The club was pleased to welcome back a former club member, Ray Grace ARPS DPAGB to give members advice about solving Photoshop problems and demonstrating new techniques.
Members were asked to send in their Photoshop queries so Ray went through them one by one giving his expert advice.
One of the questions put to Ray was how to develop a working system to edit your images.
As Ray explained there are often many ways to use the many tools available in Photoshop and in time everyone develops their own techniques which is why any advice given may vary.
There were several queries about the best ways to select part of an image and apply it to another image and Ray demonstrated some of the many ways that a selection can be made. If the outline is fairly simple, then there are quick selection tools in Photoshop that can do a pretty good job. If the part of the image to be selected is more complex then the use of several tools and mask layers may be required but with time and practice you can learn the skills.
Among the other queries were ‘how and why to use layers’ and Ray explained about the many types that can be used such as adjustment or mask layers. Using layers means that your original image is left untouched and that any adjustments are on separate layers that can be re-edited at any time. The image can be saved and any layers preserved as a PSD or Tiff image.
Some of the queries required quite complex answers such as the use of luminosity panels and using selective clarity using Camera Raw. Another rather complex subject was on the use of ‘smart objects’. Ray explained how to focus stack in PS and showed how his set of images taken at different focus points can be cleverly aligned and then auto blended to give an image sharp from front to back.
Simpler questions for Ray to answer were ‘how to add a border’ or ‘how to add a vignette’
Many photographers gain information from the many videos available on line which explain in detail how to do different tasks. Just type in your question and you will get many answers. Take time to practice and it will become much easier and you will work out from all the options the methods that you prefer. Also don’t get too stuck in your ways but take time to experiment with the many editing tools at your disposal. Ray kindly said that he would send members his information sheets on various topics for those who want more details.
There were too many queries for Ray to answer in one session so there will be another chance in February.
Steve Hardman thanked Ray and said that it had been a fascinating evening about a massive topic and hopefully all those watching will have learned something. Thanks were given to Dave Eagle for setting up the Zoom session.
There were too many queries for Ray to answer in one session so there will be another chance in February. Photoshop is a very big learning curve! PM