Tag Archives: Editing

Making-Of series: Deconstructing a magazine

This is one of the more simple tasks I have done, but because of the intricate details I had to remove, it took me quite a while! In this post, I’ll be showing how I deconstructed and remade this magazine cover:

Original cover


The first thing I did was remove the text. This was the hardest part because of the amount of different patterns and textures that are in the image – the ocean was definitely the hardest part! To get rid of the text, I used Photoshop’s Clone Stamp Tool at various different opacity levels. The clone stamp can be found by clicking this button in the toolbox on the left or using the S keyboard shortcut:


I struggled with the sea at the bottom of the image because the multiple amounts of colour in it, and some parts look slightly patchy and smudged but it doesn’t matter too much! After I had removed the text from the image, this is what I was left with:



After I’d taken all of the text off of the image, it was time to put it back! Because I wasn’t sure of what fonts the magazine had used, I had to find some that were similar and edit them. The two fonts I used were Lemon/Milk and Times New Roman. Because the fonts weren’t exactly the same, I had to change the tracking, horizontal scale, vertical scale and the size of the fonts. Below is an example of some of the changes I had to make:


I found the colour of the text by using the eyedropper tool to pick out the colours of the original fonts (shh, it’s not cheating if you admit to it!to then apply them to the text I had added myself. I also remade the black circle on the left of the page by using the brush tool at a large size on a new layer and adding text over the top of it!

After all this, this was my final result!


Although it doesn’t look the exact same, I’d say it looks pretty similar! Take a look at the original and remake below!

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Photography survey: Part two

In my previous post, I showcased some of the photos I took as part of my photography survey around Leeds, Queensbury and Haworth. I picked out my four favourite photos and in this post, I will be showing you how I edit them to make them look brighter and more vibrant and I will also be choosing my final favourite image.

These were my favourite four photos from my previous post:

Below are my final images:

While editing the first image, I wanted to make the colours of both bugs stand out because they were so uniquely coloured. Here is how I edited the first image to achieve this:

With the second image I wanted to make the greens of the grass stand out but also make the blues of the sky stand out without making it too bright or overpowering. Here is how I edited the second image:

With the third image, I wanted to make the greens and the oranges stand out to make the image look slightly abnormal and weird to go along with the idea of it being slightly creepy and abnormal. Here is how I edited the third photo:

With the last photo, I wanted to emphasise the blues and greens of the photo and make it look slightly unrealistic and dreamy because that is the vibe I get from looking at the image. Here is how I edited the fourth photo:

After I had edited these photos, I had to pick my final favourite image. If it wasn’t already obvious from how much I talked about liking it, my favourite image was the ‘shape’ image from Horton Bank Park. Using this image, I had to crop it to three different sizes without resizing the image itself – I focused on the key points of the image, such as the view between the two slanted fields, the puddle in the middle of the path and a footprint in the mud. Below is the cropped images:


Wide angle / 22:9inch


Standard photography / 4:3inch


Square / 1:1inch


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Making-Of series: Heads up! (Part Two)

In my previous post, I showed you how to make a static header. In this continuation, I’ll be showing you how to animate your header!

Our last tutorial ended with our final image looking like this:


Getting started

From here, we need to open up the ‘Animation‘ window. This can be done by pressing ‘Window > Animation’ – in some newer and older versions of Photoshop, this can also be called ‘Timeline‘.


Doing this will open up the animation window at the bottom of your screen. Initially, the window will open in a timeline view, but this can be changed to frame by pressing the small button on the right of the window (as seen below).


Making your image into a GIF

My image animates itself by flashing up the circles, text and spark points one at a time. The easiest way to get it to do this is to put each of your letters, objects, etc. into separate layers by duplicating the layer and removing different parts of it each time (pre-warning: this may or may not be a tedious task depending on how many things you want to animate!). This step is pretty easy so I won’t go into detail.

Once you’ve sorted everything into separate layers, you can start animating! The first thing you need to do is start off with the blank first layer. To do this, select your first frame in the animation window and turn off the visibility of all of your layers aside from the background one. In my case, I turned off all of my layers aside from the blue background and the line going across it.

To make your image animate, you have to add frames. To do this, you can press on the small drop-down box on the top right corner of the animation window (shown below) and click on ‘New frame‘.


To animate your image, keep repeating the process of adding new frames and turning on and off different layers until you feel that your animation is complete. To make my animation, I did the same thing but firstly made it so that the circles came up one by one from left to right, then the ‘N.Austin’ came up letter by letter from left to right, then the ‘Media’ came up letter by letter from left to right, and finally so the spark came up by each individual spike from left to right. This, as mentioned earlier, was a tedious task because I had quite a few things to animate, but with perseverance I managed to finish it.

To change the speed of your GIF, you can change the seconds each frame is shown by pressing the drop-down arrows beneath each frame. Doing this can make your animation faster or slower. Because mine has quite a lot of information on it, I chose to make it go quite fast but not too fast. This is my finished product:


Have a go and comment with your GIFs!

Nicole Austin, Leeds Trinity University

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Making-Of series: Heads up!

Want to know how I made this?


If so, read on!

In this making-of, I’ll be showing you how I made the animated header at the top of my page. For this tutorial, I’ll be using Adobe Photoshop and its animation (also known as timeline in some versions of Photoshop) feature. This tutorial will be split into two parts, so make sure you read part two to find out how to animate your header!

Getting started

The first thing I did was open up a new Photoshop file using the dimensions w:960 h:250 pixels and set the resolution to 72 pixels/inch. I did this by pressing ‘File > New’ and filling in the sections of the pop-up box and pressing ‘OK’ when done.


Changing the name of your file is optional, but will save you time when you come to save the file later on!

Choosing a colour scheme

Choosing a colour scheme for me was easy – I am a huge fan of pastel colours, so instantly started searching for pastel colours that worked well together. From this search I found the powdery blue (#bad8f2) and white (#ffffff) combination and added in the black (#000000) as drop shadows for a dark and direct contrast.

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Getting to work

After I’d opened my workspace and chosen a colour palette, I firstly coloured in the background using the ‘Paint bucket tool‘ and the powdery blue colour. This can be found on the left of the screen, but can only be found by right-clicking on the gradient tool (see below).


Here is my workspace after I’d filled in the background:


The next thing I did was add my large text. This was also an easy step so I won’t go into too much detail! The font I used was ‘Bebas‘ (which I downloaded from this website for free) at size 85.12 pt with the anti-aliasing method set to sharp. By using the ‘Character‘ toolbox on the right of the page (beside the adjustments toolbox), I changed the vertical scale to 87%, the tracking to 21 and the horizontal scale to 94%.


After I had done this, I added a drop shadow by double clicking on my text layer and choosing the options which I thought looked the best. Because the theme was ‘pastel’, I chose not to make the drop shadow too dark or too opaque.


The next piece of text beneath my main text was also done in a similar way. I used the font ‘Rage‘ which came pre-installed with my computer, changed the colour to black and the size to 40.11 pt. Using the same Characters toolbox, I changed the vertical scale 90% and the tracking to -30. The drop shadow was done in the exact same way as the first piece of text with the exact same settings – the only different part about this piece of text was that I added a stroke around the text – I did this again by double clicking on the layer, selecting the stroke checkbox and inputting these settings:


Adding fine details

After I had added the text, I decided to add some details to make it look less plain. Keeping in theme with the pastel idea, I decided to add a white line going behind the text to make it look like it was ‘flowing’. Instead of using the line tool on its own or the brush tool with a mouse, I actually drew the line with the brush tool but using my digital drawing tablet (Wacom Intuos Draw) with the layer opacity set at 85%, the brush size set at 2 px and the colour at white.

I also put a spark symbol above the I of my text. I found this on the Creative Commons by searching ‘Spark vector’. Because this was black when I first found it, I inverted the image by pressing ‘Image > Adjustments > Invert’ and then added the same drop shadow that I added to my text. To make it fit above the I properly, I used the polygonal lasso tool located on the left of the screen at the top of the main toolbox.

As an added extra, I placed different sized circles along the line in a new layer also on 85% opacity. The end result of adding the extra details was this:


There is the final image! To learn how to animate your image, click here!

Nicole Austin, Leeds Trinity University

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Making-Of series: Levels & Colour Adjustments.

For my image creation course, I was given the task to take six photos and edit them using the ‘levels‘ and ‘adjustments‘ sections of Photoshop. The photos I took outside are local to where I live, and some are from my own home. Below are the photos before I edited them (click to enlarge);


Getting started

The first thing I did was open up my image in Photoshop by pressing ‘File > Open’. I located my photos easily with help from my structured folders (see my previous ‘Making-Of’ series post on folder structure!)

The first photo I’ll be editing is the old youth club photo. Here is a screenshot of my workspace before I start editing my photo:


Getting to work

The first thing I’ll be editing in the photo is the ‘levels’ – the levels tool changes the black and white tones in the image depending on how you move the cursor across the bar. Because this photo has some very light tones but also very dark tones, I will have to be careful when changing the levels. The levels tool is located on the far right of the screen under ‘Adjustments‘.

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Clicking on the levels button will bring up the levels toolbox (as shown above) – this is where you can change the values of black and white in your image. In the above image of the levels toolbox, the levels are on their default setting. After playing with these settings, I decided that these are the settings that looked best to enhance my image:


Below is my image before and after I added the levels layer:

Color adjustments

For this step, I will be editing the after levels photo. This adjustment follows on directly from the levels layer. The tool I will be using in this step is called the ‘Hue/Saturation‘ layer. This tool is found in the same place as the levels tool on the right of the screen in the adjustments section.


When using the hue/saturation tool, it can be easy to make your photos look too strongly coloured or even sometimes quite ‘tacky’ – when editing this photo, I aimed to make the greens of the grass brighter and the blues of the sky more noticeable but not drown out the whole photo in too much colour. Below is the settings before I changed them and the settings after I had played with them to make my photo look more crisp and bright:

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Below are three photos – the first photo is my original image, the second is my image after I had added a levels layer, and the third is after both the levels layer and the hue/saturation layer.


Nicole Austin, Leeds Trinity University

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