It’s fun to add a Lens flare effect to a backlit image. However, Photoshop does not allow you to add the effect to a blank layer, meaning you cannot work with it non-destructively.
This secret that PHLEARN shares in this 6 mins video tutorial puts the lens flare on its own layer so that you can have full flexibility to edit it non-destructively. Have fun with warming or cooling the sun flare color, transforming the flare angle and masking out part of the flare to hide unwanted parts.
Multimedia files are getting bigger & bigger all the time and we are all addicted to file sharing aren’t we?
Mail, messaging & cloud storage systems all allow you to share your files but within the limits they set. Some of the limits in the range of MBs rather than GBs are obviously too limiting.
That’s when WeTransfer comes into the picture. It is both a paid (10GB file size limit) & free service (2GB file size limit).
It is easy to use. Go to https://.wetransfer.com and you will be greeted by this screen. If the second screen is displayed instead, the free service is ready for you.
Press SKIP to proceed
Since we will be using the free service, press SKIP to continue.
Free for files up to 2 GB
Click on + Add files to attach the file you wish to share, fill in your friend’s email, your email and any message if any. Complete by clicking Transfer to send the file on it’s way! It doesn’t get easier than this.
You will receive a notification mail to confirm that the file has been successfully sent, the ‘expiry’ date when the file will be deleted & a download link for sharing with others. You will even get a notification mail when the file has been downloaded by your friend. Cool!
Sharing is definitely caring. So don’t despair, just fire up WeTransfer when you need to share the big file that’s way too big to get to your friend through the normal service. The name is easy to remember but save yourself some memory cells and save the URL to your browser’s Favourite.
Frequency Separation is a technique that was once a closely & jealously guarded secret used by high end professional portrait retouchers in their work.
It is called Frequency Separation because an image is separated into a High Frequency & Low Frequency layer. The high frequency layer contains the texture while the color and tone is in the low frequency layer. This technique allows us to work on the texture or color / tone layer without affecting the other layer.
In this 14m 8s YouTube video tutorial, Aaron Nace of PHLEARN fame demonstrates this technique & shows us why it is so amazing & powerful for portrait retouching. Aaron keeps the training nice & simple so that it is not too intimidating.
You will need Intermediate to Advanced Photoshop skills to follow along.
If you are to manage your computer properly, System Information tools are really handy to provide you with comprehensive hardware & software details for component upgrade considerations or troubleshooting a problem. The information is gathered & presented in a report properly organised by information type / category. You can easily export this information for documentation or sharing.
Tim Fisher’s list is a software review with links to the developer’s site where you can download the software for free. My personal favourite is SIW which has a very nice interface & plenty of features which will take some exploring to appreciate its power. Time to check your system guys & gals.