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33 Great Quotes On The Color Blue

Enjoy this collection of quotes on the color blue.

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“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”
– Neil Armstrong

“Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I’m on a time machine. I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding – yet beautiful – Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space.”
– Buzz Aldrin

“The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience….. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
– Carl Sagan

“To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold – brothers who know now they are truly brothers.”
– Archibald MacLeish

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”
– Sylvia Earle

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Lightroom & Adobe Camera RAW 16 New Features in Photoshop 2024

Adobe Camera RAW 16 is here. Colin Smith shows the new features in Lightroom & ACR for Photoshop 2024.

00:00 Intro
00:12 Where didi the crop tool go in Camera RAW?
00:46 Targeted color enhancement with Point Color
03:33 Adding background Blur to a portrait with Lens Blur
06:06 Refining the selection for Lens Blur
08:01 What is HDR and why does it matter?
09:31 set up HDR output

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How To Create The Best Color To Black And White Conversion Previews

The fully saturated image

light on dark pieces of paper - a combination that can only be made by localizing different conversions

dark on light pieces of paper - a combination that can only be made by localizing different conversions

To find the best color to black-and-white solution an image contains, it’s important to explore all of your options. One technique will quickly show you more options than any other – Photoshop’s dual adjustment layers (a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer below a Channel Mixer adjustment layer).

To preview all possibilities dynamically, move the Hue slider all the way to the left and all the way to the right.

But wait, there’s more.

As you’re previewing the many options available to you, remember you can localize the effects with masks. You can go beyond what you see in one mix by combining any of the tones you see in all of the mixes.

Few people can remember all of the possible combinations. So, save multiple copies with different settings and compare them. There’s nothing like seeing many options, side-by-side, to confirm you’re committing to the best solution.

You can read about this technique in more detail here.

The two solutions above can only be achieved by converting separate areas of the image differently using masks.

The solutions below show the different global conversions which can be combined.

Note no dodging and burning was used to create these solutions. Dodging and burning can’t produce these extreme effects, but it can be used to further enhance them.

Also, note this technique is not useful for semi-neutral images; an image has to have significant saturation in at least one color to benefit from this technique.

 


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The Best Way To Convert Your Images From Color To B&W Using Photoshop

Full-color image

Global B&W conversion

B&W conversion locally optimized for foreground

The color transformation necessary to produce the results

 

With so much power available during Raw processing (with Lightroom or Camera Raw) when converting color to black-and-white, you’re right to ask, “Why use Photoshop?” It’s a question worth asking every time you make a black-and-white conversion. And there’s a simple answer – when you want to convert the same color in two separate areas of an image differently. (Note: this technique is not useful for semi-neutral images; an image has to have significant saturation in at least one color to benefit from this technique.)

Photoshop can localize black-and-white conversions with masks. Often, the masks you need to do this will be extremely simple. But, for the rare occasions when you need to make a more complex selection, Photoshops’s robust masking capabilities are there for you.

Here's how to do it.


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24 Great Quotes On The Color Brown

Enjoy this collection of quotes on the color brown.

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“I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.”
- Winston Churchill

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance, and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.”
- Kent Nerburn

"Brown is a sober and sedate colour, grave and solemn, but not dismal, and contributes to the expression of strength, stability, and solidity, — vigour, warmth, and rusticity, — and in minor degree to the serious, the sombre, and the sad; not with the painter only, but also with the rhetorician and poet, with whom, nevertheless, many of the broken colours are yet "airy nothings" and "without a name."
- George Field

“Nevertheless, this external sound turns into internally powerful sound. When properly used brown paint produces indescribable inner beauty, self-restraint.”
- Wassily Kandinsky

“A baton of light across the bracken redeemed the reputation of the color brown with fiery reds and yellows.”
- Ian McEwan

“The color brown, I realized, is anything but nondescript. It comes in as many hues as there are colors of earth, which is commonly presumed infinite.”
- Barbara Kingsolver

"Brown is neither one of the basic color perceptions nor a primary color used in color mixtures, but for human beings it is constantly present both in nature and in their everyday surroundings. It is the color of the earth itself — of rocks and sand, of the bark of trees, of the fur of animals. In that sense, at least, it could be called the basic color of everyday life."
- Kunio Fukuda

"Brown is the color of hearth and home — of dried herbs and stone-ground bread and freshly baked cookies. It represents all of the nurturing, life-sustaining, down-to-earth qualities of terra firma, the very shade of earth itself. Just as in the sturdy oak, brown represents roots, a steady, stable source of security, comfort, and normalcy. It is the color of fertile soil and plowed earth, buckskin and rawhide, weathered redwood, bison and mustang, frontier land — rugged and outdoorsy. It is pine cone and bracken, chipmunk and acorn, beaver and doe. Brown is considered a classic shade of solid substance."
- Leatrice Eiseman

“My skin is kind of sort of brownish pinkish yellowish white. My eyes are greyish blueish green, but I’m told they look orange in the night. My hair is reddish blondish brown, but it’s silver when it’s wet, and all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.”
- Shel Silverstein


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10 Tips To Help You Master Layer Masks In Adobe Photoshop

“In this video, Julieanne demonstrates ten essential shortcuts for working with Layer Masks, including how to add, delete, invert, move, reposition, copy, target, disable, change the density, and add a non-destructive feather to soften the edges of a mask.”

Follow up with her fundamentals of working with layers.

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29 Great Quotes On The Color Gray

Enjoy this collection of quotes on the color gray.

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"Life isn't black or white, it's all sorts of shades of grey."
- Nicky Morgan

"There's so much grey to every story - nothing is so black and white."
- Lisa Ling

"Life isn't black and white. It's a million gray areas, don't you find?"
- Ridley Scott

"There are infinite shades of grey. Writing often appears so black and white."
- Rebecca Solnit

"For grey matter, there is no black and white. If you think in black and white, then you do not use enough brain functions."
- Peter Kabakci

"The color of truth is gray."
- Andre Gide

"Compromise in colors is grey."
- Edi Rama

“The color grey is a reference to ambiguity, speculation, and nebulous deconstruction without solution.”
— Philip Bachman

"Gray is the color... the most important of all... absent of opinion, nothing, neither/nor."
- Gerhard Richter

“Grey has no agenda. . . . Grey has the ability, that no other color has, to make the invisible visible.”
– Roma Tearne

“One must first allow the presence of gray to take root, then release it to weigh its absence before being certain about anything.”
– Reena Doss


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5 Reasons to use Smart Filters in Adobe Photoshop

“In this video, Julieanne demonstrates five reasons to use Smart Filters in Photoshop, including how to edit, mask, stack, move, duplicate, and change blend mode and opacity of Smart Filters in Photoshop.”

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33 Great Quotes On The Color White

Enjoy this collection of quotes on the color white.

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"God paints in many colors; but he never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when he paints in white."
- G. K. Chesterton

"Black is the absence of all color. White is the presence of all colors. I suppose life must be one or the other."
- Mary Balogh

“White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gorgeously, as when He paints in white.”

- G K Chesterton

"White is the most wonderful color because within it you can see all the colors of the rainbow. For me, in fact, it is the color which in natural light, reflects and intensifies the perception of all of the shades of the rainbow, the colors which are constantly changing in nature, for the whiteness of white is never just white; it is almost always transformed by light and that which is changing; the sky, the clouds, the sun and the moon."
- Richard Meier

"White is associated with purity because the entire spectrum is functioning in unity. White is a healing color."
Tae Yun Kim

"I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony."
- Coco Chanel

"If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity. Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude. Like the color white that includes all colors, they tend to bring together the entire range of human possibilities within themselves."
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"When you glaze on a bright white ground it is like looking through color rather than at it – like looking through stained glass."
- Fred Machetanz

"Never use pure white; it doesn't exist in nature."
- Aldro T. Hibbard

“Nothing is black or white.”
- Nelson Mandela

"Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can."
- Jack Antonoff

"Put variety in white."
- Charles Webster Hawthorne

"Renoir said once that nothing was so difficult, and at the same time so exciting, to paint, as white on white."
- Ambroise Vollard


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6 Benefits Of Using Smart Objects In Adobe Photoshop

In this video, Julieanne will walk through six benefits of working with Smart Objects in Photoshop, including transforming and distorting Smart Objects, editing and replacing the contents of Smart Objects, creating duplicated instances, and more!”

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