don’t move it. Take three photographs of a subject in a different position around the frame. Place all three photos into one Photoshop document as three separate layers.


Harris Shutter Effect Video

Copy either the entire RGB layer or a single, red, green, or blue channel by clicking on the channels tab, and then replace one of the red, green, or blue channels onto the bottom layer. Do this twice if you want three color variations of your subject.

Mixing Day with Night


Take two photos outside, one during the day and one during the night. Take both photos in the exact same location using a tripod. Next, layer them on top of one another inside of Photoshop and then selectively mask out half of the top layer so it blends into the bottom one.




 

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