UfD: Five of My Favourite Things About Photoshop
Today I thought I might do something a little different, well I think it is something I haven’t done before. For those of you that have been following me for sometime know how much I love Adobe Photoshop CC. It is one of my most important tools for working on photos and I think I would be lost without it.
I thought it might be fun today if I talked to you about my favourite things that are essential to me.
Without a doubt one the most important adjustments for me. As you work with it more and more you start to see all the possibilities of what you can do with them. It is one of the most versatile adjustments I think. You can lighten or darken the image, you can emphasize the highlights, you can change some of the tones of the image, too many things. Slowly I am learning how to use it, but I’m also using it so much. Most of my images have many curves layers.
I know this could be a strange one, but it is something that I enjoy using. I don’t always use it, and sometimes I only use it for part of the image, and others for the whole image. There are so many ways of using it. Of course there is the obvious Gaussian blur that I think most of us know about, however there are lots of other blur effects and another one I love is the radial blur. However, there are lots of other ones there too, and I’m always learning. The biggest learning curve about using it is restraint.
3/ Adobe Camera Raw
Seems a silly thing to say, or something to choose, but I really couldn’t live without it. Of course I could use Lightroom instead, but I do like Adobe Camera Raw, or ACR. There are adjustments you can use in it that aren’t available in Photoshop. If I only had Photoshop and not Lightroom then I couldn’t live without ACR, it is an essential part of my workflow.
4/ Gradient Tool
This is my finishing tool. Nearly every image I work on I use the gradient tool. It is how I add a subtle or not so subtle vignette to the images. I have a thing about white or light edges in images, and if I can get rid of them, then I will. A dark gradient added to the edges is fantastic, well I think it is.
I know when a lot of people first start using layers they can get confused and can’t get their heads around them. It’s not something I ever remember having problems with, it just always seemed logical to me. I really like how you can add things and later on decide you don’t like it, and instead of having to go back and start again, you can just delete that layer. I know some photographers won’t work in layers, but I think that is just silly.
There are many other things I like in Photoshop, but they would have to be my top five. So what are yours? It isn’t as easy as you think to work out your top five.
The photos have been done using Photoshop and many of them were done using the above things, if not all at least some.