Hello! Hope you guys are doing well. Okay now that we have completed 3 initial tasks which are very important, let’s move on to some real time editing. Don’t worry we will start from an easy one and I will explain you every step. We need only 1 picture from internet to be downloaded i.e. A high quality picture of “Stonehenge”. You can find it on Google Images by searching the word “Stonehenge”.
Your starting screen would look like following:
OK now open that picture into your Adobe Photoshop software. You can check the post on “Opening a picture/project”. https://learntoedit.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/tutorial-2-opening-a-document-in-photoshop/
You will have screen like following picture:
Now click on the picture once to focus on it. Then go to “Menu bar” and click on “image”. A menu will drop down. There in the new menu you will find a button named “Adjustment”. Click that and a new menu will appear. In the new menu there will be a button named “Desaturate”. Click that and your image will turn Black and White or Grey Scale. Following picture shows the process:
Now your picture (Stonehenge) will turn grey scale, it will look like this:
Next is to make some colored shape on it. For that you need some guides for right shapes. Guides are the guiding lines that allow you to make a cornered shape perfectly and do not let you make it out of shape.
Now click the picture once to get the focus and then go to “Menu Bar” and click “View” and a new menu will appear. There click a button named as “New Guide”. See following picture:
A new small window will open on your screen asking you how you want the guides to be. Click Vertical and then set the percentage by 25% (by default it is set in pixels so remove the default values and set your own). It will look like following:
Repeat this 3 times with Position 25% then 50% and then 75%. You will have a screen with three vertical blue lines like following:
Don’t worry! These lines will not be printed at the end, they are invisible just guides.
Now go to “Tools Tab” and click a tool with a square / circle shape just under a tool name “T”. Keep it pressed and a little menu will open right next to it. Chose a Square tool from the little menu and Make a rectangle on the picture. As soon as you complete that rectangle, a new layer in “Layer Tab” will be created automatically for that rectangular shape. Following picture shows how I made it:
Now do the same for another shape but use different color for that. I used yellow this time. Take a look at below picture:
In above picture you can see that I Rasterized these layers of shapes. Press Ctrl and click both layers once each. This way both shapes will be selected at the same time. Then Right click on any one of them only once. A menu will appear, click on the button named “Rasterize Layer”. Both the layers will be Rasterized. Also select both shape layers and right click on them. In new menu click “Merge layers”. This will join both layers into single layer and help in further editing.
Now double click on the layer named “Background” in the “Layer Tab” and in new window press “OK Button”. The layer with the Stonehenge picture will be named “Layer 0”. This way you can convert the Uneditable layer into an editable layer. Now click on “Layer 0” and change its layer style from Normal to Hardstyle. Following picture shows the process so follow the numbered steps in the picture:
Now do the same with other layer i.e. the layer having shapes. Change its layer style from Normal to Hardstyle. After changing the layer style of both layers i.e. “Layer 0” and “shape layer”, pick “Layer 0” and place it over the “Shape Layer”. Following picture shows this:
Next you will click on the “Shape Layer” and go to Menu Bar and click on “Filter Menu”. In next menu click on “Blur” and in next menu click on “Gaussian Blur”. Following picture will tell you how to do that:
In new small window on Gaussian Blur set the value to almost 95 and click OK button. See following picture:
You will see the Stonehenge picture as below:
Now save it in .psd format and also in .jpg format. See the post on “Saving a project” if you missed it.
By practice you can also make some good edits with this technique. Look at the following Pictures, they are also made by same technique:
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