01:32 – Mistake #2 – Basic Selections
03:00 – Mistake #3 – Not Using Intensity
07:25 – MSI Creator
08:00 – Mistake #4 – Keeping Adjustment Layers in The Fill
08:40 – Mistake #5 – Thinking of Gen Fill as a One-Click Solution
Contrast catches the eye. When looking at images short of an exciting subject and a dynamic composition, nothing does more to grab and hold attention. More contrast, more energy. Contrast is life.
Contrast is not as simple as one slider – thankfully. There’s real control here and so near infinite creative possibilities. Equally beneficial for both black-and-white and color images, there are many ways to enhance contrast, and every tool produces different qualities of life. Master these tools, and you’ll craft visual statements that speak with more confidence and complexity.
Let’s move through our options as we would in a classic workflow, from coarse to fine control.
Generative ai is now inside Photoshop. Instantly retouching or replacing anything inside Photoshop. Adobe Firefly, generative AI is now in Photoshop. Colin Smith shows you how to extend images, replace images and generate art within Photoshop 2023.
00:00 Intro on Generative ai in Photoshop
00:09 Extend a photograph with ai
00:49 Replace a Dress with a shirt
01:10 How to get Firefly in Photoshop now
01:46 Replace a background and replace an object
03:09 Advanced replacement of clothing
04:54 Generative ai Tips
05:27 Generating objects out of nothing
05:52 Duplicating dogs
06:45 How to place an object on a surface
07:05 Where do the images come from? How does ai deep learning work
Having taught over a thousand people for thirty years, I’ve seen and done it all. Here are the most common mistakes that people encounter when printing their images that you can avoid by simply looking at your files more closely and handling your paper more carefully.
You won’t see this stuff if you’re zoomed out and looking at the whole image. Zoom in to 100% screen magnification. You’ll also miss things if you move around the image erratically. Move through each image one screen at a time and make a systematic quadrant-by-quadrant sweep.
1 – Noise
Too much noise can be distracting, especially color noise, unless you’re an impressionist. A little texture is good and makes images look sharper, so don’t overdo noise reduction, or your subjects will look like they’re made of plastic. Noise is most visible in smooth areas, like skies.
In some cases, you’ll want to reduce noise selectively with layers and masks in Photoshop, for instance, when you want to reduce noise in a sky more aggressively than in a foreground.
2 – Halos
One of the key things you want to watch out for when sharpening is producing halos. Most often seen along high-contrast contours, like horizons, halos are distracting and can make a straight photograph look like a composite. Though it can be done, retouching them is a bitch. So don’t produce them and use lower sharpening settings. If you need more sharpening in areas without contours (and the Texture slider won’t cut it), use layers and masks in Photoshop to sharpen selectively.
3 – Dust In Your File
Those dagnab little dust bunnies. They’re so easy to miss when you’re zoomed out and so easy to see when you’ve made a big print. Even if you keep your camera sensor clean, zoom in and check for them. If you find them, retouch them permanently.
When it comes to media, the mantra is handle with care. This extra consideration will save you time, materials, and money. And it will earn the respect of your viewers. (God forbid that you don’t notice these things until your prints are exhibited.)
4 – Dust On Your Paper
If dust and lint fibers is on your paper while you’re printing, it can act as a resist and later fall off, leaving areas without ink. You can prevent this. First, store your paper in a sealed plastic bag or box. Two, look at your paper in the light and check for dust and lint, and if you see it, blow it off or use a soft brush to wipe it off.
5 – Scuffing
Different than scratching, which gouges the paper surface, scuffing pushes down the fiber of paper and burnishes the particles in the ink, leaving a faint mark that can be seen as a difference in sheen on the surface of the print. Handle your paper carefully at all times, and cover it with a protective sheet when you’re not handling it.
6 – Wrong Side Of The Paper
If you print on the wrong side of the paper, blacks will be weak, colors will fade, and detail will be soft. How do you tell which side is the printable side? One, it’s the side your wet lips will stick to. Two, the printable side will usually feel smoother to the touch. Three, you can feel a slight lip on the edges of the back side where a cutting blade has pushed through the paper.
Pay your files and materials these extra considerations, and you’ll not only make better prints, you’ll also save you time, materials, and money.
Have you ever had this feeling?
You’re looking at a gorgeous print of one of your photographs … then you notice a small detail that needs to be fixed, and you know you’re going to have to reprint it. More time, more paper, more ink. Frustration. It’s so obvious when you see it now! Why didn’t you see it before? Save time, money, resources, and increase your productivity and enjoyment at the same time.
Use these checklists to eliminate this problem.
Before you print check your …
highlight detail especially at the edges
saturation overall and specific hues
white balance casts are best seen in neutrals, flesh tones, and memory colors
noise reduced avoid blurring and artificial smoothing effects
sharpened avoid producing halos
imprecise masking edges misaligned or haloed
imprecise retouching blurry or misaligned or repeating patterns
dust check at 100% screen magnification
softproof make output specific tweaks based on printer profile used
resampling if resolution is below 240 ppi or above 720 ppi
output sharpening compensate for image softening due to dot gain
You can ensure you take all these steps with a consistent workflow.
While you print check your …
orientation portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal)
page setup paper size and margins
color management Adobe or Printer (for B&W)
media setting precise or nearest paper type
ink MK matte or PK photo black
printer resolution 1440 matte or 2880 photo
Save these settings as a Preset so you can use them again with a single click.
After you print check your …
white spots dust on paper before printing
scuffing handle paper with care before and after printing
banding align heads or reduce print speed or make sure data transfer’s fast
microbanding check for nozzle clogs or print speed
local color casts areas check for nozzle clogs
colors faded wrong side of paper
Make sure you view prints in enough light with the right color temperature.
“Finally, we get curves in masks in Lightroom. Learn why this is important. Colin Smith teaches you how to use Curves in masks to target tones and take absolute control over color grading.”
00:21 Create Mask
00:45 5 adjustment zones
01:03 Adjust the tones
01:48 Making a Background mask
02:27 Adjusting Foreground with recovery and Curves
03:33 Curves Color Mode
04:10 Understanding Color Channels
06:08 adding color to tonal regions
06:48 Adjusting the color on the Background
08:010 Adjusting the Intensity of the adjustment
In Why Ecopoetry? There’s No Planet B John Shoptaw states, “Ecopoetry is nature poetry that has designs on us, that imagines changing the ways we think, feel about, and live and act in the world.” He goes on to state that eco-poems are both environmental and environmentalist.
For this reading, we looked for poems that help us see the earth anew. Without being didactic or moralistic, our poems can express our concerns about our impact on our planet alongside our sense of awe and reverence for nature, wilderness, and the wonders of this world we live in.
Celebrate Earth Day and come hear this inspiring gathering of voices.