Category Archives: Photo Retouch

How To Use The Magic Wand Tool To Remove Background In Photoshop

How To Use The Magic Wand Tool

In this post, you will learn how to use magic wand to change backgrounds. It can be frustrating to use the magic wand but when you get used to it, it is one of the easiest tools to use. It is a selection tool to select similar tones and colors.

Step 1 : Duplicate The Background Layer And Select The Magic Wand Tool

Duplicate the background layer using Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac). Then, select the magic wand tool in the Tools panel left of the screen. After selecting it, adjust the tolerance as 25 (for this example).

The most important option is tolerance. It determines how much the tool will include the different toned, colored pixels. That means if the tolerance is low only very similar pixels will be selected, if it is high then wide range of toned,colored pixels will be selected.

If contiguous option is selected then only the pixels next to your selected one will be included in the selection of the tool.  That means when you click somewhere, the tool look for pixels next to click point and if they are tolerated then they will be included in the selection.

If contiguous option is not selected then all the pixels in the image that are similar (tolerated) to the one you selected will be included in the selection of the tool. The tool looks for all the pixels that are close to the clicked pixel and puts them in selection if they are tolerated.

In this example I clicked once with tolerance 25 and holding shift key couple times with 10 to not select the building but select the rest of the sky. Put a red dot to the clicking points.

If the tool selects some parts of the image that you want to keep, change the tolerance accordingly and click on the parts that you want to remove from selection holding Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key. This way you will only select the part that you want. In the last image I selected the whole sky as you can see.

Step 2: Delete The Selection And The New Background

Delete the selection pressing delete button while selected the area.

Now you can add the background that you want to add. It is blue sky with clouds in this case. Change the size of the background and put the layer behind the main one.

As you can see there is 1 px transparent frame around my image, so I trimmed that part.

Result:

This is how you can use the magic wand and change background using Photoshop. You can learn this and much more from a professional photo editing course called Learn Photo Editing with more details. To see my learn photo editing review go to the main page . Thank you for reading!

How To Sharpen Images With Smart Filters In Photoshop

How To Sharpen Images With Smart Filters

In this post, you will learn how to sharpen images using smart sharpen. This effect really gives a better look especially for colorful images and animals. Sharpening works by detecting different colors and brightness in close areas (called as edges) and increasing the difference. Thus, it effects like opposite of blur and gives images a realistic look.

Step 1 : Duplicate The Background Layer And Convert The New One

Duplicate the background layer using Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac). Then, either right click on the new layer and choose Convert to Smart Object or select the layer and click on the icon at top left of the layer panel, then choose Convert to Smart Object.

Step 2: Add Smart Sharpening And Adjust The Options

Select the new layer and select Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen … .

This will open up an options panel. Select the part that you want to sharpen in the image to see the preview. This way you can see better when you change the sliders. Amount means sharpening amount; radius decides how many pixels will be included to the edges, very high or very low values will not give a good result, pick something that looks good (usually 3-5). Reduce noise removes some of the sharpened pixels to reduce the error after sharpening, pick something around 10-20. Lastly remove a blur type that makes the best effect one the image.

Step 3: Add A Layer Mask And Brush The Wanted Areas

Select the new layer and add a layer mask holding Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key. This will allow you to decide where to apply sharpening effect.

After creating the mask, select it. Select color as white. This will apply the effect through the mask. Then select the brush tool and brush inside of the image first with high brush size. Then brush the edges of the image with smaller size. In this case I picked 1500 px to brush inside of the eagle and picked around 150 to paint the edges and the beak.

After brushing my mask looks like this. You can see yours by clicking on it while holding Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key.

Now you can adjust the sharpening effect by changing opacity of the layer or changing the effect options by clicking on the effect name.

Lastly, to add a little bit color to the image, select the blend mode Soft Light. This will uncover the color and add real look even more.

Result:

This is how you can sharpen images using Photoshop. You can learn this and much more from a professional photo editing course called Learn Photo Editing with more details. To see my learn photo editing review go to the main page . Thank you for reading!

How To Use The Color Replacement Tool In Photoshop

In this post, you will learn how to use the Color Replacement Tool and options about it. This tool is usually used for basic tasks. There are advanced methods for color changing that we will cover in other posts.

The Color Replacement Tool In Photoshop

Step 1: Select The Color Replacement Tool And Adjust the Options

Select the Color Replacement Tool from the Tool bar from the left of the screen. First adjust the size of the cursor, since it works by detecting colors under the plus sign in the middle.

Step 2: Paint Over The Area

I picked cyan as my new color and replaced the green color with it. Try painting without releasing the mouse, sometimes transitions are not that smooth.

As you can see there is green residue on sides of the container. To make it cyan too, increase the tolerance a little bit. Tolerance decides the range of color that will be changed. That means if tolerance is high all green tones will be replaced with cyan, if it is low then only very similar colors will change. Do not forget base color obtained with middle of the cursor. So, tolerance decides how much different other colors in the cursor can be.

Also try to keep the whole cursor in the area that you want to change. Otherwise other colors next to our container can be contaminated.  In such case, hit Ctrl+Z (Win) / Command+Z (Mac) and decrease the size or decrease the tolerance.

The options that I used:

I will explain other options later on in this post or with another post.

Result:

 

This is how you can bring out eyes using Photoshop. You can learn this and much more from a professional photo editing course called Learn Photo Editing with more details. To see my learn photo editing review go to the main page . Thank you for reading!