How to Make Bokeh in Photoshop

li_2286backgroundHow to Make Bokeh in Photoshop using CS6

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Making background BOKEH in Photoshop CS6 Tutorial from Kelly Richardson www.kellyrichardsonimages.com

treepatternTREE BACKGROUND If you have a large tree available you can skip this step. Just take a photo of the center of it. If all you can find is a small little tree follow these steps to fill the page with the tree branches.

  • STEP 1: Take a photo of tree on white background. isolate the image using the refine edge tool. Save as a PSD file.
  • STEP 2: Create a new document: File>new white background, as large as you want it.
  • STEP 3: Drag the isolated tree psd file to your new document
  • STEP 4: Make duplicate layers of the tree by clicking on the tree layer and then ctrl-j. Randomly move the tree layers to fill up page. Save as PSD file.
  • STEP 5: Flatten image go to layer>flatten image.

 

blurscreenshotFIELD BLUR

  • Use the flattened tree image. Go to filter>Blur>Field Blur. **note: if image is not flattened, you will not be able to use the field blur tool.
  • Check the field blur box, blur to your liking. I blurred mine to approx 140 px.
  • Check the bokeh box, settings: light bokeh: 50%, color bokeh 50% light range between 160 and 255. Adjust to your liking.
  • Click ok when done.

img_backgroundlightssatPhoto to left is a section of the tree bokeh paper that was made. I changed the colors by using the Image>new adjustment layer>saturation, and also image>new adjustment layer> color balance. Play with the sliders until you see a color you like that will match the subject you are going to place in front of it. Now you are ready to use your background and get creative!

DOWNLOAD THIS TUTORIAL as PDF HERE

 

 

Christmas Greeting Card

Natural Bokeh in a Photo

_ri_5239Bokeh in a photograph is determined by the lens and aperature settings used to create the photograph.  To achieve bokeh, you need a fast lens with at least an aperature of f2.8, f2, f1.8, f1.2.  Prime lenses work great for bokeh. Shoot in Manual or Aperature Priority, wide open – meaning at your largest f stop (which is the smallest number)

If you do not have a lens with a large aperature as described above, you can also achieve bokeh by increasing the distance between the background and your subject, and increase the distance between your subject and the camera. To achieve highlights hitting the background, shoot with backlighting, or sidelighting.

Bokeh – Wikipedia In photography, bokeh (originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

 

 

 

 

The Power of an Isolated Image – Christmas Design 4926

What a capture! It can't get much cuter than that! isolated image petstockimages_img_4926
What a capture! It can’t get much cuter than that! isolated image petstockimages_img_4926

The Power of an Isolated Image – Christmas Design  PetstockImages_IMG_4926 tiny chihuahua peeking out of red gift, isolated image – a designer’s dream – how to make this card.

This adorable isolated image of a chihuahua puppy peeking out of a red gift box can certainly stand alone on a white background to get attention and a big SMILE.

Isolated images never cease to lose their popularity in the consumer market. There is a great demand in the consumer marketplace for this simple, high key look. Many consumers like a “clean”, uncluttered look. The idea of simplification appeals to many who live a busy lifestyle.

Isolated Images are LOVED by Designers, Advertisers and Publishers TOO. There are many advantages of an isolated image for their purposes. There is no competing for space for copy in the image,  additional background images and any color can be easily added to suit product needs. Any text, any objects, any color, and any pattern, all can be popped right in the background if the image has been isolated properly, with little or no work.  This makes for a very attractive purchase with an image that has so much versatility.

petstockimages_img_4926 What a CAPTURE! It can’t get much cuter than that!

This one image can be used for a variety of purposes: Birthday, Christmas,  Valentine’s Day and more. Click to buy the image.

Isolated images have endless possibilities – if you can imagine it, you can create it!

Stay Tuned for a free Photoshop Tutorial with step by step directions to make background bokeh.

Christmas Greeting Card 4926: Make this card: Photograph your Christmas Tree, then use Photoshop to run blur filter to make bokeh background.
Christmas Greeting Card with isolated image 4926: Make this card: Photograph your Christmas Tree, then use Photoshop to run blur filter to make bokeh background.

Holiday Card Collage with just one image

cardgnomegtgcardkatiesampleIt’s that time of year! Many families are getting family portraits done for their yearly Holiday Cards.  If they are like me, they love that creative collage look that you see for custom greeting cards, but also like the simplicity of using just one photo. Here is something unique and special you can create if you just have one favorite image for your Holiday Card.  A Holiday Card Collage. Gotta LOVE the WOW factor of this creative “collage” look.   Most greeting cards with a collage design require several images. Here is how to create your masterpiece Holiday Card Collage look with just ONE image.

Click to download tutorial Greeting Card Collage Tutorial pdf

Photoshop tutorial:   Create a holiday collage greeting card with only one image
We will use the NEW Photoshop’s Guide Layout to help divide the image into smaller sections. You must have Photoshop CC to use this method.
The image I chose to use for my sample below is a sweet little rescued foster kitten named Denver, a litter of 5.

 

Step 1: Create a new document go to File>New  I used greeting card specs. For my Purposes, I set width to 1575 px, height 2175 px, resolution 300, white background. If you use a different size document, make sure you compensate for it in your gutters, margins and drop shadows, by adjusting their size accordingly.

Step 2: Add a new layer and name it Shapes

Step 3: Make a 3 x 3 grid with gutter, and margin around edges:
  • go to View>new guide layout
  • set column number to 3 leave the width field empty, set gutter to 30 px
  • click rows, set number to 5, leave height empty, set gutter to 30 px
  • make sure preview box Is selected.
  • Add margins around edges of document: click in the margin checkbox, then set each of the four options top, left, bottom and right to 100 px.
  • Click ok
Step 4: Draw the shapes: select the rectangular marquee tool from the tools panel to draw in shapes. Drag selections around different squares in the 3 x 3 grid begin at one corner and drag to make rectangle. To add press and hold shift key to add next rectangle to it. Continue adding each shape so that all rectangles and center square are selected as one.
Step 5: Fill in the selection with black go to Edit>Fill set contents to black, normal and opacity to 100% click ok.
Step 6: remove the selection and the guides to remove go to Select>deselect. Go to view>clear guides
Step 7: Add a drop shadow to the Shapes Layer. Select shapes layer, click on layer styles, choose drop shadow, settings: blend mode: multiply, opacity 40, angle: 135, use global light, distance 50, spread 0 ,size 50. click ok
Step 8: Open the image you want to use in Photoshop.
Go to select>all... go to edit>copy
Step 9: Paste image into shape collage: Switch over to the shape collage document by clicking on its tab.Go to Edit>paste special>paste in place
Photoshop pastes and centers the photo in the document. You will see it as a new layer above the shpaes layer.
Step 10: create a clipping mask. Select the small menu icon in the upper right corner of the layers panel. Choose create clipping mask. This clips the layer directly in the layer below it.
Step 11:use free transform to resize and reposition image. make sure image layer is selected, Go to edit>free transform pres and hold shift as you drag a corner to lock the aspect ratio. Press enter when done.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Show your support and help your local animal rescue.

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How to Photoshop Tutorial: Shape Collage with one Image

Photoshop tutorial: create a shape collage from one image.

Click to Download the tutorial with steps, images and screenshot examples.

We will use the NEW Photoshop’s Guide Layout to help divide the image into smaller sections. This is a very hand tool to learn as it can be applied to many other designs that need an instant grid. You must have Photoshop CC to use this method.   Here is the image before and after:

Photoshop tutorial: create a shape collage from one image. STEPS

Step 1: Create a new document go to File>New  set width 12 in, height 12 in, resolution 300, white background

Step 2: Add a new layer and name it Shapes

Step 3: Make a 3 x 3 grid with gutter, and margin around edges:  go to View>new guide layout

  • set column number to 3 leave the width field empty, set gutter to 80 px

  • click rows, set number to 3, leave height empty, set gutter to 80 px

  • make sure preview box Is selected.

  • Add margins around edges of document: click in the margin checkbox, then set each of the four options top, left, bottom and right to 160 px.

  • Click ok

Step 4: Draw the shapes: select the rectangular marquee tool from the tools panel to draw in shapes. Drag selections around different squares in the 3 x 3 grid begin at one corner and drag to make rectangle. To add press and hold shift key to add next rectangle to it. Continue adding each shape so that all 4 rectangles and center square are selected as one.

Step 5: Fill in the selection with black go to Edit>Fill set contents to black, normal and opacity to 100% click ok.

Step 6: remove the selection and the guides to remove go to Select>deselect. Go to view>clear guides

Step 7: Add a drop shadow to the Shapes Layer. Select shapes layer, click on layer styles, choose drop shadow, settings: blend mode: multiply, opacity 40, angle: 135, use global light, distance 50, spread 0 ,size 50. click ok

Step 8: Open the image you want to use in Photoshop. Go to select>all... go to edit>copy

Step 9: Paste image into shape collage: Switch over to the shape collage document by clicking on its tab.Go to Edit>paste special>paste in place Photoshop pastes and centers the photo in the document. You will see it as a new layer above the shapes layer.

Step 10: create a clipping mask. Select the small menu icon in the upper right corner of the layers panel. Choose create clipping mask. This clips the layer directly in the layer below it.

Step 11:use free transform to resize and reposition image. make sure image layer is selected, Go to edit>free transform pres and hold shift as you drag a corner to lock the aspect ratio. Press enter when done.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Show your support and help your local animal rescue.

Kraft Azalea Park Outdoor Location for a Photo Session

 

_ri_5290_8x10cKraft Azalea Park is a a great destination for an outdoor location photo session, but it is no secret! – It seems all the local photographers know about it. We went out on a Thursday at 4 pm hoping it wouldn’t be as crowded as a weekend.  There were several photographers out this day. One photographer brought a leather ottomon couch as a prop for a family photo session, with a few light reflectors and lights. Unfortunately for us, they were set up right in the front of my favorite back lit area.   Meanwhile, a couple was getting married in front of the large tall columns.  We waited patiently. As we walked around, we saw the many photo opportunities there are: beautiful scenery with tall trees with moss canopies, a lake behind, boardwalk, park benches and more. Through the shade of the trees, there were many lighting opportunities available. Sidelighting, backlighting and frontlighting – every shot lending itself to a new lighting condition.

The gallery below are a few sample photos taken in this outdoor location: beautiful greenery and trees, park bench, and columns. We used afternoon lighting in the shade which gave a warm tone to the photos.

Outdoor Location: Kraft Azalea Park: 1429 Alabama Drive, Winter Park, Fl 32789

BELOW: An alternative outdoor location: THE NEIGHBORS YARD!
In a pinch, you will find yourself wandering outside your own home to find a great outdoor location. It may not be your own yard, but if you look hard enough you will find a good spot.
We didn’t have enough time in the day to make a trip to Kraft Azalea Park before the Homecoming dance, so we looked around a little and discovered our neighbor’s yard!  I just don’t know if Kraft Azalea Park can top the beauty of the colors in this landscape – the way they compliment her plain colored dress, and the pink in the landscape repeating in her skin tone.  What do you think?

 

Balloons make it FUN

Dudley Orange Pomeranian Wearing a Birthday PArty Hat

Kelly Richardson Images has an assortment of props, such as the balloons in photos shown in this post, that are photographed and isolated in Photoshop. These prop images can be licensed with the pet images. As you can see ballooons make it much more FUN!

Yellow Labrador Puppy Birthday photogrpahed on white, wearing a birthday party hat.

The image right: Yellow Labrador Puppy photographed with yellow party hat isolated on white background, balloons, and balloon curly ties under foot were added to design in separate layers.
You can license these images in “pieces” as individual layers (upon request) and move them around anywhere in the photo to suit your product sizes, whether it be a horizontal or vertical space you are trying to fill up.
Here is another example form the new Pomeranian Puppy Shoot with adorable Pom Puppy photographed with Birthday hat on its head, background color and balloons were added in Photoshop.

 

Labrador Retriever Puppy Photo Shoot

 

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my awesome assistant, my daughter

Our newest yellow Labrador Retriever puppy photo shoot that will capture your heart. All images are ready for license. Look through this blog post gallery for the most outstanding puppy images available online. All crop sizes available

We had  three amazing yellow labrador puppy photo shoots with a local AKC Certified Labrador Retriever Dog Breeder, who shared her sweet puppies with us. We got to watch them grow as they turned 6 weeks, 8 weeks and 10 weeks.   They were playful, relaxed, sleepy and my daughter couldn’t get enough hugs and kisses as she helped me with the shoots, as you can see from the photo of her with one of the puppies. If all of the puppies were not already adopted, I am betting we would have taken one home!
We photographed a variety of puppy images with fun props that will be suitable for ads, greeting cards, and any products that need a loveable, huggable,  kissable puppy on  them! We began with some isolated images and then took a few with a baby blue background, burlap and purple.  These images are hot off the press.  Kelly Richardson Images has been editing through hundreds of images and choosing only the best to present to our licensees.
Here are our most outstanding images available to license now. please go to the Image-bank to get the downloadable PDF for Art Submission. All images ©kelly richardson 2016, all rights reserved.

July photoshoot

This July we celebrated our Country the United States of America, our Freedom and the Rescue our adorable furry foster kitten friends.  We also helped save the earth and used recycled July 4th decorations in our photo shoots.  We used this awesome red, white, and blue table runner (that was originally purchased for our kitchen table) from our favorite store Target. It is a mock-up of the US flag. We draped it over our home made L shaped foam core photo table, and began luring the kittens over for some playtime! Here is our favorite funniest image from the shoot. In this photo little Almond kitten was balancing on her back legs, and reaching up for the feather teaser. As she was doing so, we made a noise, that she paused to look at with her paws down – and at that very moment we will able to snap the shutter and get this amazing shot. She is so funny and cute! She forgot she had the bow tie on because she was so focused on playtime.

 

 

Making Kitten Flowers Bloom …

Kitten Flowers – Kittens in Full Bloom was one of the most fun photo shoots that we have done. We got very crafty making kitten flowers blooms and designed the head pieces ourselves with craft store supplies: artificial flowers, syrofoam discs, scissors, exacto knife, and craft glue. We took photos as we created to give you an idea of how it was made.  We were inspired by Mother’s Day and Summertime Sunflowers for these photo shoots. We wanted to create something special that all moms would love for products. We tried two different types of flowers: a sunflower and pink hydrangea bush flower.
The first was the large sunflower. It is sold at craft store in this huge size! The headpiece is pretty much pre-assembled, you just need to cut the center out to fit over the kitten’s head. It was fairly easy to do.
First we took the sunflower heads off of the stems. Then we went to work peeling off a few layers off the back to make it thinned. Then we cut through the top, pointing our exacto at an angle, much like the angle you use when cutting a matte for a frame.  _MG_7787We used a drinking glass as our guide to make a circle. We cut through the back layers like a star and and glued the layers into the inside to cover up the foam that was showing through.

 

 

Cute tabby kitten hiding in the middle of a pink flower bush inside of a terra cotta garden pot, photographed on an isolated white background.

The second floral headpiece was not pre-assembled like the sunflower, so it took a little more time to make. We used an artificial pink hydrangea bush stem that we purchased at a craft store. To build the base we used a green styro foam disc. We used a glass cup to trace a circle on the foam disc and cut out. Then we took the leaves off the bush. We peeled the leaves off of the wire veins and glued them on first. We left some areas of the green disc empty of the leaves, so we would have a place to secure the flowers. We added a layer of leaves to the bottom to ensure there was no green foam showing from the sides. We also used the leaves to wrap the inside center.  we kept the flowers together in their bouquet groups and stuck them in the foam and glued to secure.

 

 

Hydrangea macrophylis bush, pink flowers, with ten young tabby kittens peeking through.

We shot the pink flower kittens on white, so that we could isolated them from the background and create the pink flower kitten collage. We loved it so much we made it into a desktop wallpaper, it is on the wallpaper page for you to download. We hope you enjoy!  We would love to see this adorable flower collage become a large piece puzzle. We think both seniors and children would love it!