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Creating a Real Life Belle Beauty

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For this shoot, I used several different cameras since I had the subject doing several twirls and running around.


Since my original image was asymmetrical, I used the crop tool to straighten the image. I have such a bad habit of shooting a bit crooked. Usually, I have to straighten my images a little more often than I would like to!


There is a workflow action that I have created that will help you with this edit and make things much easier, you can find it here.


It was a very cold day out and you could tell on the girl's skin there was some blotchiness and goosebumps. I used my saved actions along with some further edits to focus on perfecting the skin and making it even.


You can watch the full tutorial on this Belle Beauty by becoming a premium member.


This edit was all about adjustments. With my workflow actions, I saved a lot of time making the essential edits.


I used dodge and burn to add contrast and go over the shadow areas. I especially focused it on the eyes of...

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Make a "Sweet Dream" Composite Come True

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This composite is more abstract which is a little different than what I usually do.


I gathered some stock images to create the background and to add other graphics to the composite. All stock images and the subject were already cut out which makes it much easier to place the images in the composite and saves time.


If you want to learn how to cut your images, you can sign up for the premium membership. There are dozens of tutorials where I show how to cut out stock images and subjects.


When placing images that are smaller, I made sure I zoomed into the graphics because I had a little bit more control over them. I noticed that many of the stock images came with shadows, but in the tutorial, you’ll see that I removed them to make the composite look put together.


The most challenging part of the composite was putting the subject's reflection in the mirror. Having her arm come out of the mirror and her reflection required a lot of masking. This was the part that made me...

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From Tennis Court to Moors: Creating a Maleficent Composite

What I love about being able to create composite portraits is that I don’t have to be at a specific location create the background I want for my photograph.


For this tutorial, I shot my model at a tennis court! To create the background and atmosphere I used stock images and manipulated them to my liking.


In the tutorial, I’ll show you how to extract your subject from the original photograph, masking and refining the subject so they fit right into the composite. To view the tutorial, sign up for my premium membership here.


I began by placing the stock images together and creating the background. There was some refining on the stock graphics to make sure everything looked put together. Using the liquify tool, I was able to manipulate the stock graphics to look like they were all part of one image.


Once all of the stock was placed, I focused on making individual adjustments. As you can see the images were not blurred at the beginning. When blurring images you want...

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Combining Reality and Fiction: Creating a Sea Monster Composite

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Bringing the real and the fictional together was not as challenging as expected!


I created this sea monster composite to show how easy it was to edit this with the techniques applied. This is one of the easiest composites available in the membership because the stock graphics already have such an illustrative feel, eliminating much of the work like editing lighting, shadows, color tones or things like that. The final image looked much more like an illustration or a painting.
In the video tutorial, I include exactly where I was able to get the stock images and filters used. Sign up for the premium membership to find out where.


Different techniques like adjusting shadows and tones, adding warmth, warping some images and using contrast and exposure were applied. Using the soft brush tool, I was able to take out any harshness in the composite. In most of my tutorials, you’ll see that the subject is the center of attention but for this one, since the boy is so tiny,...

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How to Extend your Image Background for Composites

One of the questions I get asked the most when it comes to photography and composites is: How can I extend my image background? 

Often, you'll pick the perfect photo you want to use for a composite, only to realize your stock image won't fit. 

Of course, if you already know that you want to add a stock image to a photo for a composite, then the easiest thing to do is leave enough room in the image to place your stock. 

But if you didn't plan to accommodate the stock, then you're going to have to work a little magic, and I'm here to help you with that part. 

I'm going to use my "Baby, It's Cold Outside" image as an example. 

To start off, I suggest shooting with your lowest F-stop so you can get all the compression in the background. This will not only make it easier to extend the background, but it'll also help you out if you plan to cut your subject out of the background. 

Before you begin, you can roughly measure how much you need to extend your...

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Tara Lesher New Release: Introducing the Film Actions Pack!

photography photoshop Oct 02, 2017

This month I'm excited to be releasing my Film Actions pack: an action pack designed to make your photos appear sharper and more vibrant to create a high-fashion look.

I've been working hard preparing these actions for you, and today I wanted to highlight some of the features and looks you can achieve with them. 

First, I'd like to share what comes with the actions. The Film Action pack includes: 

  • 5 Film Actions for Global Edit 
  • 2 Film Grains 
  • 5 Light Leak Actions
  • Sharpening and Resize Action 

The Film Actions pack will allow you to create several different looks depending on the action you select:

-Film Action 1 - This action will give your image a bright and airy film look. It achieves this look by desaturating greens and yellow.   

-Film Action 2 - Use Film Action 2 to get a darker and more contrasted look. 

-Film Action 3 - If you want to warm up your image and add more contrast, you can use Film Action 3. 

-Film Action 4 - Give...

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How to: 3 Methods to Dodge and Burn

photography photoshop Jun 12, 2017

How to 3 methods to Dodge and Burn from Tara Lesher on Vimeo.

One of my favorite processes in editing is dodge and burn. I get asked so often, “How did you get that illustrated look?” “How did you make your subject pop like that?” and “How did you make that image look like a painting?”

The answer is always...layers and layers of dodge and burn.

Dodge and burn are used to lighten and darken specific areas of an image and are based in the darkroom technique to regulate exposure on those specific areas. It is often used to both emphasize and de-emphasize features of the artist’s images.

Dodging is intended to lighten specific areas, while the intent of burning is to darken specific areas. 

 

There are so many ways to dodge and burn your image within photoshop. These days, I use the dodge and burn layer that I have built into my Ultimate Compositing Workflow action, but a few of my other favorite techniques are:

1. The dodge and burn...

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Exporting Photoshop Images for Web

photoshop Mar 02, 2017

Last week I shared how to properly export photos from Lightroom for the purpose of social media posting and prints. This week I’ll tackle exporting from Photoshop.

In order to ensure that your Photoshop images look crisp and in focus on social media, blog posts, and websites, you’ll have select the appropriate export settings. There are two ways to export photos from Photoshop: Save for Web (Legacy) and Export As.

Save for Web is now a legacy feature on Photoshop, which means it is no longer supported or updated. However, many Photoshop users still favor this method for exporting. Export As is Photoshop’s newer exporting option. Both export methods utilize similar settings, so the provided exporting tips apply to both.  

To quickly access the Save for Web export option, hold down command + option + shift + s. You can also find this feature by clicking on “File” and selecting “Export” from the drop-down menu. You’ll see the...

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Adobe is raising it's prices in these countries...

photoshop Feb 03, 2017

Adobe CC Subscription will soon be raised by Adobe. You won't be affected until your subscription renews in these countries. If you have the monthly plan your rate will be adjusted starting May 1, 2017. If you're on the yearly plan, your rate will be adjusted when your subscription renews.

Press Release from Adobe:

Adobe and currency fluctuations


Currency exchange rates have fluctuated significantly over the last few years.  Like many US-based global companies, Adobe is making pricing adjustments in a number of countries to offset fluctuations in foreign exchange rate. Specifically, we lowered prices on Adobe products sold in Switzerland and Liechtenstein in December 2015.  Starting on May 1, 2016, the price of Adobe products in Australia, New Zealand, India, Norway, Turkey, and Brazil will be increased.  Existing customers will receive information about their subscription pricing directly from Adobe.


When do the product prices increase in Australia, New Zealand,...

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Recreating Dances with Elephant

compositing photoshop Jan 09, 2017

I recently completed a composite image and posted it on the Tara Lesher group Facebook page. I called it Dances with Elephant. I thought it was a pretty nice image, probably one of my better composites, and hoped that a few people would like it.

I was totally overwhelmed by the reaction it received; you guys really loved it and some of the comments were really amazing. I'd like to share with you all how I came up with the idea for the composite and the elements I used to make it. Hopefully you will enjoy it and pick up a few tips that you can use in your own work. 

Now I don't know about you, but I love animals, and elephants are my absolute favorite. They are such majestic creatures. I am a sucker for pictures of elephants, and over the past year or so, I have taken pictures of them in zoos I've visited and also collected heaps of images from different stock sites. When I tell you that I have a lot of pictures of Elephants...I mean A LOT.

Like a lot of you guys,...

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