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How to Create a FREE professional email signature.

Morning! 

Today i thought id show how i created a professional looking email signature for FREE. 

There are many ways to do this, and some great paid services. 

But i thought id show a quick way i created one for free. 

 Head over to www.newoldstamp.com

01 newoldstamp signature email hotmail outlook google microsoft office yahoo mail free

This site offer's a few designs to choose from, 

I went with the "business" theme as liked the orange colour. 

02 how to create email signature for free lee ramsden

Type in the information that you wish to display, Name, Job title etc. 

But do not worry too much as you can and will probable change this in further steps. 

Follow the steps according to what email provider you use. 

My email is proved by Gmail and so by clicking on the icon it will copy all of the signature information to your clipboard. 

I uploaded an image to be displayed (the signature one above) but later found out that this site does not hold the image unless you pay.

And so ill show you a work around. 

Create your image, company logo which you wish to display. I found a square format worked well for the design i liked. 

In photoshop i saved it as a 600px square and exported for web, 

this way if it is small it will display quickly and prevent some company servers from blocking it. 

03 email signaute photobucket url upload lee ramsden

I then headed over to photobucket

You need to sign up for an account, but it is free. 

04 lee ramsden direct link lytham st annes

Upload your Logo / image to be displayed. 

You need to click on the "Direct" tab on the right to copy the url of this image to your clip board. 

05 adding an image to your email signature using URL

Different providers will slightly differ, but i can only presume that the next few steps will be similar to you if you do not use googlemail. 

Log into your email account. 

In settings go to add signature,

paste the copied signature information from the newoldstamp site you created. 

If there is an image there, remove it. 

It may look good now, but it will not be there for long. 

I also found this to be the case if you simply "upload" an image.

Not 100% on why this occurs, but i believe that the server does not provide you with enough storage.

So for peace of mind uploading via URL is preferred.

 

Click add image but do not upload one, chose via URL. 

In the newly opened box paste the "Direct URL" that you copied from photobox. 

If the link worked your image will be shown, like the image above. 

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Finally i moved the image to the far left by dragging it over, and clicked the small option. 

Here you can edit and fine tune the text to suit your needs. 

Tip - here you can delete the line - signature created by newoldstamp -, as that i find does not look very professional. 

Click save and your done. 

In little time and no money you have a professional looking email signature. 

 

07 Free how to  create email signature google hotmail yahoo outlook for free leeramsden.com

If you use email on mobile devices, there will be different ways on how to add this to your email. If like me using iPhone and the inbuilt mail app do the following, 

  • On the computer send an email to yourself with the new signature. 
  • Check that you are happy with the layout and text. 
  • Open this email on your mobile device. 
  • Hold your finger on the signature, you can select copy. 
  • Go in to the iPhones systems preferences and find the email section. Scroll down to add signature. 
  • If you have not changed this before, it will read "sent from iPhone" in the box. 
  • Delete this text and if you hold your finger down, the paste option will appear. 

Now the signature from the email has been pasted into your phone signature. 

It will now look seamless if you email from a computer or your mobile device. 



Any questions please feel free to use the contacts page. 


Thanks


Lee

Photography tool - image stitching.

11 SKN electrical office front Aberdeen oil and gas industry

Good morning, i hope that you are well. 

Today i'd like to share a quick thought on how you can use image stitching to over come problems.

I appreciate that this is nothing new, but with some fore-thought it can become a powerful tool in your arsenal. 

I was commissioned to shoot an office building. The front had no access due to very limited space and parked cars in my way. Even with the lens at 24mm it was simply impossible to fit the building into frame. So stitching is the only way forward. 

The above image was created with around 25 images. 

Here you can see the images used, 

the camera was mounted on a tripod and i systematically panned left to right making sure to over lap alot. The building took 3 passes.

Always best to have more frames than needed, than have pieces missing down the line. 

With each up date of Photoshop CC i have noticed that it is becoming much better at stitching. 

In the past it would have not been able to do this, and for these cases i use Autopano Giga 3.0 stitching software, but photoshop managed ok with this. 

Now by using a tilt shift lens, and/or a parallax tripod head, your job in post will be so much easier, but as i do not own either of these i had to make do. The majority of my time was spent straightening the stitched image. 

As with all panos, shoot in manual, turn white balance off auto so all the images remain consistent. 

I hope that this helps, and when you are trying to shoot a subject larger than your frame, that you remember this technique. 

 

Thanks

 

Lee

Scene lighting technique.

Nikon D800 f7.1 1/8th ISO100

Good morning, 

Id like to share with you a lighting technique that you can use to light a scene, even when working on your own. 

The above image consists of 21 images, all shot and lit by myself, and i am even in the image, to add some interest. 

I will show you, how i take multiple images, all lit with off camera flash, and then the process i take in photoshop.

 

02 Off camera flash wireless trigger pocket wizard boom illuminating the scene

Here you can see me using an off camera flash head on a pole, with the trigger in my right hand firing off the flash and camera shutter remotely. 

Click on image to enlarge.

The final image is composed of 21 frames. 

The camera was mounted on a tripod. White balance taken off auto, manual settings, and with me using back button focusing on the camera, i know when i press the remote, the camera will not try and focus, making all the images consistent. 

05 Start image quick tip on how to flash light

Quick tip, 

Like when making panos, my first image is a large image of me, so i can find the set easily in bridge. 

Also this is a great way to make sure that the flash and camera shutter both fire correctly. 

As when using pocket wizards as the remote, the flash PW has to be set to a channel higher and some times i forget this, and so it is always a good idea to test everything before getting started and walking far into the scene. 

04 adobe bridge using photoshop tools loading layers

Using bridge i select all the images that i want to use, and from here you can easily load them into photoshop as a single document with 21 layers. 

06 using lighten blend mode in photoshop CC

Now turn off all layers, and starting from the bottom layer i work my way up through the stack, turning on, one layer at a time, changing the blend mode to Lighten. 

07 using a mask in photoshop CC

With the blend mode on lighten, the flash light will show. 

Also you will see indicated in this image the hot spot of the flash is in the image. This is easy to mask out. Also i remain in the image by some strange artefacts, just simply mask these out. 

After some cleaning and tweaking here is the before and after image.

The before being unlit. 

It is a subtle difference, but one i find takes your images to that next level. 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment and i hope to help. 

 

 

Thanks

Lee

Are you new to Blogging?

blog blogging how to begginers guide tip

Hello -If you are new to blogging, thinking of starting a blog or maybe feel that your traffic has gone stale, then this is maybe for you.  

I know that there are a million "Tips" and "How to" out there on social media for bloggers, 

this is not one of them.... but the ramblings, on what I have personally noticed to the traffic on this blog.

The Past

-  I have deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I was sick of the negative content filling my day, people moaning and complaining about insignificant things.... 

medial no FB Twitter Facebook delete account good bye had enough got my life back waste of time fed up time waste red cross social media con ruin lives

Two months on, and it has been amazing, I feel more focused and surprised how much extra time i have acquired. To spend with people that actually mater.  

Social media -is a black hole of time, we are creative people when we get the time. Turn off the social media for a day and see how much more you get done. Turn it off for a week (you will carry on living

trust me) your life will be improved. I am phoning people more, and when working away - emailing. Not as personal as hand written a letter, but an email these days feels much more of a personal way of communicating with someone rather than a "like" on Facebook, or a quick comment on a photo they post. 

Back to the blogging

- Since leaving these two social media giants I have been testing ways in which traffic will now be directed to my blog as previously the main traffic was via Facebook and Twitter. 

When blogging the main point which can not be stressed enough is -

CONTENT IS KING! Post relevant interesting content. Then people will return and view your work. Far too many post on subjects that they do not understand or are even interested in. Listen to your audience, i regularly post answering questions from readers. 

Be yourself- stop posting trying to be someone else. People see right through this and it will only act negatively in long run.

Key wording- this is a vital tool for your images and posts to be seen from search engines. 

You have written an article on late 17th century poetry, performed in the medium of dance. If you have the relevant wording in the post then others who share your views will be able to find this from say google searches. 

This also hugely effects your posted images - Google "image01.jpg" and you will be surprised how many images are uploaded. You have worked hard on taking the image, taken the time editing it, now take a minute to square away a bit of house keeping. 

So rather then the camera generated number, name the file some thing like "yourname,location,subject,date,genre,etc.jpg" Now when people type into Google words that match any of these, your post and images will pop up. 

A note on key wording. Keep it relevant. This is a point which really annoys me, and morally is the lowest way to keyword. It is to include the Subject Masters in your key words. 

So unexpecting viewers looking for an article on a subject/ person, are now viewing your blog with irrelevant content...

I have in the past seen, HDR images of cats in front of the fire with selective colouring and wording saying that this is no "Henry Cartior-Breson"

.... You know what you are doing - STOP IT! 

(Disclaimer- yes I realise the above name is spelt incorrectly- it would be very hypocritical of me to include his name on a post of this nature now..)

The test- My most visited blog page to date is one of a workshop I attended, ran by a Photoshop legend. This guy has a huge following (and well deserved) but by posting my experiences of the course, un-expectingly directs many to my blog from Google searching their name.

To confirm this, last week an American photo legend posted on their blog. images of the Shard building in London. Saying that their images from inside were unusable due to the reflections on the glass.

I commented ( in a non spam way) a blog post that I wrote, on the techniques and equipment that i used to take away the reflections. I included a link to my blog showing the post and my image from inside the Shard. Not so to help this photographer as they are awesome and would know this, but help others who follow. - And in one day I got over 1000 page hits.

I am certainly not one to spam, but find this interesting. It is all good getting the numbers but are the viewers relevant to your work?

More recently I've been testing Google+ I have found huge communities of people with the potential to view your content. But are the 400,000 people in a HDR community worth viewing your posts? 

Me Personally-I post for me, and I regularly go to the beginning of my blog and see how I've improved and it spurs me on to create new work and improve, this blog is a living time line of my images and i enjoy slowly watching them grow over the years. This blog is not compiled to generate business. I use other tools for that.  

Businesses- For those of you trying to direct potential customers, it is finding that right community / audience. 

Facebook has its place, but i find you do not have to be present, that is an excuse. If the content that you create is great, people will still share this. Finding the niche in your postings is the tricky part. Look at what you create and try and think like a customer, where would they be looking. 

Posting too much - I think that there is a fine line with over posting. If the noise that you are creating is too often, people will grow tired of it quickly.

Quench the need to post everyday, cut back your posting and spend the extra time to produce higher quality content. ( I know that this goes against most top tip how to blog sites)

Utilising your blog's schedule function is a handy tool. You have some rare free time, and want to catch up with some blogging. Rather then throw out 20 posts in one hit, schedule them to be published over time. This will give you a clearer conscious that you have content coming out over the next few weeks, and helping you to have more time to spend on other things.

Also on this subject, when posting images i wouldn't post every single image taken on the shoot. Show just your best work rather than 900 images of the same subject. People lose interest and will click off and head else where.

Where ever you decide to post and cast the net, please be unique.

I know that the automated sites out there are time saving, but when for example you are viewing tweets blatantly created by software, with a hyper link to your post. It is highly off-putting and less people will follow the trail.

Monitor - Most blog these days utilise some sort of analytics in the back ground, this blog site for example is ran through Blogger (owned by google) and so i can see how many people view a post, where were they directed from, what country, what browser used etc. This helps in working out trends.

For this site i have seen that the G+ community traffic by far out weights that of the Facebook and Twitter views. And what content is most popular.

This post was created from my own personal views, there are no one size fits all with this, and it is taking the time to work out what is best for you.

My first post was over 5 years ago, which is frightening to think where the time has gone.

I will find it interesting to re-read this post in another 5 years time and look back on how things have changed.

Thanks for reading

- ill go now and enjoy some of my newly acquired free time

Lee. 

Blog how too top tip enjoy free time quit quitting facebook twitter help you tutorial

A subtle technique, but goes a long way..

Hello, here is a little tip which i have recently picked up and thought id share as it makes such a lovely difference.

When working on images of buildings here is how i now add contrast.

Rather then use contrast adjustment layer, i created two levels layers, one darker and one lighter - both with black layer masks.

Now take your time, and paint in, where the face of a building is lighter, make it lighter and the dark side darker. It takes a little time, but certainly gives your image much more depth and a 3D feel to them.

Tutorial Photoshop dodge burning layer

 This image has the effect turned off. 

The extra layer you can see is a contrast adjustment layer to the lighter layer.

Tutorial Photoshop how to make your image look more professional

Here is the final image with the contrast technique added. 

Subtle but certainly makes a lot of difference to the image.

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The View at The Shard London photography tips.

Hi, how are you? 

I hope that you are well, while I'm stuck out at work on the rig for a month....

mobile, iphone, Lee, Ramsden, London, The View From The Shad, Landscape, Photography, Lancashire, HDR

Last week for the Mrs's birthday we took a trip to the new viewing platform in the Shard building- London.

72 floors high you get an incredible view of London.

You have to book in advance, and pick your time slot, i was particular in that i wanted sunset to dark.

After googling the timings i was happy that we would catch the setting sun, but just had to have our fingers crossed for the weather :0)

london View from the Shard HMS Belfast river Thames Tower Bridge

As you can see, we were so very lucky in the weather front, after so much snow and bad weather recently.

I wanted to give a couple of tips that i found so handy while shooting here.

and these tips will not only help if you fancy going up the Shard but I'm guessing 99.9% of tourist locations.

Tip 1

- The venue Tripod ban...

A lot of tourist venues have a tripod ban and so you are not allowed to enter with / or use one.

Manfrotto G clamp

As you can see i over came this by using a Manfrotto magic arm, and super clamp. 

The security observed me using this and did not bother in the slightest. 

While using the clamp and magic arm, i treated it like a tripod and so was using my cable release to gain much longer shutter speeds. 

Tip 2

- Don't for get your polariser filter.

To try and reduce the reflections you gain shooting through the glass, a circular polariser filter is not perfect, but cuts down the problem loads. 

Nothing will stop the other members of public and their point and shoots, using the flash - still amazed at what they recon the on camera flash will light up. 

That its, i can really recommend the Shard, it was a fantastic experience. 

Keep in touch in the comments bar bellow...

Thanks 

Lee

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Carcassonne Castle edit.

Carcassonne bridge to the caste at dawn

Happy Sunday... 

Here i wanted to show how i got to this final image of Carcassonne. 

This is made up of 3 different exposure images. 

It is technically a HDR image, but it has not been tone mapped, i used the exposures as different layers and masked them in. 

Carcassonne France, Photo Photograph photoshop layers how to edit

Here is the base image as it was out of the camera, 

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This image was taken for the exposure of the bridge and Castle.

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I used a layer mask to only reveal the parts of the image i wanted to be brighter.

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Here is the 3rd image taken, for a darker exposure.

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I used the 3rd darker exposure to paint into the sky to darken it and add some drama.

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Here the image was cleaned up, from the lights in the windows, and other highlights that i found distracting.

There was a blown out building, which is grey in this image,

I used a part from the darkest exposure and masked it in,

as you can see, it doesnt share the same colouring as its surroundings, and so i used various adjustment layers to make it fit in.

 Contrast and Photo filter were used to get the temperature right.

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Here i found the tree  - bush thing very distracting and so i clone stamped it out, on the bottom right of the screen.

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Now for some punch and texture,

I use Nik softwares colour effects pro. I apply this to all of the image but then mask back in the effect to where i want it.

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To give it a little more punchier contrast, i like to use Nik softwares Silver Efects pro,

by making a black and white punchy layer,

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This black and white layer now has a blend mode of Luminosity.

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 I found that the sky was to cool, for buildings. And so with adding an adjustment layer of Photo filter

I warmed up the scene.

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Finally, the more i looked at the image, i found the water to be extremely distracting and anoying,

and so i created a new layer and painted it with black. I lowered the Opacity to regain some of the texture.

Once again if you have any questions or comments id love to hear from you.

Thanks

Lee

The Edit of the Tash image.

Bearded Lee Ramsden

Following this image, i thought i would post on how i got to this final image from the out of camera shot below. I have included many screen grabs to try and explain how i got to the finished image. 

Bearded Lee Ramsden photoshop tutorial layers

Here is the original image, taken in my front room. You can see the TV on the left, but knowing that i wanted to do a cut out, i placed a piece of white card behind me to make life easier later on in photoshop. 

To make the cut out, i make a rough selection with the quick selection tool.

Then click onto the refine edge button.

Here photoshop opens up new dialogue box, I use the brush tool to paint around the edge, and photoshop does an amazing job of making a tighter selection. It works on contrast, and hence why i added the white card at the start so my hair and skin would stand out better.

Once you are happy with your selection i output to a new layer with a layer mask.

I added a blank layer, using the gradation tool made a spot light effect background.

Here i did some dodge and burning to the clothing and skin.

If you compare this image to the one above, the lighting on the neck is harsh and unpleasing to the eye.

with all these little tweaks they are only very subtle but they add up and make the final image nicer to the eye.

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I wanted to add some texture so my hair and shirt. 

Looks good doesnt it..... Nope of course not, but when adding a filter to an image you need to be selective with it. 

Here i added a layer mask and painted back where i wanted the texture to be.

Now to work on the background, I thought the background is flat not working, and so i am adding a texture. I quite like this pattern.

By playing with the Opacity and Blend modes you can create very different looks.

This back ground is the same as the image about but by dropping the Opacity to 40% it is much more subtle.

The blend mode is now set to soft light. I checked them all out, but this one was the nicest.

The background i felt was too smooth and so needed to be roughed up a little.

I added this texture of a stone wall to the image.

Again play with the Opacity and blend modes, to make slight subtle changes.

The colour i felt needed to be spiced up a tad.

I added a saturation adjustment layer. But by clipping this layer to the one below it then only effects the background.

 Here is the finished image.

I appreciate that i move pretty fast from layer to layer.

If you are getting lost or confused by any stage please feel free to comment or contact me and i will explain a stage in greater detail.

Thanks. 

Hotel room Lighting.

How to mix environment lighting and colour checking

Hi all, 

I wanted to try and show how i think when setting up multiple lights in a scene. 

The image above is lit with 3 SB900 flash guns. Including the stand lamp :0)

How to mix use strobe lights with light fittings

I wanted to see if any of the lights in the room are effecting the scene. Here is a shot with my flashes turned off. At F6.3 1/125sec iso 200 there are no external lights influencing the shot.

How to mix use strobe lights with light fittings environment

Now shooting in Manual, you keep the settings locked in and just change the lighting. All these shots have the same aperture, shutter speed and iso settings.

Here i have a strobe placed in the lamp shade. I turned it to a power where it will not blow out and so some detail will remain.

How to mix strobe light with natural

Here i have one light one, in a soft box lighting in the direction of the arrow. Its set to lift some of the shadows that are created.

How to mix natural light with strobe indoors

Lastly i used a strobe high up with a grid on the front to create some directional light.

To set each light you have to add them one at a time. Even when happy with a light, turn it off so that you can see how the next light will effect the shot. Once happy turn on and have some fun.

Thanks

Blend modes to merge images.

Police Composite photoshop blend modes

Hi Guys in this post i will try and explain on how you can blend images together using blend modes.

I will use the flock of birds as the example from the image above and bellow images.

Police Composite photoshop layers
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Firstly i need to find an image of a flock of birds. This one i think came from Deviant Art.

I am over time taking more and more of my own images that i will be able to use in future projects.

When sourcing images try and find ones where the background is uncluttered. It will make life so much easier in the long run.

I used the Lasso tool to make a rough selection of the birds that i want to use.

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By pressing CMD/J (mac users) OPT/J (PC users) it will put your selection on to its own layer.

Select the move tool, and drag this new layer onto your composite work image.

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With the birds now in your composite workspace its time to try and make them fit.

I noticed with the birds layer that they were shot of a nice flat grey background. And so i thought i would try and blend them in before making some crazy selections.

TIP

:-  A quick way to go through your blend modes is to make sure you are using the move tool. Then by holding down the shift key and pressing the + or - keys you can toggle through the blend modes quickly and easily viewing which one best suites your layer.

As you can see the current blend mode is set to normal and so nothing is happening.

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Here we have changed the layer to SoftLight, its not right but we are getting there...

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By using the Blend mode of Pinlight you can see how well the layer blends away the grey leaving just the birds showing. 

I was lucky and this one blended nearly flawlessly, but sometimes you will find a blend mode that is close but just doesn't quite work, in these circumstances i would clip a curves adjustment to the layer being blended, and by adjusting the highlights or blacks it will then fit into your scene more better. 

Thanks.

If you have any questions or would like more information on any of this please feel free to contact me. 

Dungeness image edit. Adding colour to an image.

Dungeness train track colourised red landscape image

Dungeness train track colourised red landscape image

In this post I am going to try and explain how i edited the image above.

I will be using Photoshop CS5 and the plug-ins, Silver Efex pro and HDR efex pro by Nik Software. Plug ins are just a much quicker way to do something, every thing in a plug in does can be done just using the tools in Photoshop but I would like to show how I do things.

If you are totally stuck and would like to know how certain plug in effects are created in Photoshop please ask and ill try and answer.

Dungeness HDR 9 exposure image explained

To create this image I took 9 exposures 0.7 of a stop. 1 correct exposure and then 4 bellow and 4 over.

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For HDR processing at the moment I am loving HDR efex pro by Nik software, I used to be a big fan of Photomatix but Nik are kicking ass at the mo.

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Selecting the images to open in Photoshop through the HDR efex Pro plug in.

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On the left you can see all the presets. My style with HDR tone mapping I prefer a natural look, but there are plenty to choose from, so I would recommend to be creative and experiment.

This time I have chosen realistic strong. Once clicking done the image opens into Photoshop.

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As you can see the image is pretty flat and not a lot of contrast. But I personally like to start like this and then I can add depth and contrast in a way I like too.

I duplicated the background layer by clicking (cmd/control) and the “J” key.

As you can see there are some dust spots, probably from my lens or the cameras sensor, and so I used the healing brush tool. I prefer this then the spot healing tool, as I can pick different sample areas to maintain textures.

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Now for a little contrast, I opened colour effex pro from the filters menu and chose pro contrast. I like the way it changes the colourings too. On the left of the red line is the before and to the right the after.

By clicking done it opens the image back to photoshop into a new layer.

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Next for the Black and White conversion.

I again used colour effex pro.

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Now to boost the textures, I used Silver effex pro this time. I upped the structure till I was happy with the effect.

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I wanted to lighten some of this image. My fave way to dodge and burn is too create a new layer. Fill it with 50% grey and change the blend mode to soft light.

Using the Dodge tool I brightened up the image to where I was happy.

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The dodge and burn layer on its own to show what was painted.

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Ok now to add some colour. Clicking on the adjustments choose Hue/Saturation.

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This dialogue box opens. Too add colour globally click into the colourize box.

Moving the Hue slider you can change the colour and playing with the saturation slider you can create any colour and brightness to your taste.

For a desaturated look which you see alot, if you play with the layers opacity, you can create some cool effects.

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Clicking on the layer option at the top of the screen you can flatten the image and save it. 

Done..

How to add a Frame/ Boarder to an image.

How to add a sloppy boarder to your photos
How to add a boarder to your images to make them feel more professional

A few people have asked how do I add the frames that I use on some of my images.

Well its very quick and easy once you have created a frame.

In this demonstration im going to show you a grungy, sloppy boarder.

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For this boarder I started a new image and painted around the edge with black.

I added a small amount of blur to smooth the edges a touch.

Once you are happy,  open an image that you would like to add the frame too.

Go back to the frame document, making sure that the frame layer is highlighted. Select the move tool. Click and hold onto the frame. Drag the frame up to the bar on the top.  Hover over the image bar which the frame is to be added to

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In this example you can see the frame layer is called Sloppy Boarder and I am adding it to the image Kelly Steps. I dragged the frame up to the top, hovered over the Kelly Steps box and that image will open in front of you.

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I moved the frame down, you are still holding down the mouse/pen, if you hold down the shift key aswell before you release the new frame layer will center its self onto the new image.

Ok so your frame is now onto the image you would like, next we need to move it and posisstion it nicely onto the image. You will need to work with the layers pallet.

If you do not see your layers on the image. Go upto the top bar and you can find the layers under the window drop down box.

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Now with the layers visible, making sure the layer with the frame is highlighted, you need to transform the frame. You can do this by clicking on the drop down box edit then transform – free transform.

A short cut for this is to hold down the (on mac) CMD key and press “T” or windows CTL key and “T”

Now the frame has a line around it and little square handles in the corners. By clicking on the corners you can drag it around to fit your image. Press enter or the tick above, it will come out of the free transform and you now have a nice frame around you image.

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You can be creative and play around with different coloured frames, even try different blend modes, here I painted around the edge of the previous black frame and changed the blend mode to screen. The black disappears leaving a cool looking white frame.

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There are numerous website where you can download frames/boarders for free.

This one was a free frame to look like a large 5x4 film. See this image even has sctraches to add an old used film effect.  I added this above an image I like. By playing with different blend modes you will see the grey dissapear leaving a cool frame and some textures to your image.

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You can create a frame to promote your website.

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Or even a wooden effect frame.

If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment.

Thanks

Setting Sun images.

Thought id share with you some images that were taken yesterday, over at the Lake in Milton Keynes. 

I have included a lighting diagram to show how i lit these images, as i was trying to get some rim lighting going on. 

Lens example having fun jumping
Lens example shot at 200mm Nikon 70-200mm off camera flash
Lens example happy Kelly Moss Ramsden

These images were lit with the sun to the right creating a nice rim light.

A bare speed light to the left and a speed light in a softbox to the left also to fill.

lighting diagram for an out door portrait