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Tips & Tricks

One of the best and easiest ways to enhance your final images is to apply some post process work with the help of image manipulation software like Photoshop.

There are numerous other packages out there that deliver same or similar results but we will stick here with Photoshop since it is the most commonly used image editing program. ” But Photoshop is a complex program and it takes time to master” you might say. And you are quite right there, Photoshop is a complex program.There are virtually thousands of Photoshop tutorials out there covering different techniques and fields of expertise.

But how many of those do you really need to know? Two,Five,Ten,Fifty ?

Well anyway you decide as you go along.

Although as we said it is a complex program you can learn the basics in a matter of minutes. And on these pages we will select and publish the most common used tricks in the trade. So you can remember what they are and then you can always come back and have a go at it when you need it.

We are certain that these little tricks will greatly improve your skills and your final presentation.

Digital marker coloring by mirage studio 7

Colour your sketches digitally with photoshop. I’m not going to show you how to use marker pen to color your sketches using the conventional way, its going to be the digitally done using Photoshop instead, the image below is an example of digitally coloured sketch using Photoshop, the best part is you are able to undo your mistakes.

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Click on image to view tutorial.

Adobe Photoshop CS2 Image masking tutorial by mirage studio 7

When it comes to presentation, inserting raster images of human and trees gives it an overall feeling of liveliness. The whole idea is to counter the mono tone feeling of line drawings, especially when it comes to presenting your work to someone who is not in the field of architecture.

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Click on image to view tutorial.

Gradient Masks over AutoCAD with Photoshop by mirage studio 7

Learn how to create this gradient effect where CAD lines fade into the perspective.
When it comes to architectural presentation boards, CAD programs fall further behind expectations and more and more people are using other software tools to create their presentations that meet their needs. Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator are some of the most popular tools when it comes to preparing presentation boards. If you have not used either one of these softwares to enhance your presentation boards, then you must be missing something. In this article, we will look at one of the most common effects architecture students and illustrators love to play with but find difficult to figure out: the Gradient Mask.

gradientmasks

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Colour Scheme and Digital Printing Guide by mirage studio 7

Tips on how to get the best out of printing like : what type of file format should I use? Jpeg or Tiff?
or what Dpi settings should I use when composing my presentation boards / 3d perspective?

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Click on image to view tutorial.

Creating Seamless Textures by mirage studio 7

Create your own custom seamless texture with this guide.Creating your own seamless texture is a simple process. It requires only a few simple steps to follow. First take a picture of the texture you wanted, then crop the image to an acceptable size. The image below is 450px by 450px. Right click and save it to your computer for the step by step tutorial.

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Click on image to view tutorial.

Eye level common error tutorial by mirage studio 7

Besides line weight mistakes in a presentation boards, the other most common mistake would be the perspective view. Having said that most of us make simple mistakes in our perspective view. Included below is one good example of a bad perspective view with errors. What is the mistake? Do figure it out before scrolling down for answers.

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Click on image to view tutorial.

Add a border to your image

If you want to create a border around your image in Photoshop here is the quick tutorial. Alternativelly you might have a look at a freeware plugin that will generate a solid border around an image you can download it here.

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Click on omage to view tutorial

Sky Replacement tutorial by Jeff Wignall

Changing or swapping skies using simple Photoshop techniques. Give your landscapes better-looking skies.

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Click on image to view tutorial

Adding new Skies tutorial using masks by Patrick Winfield

Sometimes you get an amazing landscape shot, but the sky is so drab and lacks  emotion. Out in the field you can not control this aspect of the weather, but with some post production in Photoshop you can create some interesting new images.

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Click on image to view tutorial

Add realistic rainbow tutorial by Chris Patterson

In this Photoshop photo effects tutorial, we’re going to learn how to easily add a rainbow, even a double rainbow, to a photo. Of course, as with most photo effects, it helps if you start with the right type of image.

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Click on image to view tutorial

Blending Photos tutorial by PS fanatic

A simple tutorial to demonstrate an easy approach to blending two different photos or images.

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Click on image to view tutorial

Digital Retouch : Clone stamp tutorial by PS fanatic

In this short tutorial you will learn a simple digital re-touch trick using the Clone Stamp Tool.

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Click on image to view tutorial

Beautiful morning haze tutorial by Chris Ford

Make your normal landscape images look memorable. Follow this Photoshop tutorial to learn how to add a mystical morning haze to any image.

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Click on image to view tutorial

Adding sunlight through the trees by Steve Patterson

In this tutorial we’re going to learn how to add beams of sunlight through trees, which is not only a great way to make an image look more interesting, it’s also a lot easier to do than you might think, as we’ll see.

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Click on image to view tutorial

Create realistic fog by Edvard Erlandson

This is a simple but effective tutorial on how to add a realistic fog effect to a photo. Adding fog can be a very effective way of making it look more mystic or romantic. Read more

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Click here to view tutorial.

Cropping and framing by Edvard Erlandson

Cropping and framing a picture will enhance the impact of the picture and make the picture look more professional.

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Click on image to view tutorial.

Creating Shadows for Complex Objects by AskPhotoshop .com

Creating a shadow for a complex object is a little more involved than the freehand shading . In this section, we’ll create a shadow for a more intricate object, a complex tree .

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Click on image to view tutorial

Creating Background blur by Digiretus.com

An aesthetic trick often used in photography is the emphasis of the main theme against other areas of the picture by using a small depth of focus. An object or a face can spectacularly stand out against a blurred, homogeneous background…

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Click on image to view tutorial

To be continued…..

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