Simulated tilt-shift using Photoshop CC

The post with the most views on this site is and has been for quite some time how to add simulated tilt-shift using Photoshop. Since that was written quite some time ago and for Photoshop Elements I wanted to write an updated version using Photoshop CC. Also to simplify the effect even further.

To make it even more comparable I will be using the same source file for the effects.
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Post photo workflow in Lightroom

I use Adobe’s Lightroom for my photo library. For the cost it gives my powerful tools and it also make it possible to maintain a sance view of the growing amount of photos taken over the years.

Instead of list the features and functions of the applications I will instead explain which tools I use and in what order when I return home from a photo session.

Import photos and convert to DNG

Starting in the Library view, import photos and convert to DNG. for more information on DNG, read though my article on the subject!

Initiate backup

As soon as photos are on my harddrive I start to push them to an off site backup location. As long as the backup is running, the photos are kept on the memory cards.

Delete bad photos

To cut down the amount of pictures I start by looking through them all. If I see a bad picture, I press X and flag the photo for deletion.

When all photos have been looked through, from file menu I select Photo -> Delete rejected photos and by doing so remove all photos both from library and from my hard drive.

Balance exposure and color

Develop

Looking at the histogram in Develop mode, move sliders under Basic until we see a good amount of light in the picture. While doing this, I activate the highlight clipping (the two triangles in top corners of histogram) to see if I lose any details in light or dark. Shortcut ‘J’.

UWhite Balance Toolsing the White balance tool, click on a neutral part of the photo (white or grey).

SyncIf many photos have been shot in the same environment and light I then sync these photos to as many photos as possible to get a good baseline to work with.

Select multiple photos in the bottom view and then press Sync button to sync the done changes to rest of marked photos.

After these steps the rest is based on that type of photos I have shot. Steps differ alot if it has been a portrait, nature, star sky or something else.

How to make see-through text in GIMP 2.8

This is a tutorial on how you can create text with a photo or illustration as the background. It can also be used to empower the message of a photo with a message. I use GIMP 2.8.4 for Mac but it will work just as good with an older version of the software on Windows or Mac. The effect takes just a few minutes and the result can be used for many different results.

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