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.
November 11th, 2013
Putting an online store up on your company’s Website is a great way to add an extra dimension of accessibility for your customers to take advantage of. Regardless of what you’re selling, online stores are powerful assets for reaching a broader spectrum of shoppers.
As a yearbook publisher that prides itself on making every aspect of doing business with us as painless as possible, Entourage Yearbooks is excited to offer their shoppers their new online store. With a number of great items available for sale that you can buy without leaving your home, with Entourage Yearbooks, the name of the game is convenience.
The first item available for sale at Entourage Yearbook’s online store is Entourage Design Points. These points, valued at $10.00 a piece, can be used to garner extra marketing exposure for fundraising or purchasing more proof books and other printed materials to be used throughout the production of your yearbook project.
Next up, Entourage Yearbooks has school fully customizable school calendars for sale through their online store. These calendars are great for fundraising purposes and come with access to free calendar design software, dedicated account supports, access to a secure online payment website, and a number of great tools for creating and storing content for you calendar.
Lastly, Entourage Yearbooks offers fantastic student planners, available with custom covers and simple pre-designed layouts that make creating them a breeze. Available for elementary, middle, and high school students, student planners are a great way to not only help students stay on top of their studies, but to also promote your school.
For anyone interested in purchasing some additional items to help with the production of your yearbook, Entourage Yearbooks is pleased to offer their shoppers access to their convenient online store. To learn more about this leading yearbook publisher and what they have to offer, please feel free to give them a call at 1-888-926-6571.