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Photoshop is my preferred choice when it comes to editing and manipulating my photos and, although I have been using it for many years, I do not pretend to be an expert in its use. I am a firm believer in the KIS (keep it simple) principle and, in all of my tutorials, I try very hard to make them as simple as possible. I write my suggested process in easy to understand plain english and support the text with actual screenshots of my own screen so you can easily see what should be happening on your own monitor.

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All my tutorials are completely free and you are very welcome to use them as you please.

01 - Display an image inside of text
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When making Slide Shows or Photo Galleries, an interesting visual effect is to have an image display as though it is showing through a large text font. It is very eye catching as an opening slide or as a standalone image in a photo gallery.

The effect is quite easy to make in an image editor such as Photoshop and this tutorial will take you through the process from start to finish.

An example of what you can create is shown above.


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02 - Prepare images for a Photo Gallery

Most all photography websites will have some form of a photo gallery and this tutorial is going to show you how I built the one on my own website.
You can see an example of one of my galleries, in the Photo Galleries section here - http://www.ronniewestphotography.com/page-7/page-9/
I use a program called RapidWeaver to build my website and, this program requires that you have a 'Stack' that is able to create a structure for the gallery page. There are quite a few stacks that you can use, some are basic and some are much more detailed but, I like to keep things as simple as possible (the Kiss principle) and decided to use a stack called 'ProGallery' that I found on the Stacks4Stacks website: https://stacks4stacks.com/progallery/

Before you can create a Photo Gallery in RapidWeaver, there is some preliminary work to be carried out on the images that you intend to use in the gallery that you are creating. This work can be carried out in most image processors, I used Photoshop CC but any recent version will do the same job.

What you need to do is,

(i) Choose the images that you want to use, a large good quality high resolution psd image would be best.
(ii) Crop and resize each image to your chosen dimensions. For my gallery, I chose 1500x1000 pixels at 72 resolution but,
you can make them larger or smaller if you wish.
(iii) Do any preparatory work on each image, e.g. levels, highlights & shadows, selective colour, sharpening.
(iv) Stroke a 1 pixel white (or black) line around the image.
(v) Save the finished image, using the 'Save for Web' option, as a jpeg and save it in a folder of your choosing.


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03 - The Reduce Noise Filter effect
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It is quite often that we overlook the simplest of things and this tutorial is going to deal with just one of those things. Photoshop has a series of built in filters pre-installed with the program and the one that I am going to show you is the 'Reduce Noise' but, with a difference.

The main purpose of this filter is to reduce the level of noise in your images. However, it can also be used to create an impressive watercolour/painterly effect to certain images and that is going to be the subject of this tutorial.

Note: The image that I have included above is just to illustrate the effect and is not a good representation of what it will look like in Photoshop. After you complete the tutorial and view it full screen in Photoshop, you will see a much better image.

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04 - Frame an image to fit into a shop bought frame.
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When mounting an image into a frame, it is normal practice to use a coloured cardboard mount with a hole cut in the middle, through which the image is displayed. This is OK but can be rather expensive if you consider the cost of the card and the mount cutting equipment so, why not produce a textured frame around your image, using Photoshop. Then all you need to do is put the finished printed photo (complete with the frame) into your shop bought frame.

The size, colour and texture of the frame can be whatever you choose.

The image above, is the framed image that I produced, using this method, in Photoshop CC but, earlier versions of Photoshop CS can also be used.

Note: The quality of the frame around the image may appear to be of a low quality but, be assured that when you create your own frame, it will be displayed very much better.

In this tutorial, I will show you how you can achieve a similar result.

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