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In this interview and Photoshop tutorial, I answer some common questions from Nucly subscribers—the first being: How to remove a background in Photoshop. I also cover how to add grain, using curve presets, creating a shadow and more.
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00:00:29 Three primary sites that I use for free photos.
00:00:52 For paid project
00:00:56 Shutterstock or Adobe Stock
00:02:32 How to download
00:03:01 Spend more time looking for a photo
00:03:22 remove a background.
00:03:30 select and mask.
00:03:35 Select Subject in Photoshop
00:03:45 select the mask
00:03:48 Select Subject
00:03:56 Clean up
00:04:09 Lasso tool
00:04:28 Photoshop tools that you use for selecting are represented here.
00:04:32 equivalent to the quick selection tool.
00:04:37 equivalent to brushing on your mask.
00:04:41 tool similar to select subject,
00:04:52 And then you’ve got the lasso tool, and that’s awesome.
00:05:22 clean up anything
00:05:38 lasso tool default behavior – adding
00:05:44 if you hold down (option) it’s going to subtract. (PC ALT)
00:06:11 more on using the brush
00:06:20 control brush feathering
00:06:35 not super sharp, so I’m going to use the brush here.
00:07:25 edge detection.
00:07:53 Avoid step effect
00:08:01 not creating that step effect.
00:08:13 background – copy it.
00:08:34 adding grunge layers – nucly.com/grunge-textures
00:09:06 adding proper depth
00:09:07 add another layer
00:09:11 adding gradient
00:09:17 adding a background light
00:09:36 fade this layer
00:09:40 clip at the bottom, something like that.
00:09:44 add more vignetting around this.
00:09:51 us of elliptical marquee
00:09:55 new trick using a curves layer
00:10:16 making a marquee
00:10:22 circular oval.
00:10:23 Add adjustment layers
00:10:27 a curves adjustment layer, make it darker
00:10:31 curb mask properties
00:10:36 invert the mask feathering
00:10:40 about 500 pixels.
00:10:42 transforming a mask – Command T (PC: Ctrl T)
00:10:47 transforming a circle
00:10:52 layer mask on curves and your darkening with a big feather
00:11:00 moving vignette
00:11:14 add a little blur to it to simulate lens that had shallow depth of field
00:12:25 make it so it all belongs together by adding a curve
00:12:34 Using one of my color presets – nucly.com/nucly-gradient-maps-vol-1
00:12:38 Use of gradient presets to get a unique look
00:13:32 other techniques
00:13:55 But the one I showed here is the one that I use 95% of the time
00:14:22 brushing out elements in a mask
00:14:44 black on the mask makes part of the image disappear
00:14:49 White makes it appear
00:15:28 adding noise to simulate film grain
00:15:35 add a layer at the very top and add some grain
00:15:40 take a layer fill it with 50% grain – H0 S0 B50
00:15:51 Put this on overlay
00:15:54 add filter noise, add noise
00:15:58 Adding monochromatic noise and Gaussian blur
00:17:00 sources, I struggle with that, making them unified and with the shadows too.
00:17:11 adding shadows technique
00:17:35 make a copy of person
00:17:40 fill that with black
00:17:43 Use a transform and reshape
00:18:18 add some Gaussian blur to it
00:18:21 Take down the opacity
00:18:25 Match other shadows in the image
00:18:49 quick select here to adjust shadow
00:19:10 adding linear gradient on top of the shadow
00:19:38 shout out to Wendy C on the Nucly group.
00:19:58 good course for beginners on Nucly.com right now?
00:20:07 Photoshop Secrets for $27 but right now I am giving it away for FREE
00:20:41 free goodies and tools?
00:20:45 So for all three projects, you get the textures, the overlays
00:20:50 the lens flares, the lighting like all the things that you need
00:20:55 close to 50 assets that you get with the course in order
00:21:01 you can use in any of your own projects