This simple technique turns Content Aware Fill into a very powerful tool

Content Aware Fill is one of those features of Photoshop that many users love to hate. So much so that quite a few of us have called it Content Aware Fail since it was first introduced in CS5. Personally, I’ve only found it to be really all that useful for extending clear blue skies, and even there it occasionally wants to put a branch or a building flying in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading “This simple technique turns Content Aware Fill into a very powerful tool”

Transforming a Boring Photo Into a Dramatic One With Photoshop

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The mere mention of image manipulation may make some photographers cringe, but there’s no denying that some skill with Photoshop can enable you to completely transform an image. In this 20 minute tutorial, Serge Ramelli walks through the process of manipulating a ‘boring’ image and turning it in to a dramatic one by transforming the lighting and sky in the scene.
The art of landscape photography is one that requires patience, commitment, and hard work. However, there are times when your final image doesn’t quite match the memory you have in your mind. Or, less romantically, maybe you just want to make a more epic image to share on social media.
Whatever your intentions, understanding how to improve the lighting of images with targeted adjustments and how to composite separate images in to a final art piece is a worthwhile skill.
Here is the before and after of Ramelli’s image, which was taken at Saint Paul de Vence in the South of France.

In the video, Ramelli shows how to fully replace the sky of an image and alter the lighting of the scene to match it. He also artificially lights a lamp in the image and creates a glow to bring life to a building that was previously empty and unlit.
The tutorial is broken down in to these parts:
01:25 – How to get the source files
03:05 – Opening images in Photoshop from Bridge
03:36 – Selecting Panorama settings
04:27 – Opening up the Shadows
05:32 – Opening Image in Photoshop as smart object
06:18 – Opening Library
06:26 – Creating a new Library
07:03 – Creating a Sky Library
08:50 – Placing the new sky
10:24 – Make your sky blend with the background
12:48 – Combine Layers (command + alt + Shift + e)
13:29 – Straightening Image
14:32 – Adding Lights
18:10 – Brushing in Light
18:25 – Adding Double Development
21:00 – Final result
If you enjoyed the tutorial, Parisian photographer Serge Ramelli has many more on his YouTube channel, covering a wide variety of topics.
Image credits: Photographs by Serge Ramelli and used with permission.

Graphic Design: Marquee Light Bulbs Toolkit

I love the internet and how it made things accessible in ways that are hard to explain for those that didn’t live before internet. This post is an example. As a fan of graphic design I was always exploring ways to create things in Photoshop. You can go to our Tutorials section and you will see that there are many examples of things like neon light, smoke and marquee light bulbs. Nowadays you can find everything pretty much done for you, like the Marquee Light Bulbs – Front View 3D assets that Peter Olexa and Pete Deeezy shared on their Behance profile. It has everything you need to create your composition with those elements. I know it might not be the same thing than creating something from scratch, but in my opinion graphic design is about communication more than recreating the wheel.
Brand new and exclusive Marquee Light Bulbs – Front View 3D style typography toolkit with 4 lettering sets, 6 grunge display fonts and lot of shapes & elements. This bundle is exclusive and first time on sale only on Dealjumbo! All these letterings & shapes are great for any print or web projects, so maybe it’s time to add something creative and unique to your typography toolbox 😉 Whether you want to create original hi-res print design or just add something new and fresh to your typography collection, this bundle from TV Artworks can adhere to all your needs. You’ll find here super realistic vintage style light bulb lettering and lot of graphic elements. Just check all previews and you’ll love these unique graphics 😉
Graphic design sample