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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!

 

 

How To Bring Out Eyes In Photoshop

Bring Out Eyes In Photoshop

In this post, you will learn how to bring out eyes in a photo with Photoshop. This is one of the many ways. You will simply enhance the contrast, decrease red saturation and use high pass filter for sharpening.

Step 1: Select the Eyes And Create Brightness/Contrast Layer

Pick the Lasso Tool and select around eyes. After selecting one eye hold down shift while selecting the other one. This way you will get both.

While eyes selected create a Brightness/Contrast Layer.

In the opening panel, make brightness very high to see if any selected parts pour out of eyes. If so, select the brush tool and clean up around the eyes. Change Eye Color post explains it better.

Step 2: Create Hue/Saturation Layer With Same Layer Mask

After increasing the contrast, unwanted colors may appear in the white part of the eye. In this case it is red. You need to remove it. Select the layer mask of the Brightness/Contrast Layer, right click on it and select Add Mask To Selection. Then, open the adjustment layer panel and select Hue/Saturation Layer. Select Reds in the opening panel and lower the saturation.

This will get rid of the unwanted red colors.

Step 3: Duplicate The Background and Apply High Pass Filter

Select the background and hit Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac).  Go to options panel at the top of the screen and Filter > Other > High Pass. I picked radius as 2 pixels in this example because the resolution is low.

After high pass the image will look like this.

Pick Overlay blend mode to sharpen whole image.

This case we want only eyes to be sharpen. While this layer selected, add a layer mask by clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the layer panel. The mask will be white, to have black one either create it with holding Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) or hit Ctrl + I (Win) / Command + I (Mac) to revert white mask to black.

Then while mask is selected, pick the Brush Tool and lower hardness. Paint white around the eyelids. Be careful not to paint over wrinkles. This type of brush use is better explained in Whiten Teeth post. Painted mask can be seen by holding Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) and clicking on it.

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!

How To Apply Soft Glow Effect With Photoshop

Soft Glow Effect

In this post, you will learn how to use soft glow with smart filters. You will use overlay or soft light blend mode to do it. Really easy and effective! Since you will be using smart objects and smart filters, you can edit the effect whenever you want. Taking advantage of this makes it easier to revert mistakes and play with other adjustments. Thus, I think it is best way to apply effects like soft glow effect in Photoshop.

Step 1: Duplicate The Background Layer and Convert It To Smart Object

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: Apply Gaussian Blur Smart Filter And Change The Blend Mode Of That

Smart object being selected, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur from options bar top of the screen.

In this example I will make the Radius value 8 pixels. It depends on the resolution of the image. Usually values between 3-10 gives nice result for soft glow.

After applying the blur, double click on the icon that appears next to Gaussian Blur text in the layer panel.

In the blending options panel that will appear, pick overlay for strong glowing or soft light for softer glowing effect. I like Overlay better, if it is too strong you can just lower the opacity.

Result:

(You can play around the blend mode of the smart object)

This is how you can apply soft glow effect 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 Make Digital Nose Job in Photoshop

Digital Nose Job

In this post, you will learn how to fix nose problems with Photoshop. It can be called digital nose job. You will use Liquify filter, Free Transform and the Healing Brush. You can make the nose smaller, bigger or fix a crooked nose. Sometimes its not the nose’s fault! Even wrong lighting could cause a nose to look bad.

We will use the image edited in Smooth Skin post.

Step 1: Duplicate The Original Image, Draw A Symmetry Line On The Nose And Make It Straight

Duplicate the background layer twice using Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac).  Go on the new layers and name them layer1 and layer2 . Select layer1, select the Brush Tool from tools bar and draw a line that goes through middle of the nose.

Open the Liquify filter from Filter options at the options bar at the top of the screen.

This will bring out the image to a new liquify window with some options. You just need to change the Brush Tool size so that its big enough for the nose. In this case its ~300 pixels.

Click and drag the nose from its edges to make the black line straight. Also make sure that the nose symmetric. If you make a mistake use Ctrl+Z (Win) / Command+Z (Mac) or click Restore All button. You may need to get used to behavior of the tool, so do not be discouraged. Change the brush size if needed.

After you fixed the nose with the help of the line, go to layer2 and hit Ctrl+F (Win) / Command+F (Mac). The liquify changes will effect layer2 which do not have the black line. After that you can delete layer1 or turn off its visibility.

Step 2: Select The Nose With Lasso Tool, Refine Edges And Make It Smaller

Select lasso tool from tools bar. Select around the nose.

Click Refine Edge from Lasso Tool options and change the Radius and Feather values. Change output to New Layer. Radius and Feather values should be decided based on resolution. They decide how well the refined image will blend with the underlying image.

After you hit ok new layer with just the nose will appear on the layers panel. Double click on the name and name it “nose”.  On that layer, open Free Transform from Edit option at the options bar at the top. You can hit Ctrl+T (Win) / Command+T (Mac) for shortcut.

This will allow us to change size, place and direction of the image. Drag the side dots to each other to make the nose thinner, change the length with the bottom or top handles if you want then hit Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) when you are done.

Relocate the nose on the face.

Step 3: Clean Up With The Healing Brush

Since you changed the size of the nose, the underlying layer will show some old parts. You need to clean them so that the nose looks natural. Select the Healing Brush from Tools bar from left. Find a good skin around nose then hit Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) + left click to sample it. Then click and drag around the nose to clean up incorrect parts. You can learn more about the Healing Brush in Remove Wrinkles post.

Result:

(Mouth needs to get fixed too! 🙂 )

This is how you can make digital nose job 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 Make Someone Smile With Photoshop

Make Someone Smile With Photoshop

In this post, you will learn how to make someone smile with lasso tool and and puppet warp. It is advised to use the Healing Brush to clean up any inconveniences . It is really easy and quick, all it takes is putting the pins in the right places while using puppet warp.

Step 1: Duplicate The Layer And Select Around The Mouth With Lasso Tool

Duplicate the original image by pressing Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac) while it is selected. Go on to new layer and select the Lasso Tool from Tools bar. Zoom in on the lips and select around the lips with it. Make sure selection is a bit bigger than the lips.

Step 2: Select Refine Edge And Adjust The Sliders

Select Refine Edge from top of the screen. Lasso Tool should be selected.

In the opened panel, adjust the Radius, Smooth and Feather values such that edges are not sharp. In this example I used value 2 for every slider. Usually values will be below 10 for different resolutions.

 

 

Step 3: Select The Puppet Warp And Place The Pins

Select the Puppet Warp from Options bar at top of the screen.

Place the pins on the edges of the lips. First put pins at the left and right edge of the mouth, because you will drag them later. Other pins around the lips will decide which parts of the lips will extend when you drag one of the pins. Since any pinned part will not move when you drag any other pin, the pin count and placement will decide the structure of the image after you did all the dragging, in this case they will decide the look of the smile. You can play around pins to see which placement of the pins give the best result for you.

I placed one pin at the left and right edge of the mouth, one pin for middle of bottom and top of the mouth and one pin in the middle of them.

Step 4: Drag The Pins And Clean Up Bad Parts

Click on the leftmost pin and drag it slightly up and left, drag the rightmost pin up and right to catch the smile you want. If the smile looks ugly for any reason (bad refine edge adjustments, bad pin placement), hit Ctrl+Z (Win) / Command+Z (Mac) and readjust the previous factors.

After you are pleased with the smile, hit enter or the tick icon at the top of the screen to apply changes.  Press Ctrl+D (Win) / Command+D (Mac) to deselect the selection that you made with the Lasso Tool to see the image clearly.

Since the layer in the background is not changed, some parts of it can be seen over the new layer. Especially the redness of the lips could be seen under the smile you created. Fix that parts with the Healing Brush. Select the Healing Brush from left of the screen. Press Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) + left click to sample good skin around the lips and clean up around the lips to complete the editing. If you want to see detailed use of the Healing Brush, visit my Remove Wrinkles post.

Result:

This is how you can make someone smile 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 Remove Acne Using Photoshop and Other Skin Blemishes

How to Remove Acne Using Photoshop and Other Skin Blemishes:

The Spot Healing Brush works best on pimples and minor problems. In most cases, what you need to do is click on a targeted area with the Spot Healing Brush and Photoshop repairs it. In this tutorial, you will see how to use it to quickly and effortlessly remove pimples and other minor skin problems, it is also great at removing things like dust, dirt and mold.

Step 1: Adding A New Blank Layer

Open the photo in Photoshop. We can see in the Layers panel that we currently have one layer, the Background layer, which holds our image:

The Layers panel is placed bottom-right in Photoshop. The Background layer contains the original image. We want to make the photo look better, yet we still want to keep the original, that is why we add a new layer using New Layer icon in the layer panel

Step 2: Select The Spot Healing Brush

Select the Spot Healing Brush from the Tools panel. Right click or left click for a while to see other options, pick the Spot Healing Brush:

Step 3: Select The “Sample All Layers” Option

By default, the Spot Healing Brush works only with the layer that’s currently selected in the Layers panel. This default option will not work for us. Thus we need to tell Photoshop to look at the image on the Background layer as well by selecting the Sample All Layers option in the Options Bar along the top of the screen.

Step 4: Select “Content-Aware”

If you’re using Photoshop CS5 or later, make sure you have Content-Aware selected in the Options Bar. It is also placed at the top of the screen and it makes the Spot Healing Brush smarter. Older versions of Photoshop does not have this option, but they are doing good job.

Step 5: Click On The Problem Spots To Heal Them

With the Spot Healing Brush, Sample All Layers and Content-Aware selected, all you need to do now is click on problem areas in the image. You may want to zoom in(Ctrl+spacebar (Win) / Command+spacebar (Mac)+Left click) on an area of the girl’s face to see the spots more clearly, then you move the brush cursor over one of the pimples and adjust the brush size so it is covering the problem spot. If the problem area is large then you need to use  the Spot Healing Brush from edge to center. You can do that by holding on left click and covering the whole area. If you do not like the result you can always  Ctrl+Z (Win) / Command+Z (Mac) to undo it and try again. This is the result:

When to Use Lighten Mode

Lastly, you may want to use lighten mode when using the Spot Healing Brush to remove skin blemishes since they are usually darker than the rest of the skin. If the blemishes are lighter then darken mode could give better results.

You can learn this and much more from a professional photo editing course with more detail. To see my learn photo editing review go to the main page. Thank you for reading!