Case study: Bright red clothing

Thanks to Chasity from Ohio for allowing me to use this gorgeous photo in this post. This article relates to my previous Strategies for managing out-of-gamut clothing post, which I suggest you read first if you haven’t done so already. Red clothing is a hassle,...

Layer blend modes save the day

I’m going to confess something … I don’t really know what all of Photoshop’s layer blend modes do.  I mean, I have a vague idea about some of them, but I’ve never made any attempt to really learn them. But that doesn’t stop me from...

Pesky pinks

I’m supposed to be doing all sorts of other work tonight, but I can’t resist a good blog topic! The lovely Rowena sent me a photograph that was troubling her.  In it, her daughter’s pink shirt appeared quite blotchy and pixelated when viewed at 100%,...

Ridding pesky rainbows

Ah, rainbows.  Aren’t they lovely?  Well, not if they’re annoying flares right across your subject’s face!  I’m going to show you a quick and dirty way to fix it. Thanks to the lovely Emma W for her permission to use this photo for this...

Minimising soft shadows

Back in March I showed a method for softening hard-edged shadows. It’s a terrible job, but unavoidable sometimes. Hard-edged shadows are cast by something very close to the subject – a hat, or whatever. This time, we’ll take a look at another shadow...