Ramin Hossaini

Open JPEGs in Adobe Camera Raw

Jun
28

If you’re looking to edit your JPG files with Adobe’s Camera Raw app, here’s what you need to do:

In Photoshop, select the File menu, then Open as…

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Make sure you select the Camera Raw file type and then browse for the file:

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You should get the Camera Raw dialog box from there

Making ‘Fairy Tales’

Nov
18

This time round, I tried to take more screenshots

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Surrealism “Propaganda”

Oct
30

I had this idea for a couple of days and finally decided to do it yesterday. This was the process (very very roughly)

Step 1: Getting the initial photos

This is the embarassing part. You’ll look silly almost no matter what – trying to get a self-portrait in a suitable position that you envision. A camera on tripod, remote control and bounce-flash later though (thanks, I like my bedsheets too):

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Got some stock-photography from Pierre on DeviantArt

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Step 2: Putting the 2 together

I had to give the photo a bit more room at the top, so I photoshopped some more wall there. With composites, sometimes I’ll mask out the individual parts as precisely as I can initially and save the respective masks in my channels. In this case, I put them together first and then masked it all together. I think that’s a mistake and I should have masked the subject first (me) then masked the television. Could have saved myself quite a bit of time afterwards.

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Step 3: Magic

OK, so I skipped a lot of steps – my bad – I didn’t take any screenshots. I was too busy wondering “how the hell am I going to get this to blend”. I guess there’s always a point in these highly-processed photos where I say “I should stop right now, this is just not working”, but I keep on going because it’s taken so much effort already. Eventually, there’s a point where I say “oh, I might have something here”. I suppose that makes it all the more rewarding in the end.

I use a lot of different filters and textures and try to burn-and-dodge a lot.

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Step 4: Colouring and painting light

I hate masking and I love “painting-light” and manipulating it. I think that if I actually loved masking, I could have some really amazing work.

At this point, I also did a bit of liquifying and stretched/distorted parts of the photo.

Almost 3 hours later, this was the final shot:

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Free full-res texture – 090822

Aug
22

As free as it gets. No attribution necessary.


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Download texture_090822.zip (7.3mb)

Full-res texture (Creative-commons)

Aug
09

Free texture for commerical/non-commercial work (creative-commons license):

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If you do use it, I’d love to see what you come up with!

Download (4.75MB, zip)