While casting a spell seems simple enough for David Copperfield, Lance Burton and Harry Potter, it is not as easy in real life. If you have Photoshop in your bag of tricks, though, you can find it possible to transform your photos and images as if by magic. Photoshop, a graphics software program available as part of the Adobe Creative Suite, will help you perform some spells in as little time as it takes to say “Abracadabra.”
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One of Photoshop’s biggest attractions is its ability to make something disappear. While this could be a person, much like a magician who goes out in a blaze of smoke, you can also cast a smaller spell to touch up your pictures. If you’re working on a modelling head shot, for example, you can cast a magical spell over your photo to remove any blemishes such as age spots or acne. Photoshop’s “Clone” tool helps you deposit “good” sections, such as a clear portion of skin, over flawed areas. This disappearing act also works well with blemishes on the actual photo, such as where a speck of dust got on your lens, a bird flew into your sky shot or you are working on a scanned photo that has a tear.
Quick Color Change
Like a magician with a cape, you can quickly perform a couple of actions and change the entire colour scheme of the clothes of the people in your photographs. This may come in handy if you’re working on a large group photo and people just didn’t cooperate with your request to wear a dark blue shirt, or if they instead showed up in light blue, navy, huckleberry and seafoam. With a few clicks through Photoshop’s selection tools (such as the “Pen” and the “Lasso”), you’ll have the offending shirts ready for a new hue. To accomplish this, use the “Hue/Saturation” menu, which includes three slider bars. In this case, you’ll need the “Hue” slider bar. When you move the bar, the selected area instantly changes colour, but in a realistic hue; it doesn’t look like you painted it with an opaque brush. By moving the slider bar, you can "magically" change colours.
Rabbit in the Hat
In Photoshop, you can make a rabbit (or a man, a tree, a house) come out of a hat with just a couple clicks of your “wand.” The software lets you combine pictures quickly, using a tool called the “Lasso.” The trick is to keep two photos open at the same time in the Photoshop workspace. You use the “Lasso” tool to outline the object to transfer to the other photograph. Once it is selected, Photoshop’s “Copy” function works just like any other non-magical program. You click the main photograph to give it focus, then click “Paste,” which deposits your copied selection onto the photo. If your rabbit or other item pasted in is too large to look realistic, you can use Photoshop’s “Transform” menu, which lets you scale the image down to size and look as if it had always been there.
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