December 2nd, 2013
Thanks to photo editing software like Adobe’s Photoshop, creating the perfect photograph requires only a few clicks and a basic understanding of the program. From cropping and adjusting backgrounds to altering the brightness and contrast, it’s all a breeze thanks to modern technology.
Even with the advanced digital cameras of today, simply setting the flash and lighting features to Automatic and snapping away can result in photos that might just be too light or too dark for your taste. Well, as one of your leading yearbook companies here in New Jersey, we here at Entourage Yearbooks have got a few tips and tricks that can help balance out your photographs before you put them into the pages of your schools’ publication.
There are a number of different methods you can use in Adobe Photoshop to lighten and darken a photo, but we’re going to go over two of the most basic. For both of these methods, you’re going to need to create a duplicate layer beforehand that will be Step 1.
Method 1: Shadow/Highlight
Using the Shadow/Highlight feature of Adobe Photoshop will allow you to change the darkness of the shadows that accent certain features of your photograph. This can sometimes be all you need to really make your image stand out without changing the contrast of the entire picture.
To start, click on Image>Adjustments>Shadow/Highlight; you’ll see that the default setting will be at 50%. From here, adjusting the brightness of your photograph’s shadows is as easy as sliding the marker either left or right to increase or decrease the shadows, and you can also use the Highlights slider to adjust the areas of your photo that are too bright.
Method 2: Brightness/Contrast
The most basic of the two methods is simply adjusting the entire photograph’s lightness or darkness by using the Brightness/Contrast tool in Photoshop. Begin by clicking Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contracts, and then you can fiddle around with the slider similar to the Shadow/Highlight feature until you have achieved the desired brightness or darkness levels for your picture.
While our online software allows our shoppers to customize and tweak their photographs and yearbook layouts, being able to use editing software like Photoshop can allow you to really make a yearbook that you can be proud of once they become available to the student body. If you would like to learn more about what we have to offer as a yearbook company, please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-926-6571.
November 27th, 2013
Mastering the wide variety of features that Photoshop has to offer can make the yearbook design process much easier in the long run. Thankfully, there are a number of tutorials that offer great explanations of how to utilize the different tips and tricks that Photoshop has to offer.
Have you ever had a picture that you absolutely loved and wish you could put in your yearbook, but was tainted by an ugly background or some opportunistic photobomber making a silly face or gesture right behind you? Well thankfully, with the help of Photoshop’s handy cut-out feature, you can take the subject you want and place it on a more suitable background.
Step 1: Open up the original copy of your image and choose a background image that you want to move the object on to. Open up the Quick Selection tool from the Tools palette and check the Auto Enhance box in the Options bar to make the object you’re cutting out less blocky. Move your mouse over the subject to outline a rough selection that will mark her outline (don’t stress out about making the outline perfect, you can clean up any loose ends later on).
Step 2: Click the Refine Edge button in the Options bar. Once open, select the View menu and choose On Layers to observe unselected areas as transparency. Click the Smart Radius box, set the Radius to 2, and start refining the edges of your selection. For an even less blocky edge, set the Smoothness setting to 9.
Step 3: Click the little brush symbol below the Hand tool and choose the Refine Radius tool, open the Options bar and set the size to 60. Brush around the subject’s edges to eliminate any remaining bits of the original background. Set the contrast to your desired amount, say around 16% and set the Shift Edge to +20 and Output to New Layer with Layer Mask.
Step 4: When prompted, click OK to create a duplicate later with a mask based on the refined selection. Select the Brush tool again and set the foreground color to white, click the mask to select it and carefully paint in any missing details if necessary. If any background pixels are still visible, press X to switch over to a black brush.
Step 5: Next, open up your background image and go to Select>All and then Edit>Copy. Switch over to the image of your subject and click Edit>Paste to add your background as a new layer, then drag it below the ‘Background copy’ layer in the Layer palette. From here, you can alter the depth field with the Filter option, which also lets you tweak the brightness, threshold, etc.
Step 6: Drag the ‘Background copy’ layer onto the Create new layer icon to make a duplicate, and change the ‘Background copy 2’ layer’s Blending Mode to Darken. Click on the original ‘Background copy’ layer’s mask and set the Opacity to 100%. Spray the black brush tip around your subject’s edges to reveal any missing details from the ‘Background 2’ layer. Now save your photo, and you’re done!
Being able to customize your pictures before using our online yearbook editor enables you to create your yearbook exactly to your own specifications. If you have any other questions regarding Photoshop or how to use our online design software, please feel free to contact us here at Entourage Yearbooks at 1-888-926-6571.
October 4th, 2013
When it comes to creating the perfect yearbook, choosing the right yearbook company is the first step. Looking into the type of reputation a company has amongst previous customers and the industry itself is a great place to start.
We here at Entourage Yearbooks, one of the leading yearbooks companies in New Jersey, are pleased to offer our shoppers a service that has been proven to be exemplary time and time again. With a number of highly satisfied customers under our belt, we believe our reputation will speak for itself, in addition to a number of other reasons that you can rely on us to handle all of your yearbook needs.
There are a number of reasons that shoppers can trust us to take care of their school yearbook, ten reasons to be exact. Our company’s reputation, dedicated support, great software options, tools offered only through our company, high-quality resources, complete hands-on training, environmentally-friendly production process, high-quality upgrades, industry-leading innovation, and tried-and-true customer satisfaction all blend together to help assure you that with Entourage Yearbooks, you’re in good hands.
As the fastest growing yearbook company in the US and a leader in collaborative yearbook programs, having served over 3,000 schools and organizations in the country so far. The customers we’ve served has spanned all 50 states, nineteen countries across seven continents, with two million books delivered and two million happy customers.
One of the keys to our monumental success is the actual yearbook production process that we implement. Instead of letting our customers handle the busy work on their own and just printing the books or doing all the work ourselves, we train our customers and work with them from start to finish, providing them with the very best in yearbook production software and a number of great options when it comes to the actual yearbook design, allowing them to customize the books to their own specifications.
The time you spent and the friendships you make while you pursue your education are things that deserve the proper documentation, allowing you to reminisce fondly for years to come. Let us here at Entourage Yearbooks, the nation’s leading yearbook company, help you keep those memories safe: contact us today at 1-88-926-2665.