I’ve been working with Photoshop ever since version 2.0 came out in the 90s. But back then, we printed everything from a floppy disk, which was 1.4 MB. These days Photoshop files can be up to 1,000 times that size and contain 100s of layers and masks.
Below are some examples of some of my favourite folio pieces from the past ten years.
50 shades of grey – photoshop process
50th Party Poster Poster
Using the theme of 50 shades of grey, I’ve taken a stock image and superimposed a new face onto it. Getting the light and angel of the two images is crucial in making the composition believable. The text is typeset in Adobe Illustrator with a warp effect.
Photoshop, for better or worse.
Left and right of the original shown in the centre, I generate an older and younger version of this wedding photo using advanced Photoshop techniques. The picture on the left makes the skin tones and imperfections look worse, and the right image shows how to improve a healthy glow, move hairlines and whiten teeth.
Retouching experiment on a wedding photo
In this retouching project, I’ve used the same Photoshop techniques and effects to improve the look for this wedding portrait but using retouching techniques in opposite ways.
Book illustration in Photoshop
Two double pages spreads from Flower Empath project, built by using macro photos of flowers.
Photoshop filters for colour correction
1 of 130 colour corrected photos – Sometimes, a few filters will do. One of my clients was in the process of creating a coffee table book from the best of her Photographic folio.
Her photos were great, but she lacked the advanced skills to bring them to their full potential. Basic enhancements like this make a real difference but may only take a few selective filters/masks and 10-15 minutes. Since the client also owned Photoshop and was interested in the process, I provided the files with layers.
It’s worth noting that I offer advanced Adobe training in many of the leading design programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
Combining the best of two images in Photoshop
This before and after shows a gas tank perspective/background combined with a new product shot.
Both images have qualities that the client likes – The perspective and garden are good from an old photo, and the current model has more accurate piping and grill. Digital artwork was also added in place of the shiny stickers. Using this technique, the client avoided taking a new show of the current model product, saving time and money on a photo shoot.
Photoshopped book cover design
Canberra book – Flower Empath – Combining a stock image with a photograph.
This book design features a great deal of Photoshop Illustration throughout. The book cover combines a stock image of a head made of flowers and the author’s face and hand. This technique requires the camera angle and lighting to be similar.
Retouching of product shots for brochure design
Dairy Farmers – Brochure image.
Product shots combined with their standard hills image background. This composite image required adding shadows, colour matching, deep-etching and new grass.
Painter business card
This is an interesting and quirky business card idea. I used Photoshop in an interesting way to support the tagline – With an eye for detail.
Blending and deep etching – Nurture Parenting.
Photoshoot, deep-etching and ebook design for Nurture Parenting. This project required deep etching and layer masks to create a sense of air in the design.