Monday, July 30, 2012

WordPress Header Vintage Framing



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A request came in to create a header for 
Wordpress Blogging  in Vintage. 
This may work on Blogger, I have not tested.  

These Vintage psd files are sized 950 x 264

Select HERE for a FREE download

Another Rich Collectible Blog Terms of Use

TERMS OF USE:

Applies to all free downloads from http://steverichcollectible.blogspot.com/

You may use Another Rich Collectible free downloads  in your personal or commercial work.  Please do not claim these as your own or sell them. You may offer these downloads from you to others as a link but please credit me and my blog when making the offer. My work was created using Photoshop CS6 and will work in CS6 and Photoshop Elements 10. Beyond Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop Elements 10. I can not be sure they will work correctly. 

Thank you!

Steve


Stay Tuned and Happy Shooting.

Free Facebook Vintage Frame

Screenshot of the Facebook Vintage Frame

Here is another Vintage Frame for your Facebook Timeline.


Note: I have placed layers that say
"Place your image here #X"
You should select that layer, then go to FILE, PLACE, to insert your image. Make sure you have 4 images in mind and know where they are located on your computer before beginning.  You can modify this psd file if you like by turning off layers to hide frames should you not want three frames. Email me if this sounds confusing.

Select HERE for download.


Let me know if you see any errors, since I am so new to this, I am sure I missed something. 


Thank you



Another Rich Collectible Blog Terms of Use

TERMS OF USE:

Applies to all free downloads from http://steverichcollectible.blogspot.com/

You may use Another Rich Collectible free downloads  in your personal or commercial work.  Please do not claim them as your own or sell them as is. You may offer these downloads from you to others as a link but please credit me and my blog when making the offer. My work was created using Photoshop CS6 and will work in CS6 and Photoshop Elements 10. Beyond Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop Elements 10. I can not be sure they will work correctly. 

Thank you!

Steve

NOTE:  For action install tips please use google to search or Youtube. There is much information on action installing on the web. 



In the next couple of WEEKS, this is the area to download FREE ACTIONS, I create just for you. 


Stay Tuned and Happy Shooting.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Free Vintage Framing


I decided to create some Vintage Framing. This is my first try, I would really appreciate some feedback from you if you use them. If you have an idea for a special frame, please let me know, I am more than happy to create it. 




Select HERE from Media Fire to download a FREE Vintage Frame psd File. 



Select HERE from Media Fire to download a FREE Vintage Frame psd File, background not included. 



These are psd files that can be used in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. To place your image, select the layer I have created for placing your image, go to FILE, Place, bring in your image and size accordingly. 



If you have ideas for Vintage Framing, please let me know. I may name a Vintage Frame after you.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Magic of Walt Disney

and Photoshop Elements






Layer Style TIP!!! Did you know, you can COPY and PASTE a layer style from one Layer to another. Did you get your drop shadow and or Stroke just RIGHT on the Layer you are working? And now you want the same exact setting on another layer? RIGHT CLICK on the Layer, Select COPY Layer Style, select the next layer you want to SAME layer style, select Paste Layer Style. 


Step 1 - I shot this image while standing on the bridge at the Kodak Moment Spot left side of Cinderella Castle. Anyone wh0 is a Disney traveler will know this spot well. I staked out this spot HOURS before the park got dark. So...back to step 1, bring in an image of choice. 


Step 2 - I shot the moon the day before I shot the castle, I brought the moon image into Photoshop Elements, now you have two images in Elements. First I worked the moon. Using the magic wand tool I selected the single moon, used refine edge, once I was satisfied, I duplicated the moon once, reduced to a size I liked as an ear then duplicated to small ear again to match the size of small ears. 


Step 3 - I moved the two small ears into postion to create my Mickey Mouse Moon. I merged all layers. 


Step 4 - I dragged the Mickey Mouse Moon into my Cinderella castle image.  Positioned it above and to the left of the castle. I duplicated the Mickey Moon and dragged it down to the bottom of the image for the reflection. I used the eraser tool to remove the ears. I did not want my reflection to equal the Mickey Moon....hey you are in Disney where everything is magical, even the moon. I then lowered the opacity on the bottom moon, I think somewhere around 50%. 


Step 5 - Heading back to the top left moon. I duplicated this moon, selected Filter, BLUR, Radial BLUR, I selected Zoom, BEST, 100.


Step 6 - I decided I wanted to arc the curve around the castle, so I tried a variety of Filter Distorts, I ended up with Twirl, set to 237. Holding down my Command key on a Mac, (Control Key on a PC) I started to pull at the corners to arc the blurred streak. 


Step 7 - Once I had my blurred streak positioned, I then selected a mask and removed some of the white blur in front of the castle. 


Step 8 - I added some stars using a star brush, I duplicated each star and moved the duplicate down into the water, each star below the castle has it's opacity reduced to around 70%. 


Step 9 - Merged all layers and saved as a jpeg image. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Facebook Timeline Image





Located in the Content Tab of Elements 10, Frames,  there is a frame called Fade in RIGHT. Using that frame took care of the image, to give the streaking trail, I took the same image, duplicated, combined the layers, selected BLUR, Radial Blur, Zoom, FULL Amount BEST. Holding down the Command Key on a MAC, I dragged the corners of the image stretching it into a streak.




Here are some instructions from a previous Facebook page tutorial. 


Step 1 - Open a NEW Blank File in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, your size is 851 x 315 pixels

Step 2 - If you just want a single image with no framed images, select FILE, PLACE, find your image and select. Photoshop will place your image on your new file, you can drag the image to the size you like. Save your image as a jpeg, you are done. Open your Facebook page and change out the image.

Step 3 - If you want framed images on top of the single image like you see above, OPEN an image of your choice (DO NOT USE PLACE), you need to open this as a separate file, keep your 851 x 315 image open. Once your new image is open, select the Content Tab, Frames, and select the frame of your choice, I used Vintage Frame #1. I double clicked on the Vintage frame and watched Elements create my framed image. Once complete, I DRAGGED over the my new framed image into my 851 x 315 Facebook image. I repeated this step two more times for two additional images. To get the STACKED look, I duplicated the framed image and using my arrow keys, slightly moved each image.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

From Raw to Right (Elements10 and Topaz)

Here is another image where I took a raw image shot using my Canon 7D on a tripod, my camera was set up for HDR, (ISO 100, F11, AEB -2/0/+2) instead of running three images through Photomatix Pro, I ran the 0 Ev image through Topaz plugins.

Additional images of this beautiful Mill can be found here.

Topaz plugin used - Topaz Adjust 5, Topaz Denoise, Topaz BW Effects, Topaz Lens Effects.

This is the BEFORE RAW Image 0Ev of a three image set. 

Here is the AFTER image, worked inside Photoshop Elements and Topaz

Step 1, The Raw image is brought into Photoshop Elements in Camera Raw. This was one image from a three shot HDR I selected the 0 EV image.

Step 2, Selected AUTO for Camera Raw presets, I wanted to see what Camera Raw could do. Camera RAW did correct the White Balance issue with the lighting, once auto correct was complete, I OPENED the image inside Elements 10.


Step 3, I reszied my image to a small image, this allows your Topaz to run MUCH MUCH faster. I then duplicated the background layer.


Step 4, I selected Topaz Adjust 5 HDR Coll
ection, Heavy Pop Grunge, TWICE!!


Step 5, I applied a MODERATE Topaz Denoise, this really smoothed out the image.

Step 6, I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E to merge my layers to one image. My working layers remain.


Step 7, I now selected Topaz BW Effects, Traditional Collection Cool Tone 1. You now have a cool BW image, you can save a copy if you like what you see so far.


Step 8, With my BW preset now applied, I selected SCREEN for the blending mode, this really lightened up the image. I reduced the Opacity to around 20%. Now we are beginning to look like an HDR Image. You can adjust this to your taste. 20% may not work for you.


Step 9, I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E to merge my layers to o
ne image. My working layers remain.

Step 10. I like textures, I selected a texture from Kimo's HDR texture, texture #9 (Texture Applying is Optional) To select the Texture in Elements I selected PLACE, grabbed my texture, selecting PLACE, places the texture directly on your image, using the pulls I sized the image to completely cover, I then selected OVERLAY and reduced my Opacity to around 20%.


Step 11,  I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E again, I then select the Dodge Tool, I worked some of the shadows


Step 12, I did a High Pass Sharpen and reduced the sharpening to around 60%. I did not want a lot of detail.


Optional Step - I really like blurs to images. They can really add and subtract, I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E again on my new layer, I opened Topaz Lens Effects, Filter is Diffusion,  I selected Generous Diffusion, you can play around with different effects. I will reduce Opacity on my layer inside Elements if TOO Diffused.  When I accepted the diffused preset, my image was too diffused, I lowered the Opacity to around 45%. Again this step is optional.





Since day 1 of seeing my first HDR image online, my friend Captain Kimo has been my inspiration and guiding light. The Captain offers a lifetime membership for $19.95. This small amount of money earns you unlimited possibilities.  Select the text below and see for yourself. 




Topaz Labs Products, never leave your computer without them. Select the Banner below and read all about 
Topaz Products
Topaz allows me to pass on savings to you. 
If you use
richcollectible
in the coupon code section, 
I can save you 
15% 
off your next Topaz purchase.


Featured in Topaz Pro Insights


Note: Topaz plugins MUST be used with a supporting application such as Photoshop Elements, Aperture 3, or Photoshop. These plugins can not stand alone. (Photomatix Pro is a stand alone application.) You can purchase Topaz Plugins separately or as a bundle. Selecting the icon below takes you to all Topaz products. I get asked quite a bit which ones I use the most. For my HDR work, there are TWO I really love using, Topaz Adjust and Topaz Denoise. Topaz allows you to upgrade anytime if you desire the bundle down the road.




  






Thank you Topaz for the Spot Light
My Topaz Gallery
My recipe for the images I do? 
Photomatix Pro + Photoshop CS5 and or Photoshop Elements + Topaz Plugins.



HDR Photography


Still want Photomatix?


Save 15% when purchasing Photomatix Pro
if you use


RichPhotography


in the coupon code section


Mac or PC version costs 


$99.00


with coupon save $14.85
you pay $84.15 


Not sure you want to pay that much but still want Photomatix 


Pro, try a smaller version called Photomatix Essentials for


$39.00


apply the coupon code above and deduct $5.85, you pay 


$33.15


HDRsoft Homepage


Select HERE


HDRsoft Download Page
Select HERE






Recommendation and very important!!!

If you have not tried Photomatix Pro software yet, please try it before purchasing. The trial never expires and is the same as the licensed software, except that it adds a watermark to the processed image.


Should I try Photomatix Pro or Essentials?


Photomatix Essentials is particularly easy to use and intended for photographers new to HDR.
Photomatix Pro includes advanced features such as batch processing and selective deghosting, as well as a Plug-in for Adobe Lightroom.
Photomatix Essentials and Pro share the same internal HDR processing engines, but their interface differ, as Photomatix Essentials focuses on simplicity, providing an easy-to-use introduction to HDR.
If you are new to HDR photography, we recommend that you try Photomatix Essentials first.
If you buy a license of Photomatix Essentials, you can upgrade to Photomatix Pro later on for just the price difference between the two products.




HDRsoft Homepage


Select HERE


HDRsoft Download Page
Select HERE

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Creating a Facebook Timeline Header Image

Before I began creation, I had three images in mind for my Facebook timeline header image. You can change this to one image or many images. Your choice.



Step 1 - Open a NEW Blank File in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, your size is 851 x 315 pixels

Step 2 - If you just want a single image with no framed images, select FILE, PLACE, find your image and select. Photoshop will place your image on your new file, you can drag the image to the size you like. Save your image as a jpeg, you are done. Open your Facebook page and change out the image.

Step 3 - If you want framed images on top of the single image like you see above, OPEN an image of your choice (DO NOT USE PLACE), you need to open this as a separate file, keep your 851 x 315 image open. Once your new image is open, select the Content Tab, Frames, and select the frame of your choice, I used Vintage Frame #1. I double clicked on the Vintage frame and watched Elements create my framed image. Once complete, I DRAGGED over the my new framed image into my 851 x 315 Facebook image. I repeated this step two more times for two additional images. To get the STACKED look, I duplicated the framed image and using my arrow keys, slightly moved each image.


Greenville SC Downtown

Greenville SC Downtown by Steve'53
Greenville SC Downtown, a photo by Steve'53 on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
HDR Image

I am up with the dawn patrol, very few people stirring around downtown Greenville, the only folks out and about? Runners and STARBUCKs coffee drinkers.

A milky look, ran the final image through Nik HDR Pro 2, used Granny's Attic preset. Lowered opacity.

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Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission.
© All rights reserved
If you are interested in Licensing my images for your website, brochure or business needs, please contact me directly. We can work out the licensing fee.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Falls Park - Greenville SC

Falls Park by Steve'53
Falls Park, a photo by Steve'53 on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
HDR Image

My wife and I paid another visit to Greenville SC today.

This image was post processed using Photomatix Pro 4.2, tonemapped image was brought into Photoshop Elements 10, Topaz Denoise and High Pass sharpening. Added Canvass.

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Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission.
© All rights reserved
If you are interested in Licensing my images for your website, brochure or business needs, please contact me directly. We can work out the licensing fee.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Photoshop Elements Content


I have always worked in the Effects Tab, I decided to explore the Content Tab of Photoshop Elements.





 Pretty cool stuff


Monday, July 16, 2012

General Store Stuff with OLDER Vintage

General Store Stuff by Steve'53
General Store Stuff, a photo by Steve'53 on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
HDR Image

Mountain Junction General Store. The cabinet directly forward is an old Post Office cabinet. Post processed using Photomatix Pro, Photoshop Elements 10, Topaz and Kimo HDR Texture, Coffeeshop Vignette.

General Store image taken one step further.

A little Older Vintage look added


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Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission.
© All rights reserved
If you are interested in Licensing my images for your website, brochure or business needs, please contact me directly. We can work out the licensing fee.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Added Canvass and Pencil Sketching

BW Bounty

Color Bounty

Pencil Sketching

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sinclair and Coke

Sinclair and Coke by Steve'53



Sinclair and Coke, a photo by Steve'53 on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
Pencil Sketch

Creative Saturday Night - Tutorial found here This is a variation, I got carried away.

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Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission.
© All rights reserved
If you are interested in Licensing my images for your website, brochure or business needs, please contact me directly. We can work out the licensing fee.

Dino Gas

Dino Gas by Steve'53
Dino Gas, a photo by Steve'53 on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
HDR Image

Dino Gasoline, remember the days? Full service gas stations.

Image processed using Photomatix Pro, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2.

Blog l Flickriver I Google Plus I Explored Images I SmugMug I Facebook Page I My FlickrFlu

Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission.
© All rights reserved
If you are interested in Licensing my images for your website, brochure or business needs, please contact me directly. We can work out the licensing fee.

Elements Pencil Sketch

If you are running Photoshop Elements, you have an ACTION that comes with your Elements application called Pencil Sketch.

If you have an Iphone, there is an app called My Sketch, this is a really cool application for the Iphone. I was trying to duplicate the Iphone App using Elements. I am close but no cigar, maybe you can help by working your magic with an image.

Starting Image, my grandson at the Zoo

Step 1 - Bring in your image.
Step 2 - Duplicate the background layer.
Step 3 - Run the Elements Pencil Sketch on the duplicate layer.
Step 4 - Duplicate the Pencil Sketch
Step 5 - On your TOP Pencil Sketch Layer, select Filter, Noise, Add Noise, 
Selet Monochromatic, ~50%, Gaussian
Step 6 - Select Filter again, Blur, Motion Blur, Angle is -40, Distance is 225
Step 7 - Select Filter again, Distort, Liquify, be very careful to pull from inside your image out
DO NOT pull from the edge in. 
Step 8 - Back on your layers pallet, create a mask on your TOP Pencil Sketch Layer.
Hit the letter D on your keyboard to set your foreground to black, background to white, select a soft brush and begin mask out some of that image to reveal your BOTTOM pencil sketch image. 

This is where you can play with opacities, filters, and layers.
Optional, below is what my Elements Screen looked like with Opacity settings. I wanted a darker image of my grandson, so I DUPLICATED the background layer, removed color and moved into position below the mask. I then reduced opacity. I could have played with this for hours but wanted you to see possibilites. 

I hope to your results and what you did in your workflow. 


Optional I duplicated the background layer, removed color and pushed it up just under the masked
layer. Adjusted Opacity down. 









Friday, July 13, 2012

Another Rich Before and After HDR "Look" Tutorial

Before Image below, No Editing

I was asked about using Textures, I personally like a texture added, you may not. I have been using Kimo's HDR textures, Kim provides 100 HDR textures for purchasing his lifetime membership. Read more by visiting his website. If you are new to Topaz, I am using Topaz Adjust 5, Topaz Denoise 5, Topaz BW (Black and White Effects) and Topaz Lens Effects. Far down below this blog entry, I have links to the Topaz Website. Topaz offers a 30 day free trial for all products.

Click here to visit Captain Kimo.

Image taken in Camera Raw, tripod used, this image was brought into Photoshop Elements 10, I selected AUTO for Camera  Raw to see if Camera Raw would auto correct some issues. I was able to compensate for the lighting.




Step 1, The Raw image is brought into Photoshop Elements in Camera Raw. This was one image from a three shot HDR I selected the 0 EV image.
Step 2, Selected AUTO for Camera Raw presets, I wanted to see what Camera Raw could do. Camera RAW did correct the White Balance issue with the lighting, once auto correct was complete, I OPENED the image inside Elements 10.
Step 3, I reszied my image to a small image, this allows your Topaz to run MUCH MUCH faster. I then duplicated the background layer.
Step 4, I selected Topaz Adjust 5 HDR Collection, Heavy Pop Grunge, TWICE!!
Step 5, I applied a MODERATE Topaz Denoise, this really smoothed out the image.
Step 5, I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E to merge my layers to one image. My working layers remain.
Step 6, I now selected Topaz BW Effects, Traditional Collection Cool Tone 1. You now have a cool BW image, you can save a copy if you like what you see so far.
Step 7, With my BW preset now applied, I selected SCREEN from the blending mode, this really lightened up the image. I reduced the Opacity to around 30%. Now we are beginning to look like an HDR Image. You can adjust this to your taste. 30% may not work for you.
Step 8, I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E to merge my layers to one image. My working layers remain.
Step 9. I like textures, I selected a texture from Kimo's HDR texture, texture #9 (Texture Applying is Optional) To select the Texture in Elements I selected PLACE, grabbed my texture, selecting PLACE, places the texture directly on your image, using the pulls I sized the image to completely cover, I then selected OVERLAY and reduced my Opacity to around 30%.
Step 10,  I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E again, I then select the Dodge Tool, I worked some of the shadows, under the heavy chevy, under the roof covering the gas pumps. 
Step 11, I did a High Pass Sharpen and reduced the sharpening to around 75%. I did not want a lot of detail in my heavy chevy. 

Optional Step - I really like blurs to images. They can really add and subtract, I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E again on my new layer, I opened Topaz Lens Effects, Filter is Diffusion,  I selected Generous Diffusion, you can play around with different effects. I will reduce Opacity on my layer inside Elements if TOO Diffused.  When I accepted the diffused preset, my image was too diffused, I lowered the Opacity to around 45%. Again this step is optional. 





Final AFTER Image, Blur added, can you tell? If you select any one of the images here, you can TOGGLE between both to see the raw image and the final post processed image. 

Please do not steal this tutorial as your own, you are MORE than welcome to share it, linking back to my site is awesome and giving me credit only adds to the awesome. There is a lot of hard work that goes on with tutorials. Thank you ALL who take the time to share with others.



Since day 1 of seeing my first HDR image online, my friend Captain Kimo has been my inspiration and guiding light. The Captain offers a lifetime membership for $19.95. This small amount of money earns you unlimited possibilities.  Select the text below and see for yourself. 




Topaz Labs Products, never leave your computer without them. Select the Banner below and read all about 
Topaz Products
Topaz allows me to pass on savings to you. 
If you use
richcollectible
in the coupon code section, 
I can save you 
15% 
off your next Topaz purchase.

Featured in Topaz Pro Insights


Note: Topaz plugins MUST be used with a supporting application such as Photoshop Elements, Aperture 3, or Photoshop. These plugins can not stand alone. (Photomatix Pro is a stand alone application.) You can purchase Topaz Plugins separately or as a bundle. Selecting the icon below takes you to all Topaz products. I get asked quite a bit which ones I use the most. For my HDR work, there are TWO I really love using, Topaz Adjust and Topaz Denoise. Topaz allows you to upgrade anytime if you desire the bundle down the road.


  



Thank you Topaz for the Spot Light
My Topaz Gallery
My recipe for the images I do? 
Photomatix Pro + Photoshop CS5 and or Photoshop Elements + Topaz Plugins.



HDR Photography

Save 15% when purchasing Photomatix Pro
if you use

RichPhotography

in the coupon code section

Mac or PC version costs 

$99.00

with coupon save $14.85
you pay $84.15 

Not sure you want to pay that much but still want Photomatix 

Pro, try a smaller version called Photomatix Essentials for

$39.00

apply the coupon code above and deduct $5.85, you pay 

$33.15

HDRsoft Homepage

Select HERE

HDRsoft Download Page
Select HERE



Recommendation and very important!!!

If you have not tried Photomatix Pro software yet, please try it before purchasing. The trial never expires and is the same as the licensed software, except that it adds a watermark to the processed image.

Should I try Photomatix Pro or Essentials?


Photomatix Essentials is particularly easy to use and intended for photographers new to HDR.
Photomatix Pro includes advanced features such as batch processing and selective deghosting, as well as a Plug-in for Adobe Lightroom.
Photomatix Essentials and Pro share the same internal HDR processing engines, but their interface differ, as Photomatix Essentials focuses on simplicity, providing an easy-to-use introduction to HDR.
If you are new to HDR photography, we recommend that you try Photomatix Essentials first.
If you buy a license of Photomatix Essentials, you can upgrade to Photomatix Pro later on for just the price difference between the two products.


HDRsoft Homepage

Select HERE

HDRsoft Download Page
Select HERE

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Another Rich BEFORE and AFTER

Before we start, does this image look familiar? If you are a PET subscriber, I was honored to have this image on the cover of the Photoshop Elements Magazine last year.  Thank you Elements and Thank you Topaz.  My workflow for the Mag Cover was much different. 


Before Image, No Editing

Image taken in Camera Raw, hand held no tripod, this image was brought into Photoshop Elements 10, I selected AUTO for Camera  Raw to see if Camera Raw would auto correct some issues.



Step 1, The Raw image is brought into Photoshop Elements in Camera Raw. This was a single image I shot, it was not part of a HDR three image set.
Step 2, Select AUTO for Camera Raw presets, I wanted to see what Camera Raw could do. Not much correction, I OPENED the image inside Elements 10.
Step 3, I duplicated the background layer.
Step 4, I selected Topaz Adjust 5 HDR Collection, Heavy Pop Grunge, TWICE!!
Step 5, I applied a MODERATE Topaz Denoise, this really smoothed out the image.
Step 5, I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E to merge my layers to one image. My working layers remain.
Step 6, I now selected Topaz BW Effects, Traditional Collection Cool Tone 1. You now have a cool BW image, you can save a copy if you like what you see so far.
Step 7, With my BW preset now applied, I selected SCREEN from the blending mode, this really lightened up the image. I reduced the Opacity to around 45%. Now we are beginning to look like an HDR Image.
Step 8, I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E to merge my layers to one image. My working layers remain.
Step 9. I like textures, I selected a texture from Kimo's HDR texture, texture #9 (Texture Applying is Optional) To select the Texture in Elements I selected PLACE, grabbed my texture, selecting PLACE, places the texture directly on your image, using the pulls I sized the image to completely cover, I then selected OVERLAY and reduced my Opacity to around 30%.
Step 10,  I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E again, I then select the Dodge Tool, I worked some of the shadows, under the heavy chevy, under the roof covering the gas pumps. 
Step 11, I did a High Pass Sharpen and reduced the sharpening to around 75%. I did not want a lot of detail in my heavy chevy. 


After - No Blur Added






Optional Step - I really like blurs to images. They can really add and subtract, I selected COMMAND, OPTION, SHIFT E again on my new layer, I opened Topaz Lens Effects, Filter is Diffusion,  I selected Generous Diffusion, you can play around with different effects. I will reduce Opacity on my layer inside Elements if TOO Diffused.  When I accepted the diffused preset, my image was too diffused, I lowered the Opacity to around 45%. Again this step is optional. 


You are DONE!!! HDR Look? You be the judge. 


Final AFTER Image, Blur added, can you tell? If you select any one of the images here, you can TOGGLE between ALL three to see the raw image, HDR pre blur image and post blur image. 









Please do not steal this tutorial as your own, you are MORE than welcome to share it, linking back to my site is awesome and giving me credit only adds to the awesome. There is a lot of hard work that goes on with tutorials. Thank you ALL who take the time to share with others.







Since day 1 of seeing my first HDR image online, my friend Captain Kimo has been my inspiration and guiding light. The Captain offers a lifetime membership for $19.95. This small amount of money earns you unlimited possibilities.  Select the text below and see for yourself. 




Topaz Labs Products, never leave your computer without them. Select the Banner below and read all about 
Topaz Products
Topaz allows me to pass on savings to you. 
If you use
richcollectible
in the coupon code section, 
I can save you 
15% 
off your next Topaz purchase.


Featured in Topaz Pro Insights


Note: Topaz plugins MUST be used with a supporting application such as Photoshop Elements, Aperture 3, or Photoshop. These plugins can not stand alone. (Photomatix Pro is a stand alone application.) You can purchase Topaz Plugins separately or as a bundle. Selecting the icon below takes you to all Topaz products. I get asked quite a bit which ones I use the most. For my HDR work, there are TWO I really love using, Topaz Adjust and Topaz Denoise. Topaz allows you to upgrade anytime if you desire the bundle down the road.




  






Thank you Topaz for the Spot Light
My Topaz Gallery
My recipe for the images I do? 
Photomatix Pro + Photoshop CS5 and or Photoshop Elements + Topaz Plugins.



HDR Photography


Save 15% when purchasing Photomatix Pro
if you use


RichPhotography


in the coupon code section


Mac or PC version costs 


$99.00


with coupon save $14.85
you pay $84.15 


Not sure you want to pay that much but still want Photomatix 


Pro, try a smaller version called Photomatix Essentials for


$39.00


apply the coupon code above and deduct $5.85, you pay 


$33.15


HDRsoft Homepage


Select HERE


HDRsoft Download Page
Select HERE






Recommendation and very important!!!

If you have not tried Photomatix Pro software yet, please try it before purchasing. The trial never expires and is the same as the licensed software, except that it adds a watermark to the processed image.


Should I try Photomatix Pro or Essentials?


Photomatix Essentials is particularly easy to use and intended for photographers new to HDR.
Photomatix Pro includes advanced features such as batch processing and selective deghosting, as well as a Plug-in for Adobe Lightroom.
Photomatix Essentials and Pro share the same internal HDR processing engines, but their interface differ, as Photomatix Essentials focuses on simplicity, providing an easy-to-use introduction to HDR.
If you are new to HDR photography, we recommend that you try Photomatix Essentials first.
If you buy a license of Photomatix Essentials, you can upgrade to Photomatix Pro later on for just the price difference between the two products.




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