How to use the Stamp tools in PhotoShop

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How to use the Stamp tools in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to use the stamp tools in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your picture open in Photoshop

1) First, we’ll open the clone source palette from the Window menu

2) Now, select the clone stamp tool

The clone stamp tool creates an exact copy of its source

3) To select the source, hold down the ALT key and click in the image

4) Now, click and drag in the image

As you can see, an exact copy of the ship has been cloned into the image

Photoshop can store up to 5 clone sources per image. These sources are erased once you close the image

5) Click to store another source

6) Hold down ALT and click to select a new source

7) Click and drag in the image

The original ship has been erased from the image

In order to get a more seamless transition, you may need to select several sources around the object you are trying to add or remove

Now, we will learn how to use the Pattern Stamp Tool, which is useful for adding textures to an image

8) Right click the Clone Stamp Tool

9) Select the Pattern Stamp

10) Click and drag in the image to paint the pattern

11) The pattern is much too dark for this image. We will press CTRL + Z to undo

12) First, turn down the opacity

13) Now, click the arrow to show more pattern choices

14) Choose another pattern

15) Click and drag in the image

The clouds at the top now have more texture than before

If you don’t see a texture you like, you can load other presets

16) Click the arrow

17) Click to expand the menu

18) Select a different set of patterns

19) Click OK

20) Now, choose a pattern

21) Click and drag where you want to add texture

More texture has been added to the water at the bottom

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to use the stamp tools in Photoshop

How to add stars to an image in PhotoShop

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How to add stars to an image in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to add stars to an image in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your picture open in Photoshop

1) First, you will need to expand the Layers palette

If desired, you can undock the Layers palette by clicking and dragging it away from the edge

For this tutorial, we’re going to decrease the brightness to enhance the illusion of dusk

2) Go to the Image menu…

3) …then Adjustments…

4) …and select Brightness/Contrast

5) Adjust the slider to the desired brightness

6) Click OK

Now, we’ll make a copy of the layer

7) Click and drag the layer down to the New Layer icon

Next, we’ll erase part of the top layer so the stars will be visible without covering the entire image

8) With the top layer selected, choose the lasso tool

9) Click and drag around an area at the top of the image where you want the stars to show through

10) Press the Delete key to remove the selected area

You probably won’t notice any difference, but this step will be important later

Now, we will create an empty layer, which will contain our stars, above the bottom layer, Background

11) To do this, select the Background layer

12) Click the New Layer icon

In order for the stars to show up correctly, we will need to turn the new layer, Layer 1, completely black

13) Right click the gradient tool

14) Select the Paint Bucket Tool

15) Click anywhere in the image

Now, we’ll add noise to the layer

16) Go to the Filter menu…

17) …then Noise

18) Click Add Noise

19) Set the amount to 10%

20) Change the distribution to Gaussian

21) Make sure the box next to Monochromatic is checked

22) Click OK

We will now change the brightness and contrast to make a few of the stars stand out from the rest

23) Go to the Image menu…

24) …then Adjustments

25) Select Brightness/Contrast

26) Set the Brightness to -30

27) Change the contrast to 75

28) Click OK

29) Copy Layer 1 by dragging it to the New Layer icon

30) Change the brightness of the new layer

31) Set the Brightness to -100

32) Set the Contrast to 50

33) Click OK

To vary the sizes of our stars, we’re going to double the size of the layer

34) Go to the Edit menu

35) Select Free Transform

36) Use the handles to scale the layer to about twice its current size

37) Press Enter to apply the changes

Now, we’ll change the levels

38) Go to Image…

39) …then Adjustments…

40) …and select Levels

41) Change the first box to 230

42) Change the last box to 250

43) Click OK

44) Right click on Layer 1 copy

45) Go to Blending Options

46) Change the Blend Mode to screen

47) Click OK

48) Do the same for Layer 1

49) Change the mode to screen

The black will now be removed from both layers allowing the white stars to shine through

We will now erase a large portion of the stars by hand to make them appear more random

50) Select the eraser tool

51) Click and drag in the image at random to erase entire lines

52) Try varying the opacity to make some stars appear farther away

53) Erase more stars

54) Now, select the other stars layer

55) Erase while varying the opacity like we did before

If you would like to have a brighter star or two, you can add a lens flare

56) Select the layer you want to add it to, in this case, Background

57) Go to the Filter menu

58) Go to Render

59) Select Lens Flare

60) Turn the brightness down to around 10%

61) Choose a lens type

62) Select where you want the flare to show up

63) Click OK

The lens flare has been added to the image

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to add stars to an image in Photoshop

How to remove the timestamp from a photo in PhotoShop

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How to remove the timestamp from a photo in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to remove the timestamp from a photo in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your picture open in Photoshop

For this tutorial, we will open the Layers palette

If desired, you can click and drag the palette to undock it and move it to a more convenient location

First, we will copy the portion of the image we will be working on so we have a back-up to revert to

1) Select the lasso tool

2) Click and drag in the image to create a circle around the timestamp. Give plenty of extra room

3) Press CTRL + J to create a new layer from the selection

4) Now, select the zoom tool

5) Click and drag an area to zoom

There are several useful tools for removing timestamps. The first we will learn how to use is the spot healing brush

6) Select this tool from the toolbar

The Spot Healing Brush can edit out parts of an image using the surrounding pixels. This tool is only available in Photoshop CS2 and later

7) Click on a spot over the timestamp

The part of the timestamp we clicked on has been edited out nicely. However, this tool cannot be used in all circumstances

Let’s try another area

8) As you can see, this isn’t the ideal tool to use for an area that varies so greatly in color. Press CTRL + Z to undo

Now, we will learn how to use the Healing Brush Tool. This tool is similar to the Spot Healing Brush except we can select a source for it to use the colors from

9) Right click on the Spot Healing Brush

10) Select the Healing Brush

11) To select the source, hold down the ALT key and click on a part of the image that is similar in color

12) Now click on the timestamp

With a source of the proper color, Photoshop was able to erase that part of the timestamp

The next tool we’ll learn is the Patch Tool

13) Right click the Healing Brush

14) Select the Patch Tool

15) Click and drag in the image to create a selection

16) Now, click and drag the selection to another part of the image that has similar colors

17) Continue erasing the timestamp using any combination of the 3 tools

When you are finished, you should have a nearly perfect image. Now, we will learn some techniques to touch it up more

First, we’ll use the sponge tool which will be used to remove the purple hue from what should be a gray rock

18) Select the Sponge Tool

19) Choose whether you want to saturate or desaturate. In this case, we will use the latter

20) Click and drag in the image to desaturate the pixels

Notice that the rock is now closer to gray

There’s still a little residual yellow left over from the timestamp. So, the last tool we’ll use is the Clone Stamp

21) Select this tool

22) ALT + click to select the source

23) Now, click on any remaining timestamp color

All the yellow text has been erased. We’ll zoom out to see the results

24) Select the Zoom Tool

25) Click Actual Pixels

The image looks as if the timestamp never existed!

26) The last thing we’ll do is press CTRL + E to merge the layers back together

That’s it! You now know how to remove the timestamp from a photo in Photoshop

How to move an object from one image to another in PhotoShop

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How to move an object from one image to another in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to move an object from one image to another in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your image open in Photoshop

1) First, we will need to open the Channels palette from the Window menu

We need to find the channel that has the most contrast between the girl and the background

2) We’ll try the red channel

Even though the red channel seems to have the most contrast, it’s still not enough, so we will try changing the mode

3) Go to Image…

4) …Mode…

5) …and select another color mode

The black channel seems to have the most contrast

Now we need to create a separate channel to use for our selection

6) Go to Image…

7) …and select Calculations

8) Set the channel to black

9) Change the blending to Overlay

10) Set the result to New Channel

11) Click OK

Notice that our new channel, Alpha 1, has been created below the rest

Now, we need to adjust the levels of our Alpha 1 channel to get as much contrast as possible

12) Go to Image…

13) …Adjustments…

14) …Levels

We need to adjust the black, white and grey levels as much as possible without losing the edges around the girl’s arms and hair

15) Adjust the 3 sliders

16) Click OK

To get a better contrast on parts of the image without losing edges, we will use the Selection Tool

17) Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool

18) Click and drag around an edge that is close in shade to the background

19) Open the Levels box from the Image menu

20) Use the sliders to adjust the levels in the selected area

21) Click OK

Continue selecting edges that need more contrast and adjusting the levels

Now, we need to begin to paint the white areas in the center, such as the girl’s face

22) Click the arrow to swap the colors so that black is the foreground color

23) Select the Brush Tool

24) Staying well away from the edges, paint black over as much of the girl as possible

25) Swap the colors again so white is in the foreground

26) Paint as much of the background white as possible

If needed, use the marquee tools to select areas that need the contrast changed and adjust the levels

Notice that we now have a nice edge on her other arm

27) Swap the colors

28) Using the new edge we just created, paint the arm black

Some areas may be too difficult to create a good edge using the Levels box. These will need to be done by hand

29) Select the Zoom Tool

30) Click and drag around an area to zoom to

31) Select the Brush Tool

32) Carefully, paint around the edges of the head

33) Select the Zoom Tool again

We will fit the image on the screen so we can see the entire picture

34) We will zoom in to finish the arm

35) Select the Brush Tool

36) Again, carefully paint around the edges of the arm

37) Select the Zoom Tool…

38) …and fit the image to the screen

39) Open up the Levels box

40) Adjust the levels

41) Click OK

42) Select the Brush Tool

43) Set the foreground to white

44) Paint the dark areas on the background white

45) Open the Levels box one last time

46) We will adjust the black to define the lines around the hair a bit more

47) Click OK

48) Touch up any remaining grey areas of the background with white

49) Swap the colors and do the same with the black

50) Once the image is completely black and white, press CTRL + I to invert the mask

51) Hold down the control key and click the Alpha 1 channel

Note that all of the white areas have been selected

52) Select the CMYK channel

All of the channels will be selected except for Alpha 1

Now, we will feather our selection a bit so the edges aren’t choppy

53) Go to Select…

54) …Refine Edge

55) Turn down the radius

56) Adjust the smoothness

57) Turn down feather

58) Adjust Contract/Expand

Depending on the size of your photo, the adjustments you need to make may be slightly different

59) Click OK

60) Press CTRL + C to copy the selection

61) We will now go to our second image

62) Press CTRL + V to paste the selection

63) Select the Move Tool

64) Adjust the position of the layer to match the background

We will adjust the brightness and contrast of the pasted layer to better match the surroundings

65) Go to Image…

66) …Adjustments…

67) …Brightness/Contrast

68) Adjust the brightness

69) And now the contrast

70) Click OK

That’s it! You now know how to move an object from one photo to another in Photoshop

How to add rain to your photo in PhotoShop

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How to add rain to your photo in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to add rain to your image in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your picture open in Photoshop

We’ll need the Layers palette open for this tutorial

1) Click to expand the Layers palette

2) Drag it away from the edge to undock it

3) Click the New Layer icon to create a new layer

Now, we’ll render clouds on the layer

4) Go to the Filter menu…

5) …then Render

6) Select clouds

7) Change the opacity of the layer to 63%

Time to add some noise to the image

8) Again, go to the Filter menu

9) Go to Noise

10) Select Add Noise

11) Set the amount to 60

12) Choose Gaussian for the distribution

13) Check Monochromatic

14) Click OK

Don’t worry about the static in the image. We’re going to fix that with a motion blur

15) Go to Filter…

16) …Blur…

17) …Motion Blur

18) Set the angle to 73

19) Change the distance to 10

20) Click OK

21) To get rid of the hazy effect, right click on Layer 1…

22) …and select Blending Options

23) Set the blend mode to screen

24) Click OK

Finally, we’ll darken the background image to make it look more like a rainy day

25) Select the Background layer

26) Go to Image…

27) …Adjustments…

28) …Brightness/Contrast

29) Turn down the brightness

30) Turn up the contrast

31) Click OK

That’s it! You now know how to add rain to your image in Photoshop