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Joined: Feb 26 2005, 09:37 PM

Mar 6 2005, 08:04 AM #26

Layer Adjustments
( helps in restoring ol' fotos )

There are two ways to adjust the colors in an image. The first is to choose a command from the Image>Adjustment submenu. This way permanently alters the image in the active layers

The second way is to use an adjustment layer. Adjustment Layers let u mess around with color and tonal adjustments w/o permantly changin' the image. The changes reside within the adjustment layer, the layer acts as a veil through which the underlying image layers appear.

U kinda have to play around with these and see which works for the image.

the options are:





Color Balance



Selecitve Color

Channel Mixer




and CS has the Photo Filter*

Here's an example:
this is the ol' washed out foto someone gave me

....and here is the new restore version

...i use the Selective Color option to decrease the redish tone, and i use the the Photo Filter to restore the cool tones back....selectin what u want to be a certain tone makes the effect work well, jus as if u were altering the image using the first method. I had to do this with the sky and the sign...i kept the tone in the type on the sign and use Levels to whiten the rest.

I hope this kinda helps, its one of those things u kinda have to try for urself and get ur own handle on it.

...i'm adoreable.

Joined: Apr 16 2005, 08:02 AM

Apr 20 2005, 02:01 PM #27

Palani's Way to Fake a Vector

Since this vector thing seems all the &*^% I decided to share my mothods to fake one with you.

First open your image, I'm using this one:

Step 1:
Apply a Smart Blur to your image
Radius 75
Treshold 100
Quality High
Mode Normal

Step 2:
Duplicate your layer and put your layers blending mode on Hard Light, Overlay or Soft Light, this is preference.

The following steps are done on your Duplicated layer

Step Between 2 and 3:
On some images it looks better (or people like it more) to apply a poster edge filter on the image. Use the settings:
Thickness 5
Intensity 3
Posterization 1

Step 3:
Apply a Filter==>Artistic==> Cutout to your image
Levels 8
Simplicty 4
Fidelity 3

And you're done

The image with the Posterization effect:

And Without:

This effect may not work on some images. Some things can be corrected using the Maximum and Minimum filter on setting 1. Sometimes it takes a bit of brushing to make everything look just right. And sometimes some experimentation with the settings is required. Good luck.

Joined: May 6 2005, 02:13 AM

May 7 2005, 06:27 AM #28

My Way of making a Fake Vector.

Okay, there are only two steps to this tutorial, and this is my first tutorial. Here it is:

Step 1
Start by opening up any image in Photoshop.

Step 2
The filter needed to apply this vector. Go to Filter > Artistic > Cutout. Now, use the following numbers:
Number of Levels: 8
Edge Simplicity: 3
Edge Fidelity: 3

And, thats all to it! Hopw you like the final result. It cuts alot of steps contaning paths and the pen tool.
Kanye Lupe Pharrell May 17th


May 30 2005, 02:26 AM #29

Grungy BG without brush

1. Make a new document 400x400 px and press "D" to reset the colors to default.
2. Fill the layer with black background.
3. Go to Filter>Render>Lens Flare with these settings:

Brightness: 160
Lens Type: 50-300mm Zoom

4. Next Go to Filter>Pixelate>Mezzotint.
5. Next go to Filter>Sketch>Charcoal and use these settings:

Charcoal Thickness: 1
Detail: 5
Light/Dark Balance: 50

6. Next go to Filter>Brush Strokes>Ink Outlines and use these settings:

Stroke Length: 4
Dark Intensity: 20
Light Intensity: 10

7. Now go to Filter>Render>Difference Clouds.
8. Next go to Filter>Blur>Radar Blur and use these settings:

Amount: 73
Blur Method: Zoom
Quality: Good

9. Now go to Filter>Brush Strokes>Accented Edges and use these settings:

Edge Width: 2
Edge Brightness: 49
Smoothness: 7

10.No go to Filter>Stylize>Find Edges.
11. Add another Radial Blur using the same settings as before.
12. Next go to Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates and choose "Polar to Rectangular"
13. Add another Radial Blur using the same settings.
14. Now go to Filter>Render>Difference Clouds
15. Now add color, and your done!

You can play around with the settings and add text.

Hope you this tutorial was helpful.

Joined: Nov 12 2004, 05:11 AM

Jul 18 2005, 01:10 AM #30

Here's my simple BG Tut.
1. Start off with a color of your choice.
2. Then on a new layer, make a verticle black to white gradient, and change the opacity to 20 or something.
3. New Layer, and take out your rectangular marquee tool. make random horozontal boxes/rectanges, overlaping, some white some black. Lower opacity to about ten.
4. Repeat step 3 with verticle boxes.
5. Make a new adjustment layer for Hue/Sat on to pof the wall. Click on colorize, and adjust it to your liking.
6. add a low opacity pattern, suck as scan lines, grid, dots, etc. Or a combonation
7. add some lines, etc. in there to break the monotony.

example (with text and pics):


Joined: Dec 6 2005, 01:53 AM

Feb 22 2006, 02:30 AM #31

I see this being asked a lot. "how do you make a stroke a few pixels away from the person?"

Control + Click the layer you want to do it to
Select > Modify > Expand
then enter how ever many pixels away from the image you want it to be
then press OK

Joined: Jan 14 2006, 01:26 AM

Mar 30 2006, 02:00 AM #32

to make your pic look cool:

duplicate layer
desaturate bottom layer
set top layer to soft light


also you can duplicate, desaturate the top layer and desaturate it.

with both of these moving the desaturated layer under the color balance may help


Joined: Apr 4 2006, 04:14 AM

Jun 12 2006, 09:37 PM #33

Here is a little tutorial made by me!

This tutorial is simple. It's very effective when you want a very nice pic effect.

First off,

I'm using this picture of Jessica Alba

Now to add this effect do the following

Filter>Gaussian Blur then set the Radius to 3.0

It should look like this now:

Now go to Edit>Fade Gaussian Blur set the opacity to 100 and set the mode to Overlay and it should look like this:


Joined: Jun 5 2004, 09:27 AM

Aug 24 2006, 11:17 AM #34

Cool Intermediate Background Tutorial
By: Rizz aka Rlakh23

First set up your colors, i used blue for the foreground, and black for the background.

Then open a 1024x768 with the black background

1. Fitler > Render > Clouds
2. Fitler > Blur > Radial > 100% > zoom > good quality
3. Repeat step 2
4. Layer > Duplicate Layer
5. Fitler > Distort > Wave
Number of Generators: 1
Wavelength: Min.: 267 Max.: 878
Amplitude: Min.: 5 Max.: 687
Scale: 100 % on both
Type: Sine
Undefined areas: Repeat
6. Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options > Overlay
7. Layer > Merge Visible
8. Repeat step 4
9. Repeat step 5
10. Repeat step 6
11. Repeat step 7
12. Duplicate layer again
13. Fitler > Distort > Wave
Number of Generators: 1
Wavelength: Min.: 752 Max.: 962
Amplitude: Min.: 761 Max.: 906
Scale: 100 % on both
Type: Sine
Undefined areas: Repeat
14. Goto the blending options > overlay
15. merge visible and Duplicate layer
16. Fitler > Distort > Wave
Number of Generators: 1
Wavelength: Min.: 752 Max.: 962
Amplitude: Min.: 780 Max.: 906
Scale: 100 % on both
Type: Sine
Undefined areas: Repeat
17. Edit > Transform > Horizontal
18. Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options > Lightning
19. Merge visible and duplicate
20. Fitler > Distort > Wave
Number of Generators: 1
Wavelength: Min.: 43 Max.: 509
Amplitude: Min.: 1 Max.: 990
Scale: 100 % on both
Type: Sine
Undefined areas: Repeat
21. Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options > overlay
22. merge and duplicate
23. Fitler > Distort > Wave
Number of Generators: 1
Wavelength: Min.: 43 Max.: 509
Amplitude: Min.: 1 Max.: 649
Scale: 100 % on both
Type: Sine
Undefined areas: Repeat
24. Goto blending options and change to darken
25. merge visible
26. Put the contrast to 40

Now your done and should look like this:

(smaller version)

Joined: Nov 29 2004, 10:30 PM

Jan 13 2007, 11:20 PM #35

Making the background of a picture gray and one object color. One thing stand out.

ok...i started with a pic of tiki
-Duplicated the layer

-Turned the hue/saturation all the way down on the second layer (duplicate of layer 1)

-Use the eraser to erase the duplicate layer

obviously do it a little neater than i did haha. But, hope that helps.

EDIT: Image stretched out the forum.

Joined: Jun 3 2004, 09:13 PM

Feb 7 2008, 06:13 AM #36


I wanted to make some 3D text that had the perspective of sitting square in front of the viewer and achieved it with a simple technique. I thought I would share it and hopefully it will be helpful to some other people.

Start by typing some text onto your canvas. Thicker types work better.

Now copy the text layer and paste it into a new document. Resize the new document and make sure the checkbox next to "Constrain Proportions" is unchecked. Decrease the width by 2px and the height by 1px.

Now copy the resized image and before pasting into your original document, command+click (or control+click) on the text layer so you have selected the outline of the text and then paste it. This will center it correctly behind type.

Make sure you move the newly pasted layer behind the original. Repeat these last three steps 6-7 times or more depending on your desired thickness. When you are done you should have something like this:

Now all that is left to do is merge the pasted layers and you can see your 3D effect by lowering the opacity. Pretty simple. Hope that was clear and is helpful to some designers out there.


Joined: May 17 2008, 10:56 AM

Dec 17 2008, 11:44 PM #37


Go to :

-Then choose the picture you want.

-Right click on the photo, and go to PROPERTIES (bottom of menu)

-COPY the URL (address/location) of the photo

-Open new window/tab and PASTE in your browser

-Erase the "480_art" part and press enter