Sunbeams in CS5 – Before and After

I’m always looking for easy ways to enhance my images with fun tips and tricks in Photoshop. I’ve wanted to learn how to add sunbeams to images for a while, but never actually sought out a tutorial. I came across this video from The Russell Brown Show, while searching for new ideas and thought I would give it a try. This one is super easy and can really add a lot to an otherwise boring image. This was my first attempt, so I wanted to post the before and after to show the difference.

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It’s very subtle, but just enough to give it a little something extra! I’ll definitely be using this one again!

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Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw – Before and After

I’ve been watching a lot of photoshop tutorials lately, and I came across this youtube video posted by tutvid, that really demonstrates the capabilities in the camera raw editor in Adobe Photoshop CS5. The entire edit was done all in Camera Raw and it’s really quite fascinating. After watching the video I decided to try one of my own photographs using the same kind of technique. I went through some old photos from Hawaii and found one taken at sunset in Mokuleia on the North Shore of Oahu. I’ve always liked this particular image, but it just never did anything for me. It was kind of dull and boring and I thought it would be a good one to play with and see if adding some dramatic color would help make it a little more interesting and a little more like the actual scene. Here are my before and after images. Outside of two small spot corrections, the only editing was done in camera raw. No layers, no masks, no filters. Lots of fun and really simple.

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