Step by Step / Groom your dog in Pho­to­shop

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Tidy it up

Open your im­age in Pho­to­shop, then grab the Patch tool and click-and-drag around any pools of wa­ter or other dirt on the floor. Drag that se­lec­tion to a patch of back­ground that’s clear and smooth, and re­lease the mouse but­ton to watch it mag­i­cally dis­ap­pear.

2 Add a frame

Grab the Brush tool (B) and, on a new layer (Cmd/ Ctrl+Shift+N), draw a black frame with a soft brush (right-click and re­duce Hard­ness to 0%). Make sure that you only paint on the very edges of the frame; you don’t want any on your dog.

3 Blend it in

Fi­nally, select the Soft Light blend­ing mode at the top of the Lay­ers pal­ette and re­duce the opac­ity of that layer to around 30% for a more sub­tle bor­der. Now you have a fin­ished por­trait of your lit­tle buddy that’s ready to take pride-of place on the man­tel­piece.

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