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You've no doubt landed here as part of a journey. It starts with the quest for knowledge or inspiration and ends generally with a few choice words with our good friend Google. Words like "camera" and "lighting", combined with "how'd they do that ..." and "how can I do that ..." will land you here. Take heart my friends. I can show you "how'd they do that" - and how you can too.

And this is where our paths cross and we begin our journey together. I have trod the path of 'avid photographer' for years. I have searched for hours for 'how to photograph water drops' and marveled at the perfection of other people's beautifully poised single sparkling drop. I have stood for far too long in the cold to capture that one moment of swirling snow when the air appears to sparkle. And I confess with guilt that beautiful wild horses in the Icelandic hills just had to be photographed at the expense of my very patient traveling companions.

We have all been there - somewhere where the distractions of life are left behind and we exist in the moment. Camera in hand, subject just there. And nothing else. Call me obsessed, call me a little crazy, and you might have captured my dedication to documenting that moment.
If you get this - if you've been there - then join me as I follow the path of avid photographer. Let's learn a lot of photo tech, share our inspiration and produce fantastic shots!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Photoshop CS5 Tutorial: How to Replace Your Sky

Watch Tutorial:

Old sky vs New sky

  1. Choose Layer > Duplicate Layer/Group to Duplicate the selected Layer(s) or Group(s).
  2. Close Layer Palette
  3. Select tab with sky image
  4. Click on Rectangular Marquee Tool
  5. Select area of image to use
  6. Ctrl-C to copy
  7. Select tab with your image
  8. Ctrl-V to paste
  9. Select Layers Palette
  10. Drag top 'sky' later down
  11. Make top layer invisible
  12. Close Layers Palette
  13. Edit-Transform-Scale
  14. Scale the sky layer to be slightly bigger than the sky you wish to replace
  15. Click on the Move Tool
  16. Drag your sky to cover the original sky
  17. Select Layers Palette
  18. Make the top layer visible, and select the top layer
  19. 19 Close Layers Palette
  20. Select the Magic Eraser Tool
  21.  Verify Tolerance and Opacity
  22.  Click on the old sky
 Your transformation is complete!


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