Adobe Creative Cloud Update Leaves Behind Older Operating Systems

One of the sadder aspects about a software update is when it outstrips the machine you’re running it on and, in this case, that still matters even if the software is cloud-based.

Adobe announced, to the chagrin of many, that its next Creative Cloud update could leave some users in the dust, particularly those that are clinging to operating systems whose last major update was in 2016 for Windows and 2015 for Mac.

Fans of Adobe Creative Cloud who also use a Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607) or lower OS or Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or lower could find themselves in the market for new hardware.

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For its part Adobe says that users will still be able to use the apps as they stand today but will not be able to upgrade any further. To upgrade their apps they will need to upgrade their hardware, natch, and Adobe recommends this action so that users can take full advantage of new features as they are added to Creative Cloud applications.

A blog post on the Adobe website detailing the coming update says:

“If you’re running Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511 and v1607 or Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan), you can continue to run and install current and previous versions of Creative Cloud applications. However, you will not be able to install or run the next major release of Creative Cloud unless you’re on a supported version of Windows or MacOS.

Creative Cloud Desktop, which manages application installs, will continue to be supported on Windows 7 or later and Mac OS X v10.9 or later.

Focusing our efforts on more modern versions of Windows and Mac operating systems allows us to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members, while ensuring peak performance that takes advantage of modern hardware. Visit this site for detailed information on current Creative Cloud app system requirements.”

It’s almost like the days before cloud software. The more things change the more they stay the same, eh?

Are you impacted by Adobe’s latest updates? Let us know in the comments.

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How to Blur Background in Photoshop (Tutorial)

Blur background

Learn how to easily blur the background of an image in Photoshop, using these simple techniques.

One of the best ways to blur the background using Photoshop is using the Tilt-Shift option. It’s simple to use and you have many different controls to add the certain blur you’re going for. For this tutorial, I decided to add a strong blur to the image. If you’re looking for a more realistic blur, I suggest dropping the blur to about 20px, or less. It also depends on the image you’ll be using. But experiment with different settings to perfect your final image results.

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Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (August 2018): Saulius Kerikas

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2018, we’re featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.

This month’s winner is Saulius Kerikas! His work is notable for its elegance, technical execution, and compelling poses and expressions. Be sure to check out our favorite shots of his below and give him a follow to see his full portfolio (some his shots are NSFW). Kerikas is now in the running for Fstoppers Community Photographer of the Year!

How to Be Chosen

Remember, in 2018, we’ll be featuring a photographer chosen from the community every month. At the end of the year, the Fstoppers Community Photographer of the Year will be chosen from the 12 monthly winners, with the overall winner getting a tutorial of their choice from the Fstoppers store. Check out the rules to be chosen: 

  1. You must have uploaded an image to your portfolio in the past 30 days to be selected.
  2. For the year-end award, you must have remained active in the Fstoppers community by uploading an image at least once every 60 days.

See Past Photographers of the Month

You can see all Photographers of the Month here.

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CoffeeShop “Golden Sun Rays” Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!

I am so excited I finally finished this post for you!!! I want to post more fine art editing tutorials, textures, and actions, and this week I figured out a way to add gorgeous sun rays and golden light to images WITHOUT using overlays. I call this Photoshop/PSE action “Golden Sun Rays” and it is so easy to use and I hope you love it as much as I do! I have posted a step-by-step tutorial below.

This action, like most of the actions I created for this blog, can run in Photoshop AND Photoshop Elements. If you don’t want to spend the monthly fee for Photoshop yet want to edit like a professional, check out (affiliate link) Photoshop Elements. It is very affordable and you can use pretty much everything on my blog in that program except the Lightroom Presets. 
This action, along with hundreds of others including exclusive sets you can’t find anywhere else, can be found in my Action Download Pack. If you purchase this pack you can get free updates up to two years after your purchase, so please don’t hesitate to visit that page and email me if you want the newest version with all my newest actions, presets, and designs. You can also upgrade to my Mega Download Pack that includes hundreds and hundreds of professional photographer storyboards, textures, frames and digital papers for only $4 more. Read all about it here! Thank you for supporting my site!
Original images used in this post: (Boy, Cat).

CoffeeShop “Golden Sun Rays” Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:

Open your image and run the CoffeeShop “Golden Sun Rays” action.

When the Gradient Fill 1 prompt comes up, click “OK”.

This Gradient Fill pane will pop up that allows you to automatically and easily add the beautiful sun rays.

Click on the sun rays in the image and move them over to an area on the image that you think they look best. In this case I dragged them over to the upper right side.

Then adjust the “Scale” to taste.

Press “OK” to accept your changes. This is what the image looked like after the action finished running.

I clicked to select the top “Sun Rays” layer’s mask and used a soft low-opacity black brush to gently paint some of the bright sun off of his face and hair.

You can also open up the “Drama” layer and further adjust the contrast. I was happy with it in this image so I made no changes.

If you want to remove the golden tint, simply turn off the “Golden Tint” layer or reduce the opacity.

I would love to see your own edits using this action! Feel free to post them on my Facebook page. I might even ask you if I can post it over here on my blog so I can show off your amazing work. 🙂

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8 Tips to Help Find the Subject for Your Composition

Do you find it difficult to take photos which hold people’s attention? In our digital societies where image sharing is prolific, it is challenging to have people really take time to look at your prized photos. Image composition is key here.

So I want to give you eight tips on how to create pictures that will grab hold your viewer’s attention. People will want to stop and look rather than keep scrolling past your images.

Mask at a Chiang Mai Market - 8 Tips to Help Find the Subject for Your Composition

A good composition should have a clear main subject. It might be as plain as a landscape or a person’s face, or it might be something very small in the frame. If the composition is good the main subject will stand out like a sore thumb.

We all have a unique view of the world. Each of us takes in the world around us in different ways. If you have ever been on a group photo walk and taken part in a shared image review afterward, you will know this. Each photographer will have walked the same street, and the number of photographers that participated, there will be that same variety of pictures.

girl with Kayan Neck Rings  - 8 Tips to Help Find the Subject for Your Composition

1. Choose a subject you can relate to

What catches your eye? Why does it appeal to you? You should be asking yourself these things when you are taking pictures. If you choose subjects that you feel a connection with you will create more interesting photos. This is simply because you are interested in the subject yourself.

So your initial choice of subject should be something that you can connect with. My subject of the portrait below is a woman my wife and I chat with at the local market. We connect with her. I wrote about her and her late husband in a recent article.

Because I have this lovely friendship with her it is easier for me to make lovely pictures of her. I know she will happily pose for me. I also know I will get a more interesting photo of her when she is that bit more relaxed and not looking directly at me. In this photo, she was chatting with my wife who was standing beside me.

Sticky Rice Vendor - 8 Tips to Help Find the Subject for Your Composition

2. Isolate the subject

About the most obvious way to have your main subject stand out in your photos is to isolate it.

My favorite two ways to isolate my subject is to use a narrow depth of field or a dark background. By using either of these techniques your main subject will be unmistakable.

Choosing a wide enough aperture and having your subject far enough from the background will allow you to have your background blurred and your subject sharp. If you are using a camera with a small sensor or a smartphone with only one lens, this may not be possible.

When you have a dark background your subject will stand out, especially when there is more light on the subject than the background. To achieve this look find a spot where the background is in the shade and your subject has more light on it/them.

Kayaw portrait - composition

3. Choose your lens carefully

Your choice of lens can affect how you compose the image and how your main subject will be seen. Sometimes a wide-angle lens is better than a telephoto. Other times you will need a longer lens.

Getting close to your subject with a wide lens has a different effect than if you use a long lens and position yourself further away. If you are not sure about how this works the best way to learn is to experiment.

Try taking a series of photos of the same subject with various lenses or zoom settings and see in which photos your main subject looks the best.

Chaing Mai Fresh Market Vendor - composition

4. Frame your subject

Set up your subject how you want to see them. Move around your subject and study them from different angles. Watch closely how the background changes in relation to what’s behind them. Find an angle where your subject looks best.

Limit what you include in your frame. Fill your frame only with what is relevant to the photo you are making. If you can see anything in the frame which does not balance with or enhance your subject keep making changes until you can no longer see those things.

5. Exploit the foreground

Make use of something in the foreground of your composition to draw the viewer’s eye to your subject. This technique will add depth to your composition.

Use an object which is in front of your main subject, either in focus or out of focus. This can help bring the viewer’s eye to concentrate more on your subject.

Kayaw Ethnic Minority Girl by Kevin Landwer-Johan

6. Use leading lines and diagonals

Composing your photo so there are strong lines leading to your main subject will enhance it. The viewer’s eye will be lead along the lines to rest on your chosen subject. This is a very simple, very effective technique.

Diagonal lines used well in a composition can also be used to draw the viewer’s eye to the main subject.

7. Time it well

Choosing the right time to take your photo can help to bring attention to your main subject. When you are photographing in a busy location good timing is imperative. Having someone walk in front or behind your main subject just as you take your photo would detract from your main subject.

Watch carefully. When I am in a busy place I usually have both eyes open, rather than closing one. This way I can see more of what is happening around me and my subject and it helps me time my photos better.

Bust Chiang Mai Market by Kevin Landwer-Johan

8. Crop imaginatively

Don’t always stick to the rules of composition. Stepping outside the box can help highlight your main subject in unusual ways.

In this photo of the gold elephant statue against the gold wall of the chedi, everything tended to blend together. The harsh light was not helpful. Cropping tight to the elephant and only including half of it draws your attention there. The negative space balances the composition.

Temple Gold Elephant by Kevin Landwer-Johan


Try these tips sometimes. Be mindful of your main subject and whatever else is in your frame. If there are distractions, use one or more of these techniques to draw attention to your main subject and have it tell the story you want.

Having your primary subject stand out will make your photo easy for people to look at and relate to. But more than just having your subject stand out, you need to frame it so that it lets viewers see the subject and scene how you see it.

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How To Place Text Behind an Object in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily place text behind an object in Photoshop!

This is a popular text effect often used in magazines and movie posters.

In Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to easily recreate the text behind a person effect using non-destructive techniques. The example below shows you the image that we’re going to work with, and how the text will look like behind the model.

Text Behind Person in Photoshop

This is a straightforward tutorial that will teach you about selections, Layer Masks, and Text Layers. You will also learn useful techniques that will help you with any project.

Here’s the image that I’ll be using. You can download a free watermarked version from Adobe Stock. But you can follow along with any photo

Tutorial Index:

Step 01 – Type and Style Your Text

The first step is to type a word over your photo.

Start by selecting the Horizontal Type Tool from the Toolbar. You could also press the T key on the keyboard to select it.

Horizontal Type Tool

The font is not essential to the tutorial, but I am using Gotham Light in this example. Feel free to use any font that you like.

Gotham Light Font

Style Your Text

Before you type over your image, apply any character styles that you like. For example, if you want your text to be all caps open the Character Panel by going to Window > Character.

Then click on the All Caps icon.

Character Panel

You could also change the Leading, Tracking, Kerning, and other attributes from this panel.

Type Over Your Image

Type anything that you like over your photo. I will type the word “Behind” over to the left of the photo.

Type Text in Front of Photo

Remember to commit your changes by pressing Ctrl Enter (Mac: Command Return) or by clicking on the checkmark in the Options Bar.

Commit Changes

Step 02 – Resize Your Text

If your text is too small (or too big), you can scale it just like you would any other layer.

Press Ctrl T (Mac: Command T) to enter the Transform mode. Then hold Shift and click-and-drag on any bounding box corner handle to scale the text.

Holding Shift as you transform allows you to scale the text without distorting the proportions.

Scale Text

Press Ctrl Enter (Mac: Command Return) to commit your transformation.

Step 03 – Move Your Text Into Position

You can use the Move Tool to place the Text Layer anywhere that you like.

Center The Text on Canvas

If you would like to center your text to the canvas, you can use this neat little trick.

Press Ctrl A, (Mac: Command A), to make a selection around the entire canvas.

Then select the Move Tool by pressing V on the keyboard. In the Option s Bar, you can click on the Align icons to align the Text Layer.

Click on the Align Vertical Centers and on the Align Horizontal Centers to center the text layer to the center of the canvas.

Align Horizontal/Vertical Centers

Press Ctrl D (Mac: Command D) to deselect.

Disable The Text Layer

Once you have positioned the text exactly where you want it,  you can disable the Text Layer by clicking on the eye icon.

Eye Icon Text Layer

Step 04 – Make a Selection Around the Main Subject of Your Image

To create the illusion that there is text behind the model, you will need to create a Layer Mask that will selectively hide parts of the text.

Start by making a selection around the main subject of your image.

One of the easiest ways to make a selection in Photoshop is by using the Quick Selection Tool.

Quick Selection Tool

You can click-and-drag across your main subject to make a selection.

Select Subject (Photoshop CC 2018 and Newer)

If you are on Photoshop CC 2018 or newer, then there’s a tool that can help you get started quicker.

With the Quick Selection Tool active you will notice that with the Options Bar has a button labeled Select Subject.

Select Subject

When you click on Select Subject Photoshop will use Adobe Sensei, Adobe’s Artificial intelligence, to make a selection out of the main subject of the photo.

In this case, Adobe Sensei does an excellent job. There’s only a couple of areas that you need to fix to get a good selection.

Select Subject Selection

Select Subject will never make a perfect selection; you will always need to fine-tune it. But it gives you a jump-start in the selection process, and it saves you a little bit of time.

Since this tool is using artificial intelligence, I think that in newer releases of Photoshop this tool will get much better.

Step 05 – Fix Problem Areas with Your Selection

Whether you used the Quick Selection Tool or Select Subject, you will need to refine your selection and fix problem areas.

Remember that with the Quick Selection Tool you can hold Alt (Mac: Option) to subtract from the selection.

Don’t spend too much time fine-tuning your selection; you don’t need a perfect selection at this point. Later on, you can focus on fine-tuning areas that require it.

Step 06 – Refine Your Selection with the Select and Mask Workspace

Once you’re done making your selection, you will need to refine it.

You can refine your selection by clicking on the Select and Mask button in the Options Bar.

Select and Mask Button

If you are using Photoshop CS6 or older, then this option will read Refine Edge. The interface will be a bit different, but all the tools and settings that we use in this tutorial are also available in the Refine Edge dialog.

Note: If you are on Photoshop CC and you want to bring back the old Refine Edge/Refine Mask dialog you can follow this tutorial.

View Mode

Start by changing the View Mode to “On White” to make the edge refinement adjustments easier to see.

View Mode on White.jpg

Also, set the Onion Skinning opacity to 100%.

Onion Skinning

Edge Detection

In the Edge Detection options enable the Smart Radius, to create a variable edge width around the edge of your selection.

This option works great for images that include both hair and straight edges. For example, hair requires a larger refinement area than the shoulders where the edge is straight. The Smart Radius helps create that variable width in the refinement area.

Then increase the Radius which determines the size of selection border in which the edge refinement occurs.

Smart Radius

Global Refinements

The following adjustments may vary depending on your photo. But in most cases, you will need to make Global Refinements to improve your selection.

Consider using the Smooth slider, so, that your edges are not jaggy. Also, adding Contrast and Contracting the selection inward can help in removing edge halos.

Global Refinements

Refine Edge Tool

If you have hair on your image, then select the Refine Edge Tool, and paint directly over the flyaway hairs in your photo.

Refine Edge on Flyaway Hair

Photoshop will do its best to extract the flyaway hairs from your background, but unfortunately, you will not get good results unless you are working with a solid color background.

Again, don’t spend too much time making the perfect selection. You don’t want to spend too much time refining areas that are not going to be needed.

When you’re done refining your selection, press OK.

The Marching Ants should still be active.

Marching Ants Around Model

Step 07 – Create a Group To Hold The Text Layers

Create a group by clicking on the New Group icon in the Layers Panel.

Rename the group “Text.” You can change the name of any layer or group by double-clicking on the name.

Click-and-drag your Text Layer into the new group.

"Text" Group

Step 08 –Apply the Selection As a Mask To The Group

Layer Masks make the text behind an object effect possible. A Layer Maks allows you to selectively show or hide pixels of a layer or a group.

In this tutorial, we’re going to apply the Layer Mask to the group and not the Text Layer. Having the mask on the group allows you to have multiple layers controlled by one Layer Mask.

So any layer that you throw into the text group will appear as if it were behind your selected object.

In this tutorial, we are only going to work with one text layer, but using Layer Masks in groups is an important technique to learn.

With the selection active, and the group selected, hold Alt (Mac: Option) and click on the Layer Mask icon to create an inverted Layer Mask.

Make a Layer Mask on The Text Group

Step 09 – Refine The Layer Mask

Now that you can see how the text layer affects the portrait, you can spend some time fine-tuning the mask in areas that require it.

Mask Issues

Click on the Group Layer Mask and select the Brush Tool. You can paint with black or white to hide or reveal pixels.

Remember that you can toggle between Foreground and Background colors by pressing the X key on the keyboard.

Step 10 – Paint in Details

In some areas, the text will hide detail that it is too difficult to mask, like the flyaway hairs around the model’s head.

Instead of spending time trying to mask those hair strands, you can paint in the detail from scratch. Much like we did in the Advance Hair Masking Tutorial.

Start by creating a new layer and rename it “Hair.” Then drag the Hair layer inside of the Text group.

Hair Layer

Select the Brush Tool by Pressing B on the Keyboard. Then in the Options Bar click on the Brush Settings icon.

Brush Setting Icon

In the Brush Settings Panel, bring the Spacing down to 1% and the Size to 1 pixel.

Brush Settings

You can temporarily enable the Eyedropper Tool to select colors by holding Alt (Mac: Option). Then click anywhere in the canvas to choose a color. Chose a color that is similar to the flyaway hair.

Select Color

Then paint hair strands using that color. Do the same with several other colors found in the hair. Use the brightest and darkest colors to make the flyaway hair seem more realistic.

Step 11 – Match The Depth of Field

Notice that the flyaway hairs that you painted in are sharp, while the hairs in the photo are blurry.

Flyaway Hair - Sharp

The depth of field of the photo is causing the blurriness, and you need to match this blurriness to make your flyaway hairs more realistic.

You can blur your Hair layer by going to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Gaussian Blur Dialog Box

With the Radius input box active, you can press the up and down keys on the keyboard to fine-tune the blur by 0.1 pixels.

Flyaway Hair - Blurry

The detail on these flyaway hairs is so small that in the final image they will not be noticeable.

In your image, you may need to work on more details. But always look at your 100% view to make sure that the details you are working on are noticeable.

This is what my final image looks like:

Final Image

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And there you have it! That’s how to easily place text behind an object with Photoshop! Check out our Photoshop Text Effects section for more tutorials like this!

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How to Design Your Own Multi-Page PDF With Shutterstock Editor

Shutterstock Editor has tons of easy-to-use tools that will help you make a multi-page graphic for print materials like magazine spreads or double-sided flyers.

In this quick tutorial I’ll show you how to use the Pages feature in our online photo editor to create a multi-page design. It’s perfect for things like magazine spreads, brochure design, or flyers. I’ll also show you how to save your design as a PDF so that you can easily share, send, and print it.

Follow along with this quick four-step tutorial, then apply it to your own multi-page design needs.

Step 1: Set Design Dimensions

In Shutterstock Editor you can change the canvas size in just one click. Head over to the Preset Sizes (P) tab to choose from a few digital media presets.

Since we’re making a design for print, I’m going to customize the document dimensions instead of using the presets. To do this, navigate to the Canvas Size tab on the right sidebar and change the dimension to Inches – that’s the typical measurement for print materials. I’ll use the standard page size of 8.5 x 11 inches. Be sure to unlock the dimensions using the padlock icon to ensure they aren’t constrained to each other. Save this size as a preset so that you can easily access it later.

Set design dimensions in Shutterstock Editor

Since I’m creating a multi-page document, I need to add another page. Navigate to the Pages (G) button on the left sidebar and select Add new page. This will create another page in the same dimensions as the original. You can add a few pages on this panel, and sort them by dragging and dropping in the order you want.

Step 2: Add Your Content

Shutterstock Editor lets you browse a collection of millions of images to use in your design, but you can also upload your own content. Simply click on the My Content tab on the left sidebar to upload content from your desktop, or to select images you have previously uploaded.

Select the image you want and use the handles to place and/or resize it on the page. I used the Shape Crop tool to crop the image in, and then the Align Right function to justify the image on the right of the page. After I place the first image, I’ll add an orange background from my saved content. Resize it to fill the page, then click on Send Backward in the Layers panel to move it behind the first image.

Add your content to page one of your design

To work on the second page in the spread, go to the Pages (G) panel and select the second page you made in Step 1. Select your images and follow the same image placement and background steps as above to create a cohesive look across your multi-page document.

Add your content to page 2 of your design

Step 3: Add Text

Now that I have the layouts finished, it’s time to add the text. Add headlines and subheadlines to your design with the Text (A) tool. Use headlines for big text, and subheadlines for any details you want to include. Remember that larger text is read first, then smaller text follows.

I chose Vidaloka for the headline. Change the Fill color to No Fill and increase the Stroke size for a headline with a simple, sharp outline. Copy and paste the text box to the second page and modify it there for a varying look.

Add text to your design

Step 4: Save and Download as a PDF

Once your design is finished, click on the Download button on the top right of your screen. In this panel, select the checkbox that says “Download all pages” to make sure that you get both pages in your design. Then hit License and Continue. On the next page you can select the file format and DPI. Choose PDF – this file format makes it easy to send and print your design. Select 300 DPI, which is the standard for printing. Then hit Download.

Save and download your design

Now you have a multi-page design in PDF format, ready to send to the printer!

See what else you can make with our photo editor in these helpful how-to’s. . .

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Viewing Corrupted JPEG Photos in a New Light

I’ve always had bad luck with portable hard drives. Over the years I have had failures with several brands and models, so nowadays I have almost everything in the cloud for more security. The last time this happened was a couple of months ago: one of my backup hard drives became corrupt, I took it to the tech and they gave me a very high quote that at the moment I could not afford to pay.

As a photographer I’m not a very good computer technician, I do not know much about recovery software but a friend who is quite geeky suggested that I run a program called Wondershare Data Recovery on my other backup discs to see if I could rescue some of those same files that they were previously stored there before being transferred to the disk that was damaged.

So, for several days, I ran the program on all my hard drives, memory cards, even on the hard drive of my laptop. Many files were recovered but I soon realized that unfortunately most of them would not work for me since they were glitched — a mistake of interpretation and representation of digital data quite common in videos, audio, and photographs.

I carefully checked the almost eight thousand raw files. They were messy, with mixed names. I noticed the presence of the typical glitch: intense colors of pink, orange, blue, green, very saturated and textures with lines and stripes, images combined with photos from other shoots.

I was very sad, at that moment my desire was to throw everything away. I still hoped to be able to rescue at least two or three photos of each photo session. Suddenly this image hit me.

It had the glitch but I saw it calmly and I thought it was not quite ugly. It had a strange aesthetic, it looked like the banner of a DJ or some electronic music party. I definitely liked it and decided to look calmly at the photos that had the same effect and separate the ones I liked the most in a separate folder. So I put together a little more than 400 photos.

I am mainly a portrait photographer, so the images that I liked the most were the faces of beautiful models with that strange random digital look. I liked the idea that in the same photo faces of two or even more models were combined that have nothing to do with each other, they don’t even know each other and were originally photographed on completely different dates, but in the end they look a bit similar in expression and intention.

I ended with approximately 100 images that, when viewed as a series, I find quite interesting, with an aesthetic very different from what I have always done as a photographer. In my work I always use desaturated colors and dark themes. These Glitch images propose much more vibrant and intense colors, and a kind of futuristic techno feel that is very fun and refreshing.

I really do not know if I have any merit in making a series like this, because the effects and the finish is the product of a poor process of digital recovery. But I can recognize myself not to have allowed the frustration and sadness of losing my files made me throw everything away, and be able to create an interesting series within all that chaos.

Finally, while most of the photos in the series are directly the result of the recovery, in some of them I made a collage or combined with others that were not as interesting. I am happy with the result and the models loved them! People have liked it and have even suggested that I make an exhibition with them narrating this experience. I imagine they will look amazing printed on metallic paper!

I feel fortunate and above all, I am encouraged to think that when problems like this occur, not everything is lost. The next time you mess up your hard drive, remember that there can be amazing photos with glitches in there!

About the author: Eduardo Gómez is a photographer based in Mexico City. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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This week in Editors’ Choice

Each week, members of the 500px team curate photography that showcases the breadth of our community’s talent and diverse tastes in Editors’ Choice. A few of the themes that caught our eye in this week’s Editors’ Choice photos were relaxed, off-center posing, geometric framing, and wide-open seas and sky. Spot these trends and more in this week’s roundup, and explore some of the best photography on 500px today.

Meet the 500px team that chose this week’s selections:
Karen Biilmann
Laura Stanley
Paul Friesen
Camila Gargantini

Summer vibes. by Klara Lj. on

backyard by Tony Andreas Rudolph on

Andi by Leon Fürtig on

fit african american skater sitting down to look a by Joshua Resnick on

Young woman painting walls of her new house. by Jozef Polc on

Angelina by Anton Kim on

The Artist by Petar Tutundziev on

Egypt Wind by Simon Gugeler on

Untitled by Márk Zagyvai on

MG by Marcelo Lourenço on

Love on the Move by Kaitlin Palma on

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Queen of the Nile by Edward Grant on

My desk by Cyril Menendez Perez on

Like fish in the water by Laura Alonso on

Untitled by Daniela Campisi on

Race Against The Sun.  by Robert Elia on

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4 Things Anyone Can Do Using Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop has long been considered ​essential software for graphic design. It is sold on its own or as part of Adobe’s Creative Suite (or Creative Cloud), which could also include Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Lightroom and several other tools. Photoshop’s primary functions include photo editing, website design, and the creation of elements for any type of project. It is also commonly used to create layouts for design, such as posters and business cards, although Illustrator or InDesign are often better for those tasks.

Photo Editing

Photoshop is called Photoshop for a reason… it is an excellent tool for editing photos. If a designer is preparing a digital or scanned photograph for use in a project, whether it be a website, brochure, book design or packaging, the first step is often to bring it into Photoshop. Using a variety of tools within the software, a designer can:

  • Crop photos
  • Resize photos
  • Adjust and correct colors
  • Touch-up photos, such as “erasing” a blemish or removing a tear or fold
  • Apply a large selection of filters such as “watercolor” for special effects and styles
  • Optimize photos for the web by choosing file formats and reducing file size
  • Save photos in a variety of formats for use in print projects
  • Use their creativity to perform countless tasks

Website Design

Photoshop is the preferred tool for many web designers. While it is capable of exporting HTML, it is often not used to code websites, but rather to design them before moving on to the coding stage. It is common to first design a flat, non-functioning website in Photoshop, and then take that design and create a functioning website using Dreamweaver, a CSS editor, by hand coding, or using a variety of software options. This is because it is easy to drag elements around the page, adjust colors and add elements without spending time on writing code that may just have to change later. Along with creating entire layouts in Photoshop, a designer can:

  • Optimize graphics for use online
  • Slice up graphics into a collection of images (such as for a button bar)
  • Export multiples versions of graphics for mouse rollovers
  • Design individual elements such as buttons or backgrounds

Project Layout

As mentioned above, software such as InDesign and Illustrator (among others) is ideal for layout, or desktop publishing. However, Photoshop is more than sufficient for doing this type of work. The Adobe Creative Suite is an expensive package, so many designers may start with Photoshop and expand later. Projects such as business cards, posters, postcards, and flyers can be completed using Photoshop’s type tools and graphics editing capabilities. Many print shops will accept Photoshop files or at least a PDF, which can be exported out of the software. Larger projects such as books or multi-page brochures should be done in other programs.

Graphics Creation

The Adobe developers have spent years creating the Photoshop tools and interface, which improve with each release. The ability to create custom paint brushes, add effects such as drop shadows, work with photos, and a wide variety of tools make Photoshop a great tool for creating original graphics. These graphics may stand-alone on their own, or they may be imported into other programs for use in any type of project. Once a designer masters the Photoshop tools, creativity, and imagination determine what can be created.

At first glance, learning Photoshop can seem like an enormous task. The best way to learn is by practice, which can even mean making up projects to learn the various tools and tricks. Photoshop tutorials and books can also be extremely helpful. It is important to remember that tools can be learned one-by-one, and as needed, which will eventually lead to the mastering of the software.

This article was originally written by  and published by Lifewire