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With Photoshop CS5 now out and running on all our Photoshop courses, I thought it was time to run through the best new features I’ve found so far.
Now when you select an image you don’t loose the edges or definition on softer parts. Using the Refine Edge tool it allows you to define the softer edges and Photoshop does the rest, creating a superb outline.
New Background Feature
When you select a part of an image, e.g. a dog, and then press delete you are now given an extra option. If you select the Content Aware option, Photoshop will fill in what would have been in the background if the dog hadn’t been there.
You can now change objects much easier using Puppet Warp. Select pivot points on different parts of an image, e.g. a dogs leg, you can then change it from bent to straight, or the other way round.
Reducing Annoying Grain
There is a new Noise Reduction which allows you to remove a lot of noise and grain from images. Move the sliders around on the options and you can remove the grain but without removing the original image detail.
New High Dynamic Range Option
When you have a set of images with different exposures you can put them all in HDR Pro and it will merge them together to create a fantastic high dynamic range image. You can also now do this with a single image, just play with the sliders to create the same kind of effect.
This tutorial will allow you to use ’tilt shift’ effect to make your photos look like miniature models!
You will need to take a photograph where you are looking down on the subject, just as if you were looking down on a model village. You can also grab one off Google images if you have a phobia of heights – but don’t go publishing anything without permission.
Here’s a video tutorial – our transcript can be found below. We’ll teach you lots more tools and techniques like this on our Photoshop course.
To start off with you will need a new layer and make a copy of the original image.
You will then need to put a blank layer mask on that, from that you need to decide which part of the image you want to turn into a miniature model.
Once you have decided, you need to use the gradient tool, and choose the reflective gradient.
You will need to make sure you have black as the foreground colour and you have set the gradient to foreground- to-transparent option.
Then drag the gradient over the part of the image that you want to turn into a miniature model.
Next, make sure you’re working on the picture and not the mask- Go to Filter – Blur – Lens Blur (or Gaussian Blur if you don’t have Lens Blur).
Make sure the source is set to Layer Mask.
Play with the Radius depending on how you want the image to look.
Use the Paint Brush on the Layer Mask to add or remove various parts of focus on the image.
Finally you want to, working on the original Background Layer, bring the Saturation up and Sharpen the image slightly.