|I literally faved this off etsy, after|
seeing it on readbwtween's faves,
just because of that redonk extression.
|Here's some rings I'm working on.|
So, living in Chicago is an awful lot like living in Tupperware. Do you all know the wonders of the screen layer?
So here's a rudimentary photoshop screenshot I found on the web. Looks like Photoshop version negative eight from the 1850s but whatev. Anyways, see the top menu bar where it says "Layers" click that and select "duplicate layer" from the pop-down menu or whatever that's called. It will ask you if you want a duplicate layer, click return. (I think I have photoshop 6.0. Hopefully in future editions, it will stop asking you if you really want what you just selected. Oh my god they make me mad.... [breathe.... ] No really, you guys have no idea.)
If you'll notice in the lower right there's a tab that says "layers". Now that you've selected an extra one, it may look something like this:
This whole layers box is like the only thing I use from the right hand column. Do you know you can actually click it and drag it over to your photo, thus making you have to mouse around the screen less? And when you're editing 100 images at a time, that shit counts. Anyways, see where it says "Normal" right under "Layers"? Click that. A pop-down menu will appear. Are they called pop-down? I don't think so but they should be 'cause that's what they do. Anyways, select 'screen'. You'll see your image go from, say this:
If it's too bright, you can go to opacity and fiddle with that. If it's just a blinding white, you can add another layer and select "Multiply" for it and fiddle with that opacity. If it's not bright enough, which round here is more likely, you can add another screen layer at, say, 50%. Now, if you don't know layers (and who in the jewelry making game does? Sparrow, that's who), you might be asking yourself why not just go to image, select brighness/contrast and fiddle with that. Those are functions that you want to know more about, yes. But there's more subtlety and detail with layers. I was going to put some examples here but then I got a fever, a pounding headache and a sore throat and all that led to a bad case of don't-give-a-fuck.
Look at some pictures: