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Photoshop Tip: How to Make Eyes ‘Pop’ in 30 Seconds

There’s a simple way to make your subject’s eyes pop in a portrait, and it doesn’t involve touching vibrance, saturation, luminosity, or any other color-based edit. In fact, you can make the full edit in 30 seconds.

This quick Photoshop tip comes to us from photographer Mathieu Stern, who uses a simple sharpening technique to make his subjects’ eyes stand out. Here’s the step by step:

1. Duplicate your background layer (your portrait).

2. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass and apply a High Pass filter with a radius of 10 pixels.

3. Set the layer blend mode to Soft Light

4. Alt+Click on the layer mask icon to create a black layer mask

5. Use a soft brush to pain white over just your subject’s eyes.

That’s it. Done right, the filter will take your subject’s eyes from this:

To this:

Helping them to stand out without that “nuclear eyes” look that so many saturation-obsessed shooters have accidentally created before. Check out the full demo in the video above, and if you like this video, head over to Mathieu’s YouTube channel for more.

How to Create a ‘Double Exposure’ Using Photoshop

We love a good in-camera double exposure; done right, they can look as surreal as anything we can create in post. But if you don’t have the skills, expertise, or interest in doing it in-camera, this quick tutorial shows you exactly how to fake the ‘double exposure effect’ in Photoshop.

The video is a bit dated—originally released in May of 2015—but the information and techniques work just as well today as they did a year and a half ago.

In it, Spoon Graphics shows you how to take a clean portrait and combine it with a landscape to create something beautiful and etheral. Going beyond just “this is how you drop a landscape into a portrait,” the video also shows you how to manipulate the image and background to produce the most pleasing final image possible.

No, it’s not a real double exposure—and the purists always bristle at creating something digitally that can be done in-camera—but it’s a technique many a creative would enjoy having in their tool box.

How to Create Realistic Jedi Levitation Portraits

Photographer, weird lens expert, and friend of PetaPixel Mathieu Stern created this very simple and straightforward Photoshop tutorial for anybody out there who wishes they were a Jedi and wants to impress their friends.

At its core this is a basic levitation portrait tutorial, but the theme helps breathe new life into a somewhat stale idea. This isn’t just some pretty girl in a flowy dress reaching dreamily into the distance, this is a badass Jedi getting in touch with the force—much better.

The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Take three photos—one of your background without anything in it, one with your subject in frame sitting on a stool, and another with your subject and someone holding a prop in position.

Step 2: Import all three photos into Photoshop as layers.

Step 3: Use the empty background as your base plate, and mask in your subject (sans stool) from photo 2 and your prop (sans the person holding it) from photo 3.

Note: Make sure you pay special attention to the shadows, it’ll make your final photo look much more realistic if your Jedi has a shadow that isn’t sitting on the shadow of a stool.

That’s it! Using this very simple process, Stern created all the images below:





Check out the video up top to see how one of the photos above was created from start to finish in Photoshop. And if you like what you see, check out some of Mathieu’s other videos on his website or by subscribing to his channel on YouTube.

Image credits: All photos by Mathieu Stern and used with permission.

5 Mistakes Photographers Make in Photoshop

Making mistakes is a powerful learning tool, but that statement only holds true if you realize what you’re doing is a mistake. To that end, here are 5 of the most common Photoshop mistakes photographers make.

This useful overview comes from the folks at the Photoshop Tutorials YouTube channel, and if we’re being honest, we’ll admit that we’ve all made every single one of these mistakes at least once… or like… 600 times.

If you want to use Photoshop in the most efficient and professional way possible, avoid these 5 like the plague:


1. Creating Too Many Layers

Don’t do with 10 layers what you can do with 5… or 2. In some cases, getting more granular about your editing can be useful, but more often than not the sign of an amateur who doesn’t know how to properly use adjustment layers and Smart Objects.

Speaking of which.


2. Not Using Smart Objects

If you’re not taking advantage of Smart Objects and all the benefits that they offer, you’re doing it wrong. Plain and simple.


3. Using the Wrong Document Settings

When it comes to resolution, pixel dimensions matter… DPI does not. DPI will only affect your printed image. Also, if you are planning to print, stop converting your image to CMYK before printing. Your printer probably has it’s own custom color profile that will produce more accurate results than Photoshop conversion.


4. Unnecessary Luminosity Masking

If the ability to affect Shadows, Highlights, and Midtones individually is built into a tool, why would you use a luminosity mask? It seems silly, but many photographers do it anyway. Stop wasting time and use the built-in masks.


5. Overprocessing

The big one that all more advanced users loathe. Whether it’s the overly vibrant photo, the overly faded shot, the cartoon-like HDR image, or frequency separation that makes your subject look like a plastic doll, avoid over-processing at all costs.

And that’s it. Watch the video up top to see each of these mistakes (and their alternatives) demonstrated. And before you hop on your high horse int he comments, remember that none of us, no matter how advanced a Photoshop user, are immune to making post-processing mistakes.

Quick Tip: A Cleaner Way to Sharpen Your Photos in Photoshop

When you sharpen a photograph, what you’re doing is adding contrast to the edges in an image, but unfortunately, that often leads to black and white edging in some areas. In this short, useful Photoshop tutorial, Jimmy McIntyre will show you how to avoid this and sharpen your photos cleanly in Photoshop.

First things first, McIntyre has created a free Photoshop action that does this all for you. You can download it here. But if you want to learn how to do this yourself, he’ll take you through each step in the video above.

If you’ve been using unsharp mask, we suggest you give the video a look. The difference between the two techniques is obvious:


Fortunately, the process is pretty straight forward even if you do it yourself:

Step 1: Duplicate your background layer.

Step 2: Convert the duplicated layer into a Smart Object.

Step 3: Select your whole image (CTRL+A or Command+A), copy it (CTRL+C or Command+C), and create a new Alpha channel in the Channels tab.

Step 4: Paste your selection onto that “Alpha 1” Channel (CTRL+V or Command+V)

Step 5: Go to Filter > Stylize > Find Edges

Step 6: Open Levels adjustment (CTRL+L or Command+L) and adjust the sliders to create more contrast between the edges and white parts of the image (highlights down, shadows up, midtones up) making the dark lines thicker.

Step 7: go to Filer > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use a radius that suits you (Jimmy uses 3.6) to soften the lines and make the edges of the image look a bit more natural.

Step 8: Repeat Step 5 above, bringing shadows slider way up to add back in some of the contrast that was lost in the previous step.

Step 9: Hold CTRL (or Command) and click on the “Alpha 1” channel to select these edges.

Step 10: Select the background duplicate layer, and create a mask.

Step 11: Select the same layer again, and go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and sharpen to your taste. The hardest edges are now masked out, so they won’t be affected and that black and white edging won’t be a problem anymore.

Check out the video up top to have McIntyre walk you through the entire process in Photoshop; or, if you’re not in the mood to do all that work, just click here to download his free action that does the same.

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Two Ways to Dodge and Burn More Effectively in Photoshop

While Photoshop does have the “Dodge” and “Burn” tools, using them destructively on your original image is definitely not the best way to edit your photos. Check out this tutorial to discover two dodge and burn techniques that are more effective, cleaner, and smarter.

The tutorial was created by photographer and Photoshop master Jimmy McIntyre, who spends a lot of time offering useful Photoshop tips for novice and even advanced photographers. This time he’s taking on dodge and burn, showing you two ways you can darken and lighten parts of your image without affecting the wrong tones or messing with your colors in the process.

“The traditional Dodge and Burn tools found in Photoshop require us to use destructive workflow,” writes McIntyre, “while over-saturating the colours in our image.” The techniques McIntyre shows you get around these issues, while offering you more precise control at the same time. Win win.

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3 Easy Ways to Get that Faded ‘Film Look’ in Photoshop

Everyone’s digging that “faded” film look nowadays, but here’s a secret: you don’t have to have a VSCO preset pack to get it. In this short tutorial, Mathieu Stern will show you three very quick and very effective ways to “crush the blacks” and get that popular look using just Photoshop.

Plenty of people hate the faded fad, but if you’re a fan or just want an easy film emulation look that you can pull off in a couple of seconds, this tutorial is well-worth a quick watch. Each of the three techniques adds its own “look,” and when you combine them all you get a result that looks something like this:


Not bad… Check out the video up top to see how Mathieu does this, or read on for a quick step-by-step breakdown of all three options.

Option 1

  1. Add a Curves Adjustment Layer
  2. Move the leftmost point slightly up and to the right
  3. Move the top-right point down slightly
  4. Adjust opacity to preference

Option 2

  1. Create a solid color layer filled with color code #4B4B4B4B
  2. Change blend mode to “Lighten”
  3. Adjust opacity to preference

Option 3

  1. Add a Selective Color Adjustment Layer
  2. Select Blacks in the Colors dropdown
  3. Reduce the Black slider
  4. Increase the Cyan slider a bit
  5. Reduce the Yellow slider a bit
  6. Adjust opacity to preference

As you can see, each of these options is a distinct way to crush the blacks in an image, making it look more filmic, or at the very least more faded. Check out the video up top to see Mathieu perform each of these, and then give it a shot yourself if you wanna join in on the #faded fun.

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