Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography

Category: Tips


Photoshop – Saving as a PSD

When working in Photoshop, and adding elements to an image and different layers adjustments, like texture and moon’s/skies etc, when saving the image I always save it as a PSD.  I never flatten or merge the layers before saving. I…

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Channel Masks and an Autumn Photo

Today I watched a great tutorial from Matt Kloskowski and as a novice Photoshop user, I’ve never really played around with Channel Masks.  Well, to be honest, I didn’t have much of a clue until I watched this video and…

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Processing an image – My Way.

First and foremost I use Lightroom for as much of the editing as I can.  Very rarely do I go to Photoshop to process an image.. unless I want to create something that can’t be achieved in Lightroom. So how…

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Content aware fill

One of the new powerful features in Photoshop is the Content-Aware Fill tool.  In this video, Julianne Kost explains its concept and what it can do. I wanted to take the content-aware tool a little further. As you can see…

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Don’t be afraid to increase your ISO

Oh that exposure triangle and learning to get to grips with it.. is one of the things that is really daunting to amateur photographers. None of us wants grain in our images.. even though it does add an effect to…

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Quick Tip – Water or Cloud Smoothing

  A quick tip I picked up ages ago from Anthony Fields on Facebook, was one about how to smooth out water and add a sheen to water in Lightroom. You can use any of the tools in the develop…

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Crop Tool

Well today’s tip isn’t a 60 second one but about 8.50 minutes, but the bit that I found interesting was within the first 30 seconds.. about leaving space when taking photograhs in order to get a more pleasing crop in…

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Luminosity colouring in Photoshop by Matt Kloskowski

Today I was reading a blog post by Matt Kloskowski on luminosity colouring in Photoshop.  Anyway here is the video from Matt explaining how it is done. So for my example I used the image below. By using the Colour…

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom CC – Geometry Tools

  Another video worth watching if you want to straighten things in your images.

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Guided Upright Tool

Many thanks to Scott Kelby of Lightroom Killer Tips for bringing this tip from Benjamin Warde’s Lightroom Coffee Break series. I’ve used the Guided Upright Tool for buildings and never for the life of me did I realise the impact…

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Quick Tip – Using The Flow Control in Lightroom

  One of the sites that I regularly visit in Scott Kelby’s Lightroom Killer Tips.  And this particular tip I have found very useful.  The tip is about using the Flow Control when making local adjustments. In the past I…

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Using several editing programs on an image.

  If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber like myself then you automatically get Photoshop with the Photography Plan. For some Photoshop is rather daunting and people sometimes want to steer clear of it.. and at times I feel that…

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Luminar 2018 Trial and what a Transformation

I have been really busy lately with real-life events, yet again!  And that means my photography has had to take a back burner seat, much to my disapproval, but hey-ho, we can’t have it always.  Anyway today I decided to…

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Lightroom -v- Photoshop -v- Photomatix for Interior HDR Shots

Now if I can stay within one program to do all my processing.. I am one happy bunny.  Simply because a) my computer is not very good at handling loads of photo-editing programs all at one time and b) it…

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Lightroom sluggish… some tips to speed up Lightroom

Is Lightroom sluggish for you?  Well here are a few tips to speed up Lightroom. Import using at least Standard Previews (if you have enough disk space import using 1:1). This might slow down the import but will benefit you…

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Dodge and Burn

When it comes to processing images, one part of my work flow is to dodge and burn an image to depth and highlight light sources and shadow sources. To me dodging and burning gives a new dimension to a photograph….

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom to Photoshop – Smart Object

Well the weekend is nearly upon us and hopefully the weather will be good to us. And gives us photographers, both professional and amateur, good weather to go out and shoot our images. For this week’s Friday Quick Tip I…

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Sharpening using a Mask

One of the edits I do to each photo I process in Lightroom is Sharpening in the Details Panel in the Develop Module. How ever using the masking slider can be hit or miss as it doesn’t automatically show a…

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Customising Before View

Sometimes when I work on Photos I want to do a couple of edits, for instance a colour version and black and white… However, if you use the ‘back slash’ key to look at your before photograph it takes you…

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Grid Overlays

A very short post from me today.. as real-life is taking back over and I have a hundred and one things to do before the weekend arrives. Anyway this tip is great, I knew about cycling through the different grid…

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Friday Quick Tip – Download Topaz Studio

One set of plugins I love to use for my photography are those created by Topaz Labs… I have quite a few new… Remask, Black and White, Adjust, Texture Effects 2 and Impression as well as Detail.  And I love…

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Adjusting Multiple Sliders

Here is a quick tip that I use all the time.. especially if I am using an adjustment where I use multiple sliders to make an adjustment to my image. It works both in the Basic panel, Graduated Filter, and…

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Content Aware Scale

When I was creating images for our multi-size photo frame for our dining room.. showing our monochrome photographs I had this problem – the scaling of images.. and I really wish I had seen this video before because it would…

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Selections

It is Friday again… and another weekend is just around the corner.  And we all know that Friday is Quick Tip Day from RyanPhotography!  I am primarily a Lightroom user and one of the tutors of Lightroom and Photoshop that…

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Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Smart Collections

I love working in Lightroom and have to say if I can do all my processing in Lightroom without having to go to Photoshop I will.  And organising my workflow is achieved by creating collections and smart collections.  For me I use…

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Lightroom Quick Tip – Scaling

  Have you ever taken a photograph and wished you could have got closer to the subject?  Or you wish that you could crop the image without losing the original size of the image?  Well here is a quick tip…

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Dodge and Burn

Yesterday I mentioned this tip and how I had used it… and boy was I glad Matt Kloskowski did this tip… because it made dodging and burning in Photoshop a whole lot easier.  

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Perfect Font

For years I have been scrolling through fonts in Photoshop and this tip is absolutely brilliant….  It should also work in Photoshop Elements as well.     Thanks to Matt Kloskowski xx

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Friday Quick Tip – Photoshop – Changing Opacity

Here is a very useful tip from Matt Kloskowski for quickly changing the opacity of a layer….

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